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Which figures from the Illuminati may feature in Doctor Strange 2? The most recent rumors 

Which members of the Illuminati may appear in Doctor Strange 2? The most current gossip

Which figures from the Illuminati may feature in Doctor Strange 2? The most recent rumors 

The group of multiversal commanders is said to comprise Patrick Stewart’s Professor X, Hayley Atwell’s Captain Carter, and new versions of Iron Man and Black Panther – but is there a twist in the works? 

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is currently experiencing “weird” events, with the forthcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness sure to shatter box office predictions (and our minds) when it comes in a few of months. While the film seems to be filled of secrets, the largest one this week involves the Multiverse’s most powerful alliance — the so-called Illuminati. 

The trailers showed Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) being brought before a dark council to explain why he opened the Multiverse, which most people believe is this mystery organization that has often featured in Marvel books. But who are these political puppeteers, and who will join them in the Multiverse of Madness? 

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Who are the Illuminati of Marvel? 

The Illuminati, first established in 2005’s New Avengers #7, was an overpowering gathering of minds that used their clout to influence events in their favor – and once launched Hulk into space (oops!). 

Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Mr Fantastic, Black Bolt, Namor the Sub-Mariner, and Professor Xavier were the founding members. 

Of course, considering that most of these characters are either deceased or not presently featured in the MCU, that specific line-up seems to be a bit implausible in the MCU. 

But, owing to Sir Patrick Stewart’s stunning presence in the teaser, we’re quite confident at least one of them has been verified. 

Which figures from the Illuminati may appear in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness? 

 Doctor Strange in the Madness Multiverse YouTube/Marvel Entertainment Much as Spider-Man: No Way Home incorporated Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man periods into MCU canon, Multiverse of Madness seems to be on track to reintroduce Fox’s original X-Men trilogy with a bang (via Stewart). 

Along with that, it is evident that Stewart’s presence could only be a foreshadowing of the Illuminati’s big-screen entrance — but maybe we shouldn’t leap to conclusions. 

“I’ll mention the first X-Men movie and say, ‘Are you sure you saw what you saw?'” remarked producer Richie Palmer in an interview with Empire. There are many variations of these characters, and just because something sounds similar doesn’t imply it’s someone you’ve seen before.” 

In other words, this might be a different version of Professor X or a whole other character portrayed by Stewart (remember Evan Peters in WandaVision?). 

(However, keep in mind that Andrew Garfield has frequently said that he would not return for No Way Home.) It would be irresponsible for Palmer to reveal what may be one of the film’s most pivotal story aspects.) 

Anyway, assuming we’re getting the Illuminati, let’s go through who the characters may be and who could portray them. 

We doubt Anson Mount will return from his Inhumans days to portray Black Bolt, and given the show’s success, the role will probably be filled by someone else. 

Someone is seen carrying a sword on their back in the trailer’s Xavier scene, leading to suspicion that Mahershala Ali’s Blade may make his debut (or, potentially, the Wesley Snipes version).  

In actuality, Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Karl Mordo is the most probable candidate. The actor has already been cast in Multiverse of Madness, and given his understanding of the Mystic Arts, he may have earned a place among the Illuminati. 

Following that, we must go a bit further. Aside from Charles swerving into frame, there has been much conjecture regarding a separate scenario in which Wanda faces an unknown opponent with a cosmic light. 

Their identity has been a major issue of controversy, but some believe it’s the Superior Iron Man version of Tony Stark if you zoom in close enough. No one believes Robert Downey Jr. will return; nonetheless, there have been several rumors of Tom Cruise portraying a Multiverse Iron Man. It would be a significant Easter egg in and of itself, since, in case you didn’t know, Cruise was rumored to portray Iron Man in 1998. 

For the time being, it’s unclear who this person is; some speculate that Wanda will face up against Lashana Lynch’s Monica Rambeau as a Captain Marvel variation, which makes more sense. 

In other news, John Krasinski is said to portray Reed Richards, with real-life wife Emily Blunt playing Sue Storm. 

Namor, the Atlantean monarch, has been teased since Iron Man 2, with some believing he was mentioned in Avengers: Endgame, others stating the events of Eternals heralded his coming, and still others claiming he’ll be the main antagonist of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. So, who can say? Maybe he’ll finally be able to take a bow in this flick. 

Speaking of Black Panther, one of the mystery figures may be sporting the villain’s claw jewelry. The untimely death of Chadwick Boseman means that the known MCU version will not be returning, but Michael B Jordan’s Erik Killmonger could easily be Multiverse Black Panther – it worked for Marvel’s What…If? 

In other news, Marvel’s animated multiverse series What…If? has a slew of prospective Illuminati candidates. The wicked Strange Supreme has already made the transition to live-action, and with the Easter egg-filled Multiverse of Madness poster containing Captain Carter’s shield, Hayley Atwell appears set to reprise her role as the asskicking Captain Carter. 

Most of this, incidentally, corresponds to rumors spread by the Twitter account @MothCulture, which alleges that “each Illuminati member gets an allocated chair with a separate symbol on the back identifying each individual’s team/group.” 

Captain Carter (Avengers), Reed Richards (Fantastic Four), Charles Xavier (X-Men), Captain Marvel (Star Force), and Balder the Brave are said to be in the team (Asgardians). 

Perhaps there will be even more characters introduced to us. Rumours have it that Multiverse of Madness is getting reshoots, which has many wondering who else may be dropping by. Given Raimi’s history with Tobey Maguire, is it possible that he will reprise his role as Spider-Man? 

We doubt Peter Parker has a spot on the Illuminati’s all-powerful council, but he’d still make for a jaw-dropping appearance, particularly after his fan-favorite comeback in No Way Home. 

In keeping with the Spider-Man motif, we know that Bruce Campbell will reunite with Raimi for a mysterious part in Multiverse of Madness. Aside from rumors that he’ll be portraying Thor’s half-brother, Balder the Brave, there’s a potential he’ll join the Illuminati as a Mysterio version. Campbell was slated to portray him in Raimi’s canceled Spider-Man 4 film. 

Finally, the Illuminati are now living in their own What…If? scenario. Perhaps we aren’t getting many cameos at all! 

We’ve already seen Strange Supreme and the new Defender Strange in the trailers, so it’s very conceivable that the council before which our MCU Strange is dragged is a Rick & Morty-inspired council of Strange versions. Don’t be shocked if Sir Patrick Stewart goes full Richard E Grant in Loki and is really another other form of the Sorcerer Supreme, tricking fans who had just recovered from that WandaVision twist all over again. 

In any case, Multiverse of Madness is certainly preparing for something far greater. For the time being, we can only hope that it lives up to the expectations without another Mandarin twist as to what we saw in Iron Man 3. 

“We need you to hope again,” Charles Xavier said.

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Marvel versus DC. Who has the hotter female actors?

DC and Marvel are the two most well-known superhero film companies. There are several points on which fans of these two studios can’t agree, including which has the superior superheroes, which has the superior superhero team-up, which has the superior villains, and which makes the superior movies.

Yes, it seems like another argument is on the horizon. Marvel and DC aren’t shy about featuring stunning female leads since they know it draws in the crowds. In exchange for portraying some of our favorite superheroines, these ladies earn millions of dollars.

Discover who has exceeded the other in this respect.

Marvel VS DC

MARVEL GIRLS

Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow

Elizabeth Olsen, aka the Scarlet Witch

Gwyneth Paltrow – Pepper Potts

Gwyneth Paltrow

Captain Marvel (Brie Larson)

Valkyrie – Tessa Thompson

Dani Guererro – Okoye

DC GIRLS

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

Lois Lane, played by Amy Adams

Amy Adams

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn

Amber Heard/Mara

Black Canary, played by Jurnee Smollett-Bell

Who do you believe has the sexiest actresses? Who is your top pick and why? Leave a comment, thanks!

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Each and Every Show That Inspired the Disney+ Series WandaVision

WandaVision’s frequent allusions to classic television shows are a major part of its humor.

In January of 2021, WandaVision launched Phase 4 of the MCU, officially ushering in a new age of Disney+ shows. Indeed, it was the first time the MCU was seen on television, as it chronicled Wanda Maximoff’s (Elizabeth Olsen) reaction to the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame. In the end, WandaVision was a huge critical triumph, garnering a whopping 23 nods at that year’s Primetime Emmys.

WandaVision, as the first television series in the MCU, appropriately paid tribute to the medium of television by drawing inspiration from a wide range of programs throughout its history. WandaVision acknowledged a wide range of television classics by the end of the series, from The Dick Van Dyke Show to Modern Family. All the shows that served as models for WandaVision are listed here.

The Dick Van Dyke Show

The Dick Van Dyke Show, which follows the title man in his antics both at work and at home, is one of the earliest shows mentioned on WandaVision, appearing in the very first episodes. One of WandaVision’s primary inspirations comes from this episode. Matt Shakman, the show’s director, told Den of Geek that he and Van Dyke had lunch together to discuss the show’s production.

I Love Lucy

Featuring Lucille Ball as a New York housewife who dreams of becoming a star, I Love Lucy was a smash hit on television. Clearly, this program, along with The Dick Van Dyke Show, was an influence on the first two episodes of WandaVision. The most blatant example is the fact that couples could not be depicted in bed together during the airing of I Love Lucy. Two separate single beds were displayed instead of a double bed.

Featuring Lucille Ball as a New York housewife who dreams of becoming a star, I Love Lucy was a smash hit on television. Clearly, this program, along with The Dick Van Dyke Show, was an influence on the first two episodes of WandaVision. Couples could not be shown in bed together on television during the time that I Love Lucy was airing. Instead of a double bed, two single beds were displayed.

The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone, the only non-comedic source of inspiration for WandaVision, is another source of the show’s unique style. The structure of the show has a narrator guiding the audience through a series of spooky stories set in a realm named “The Twilight Zone.” Jordan Peele just recreated the series, but he stuck with the same basic idea. Jac Schaeffer, the program’s creator, discussed WandaVision’s impact on the series and its storytelling, highlighting the impact the show had on the development of Wanda’s magic and the resolution of the Hex’s mysteries.

Bewitched

Bewitched, originally shown on ABC in the 1980s, has been remade numerous times throughout the history of film and television, most recently as a box office smash starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell. Starring in the show is Elizabeth Montgomery as a witch attempting to lead the life of a typical housewife. WandaVision, in which Scarlet Witch and Vision disguise themselves as normal suburbanites, finds an apt inspiration in these stories.

The Brady Bunch

The Brady Bunch was a popular show from the 1970s about a nuclear family that ended up blending and raising six kids together. The third episode of WandaVision, as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, plainly draws inspiration from The Brady Brunch, as the title card makes explicit reference to the show’s title show.

Good Times

A family living in a Chicago public housing complex experienced nothing but good fortune. The actress playing Monica Rambeau on WandaVision, Teyonah Parris, confirmed this was a running gag, and that the show’s effect can be seen even in later episodes. Good Times originated in the 1970s as a spin-off of Maude, which was itself a spin-off of All in the Family.

Full House

In Full House, Bob Saget played a widower father who enlists the support of his brother and closest friend, both of whom were also single parents. The episode in which WandaVision transitioned into the 1980s TV era was inspired by this show. Having grown so much, Billy and Tommy had altered the household dynamic. It’s worth noting that the Olsen sisters, Mary-Kate and Ashley, were featured prominently in the ABC show Full House, which served as inspiration for the show’s design.

Malcolm in the Middle

The popular sitcom Malcolm in the Middle from the 2000s focused on the eponymous character, a bright kid from a working-class family who struggled to fit in. In the sixth episode of WandaVision, there were multiple references to Malcolm in the form of dialogue and the opening titles were a direct homage to his. Furthermore, exactly as Malcolm did in his show, Tommy did in WandaVision, breaking the fourth wall.

The Office

WandaVision’s seventh episode included numerous allusions to contemporary sitcoms like The Office, especially in its mockumentary-style format, which featured interviews and glances directly into the camera. While Vision and Darcy are operating the circus truck, Vision occasionally turns his head to stare directly into the lens. When Agnes recognizes the camera, she once again reveals herself to be Agatha Harkness. It’s only fitting that a reference be made to The Office, which has had such an enormous impact on contemporary television.

Modern Family

When it comes to television, Modern Family is up there with the all-time greats. The show centers on the Pritchett family patriarch, Jay, and how his three children and their families interact. In the sixth episode of WandaVision, Wanda addresses the camera directly in a mockumentary style reminiscent of Modern Family. Wanda’s home is also quite similar to the Dunphys’ in terms of color scheme, design, and general vibe.

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Who is the Wonder Man of Marvel Comics?
We had been expecting you, Simon Williams.

The following contains spoilers for some of Wonder Man’s comic book history, but will give you an overview of his background.

Marvel Comics readers have been wondering when Simon Williams, aka Wonder Man, would enter the MCU ever since the introduction of Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron. With the confirmation that Destin Daniel Cretton, the man behind Shang-Chi, will be directing a Wonder Man series for Disney+, some of the answers to that question began to emerge. And in even more thrilling developments, it appears that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will play Simon Williams in the film. If you seen Watchmen on HBO, in which Abdul-Mateen II portrayed Doctor Manhattan, you’ll find this casting even more intriguing. As the villain Black Manta in the Aquaman film series, he is no stranger to the superhero genre. But that’s not why we’re here; we want to speak about Simon Williams and his role in the future of the MCU, and in particular the fates of two of the most beloved star-crossed couples in the MCU canon.

Who is this mysterious Wonder Man, anyway?

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Wonder Man made his debut to readers on the cover of Avengers #9 in 1964. There was a banner that read, “Marvel Comics proudly introduces… Wonder Man, the newest, most dynamic surprise character from the world-famous House of Ideas,” and the cover art featured the looming heads of Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Wasp, and Giant-Man looking down on their new superpowered foe. Even more so considering Wonder Man wouldn’t make it to the issue’s conclusion, it was a bold claim. Simon Williams was a normal man before he was kidnapped and subjected to “the most potent ionic rays” by Baron Zemo at his hideout in the Amazon Jungle, transforming him into a superhero with superhuman strength and invulnerability. What could possibly motivate such crazy research? The goal was to get Simon (now known as Wonder Man) into the Avengers organization and give him superpowers. In the end, Wonder Man decides to help the Avengers defeat Zemo, after initially agreeing with the plan. He pays the ultimate price for his brave decision. Zemo had poisoned him in secret and, after being deceived, had refused to give Simon the antidote. So long, Wonder Man.

The question is, how did Wonder Man make his way back? And if that was his last appearance, why is he getting a spinoff? In an event that would have lasting effects on Wonder Man and the Avengers, he was soon to play a pivotal role in the development of a legendary Marvel hero.

How Wonder Man are related with Scarlet Witch and Vision?


For four years and 51 issues, fans had to wait before seeing Simon Williams again in the pages of The Avengers. However, the style did not adhere to the norm for comic books. Unfortunately, he was not shown to be still alive or brought back from the dead. This guy wasn’t even a clone. Instead, he is shown to be instrumental in the creation of the synthezoid known as the Vision in the acclaimed story “Even an Android can Cry” by Roy Thomas, John Buscema, George Klein, and Sam Rosen. Something shocking is uncovered as the crew led by Iron Man investigates Vision’s origins and identity. Ultron, the villain, absconded with a valuable item, a “memory cassette” of Wonder Man’s brain. He put it to use in developing the Vision. Yes, in the comics the Vision is an android with a digital replica of Simon Williams’ brain, as opposed to the MCU, where he is formed via the combined efforts of Thor, Tony Stark, and Bruce Banner. The odd narrative may have ended there, but Wonder Man had more in store.

By revealing in Avengers #102 that Simon Williams had not been killed but had instead been in a coma since Avengers #9, Marvel Comics planted the seed for his eventual resurrection in 1972. Unfortunately for Simon, it wasn’t the Avengers but Kang, as part of his villain team Legion of the Unliving, that resurrected him in Avengers #131. Wonder Man’s relationship with Vision only grew in importance once he through a few more rebirths and officially joined the Avengers in 1977.

After living together for a while, the duo finally accepted their unorthodox connection and began to view each other as quirky but supportive siblings. Unfortunately, that was short-lived when a corrupt business destroyed Vision’s memory, rendering him emotionless. Simon’s understanding refusal to enable his loving wife Wanda to restore him via brain imprint donation to Vision was understandable. Because he had grown to love Wanda, even if she didn’t realize it for years. The affair was intense, but it ended when Wanda realized she still loved her one true love, Vision, too much to let him go.


What are Wonder Man’s powers?


What a fascinating query! The correct answer has evolved with the times, just like our favorite comic book heroes. We already know that his innate abilities granted him superhuman strength and indestructibility. His initial ionic experiments with Zemo gave him the foundation for his subsequent enhanced talents. Wonder Man appeared to be made entirely of pure energy after reviving from one of his numerous deaths, but the truth is more complicated.

Wonder Man has falsely claimed to be made of Ionic Energy on multiple occasions, however a more accurate description would be that it is embedded throughout his own flesh and bones. As a result of his extraordinary physiology, he can heal himself from wounds, fashion solid objects out of energy, and control magnetic fields. His peculiar abilities can be traced back to his past. Aside from that, Wonder Man possesses a host of classic superhero abilities, including flight, invulnerability, bulletproof skin, the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound, extreme agility, and super reflexes. He also possesses latent powers, such as teleportation and shapeshifting, though he rarely employs them.

Isn’t it true that Wonder Man used to act?


Yep. Simon’s aspirations to become an actor are almost as well-known as his association with Vision. Wonder Man, who in the 1970s was a resident of the Avengers Mansion, left to strike out on his own. Simon left the Avengers #211 after Captain America attempted to downsize the squad to focus on his personal life in Avengers #211. He is now working with good old Hercules in his acting profession. He then tried his hand at acting before transitioning into the world of stunts in Hollywood, where he proved to be nearly unstoppable. Both West Coast Avengers Vol. 1 and his solo series Wonder Man detail that time period in his life. It’s easy to imagine that this will serve as a springboard for his Disney+ series.


What role Wonder Man will play in Marvel?


Simon Williams seems like a logical progression for the MCU after the events of WandaVision and the introduction of the memory-erased White Vision. The question that remains, though, is how the MCU will redefine the antihero in his pilot episode and throughout the franchise. The several possibilities we’ve discussed here show that this is so. Following a much-loved Marvel Cinematic Universe convention, this author speculates that Simon Williams was either an employee or rival of Tony Stark. The latter seems more realistic, given that his past in the ’80s comics was expanded to involve him competing with Stark Industries for cash.

It’s possible that the MCU will introduce the idea that Jarvis and eventually Vision were created using Williams’ coding skills or a physical brain imprint, giving him the crucial connection that the characters need. This would be a great opportunity for the MCU to further cement the brotherly bond between the two characters and bring him full circle back to Tony Stark. The Wonder Man TV show might also take place in the past to introduce audiences to the character and his background before he becomes part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That may be a fun way to introduce audiences to Wonder Man before he officially enters the current MCU, while also incorporating some of the hilarious hijinks from his time in Hollywood. It’s also plausible that this path may leave Williams in a coma, where the MCU’s latest villain can revive him.


It seems likely that Kang will play a role in Simon’s primary introduction to the MCU, given the comics and the time of the Wonder Man series. Including the Legion of the Unliving in the MCU may be a fascinating development. It’s also possible that White Vision is discovered by scientist Kang, who then links the new synthezoid to Simon. However, we believe that Simon will become well-established in the series before being presented to the main MCU, where he will become connected with White Vision and the Avengers after becoming entangled with a revived Scarlet Witch. During the Kang Dynasty comic that inspired the new film’s title, Wanda and Wonder Man actually break up in the comics.

We won’t know until Disney+ launches the much-anticipated MCU series, though.

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