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Who are the Illuminati? in the movie Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

The sequel of Doctor Strange (2016) starring Benedict Cumberbatch is returning with twists on parallel dimensions of the universe and showcases of Illuminati as well. The movie is said to be awe-striking for the fans as it may have different versions of known characters of MCU.

Who are the Illuminati? in the movie Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
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The first Doctor Strange was released in 2016 directed by Scott Derrickson which left the audience craving for the second part. Following the series, Doctor Strange was shown in  Spider-Man – No Way Home released in 2021.

In that movie, Strange opened a portal to a parallel universe on Spider-Man’s plead. This brought the Spider-Man of other universes which were Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. Not only this, but all the villains of other universes also crawled their way in. 

Following the trail of Doctor Strange, a glimpse of the Multiverse of Madness was shown in the post-climax of Spider-Man – No Way Home. In that glimpse, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda made an appearance with Strange discussing the possibility of dangers that would come if the multiverse portal were to open up. This credit scene was enough to spark excitement and curiosity among the fans for the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. 

After all the wait, the trailer of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was released in 2022. The main characters of this movie are Doctor Strange and Scarlet witch Wanda with familiar characters of MCU only in their different universes. 

Sam Raimi, director of this movie has some mind-changing concepts that will make the fans sit on the edge of their seat with wonder. He has also introduced the Illuminati in the film. 

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But what is Illuminati? And how is it connected to the film?

Who are the Illuminati? in the movie Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
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The Illuminati is a secret society that exists both in the real and fictitious world. The real world has conspiracy theories where the people of this society control the world.

It is more dangerous and sinister spun, unlike the fiction verse where the Illuminati is considered a secret society of superheroes. These superheroes are more exclusive than the avengers as given in the comics. And this film has adapted some of its parts from the comic version of Illuminati. 

As shown in one of the scenes in the trailer of Multiverse of Madness, Strange is abducted by the Illuminati and there might be a chance to see Tom Cruise as Iron Man being a part of that same Illuminati. There are theories that the secret society of MCU will bring back old characters in new versions. 

While on Twitter, The Movie Podcast’s AJ wrote, “#Doctorstrange in the #MultiverseOfMadness is a FULL-ON SPECTACLE. Sam Raimi weaves an exhilarating story creating a visual experience like no other. Benedict elevates Strange to another level & Elizabeth Olsen delivers a powerful performance that’s truly horrifying #ScarletWitch.”

Also read: Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness: Reveals Major Plotlines After Leaked Scenes From The Film Started Surfacing All Over The Internet

On that same podcast, Shahbaz wrote, “#DoctorStrange in the #MultiverseOfMadness is a FEVER DREAM that only Sam Raimi could tell. TWISTED, STUNNING & MESMERIZING describe the performances by Cumberbatch, Olsen, and the KALEIDOSCOPIC visuals on screen. Xochitl Gomez will be a crowd favorite.”

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The movie, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is a full journey of adventures and risks traveled through all the universes. It has been premiered on 2 May 2022 in Hollywood. Whereas, the major release is set to be on 6 May 2022 across the entire globe. Fans are over the top now to watch the full cinematic experience of Multiverse of Madness.  

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Nandini Kulkarni is an Entertainment News Analyst and content writer at Empire Weekly. She is currently a university student pursuing a BBA in International Business.

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  1. Varun

    May 5, 2022 at 10:50 am

    A great read! Sure excited to see what Marvel brings to the table :’)

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