Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: Gargantos is Confirmed

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If “Spider-Man: No Way Home” left you hungry for more multiverse shenanigans, Marvel has got you covered.

In a surprising move, the studio has dropped the first teaser trailer online for “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” six days after it appeared at the end of “No Way Home.” The millions of people who made their way out to see the third Tom Holland-led Spidey installment saw the trailer already — as it served as the movie’s post-credits scene — and today’s drop is the same exact teaser, but now, we can break it down, frame by frame, and examine just what the heck might be going on in the upcoming Sam Raimi-directed film.

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There are no spoilers for “Spider-Man: No Way Home” in the teaser trailer, so if you haven’t seen that behemoth of a film, there’s no need to click away. However, there are spoilers here for a number of Disney+ shows, so it’s best to brush up on your “WandaVision” and “What If…?” knowledge. With that said, this teaser is packed full of hidden details that you might not have noticed on the first watch.

Gargantos is confirmed

Does Kevin Feige have an innate hatred of public transportation these days? Following an epic fight sequence in “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” that sees the titular hero cut a bus in half, Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) seems to be following suit, with his own twist on things.

In the trailer, when a giant CGI monster throws a bus at Strange, he uses his mastery of the mystic arts to bisect the bus only mere seconds before it can kill him. So, what exactly is that CGI monster so intent on killing Doctor Strange?

Gargantos in Doctor Strange
Gargantos in Doctor Strange

Well, though some could be forgiven for thinking the tentacle-armed beast resembles Starro from “The Suicide Squad, the Rathtars in “Stars Wars: The Force Awakens,” or even Shuma-Gorath from the “Doctor Strange” comics, this creature is actually called Gargantos.

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Gargantos’ appearance in the film had been previously rumored, and a LEGO leak added fuel to the fire (per Den of Geek), this scene from the trailer serves as the first official confirmation of the character’s villainous role. Notably, though Gargantos first appeared in Marvel Comics in 1969, the character hasn’t made a great many appearances since.

The choice to use Gargantos instead of the more recognizable Shuma-Gorath perhaps implies that the monster will have a smaller role, or that different aspects from each of the two tentacled beasts could have been merged.

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