Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is almost here. If you’re planning to give yourself a bit of a refresher course on all things Strange, Scarlet Witch, and more before seeing the movie, which is out May 6 in theaters, ComingSoon has you covered.
Check out our list of what to prioritize giving a watch before seeing the film below, but know that it may contain hints of who you can expect to pop up in the movie.
Marvel fans have been wondering how important the Disney+ shows will be to the movies, and now they have their first answer. WandaVision is important in understanding Wanda Maximoff’s Multiverse of Madness arc and not having seen it prior to watching the film will make for quite a different viewing experience than those who have seen it will get.
If you’re only going to watch one project before seeing Multiverse of Madness, make it this one.
2. Doctor Strange
The first Doctor Strange movie doesn’t tie into Multiverse of Madness quite as much as WandaVision does, but the movie is about Stephen Strange first and foremost and it continues his story which began with that initial solo outing.
If you’re fuzzy on the details of a movie that was released over half a decade ago, be sure to watch it before seeing the sequel.
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3. Marvel’s What If…?
What If…? directly deals with the Multiverse, but in a different manner than the Doctor Strange sequel. Still, it may be worth a watch for those who want to have a fuller understanding of the concept.
Only the very first episode is referenced in Multiverse of Madness, but it’s nothing audience members who haven’t seen the series but are familiar with the live-action projects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will feel out of the loop on.
4. Spider-Man: No Way Home
While the events of the Spidey film aren’t spoiled in the Doctor Strange sequel, they are referenced by the characters involved. So those wanting to catch up on Doctor Strange and Wong’s previous Multiversal adventures should make sure they’ve seen Spider-Man: No Way Home before Multiverse of Madness.
5. Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame
These movies are kind of a package deal, especially when it comes to Doctor Strange. Multiverse of Madness references his role in the events of them, so they may be worth rewatching, or even just his scenes in them at the very least.
By now, people who have seen the Multiverse of Madness promotional material are well aware of the reasoning behind this inclusion, but anyone who isn’t familiar with the X-Men movies (which are not canon to the MCU) might do well to at least watch the very first movie beforehand.
Believe it or not, the Marvel Entertainment series Inhumans plays a role in Multiverse of Madness despite not being part of the MCU proper. It’s not a big one, but those wanting to fully appreciate all elements of the film may want to check it out.
Inhumans isn’t the most celebrated Marvel project by any means, but luckily fans only need to watch the first episode in order to get the reference to the series in the Doctor Strange sequel.
8. Captain Marvel
Much like some of the other listed projects, having seen Captain Marvel before Multiverse of Madness will enhance the experience but isn’t crucial to it.
9. Any Fantastic Four Movie
Again, not imperative for enjoyment but might enhance it.
While certainly not key in following the Doctor Strange sequel, those looking to have the full puzzle of the Multiverse completed may want to watch this Disney+ series.