Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness is still months away from release in cinemas, and we know absolutely nothing about the upcoming MCU film from Marvel Studios. Major spoiler warning for those who want to be surprised, but that might have changed now with some promotional merchandise hinting at a showdown against the Lovecraftian major villain, Shuma-Gorath aka the Great Old One.
First spotted by ResetEra, an adult colouring pad and 1000-piece puzzle set shows Doctor Strange battling with a giant squid-like creature, which fans immediately deduced was Shuma-Gorath. The creature was originally designed by Robert Howard in the 1920s as part of H.P. Lovecraft’s expanded Cthulhu Mythos. It would later be adapted into Marvel comic mythos in the 1970s as one of Doctor Strange’s adversaries.
Shuma-Gorath is no stranger to Marvel comics, having already battled The Avengers, Fantastic Four, and even Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy. Its abilities are also quite powerful, being capable of mentally communicating with and controlling lifeforms across all dimensions. It also shoots energy beams from its eye and tentacles. Shuma-Gorath is able to change its size and shape depending on the dimension, and can grow to gargantuan sizes.
Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness will, as the title suggests, focus on the multiverse and several dimensions, so it makes sense for this monstrous foe to be present in the film. We’re unsure just how large of a role Shuma-Gorath will have in the upcoming sequel, but judging by its reputation in the comics, will certainly make for a formidable key villain. Marvel haven’t confirmed or denied any of these leaks yet, but the puzzle box art features both the sorcerer Wong and Scarlet Witch fighting alongside Doctor Strange – both characters are confirmed to appear in the sequel.
Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness was pushed back from its original March 2022 release date and will now release in cinemas on 6 May 2022 instead. Doctor Strange will also appear in Spider-Man: No Way Home this December.