5 must-see Marvel movies and TV shows before you watch “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”

To have a better understanding of Marvel’s worldview, check out these movies and series before you see “Doctor Strange 2” in theaters. 

“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is a movie that wraps up the “Infinity Saga” and takes the center stage of the new “Phase 4” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), inviting audiences to the vast world of multiverse, depicting endless cracks and tangled time and space.

In order to understand the plot of the movie well due to the complicated MCU worldview and all characters clash, you’d better watch other Marvel movies and dramas in advance. Here are 5 must-see Marvel movies and TV shows before you head to the theaters to enjoy “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.”

1. X-Men

To fully understand “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”, you should watch the “X-Men” series.

This is because Patrick Stewart, who plays Charles Xavier, the protagonist of the “X-Men” film series, is certain to appear in the sequel to “Doctor Strange”.

In the trailer that has already been released, a scene shows a total of six chairs, including a person who is presumed to be Professor X. This means there will be an appearance of the Illuminati, including Doctor Strange and Professor X, in another universe. 

The Illuminati is the most intelligent group of superheroes on Earth, and in addition to Doctor Strange and Professor X, the members include Iron Man, Mr. Fantastic, Black Bolt, and Namor.

 2. WandaVision

Disney+ series “WandaVision”, which depicts the birth of Scarlet Witch, is a must-watch because it marks the starting point of the thriller and horror charm added to “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” and the beginning of Wanda as a villain. 

With the start of MCU’s TV shows being introduced through Disney+, after “Avengers: Endgame,” the MCU’s most powerful superheroes, Wanda, and Vision, have expanded a larger and new worldview through unexpected changes and shock stories.

Above all, the show meticulously explains the power of the Scarlet Witch, who has become powerful enough to create and control alternate realities.

Following “WandaVision”, in “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”, Scarlet Witch will continue to overwhelm the audience by showing her tremendous power. 

3. Doctor Strange

The first “Doctor Strange” movie is definitely a must-watch before you see its sequel. “Doctor Strange” introduces us to Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), a neurosurgeon whose hands were seriously injured in a car accident. He then meets the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), overcomes adversity and hardship, and eventually becomes a superhero. 

Doctor Strange’s abilities and how much power he has, especially Stephen’s feelings for Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams) are well explained in the first movie, so watching it in advance is highly recommended.


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