Doctor Strange 2 Hides X-Men: Animated Series Recall

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Couldn’t be a more accurate title for Sam Raimi bringing horror to the Marvel world, with the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe taking audiences on a wild journey across the Multiverse. The film follows the titular character’s mission to keep America Chavez out of the clutches of Wanda Maximoff – who now fully embraces her Scarlet Witch identity and is on a mission to find her children at all costs.


Featuring appearances from several Doctor Strange variants, as well as cameos in the form of the newly introduced Illuminati, the film is full of familiar faces. However, it’s not just the cameos lurking in the film. One scene includes a musical reference to one of Marvel’s best TV projects, X-Men: The Animated Series.

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In Doctor Strange 2, Strange and Chavez arrive at Earth-838, hoping to find that universe’s Doctor Strange and persuade him to help them stop Scarlet Witch. However, they learn that Strange from Earth-838 is dead and that the Sorcerer Supreme is a variant of Strange’s nemesis, Karl Mordo. Mordo tricks Strange and Chavez before imprisoning them, believing them to be threats to the multiverse, and this is where things get interesting.


Mordo has Strange stand up to the Illuminati, a secret society of heroes made up of Mordo, Captain Carter, Captain Marvel, Black Bolt, and Reed Richards. After this group debates Strange’s perceived threat to the multiverse, viewers are introduced to the leader of the Illuminati, Professor Charles Xavier, played once again (but for the first time in the MCU) by Patrick Stewart. After the character’s introduction, a version by Ron Wasserman X-Men: The Animated Series the theme melody plays. The theme has become synonymous with the X-Men and is perfect for not only introducing Professor X to the MCU, with Xavier now sporting his famous animated series and comic book-inspired yellow hoverchair.


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Despite being so strongly associated with mutant superheroes, the theme song has never been heard before. x-men movies, with Fox movies doing their best to move away from comics and animated series in favor of a more grounded approach. However, during phase four in particular, Marvel Studios seems to be embracing nostalgia for past adaptations through the use of classic comic book costumes in Wanda Vision and Lokias well as the return of legacy actors like Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield and of course Patrick Stewart.


The inclusion of a piece of music that brings back so many memories to an entire generation of X-Men fans was something that could be widely appreciated without being too obvious. It may even be a nod to the next X-Men ’97, a new animated series that may or may not be MCU canon. Fans hopefully haven’t heard the last bit of this iconic song – or seen the last of the characters it represents – in the MCU.

Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness is in theaters now.


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