8 Things Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness Takes From The Comics

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness certainly lived up to the hype. The film, which is full of surprising cameos and Easter eggs, serves as a watershed for the MCU. Since it opens the door for many new MCU projects, it’s easy to wonder which comic book series will be adapted next. Likely, it will be those that inspired Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. After all, the movie is full of references to Marvel’s comics.

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Some of these references come directly from the comics to modify the plot of the film — and even the future of the MCU. Others, however, aren’t that complicated. They are mere winks to the comics that only Marvel’s most loyal fans were able to spot on their first watch of Multiverse of Madness.

8 One Of Strange’s Versions Was Inspired By Matt Fraction’s Defenders

The first scene in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness depicts America Chavez and an alternate version of Doctor Strange as they try to escape one of Wanda’s minions throughout the Multiverse. This variant of Doctor Strange dies in battle, but America takes his corpse into Earth-616 where he becomes the zombie vessel for Doctor Strange to easily dreamwalk.

Benedict Cumberbatch portrays this alternate version of Doctor Strange. However, he has a different style than Earth-199999’s Strange. For instance, he doesn’t have the cloak of levitation and he has a ponytail. This version of Doctor Strange, known as Defender Strange, comes directly from The Defenders by Matt Fraction where he works alongside Namor, Iron Fist, Red She-Hulk, and Silver Surfer. This character first appeared in Fear Itself #7.

7 Throats Design Comes From One Of Strange’s Most Dangerous Enemies

When Strange is at Christine’s wedding, a monster shows up and attacks the city. Its name is Gargantos and it’s one of Wanda’s demons who are looking for America. With Wong, Strange defeats this creature before it gets to America.

This one-eyed, octopus-like monster is based on Shuma-Gorath, a cosmic entity that belongs to the Multi-Angled Ones. It was created in 1973 by Steve Englehart and Frank Brunner as one of Strange’s most deadly foes. Due to copyright issues, its name was changed to Gargantos, which is a monster featured in the Namor comics.

6 The Baxter Foundation Is An Obvious Reference To The Baxter Building

While Earth-199999’s Christine is a surgeon, her Earth-838’s version is an expert in the multiverse who works alongside the Illuminati to understand this concept and keep Earth safe from cross-dimensional threats. According to the film, Christine works for the Baxter Foundation.

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The Baxter Foundation doesn’t appear in the comics. However, it’s an obvious reference to one of Marvel’s most iconic locations, the Baxter Building. Located at 42nd Street and Madison Avenue in New York City, the Baxter Building is a 35-floor building that holds the Fantastic Four’s headquarters. given that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness introduced Mr. Fantastic as a member of the Illuminati, it makes sense that his team is behind most of the superhero-related activities on Earth-838.

5 Rintrah The Minotaur First Appeared In Peter Gillis’ Doctor Strange

Among the many Kamar-Taj human students who defend the community from Wanda’s attack in Multiverse of Madness, there’s a minotaur. He can be seen in several scenes, but he doesn’t have a very important role. Regardless, comic fans notice him immediately. After all, he’s a very important character in the Doctor Strange comics.

This minotaur is Rintrah, created by Peter Gills and Chris Warner for Doc Strange. He’s a creature from the planet R’Vaal who arrived on Earth to give Strange his recently repaired cloak of levitation. After this, he stayed on Earth and became one of Doctor Strange’s closest allies.


4 Brian Michael Bendis Created The Illuminati For New Avengers

In The Multiverse of Madness, Mordo takes Doctor Strange to meet the Illuminati. This scene, which serves as something of a trial for Stephen, leads to one of the scenes with the most cameos. Here, the hero meets Captain Carter, Black Bolt, Captain Marvel, Professor X, and Reed Richards. They’re a secret organization created by Earth-838’s Strange to keep an eye on multiversal threats.

The Illuminati first appeared in Marvel comics in avengers by Brian Michael Bendis. They’re a secret society that works behind the scenes to ensure all groups of heroes in the Marvel Universe are always in communication. They were created by Iron Man after the Kree-Skrull war.


3 Marvel’s Main Continuity Was Designated As Earth-616

When America and Strange arrive at Earth-838’s Sanctum Sanctorum, Mordo drugs them and puts them in glass cages for Christine Palmer to examine them. When chatting with her, both heroes learn that they’re in Earth-838 while their own Earth has been designated as Earth-616.

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Earth-616 is the Earth of Marvel’s main continuity. Anything that happens in the comics’ main timeline belongs to this Earth. Christine’s comment is a direct reference to this official designation. However, it isn’t a modification of the canon, it’s only a wink. The MCU universe is still Earth-199999.


two The Concept Of Incursion Comes From Secret Wars

When discussing Strange’s actions, Reed Richards explains to Doctor Strange that traveling through the multiverse can have world-destroying consequences called incursions, which are windows where two Earths can see each other. This concept appears again in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness during its post-credit scenes. Clea lets Strange know that his actions have triggered an incursion.

Incursions are definitely new in the MCU. However, Marvel fans may remember them from Secret Wars by Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic. In this comic, the Marvel Universe faces destruction after Earth-1610 and Earth-616 deal with the final Incursion. This concept has fans all over the world hoping for a Secret Wars adaptation in the MCU.


one Wanda’s Descend Into Darkness Was First Depicted In House Of M And Avengers Disassembled

Unsurprisingly, Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch turned out to be the main villain in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. After losing her parents, her brother de ella, and then Vision, Wanda chose to live in a fantasy world during WandaVisionbut this didn’t last long. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness deals with the aftermath of Wanda losing her kids.

Wanda’s arc in Multiverse of Madness is clearly inspired by Avengers Disassembled and House of M. These series deal with Wanda’s uncontrollable reality-warping abilities after she loses her children de ella, Billy and Tommy. Blinded by rage, Wanda kills many Avengers and even creates a world where all mutants have lost their abilities. Her actions of her are very similar to those of the MCU Wanda, who loses her path out of grief.


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