JAKARTA – After being introduced through the Loki series last June, the concept of multiuniverse and its variants will be explored further in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. In fact, in this film, Doctor Strange will meet another version of himself called Defender Strange.
Even though it hasn’t officially appeared on posters and trailers, the figure of Defender Strange has been widely discussed after the Multiverse of Madness toy leak appeared which is now widely spread on the internet. Having a similar appearance to the regular Doctor Strange, one notable difference from the Defender Strange toy is its costume which looks more bold and intimidating in contrasting black and red colors.
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Reporting from ScreenRant, Sunday (2/1/2022), Defender Strange is one of the variants of Doctor Strange who appears from another dimension and it is not yet known which side he will choose in the battle against the threat of multiuniverses later. As a new variant, the figure of Defender Strange is known to be inspired by one of the Marvel comic lines where Doctor Strange joins the superhero team The Defenders with Namor and Hulk.
The concept of variants itself was first introduced through the Loki series as a term for another version of a character that appears from an alternative universe. For example, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s version of Spider-Man who appeared in yesterday’s No Way Home are variants of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man; as Defender Strange and Supreme Strange which will appear in the Multiverse of Madness film later are variants of Doctor Strange which has been known to fans.
Still a film full of mystery, it seems that Marvel still has many surprises besides Defender Strange which will be revealed one by one towards May 6, 2022. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, and many more, this Sam Raimi film will be a bombastic MCU opener in 2022.