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.
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.
Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams) has returned for her third go in the MCU after appearing in the original “Doctor Strange,” followed by Episode 4 of “What If…?” She’s walking down the aisle in a wedding gown in the teaser, but it doesn’t look like Stephen will be the one to greet her at the altar.
The sorcerer is in the crowd that stands and looks on as she trots toward the mystery person (who we never see). He looks rather devastated to watch the woman he loves marry someone else.
In Episode 4 of “What If…?,” Christine and Stephen seem to be living a very happy life until she dies in a car accident. Despite trying to change time, we learn her death is an absolute point in time that cannot be prevented. These events directly led to the creation of Strange Supreme, as the Stephen in that universe is overcome with rage and sadness and consistently rewinds time.
He ends up breaking down the fabric of reality, and that Strange’s universe ultimately comes to an end. How this all plays into the events of “Multiverse of Madness” remains to be seen, but Christine’s marriage seems sure to create fireworks.