Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness had a lot of Star Trek in it.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is one of the year’s biggest films. Benedict Cumberbatch, a Star Trek alum, plays the titular Doctor Strange. Now for the sake of things, there will be minor spoilers ahead but no plot spoilers. So if you’ve yet to see the film and want to, stop reading here.
If you’re still reading, you either have seen the film or don’t care about surprises coming your way. So let’s talk about the overabundance of Star Trek in this film.
Which there is. Not a crazy amount mind you, but considering there are three men in this film who can claim to be pillars of a franchise or a film is, at least to me, pretty wild.
The Star Trek/Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness connections
Strange New Black bolt
The first person to be talked about is Star Trek: Strange New World’s star Anson Mount. Mount, before getting his captain’s pips, was on ABC’s The Inhumans as their leader Blackbolt. This was when TV shows still got hype. The show was an utter failure and prove the Marvel formula wasn’t perfect. Mount was brought back in Doctor Strange and The Multiverse of Madness to reprise his role as Black Bolt. At least a version of Black Bolt. His return was well received and fans believed Mount really crushed his role.
Doctor Khan Nooninen Strange
The star of the film is Benedict Cumberbatch who has really earned a lot of the Marvel fanbases approval for his role as Doctor Strange. Sure, it’s not hard to do so, but he did. Yet, before he was hopping between dimensions and telling Elizabeth Olsen to “think of the kids”, he was trying to kill James T. Kirk in what I believe is one of the most underrated Star Trek films ever, Into Darkness.
Captain Jean-Luc Xavier and his flying chair
Lastly is of course Patrick Stewart, who returned to the world of Marvel films after his last outing in 2017’s Logan, a film that was everyone’s favorite film of the year, but that few have ever re-watched. It was billed as Hugh Jackman’s swan song as Logan/Wolverine but many thought Stewart would leave the role of Charles Xavier behind as well. Well, that didn’t end up being the case. Stewart became famous for his turn as Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek, a role he played for nearly 20 years before leaving it behind, and then waited nearly 20 years to reprise it again. Like with Picard, Stewart wasn’t done with Xavier and came back for a snapping good time in the latest Doctor Strange film.