WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!
The second installment of Doctor Strange took us on a mad adventure through multiple universes, but were you too stuck in the multiverse to spot these Easter eggs and references? Check out Everything You Missed in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Shoutout to America Chavez’s Creator
During the Gargantos fight at the beginning of the movie, the heroes pass by a store called Rivera Pharmacy. This is a direct callback to the creator of America Chavez’s comics, Gabby Rivera. Rivera wrote the comic, America from March 2017 to April 2018.
The Movie’s Writer Steps into the Film
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was written by Michael Waldron. However, he decided to put down his pen for a moment and step into the film itself. You can spot him at Christine’s wedding when she and her new husband rush to the balcony to see what’s going on outside. Waldron told Slashfilm,
“If you saw the first 15 to 20 minutes, I’m in there … I’m stepping out onto the balcony with Rachel McAdams’ character, Dr. Christine Palmer, and her new husband. I step out next to them drinking a martini. And the backstory that I wrote for myself is that I was his best man at the wedding.”
Jonah Jameson Makes the Bacon in Doctor Strange’s World
During that same Gargantos fight, Doctor Strange and Wong also pass by a store called Jonas & James. This is likely a shoutout to the infamous publisher and editor-in-chief of the Daily Bugle, Jonah Jameson. The store had something to do with bacon, so it seems like Jameson must be bringing it in.
Foreshadowing the Spiked Magic Tea
The Gargantos fight scene is full of Easter eggs, but did you catch this subtle foreshadow? On the streets of New York, there’s an ad that promotes “Magic Tea”. Maybe if Doctor Strange and America Chavez were paying closer attention, they could’ve prevented themselves from drinking Mordo’s spiked tea later in the movie.
Green Minotaur at Kamar-Taj
You no doubt saw the green minotaur at Kamar-Taj, but do you know who he is? His name is Rintrah and he hails from the planet R’Vaal. In the comics, Rintrah meets Doctor Strange when returning his Cloak of Levitation on behalf of Enitharmon the Weaver. However, when Rintrah arrives, Doctor Strange is badly injured and must possess the minotaur’s body to continue his journey. In the comics. Rintrah has lived at the Sanctum Sanctorum with Strange and studied at Kamar-Taj.
Bruce Campbell as Pizza Poppa
A Sam Raimi movie is nothing without a cameo from his buddy, Bruce Campbell. Campbell has appeared in many of Raimi’s films, and is best known for his role as Ash in the Evil Dead movies. You can catch him again in Multiverse of Madness as Pizza Poppa in Earth-838 and again during the movie’s end-credits scene.
Right across from Mordo’s Sanctum Sanctorum in Earth-838 is a bookstore called Mcleod Bookstore. This store was likely named after Bob Mcleod, a Marvel Comics writer who is known for co-creating the New Mutants.
In Earth-838, Christine Palmer tells Doctor Strange she works at the Baxter Foundation. This foundation is a government-funded institute for young scientific minds. It was created by Franklin Storm, the father of Sue Storm, aka the Invisible Woman.
The Baxter Building is also known as the headquarters of the Fantastic Four.
Ultron Bots Return in Doctor Strange 2
You can’t help but notice the Ultron bots that escort Doctor Strange to the Illuminati. These bots are just like the Ultron Sentries from Avengers: Age of Ultron, but they’re doing what they’re supposed to be doing, instead of organizing themselves to conduct Ultron’s evil bidding.
The biggest OMG moment of the entire movie came when the Illuminati was revealed. In Multiverse of Madness, the Illuminati on Earth-838 consists of Marvel icons, Reed Richards, Maria Rambeau, Captain Carter, Black Bolt, and Charles Xavier. However, in the comics, Earth-616’s Illuminati members included Richards, Iron Man, Charles Xavier, Black Bolt, Namor, and Doctor Strange.
I Can Do This All Day
During the intense and gory cameo fight scene, Captain Carter says, “I can do this all day.” Now even Steve Rogers would get that reference as a direct callback to Captain America.
When Professor X enters the possessed mind of Earth-838’s Wanda, we see her hiding in some ruins. However, if you look to the left of where she’s holed up, there’s an old school television playing WandaVision. It looks like it’s playing a scene of Wanda and Vision’s wedding.
Wanda’s Kids Watching Disney’s Oswald and Snow White
Apparently Earth 838’s Wanda is raising her children the Disney way, because both times we see Billy and Tommy they’re watching a Disney movie. The first time we see them, they’re watching an Oswald short called “Sky Scrapers.” Then, towards the end of the movie, when Wanda realizes the error of her ways, Billy and Tommy are watching Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Mount Wundagore is Where Wanda and Pietro Were Raised
Remember the big, bad, scary mountain Wong said many people died attempting to reach? The same mountain where Wanda was worshiped by random creatures? Well in the comics, this is where Wanda and Pietro were raised.
In the comics, Mount Wundagore can be found in the fictional country of Transia and is home to many interesting creatures. One of these creatures was a cow named Bova who interestingly was Wanda and Pietro’s midwife and caretaker when their mom fled and left them behind. The two spent their life on Wundagore before joining up with Magneto’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
The Jingles Throughout the Movie
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness used a lot of musical Easter eggs to provide fans with some MCU nostalgia. At the beginning of the movie, Wong and Doctor Strange realize Wanda would be very helpful in protecting America Chavez. When they make this realization, a familiar jingle plays. This is part of the WandaVision theme song.
When Charles Xavier reveals himself during the Illuminati scene, fans can also hear a snippet of the X-Men: The Animated Series theme song.
Clea Dominates Doctor Strange’s Mid Credits Scene
Doctor Strange spent most of the movie regretting the choices that drove him away from Christine Palmer; however, the mid credits scene shows his love story isn’t over just yet. The woman revealed during the mid-credits scene (played by Charlize Theron) is Clea, Doctor Strange’s eventual wife and Sorcerer Supreme successor. She is also the all-powerful niece of Dormammu.
Were you able to find any other Easter eggs, hidden references, or secrets in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness? Let me know in the comments! And if you’re looking for more Strange-ness, check out the Things That Don’t Make Sense About Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.