Why Nightmare might be the mystery villain of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness?

The MCU has successfully introduced the concept of the Multiverse and connected previous movies in Spiderman: No Way Home. In the recent TV spot released by Marvel Studios titled “Dream”, fans spotted a weird face which has caused mass fan speculation on who this mysterious face may represent.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is scheduled to release on May 6 and will be connected to many universes, leaks have also suggested that the movie will have many notable cameos from previous franchises. With Marvel Studios themselves saying that the film will have more surprises than Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: No Way home combined so basically anything and everything could happen in this film.

So who is this mysterious figure?

Some of the potential villains and figures who this face could represent are Chthon a demonic elder god and a primal devil in MCU, Mephisto is an extra-dimensional demon who rules a fiery pocket dimension, and finally Nightmare who is the ruler of the dream dimension.

Cthohn, Nightmare, Mephisto

Now to the main part, the main villain of the Doctor Strange sequel should’ve been Nightmare as back in 2018 Doctor Strange writer C. Robert Cargill revealed he and Derrickson planned to make Nightmare the villain for the film’s sequel. Even though Derrickson exited the project and Sam Raimi directed the film instead, Raimi himself noted in interviews that he wanted to keep the original pitch by Derrickson intact.

Why it could be Nightmare?

From the first trailer we’ve been hearing that Doctor Strange has been having weird dreams but they seem real to him and the recent trailer released to promote ticket sales even shows Wanda having the same kind of dreams many people think it’s just a coincidence, but could it really be just a coincidence. In the same trailer, a song is played which is all about the dream which turn into a nightmare. As nightmare torments people in their sleep.

Some think it’s so obvious that the villain is Mephisto as he’s been teased In WandaVision, Loki, and in No Way Home. Some think the mystery figure may be Cthohn but should we really sideline all the evidence suggesting that it could be Nightmare.

In WandaVision

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In Loki

In Spiderman: No Way Home.

Then again Marvel Studios aims to keep the audience confused with hints, keeping the actual plot very secretive. To increase the hype surrounding the film they tease a lot of different thing so it could still be one of those. We will soon fine out who the main villain is in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness as the film releases in just 19 days.

Watch Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in theaters exclusively May 6th. Also check out our review for Marvel Studios’ Moon Knight.

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