Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: Did my predictions come true?

The newest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, was released this week. I have seen the film and was prepared to write a typical spoiler free review of Doctor Strange but instead I’ve decided to go a different direction. A few weeks back I wrote a piece on this very website about what I thought you could expect from Sam Raimi and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. If you know me, then you are aware of two things. I revel in the opportunity to tell people I was right and I am an enormous masochist. So let’s look back on my predictions and see what I knocked out of the park and what I whiffed on completely. To the tape!

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I’m So Smart I’m Basically a God or What I Got Right

We recently concluded the Infinity Saga, culminating with Endgame. My theory is that this new saga is making its way to a version of Secret Wars and this movie will be the first big step in that direction.

Okay, this is hardly a unique theory and they did not ‘technically’ say Secret Wars during the film’s duration but I am still counting this as a win. My reasoning here is very simple. One of the biggest plot points in Jonathan Hickman’s 2015 run was this idea of incursions. That is a very important and specific way to describe two universes colliding and it is used multiple times throughout the movie. They even go as far as to say it can cause the end of one or both of the impacted realities which is exactly what could happen in the comics. I was right, please clap.

…the potential for a big screen version of the Illuminati.

I know what you are going to say. They mention the Illuminati in the trailer you didn’t predict this. You are correct. They did mention it in the trailer. The trailer released AFTER I posted this so yeah, shut up. This was another one that was not all that difficult to predict and while I got the team right I missed big on a couple of the members, but we’ll get to that later. Moving on!

I also do not think Namor will be involved because he is supposedly showing up in the newest installment of Black Panther.

No Namor. Easy call. Next!

As for Reed Richards, this logic may appear to fly in the face of why I don’t see Namor being a part of the team but I assure you it’s for good reason. We’ve never seen Namor on the big screen.

So this excerpt isn’t super clear on me predicting the appearance of Reed Richards but I assure you that’s what it was intended to mean. I will be taking credit for that. I wish I could take credit for predicting that he would be played John Krasinski because I thought that and was certain I wrote it. So certain was I that much of my reason for writing this piece was to gloat about how awesome and smart I was only to find I did not. Let this be a lesson to always proof read your work. If I was a better writer this section would have been so much more fun. I’m beside myself. But at least that forms a nice bridge to the second part of this below.

I’m the Dumbest Boy in School or What I Got Wrong

I do not see Black Bolt being a part of this because he’s an Inhuman and the Inhumans suck.

Well what do you know, Black freakin Bolt was part of the first big screen iteration of the Illuminati. He was even played by the same actor who portrayed him in that god awful series. I stand by my statement that the Inhumans suck. They do. However, the way Raimi used the character was incredible. His death scene was so perfect and brutal and unsettling. I loved it so much. Wanda removing his mouth so that his hypersonic voice had no where to go thus blowing out the back of his skull was something I didn’t know I needed to see. Thank you, Sam Raimi, I’m happy to have been wrong just for that moment.

We will see an Iron Man but it won’t be Robert Downey Jr. I personally believe this version of the character will be played by Tom Cruise.

This was a double miss from me. Not only did Tom Cruise not show up in this movie but we didn’t even get an Iron Man. Not even a mention of him. I’ll admit, the Cruise thing was more of a wish than something I truly believed would happen but I did genuinely believe we would see an Iron Man variant played by someone other than RDJ. My bad.

We end with a Doctor Doom post credit scene in the vain of the Thanos scene at the end of Age of Ultron.

My final miss. In hindsight, they were never going to introduce a character as big as Doctor Doom in a post credit scene. I really don’t know what I was thinking. I guess I just want Doom so badly I’m willing to look like a fool on the internet in an attempt to will it into existence.

That’s that. My genius and foolishness on display for all to see. Takes a pretty big man to shine a light on his mistakes and own up to them. If I wasn’t so humble thats something I might say. Good thing I am. Good thing.


Written by Josh Hansen