There are many rumors swirling around who will appear in the Doctor Strange sequel, but a promo fuels speculation about an Iron Man’s appearance.
A new promo for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness gives a clearer look at the character speculated to be Superior Iron Man.
When the official Multiverse of Madness trailer dropped during this year’s Super Bowl LVI, many fans were convinced that actor Tom Cruise could be seen as Superior Iron Man. This is a version of Tony Stark that embraced his darkest personality traits, focusing more on his ego, monetary gain and personal interests than heroics. The latest promo now offers a better look at the character, whose appearance does look quite like this iteration of the armored Avenger.
Superior Iron Man was a nine-issue limited series written by Tom Taylor with art by Yıldıray Çınar. In the afterword of Superior Iron Man #2, Marvel Comics Senior Editor Mark Paniccia detailed how part of this Iron Man’s design was to “have blue LED stretch” throughout the suit normally, but that Taylor’s idea was to have it turn red when he was about to attack someone for “a bit of threat.” Taylor responded to the trailer alongside convinced fans, pointing out this design element but writing on Twitter that he has “no inside information” on the film or Superior Iron Man’s involvement.
Multiverse of Madness producer Richie Palmer shot down the Superior Iron Man rumors in mid-March, saying that he “would love to see Tony again, but some rumors are just rumours.” Palmer cited Spider-Man: No Way Home as a reference to say that some rumors can be true while others aren’t, being that both Spider-Man actors Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield did wind up appearing in the movie. However, many fans will remember that Garfield repeatedly denied his appearance in No Way Home until the film finally released.
In Palmer’s comments made to Empire, he also spoke as though the Illuminati — a team of Marvel heroes from the comics — was not confirmed for Multiverse of Madness. “If we ever introduce the Illuminati in the future, it might be more MCU-driven and have some more ties to our characters in the MCU, versus just replicating what’s in the comics.” Just days later though, a page from Empire magazine confirmed that a version of the Illuminati will appear in the Doctor Strange sequel.
The Illuminati set to appear in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is rumored to contain several Marvel heroes, including Sir Patrick Stewart’s Professor X from the X-Men franchise movie. Stewart’s voice could be heard in the trailer speculated to contain Superior Iron Man, and the actor later confirmed that he would be involved in the film. Despite this confirmation, it is unclear if Stewart will be reprising his previous version of Professor X or a variant of the character.
Whether Doctor Strange will encounter Superior Iron Man in the upcoming film remains to be seen. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness enters our world’s theaters on May 6, 2022.
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