Well, leave it to Marvel Studios to be beaten again by the merchandise side of Disney.
A product listing for a tie-in puzzle (see below) on the Australian website Booktopia (spotted by Slash Film) has revealed that the Multiverse villain Shuma-Gorath will be showing up in some capacity in Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness, a Lovecraftian type creature with tentacles (teased in What If…?) and a single giant eyeball.
Shuma-Gorath was first seen as an adversary for Doctor Strange in Marvel Premiere #10 back in 1973.
It’s been a no-brainer from the jump that Shuma-Gortah would show up given the Multiverse angle. I even predicted his appearance on Twitter back during San Diego Comic-Con in 2019, when the film was first announced and the title was revealed by the former director Scott Derrickson (later replaced with Sam Raimi).
However, it’s still unclear how much Shuma-Gorath will be in the film and if he’s even going to be the main villain or just one of many that will appear. The other piece of artwork on the puzzle box would seemingly suggest that Wanda’s Scarlet Witch will be one of the heroes.
The cast of Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness far consists of Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch, Benedict Wong as Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo, Rachel McAdams as Dr. Christine Palmer, and newcomer Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez.
We first reported Sam Raimi’s production team would include cinematographer John Mathieson (Logan, X-Men: First Class) and production designer Charles Wood (Black Widow, Avengers: Endgame). Spider-Man composer Danny Elfman confirmed back in February to Inverse he’d be reuniting with Raimi.
The team of stunt coordinators consists of seasoned vets such as Jo McLaren (Overlord, Annihilation) and Brycen Counts (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Ant-Man & The Wasp) with Liang Yang (Morbius, Wonder Woman 1984) taking the role of fight coordinator.
Filming took place at Longcross Studios in Surrey, England, and is the current stage facility being used for Nia DaCosta’s Captain Marvel sequel, The Marvels.
The release for Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness had been recently pushed from March 25, 2022, to May 6, 2022. Hopefully, it won’t be further delayed.