A piece of merchandise for the upcoming MCU continuation Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness appears to give the first look at the film’s supposed kaiju villain, Shuma-Gorath. However the MCU’s Phase 4 is technically without a major team-up film like The Avengers, the following year’s Doctor Strange 2 very well could be the nearest thing it has to fitting the bill. Coordinated by Sam Raimi, the eagerly anticipated continuation will feature the arrival of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange, new off his upcoming appearance in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Plot details are as yet being left hidden, yet one thing is clear: He’s heading into the multiverse.
Assuming the new merchandise for the film is to be accepted, that very well could be valid. A Doctor Strange 2 coloring book and puzzle is presently available for pre-request on Australian site Booktopia, and it portrays Doctor Strange battling a creature with green skin and one ginormous eye. Funnies fans will perceive that as Shuma-Gorath’s typical look, hence hinting he will indeed battle Doctor Strange in the spin-off.
Doctor Strange 2 was as of late delayed from March 2022 to May of that same year, so it remains the greater part a year away. In any case, its original release date was actually earlier this year; it’s been one of the many films continuously moved back by the coronavirus pandemic. A typical result of this is the early release of some merchandise, consequently the early look at Doctor Strange 2’s Shuma-Gorath.
Assuming this merchandise is consistent with the film, it looks like Doctor Strange 2 is leaning into the peculiarity of Shuma-Gorath’s kaiju appearance. It may feel somewhat senseless to a few, yet it mainly is falling in line with the visual style that regularly populates the Doctor Strange funnies. His first independent film just barely addressed the wild and exceptional images that can arise because of the spiritualist arts, yet the spin-off can burrow a lot further. Doctor Strange 2 would be smart to lean into the abnormality of its saint’s reality. Up until now, this indicates it will, and that makes the 2022 film significantly more exciting.