Judgment is on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “This universe is but one of an infinite number,” says the Elder (Tilda Swinton) in Strange Doctor – and they are all protected by the Living Tribunal. In a new promo for Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnessdimension-crossing teenager America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) opens a portal revealing the three-faced, glowing-eyed face of one of the most powerful cosmic beings in the vast Marvel Multiverse. Doctor Strange 2 sees STephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), and Sorcerer Supreme Wong (Benedict Wong) navigate these strange new realities subject to the judgment of the Living Tribunal.
Watch the new teaser below.
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Created by writer Stan Lee and artists Marie Severin and Herb Trimpe in the 1967 pages strange tales #157, an anthology series at the time starring Doctor Strange and SHIELD’s Nick Fury, the judgment of the Living Tribunal threatens the total destruction of the Marvel Universe. In “The Sands of Death” by writer Roy Thomas, the Three-Faced Accuser condemns Earth to oblivion after the Master of the Mystical Arts unwittingly upsets the cosmic balance of the universe.
In the comics, the faces of the Tribunal represent fairness, revenge, and necessity.
After Strange Discovered the Infinite Multiverse in 2016 strange doctor, Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) mentions a magical relic: the Staff of the Living Tribunal. In 2019, Avengers: Infinity War Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely revealed that they scripted a scene with the Living Tribunal when Strange battles Thanos (Josh Brolin) on planet Titan.
“[Producer Kevin Feige] I wanted to make sure that we didn’t lose the kind of psychedelic aspect of the “Starlin verse”, where people travel inside their eyeballs and things like that. And so we stuck the Living Tribunal in the movie,” Markus revealed at San Diego Comic-Con ’19. “As Thanos and Doctor Strange came to blows, Doctor Strange stunned Thanos and sent him through the mental landscape.”
McFeely added: “The idea was that [Thanos is] kind of zips through the universe, being presented with all of its many crimes. So bodies are thrown at him, he lands and things turn into bodies, hands grab hold of him, and it’s really quite spooky. And in the end, he gets dumped in front of the Living Tribunal, which finds him guilty.”
Directed by Sam Raimi and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Xochitl Gomez, Marvel Studios Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness only opens in theaters on May 6. Tickets are now on sale.