Marvel Studios Releases Official Illuminati Images

The comic book superhero team appeared in an alternate reality in Multiverse of Madness, introducing new characters and surprise cameos.

Marvel Studios has released official stills of crucial footage from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Marvel took to Instagram and Twitter, posting the images of “members of the Illuminati.” The team featured in the film as the organization responsible for the security of Earth-838. The sequence featuring the Illuminati was important and also the one that generated the most shouting in theaters. The scene featured several alternate versions of Marvel characters and even two surprising cameos.

Marvel has revealed four of the six Illuminati members to the public for the first time since its release. They were actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, Hayley Atwell, Lashana Lynch and Anson Mount. They played alternate versions of the characters Karl Mordo, Captain Carter, Captain Marvel, and Black Bolt. While the first three have appeared in MCU in previous films, Anson Mount reprized his role as the Inhumans television series, making him one of two surprising cameos.

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The sequence featuring the Illuminati characters really brought the multiverse and branching realities into the fold. By introducing these character variants, it has been proven that Marvel now has insurmountable storylines and possibilities for character crossovers and appearances to explore in the new Marvel Multiverse.

Although the sequence ended with a terrifying conclusion in the film and was left to some cliffhanger, it surely boosted the excitement for fans in theaters. He laid the foundations for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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There are still two pictures left

Marvel Studios has only released four photos of Illuminati members of Multiverse of Madness. However, the team consisted of six members.

One of the final two members was Professor Charles Xavier/Professor X. Patrick Stewart returned to play the character as a variant, reprising his role as the X-Men series, thus returning this entire franchise canon to the MCU. In the film, Xavier was apparently the leader of the Illuminati and had the same telepathic abilities as his X men movies counterpart. While there’s no mention of Mutants in the film, the appearance did drop a subtle hint at Marvel Studios’ plans for upcoming X-Men-based projects.

And the final cameo was perhaps the most exciting, which got the biggest reaction in theaters. Serving fans with their long-standing expectations, Marvel introduced John Krasinski as Reed Richards/Mister Fantastic. Earth-838’s Reed Richards already ruled Fantastic Four and, far beyond his original days, was considered the smartest man alive. Although Krasinski’s reveal as Reed Richards didn’t last long on screen, it did boost expectations for the upcoming The Fantastic Four film.


It is unknown what will become of the Illuminati in the MCU future or the main Earth-616 timeline. Still, the tease undoubtedly opened up several options for the studio to not only introduce new storylines, but also new variations of other characters.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is currently playing in theaters.


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