The trailer of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness gave away many hidden details and one of them was the appearance of the Illuminati in the movie. The scene where a handcuffed Doctor Strange is being accompanied by Ultron Bots to what seems like a trial room is indeed the headquarters of the secret think tank organization of the Marvel Universe.
The role that the Illuminati will play in the movie is unclear but from what we know till now, we can assume that in MCU, the Illuminati that we are going to see has been assigned the role of safeguarding the sacred timeline of all the Multiverses to maintain its sanctity. As Doctor Strange caused mayhem in the Multiverse and broke it open, he is has been called up for a trial in front of the heads of the Illuminati.
In Marvel comics, Illuminati has always been shown to be a 6-member secret organisation where all the six members represent the 6 superhero communities of Earth. However, in the trailer, we can see that the Illuminati trial room has 7 chairs which implied MCU will tweak it a little to make it a 7-member organisation.
In this article, we shall be taking a look at all the members of the Illuminati that we might see in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
1. Professor Charles X Xaviers
Professor X is the only member of the Illuminati who we know will surely appear in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Although his face was not revealed in the trailer, we got a view of the back of his head and he said “We should tell him the truth” to Doctor Strange. And that was enough to confirm that it was the voice of Patrick Stewart – the man who played Professor X in Fos Studios’ X-Men.
Professor X was a core member of the Illuminati according to Marvel comics as well. In the comics, he represents the Mutant community in the Illuminati.
2. Superior Iron Man
It is almost certain now that Superior Iron Man (played by Tom Cruise) will be making his MCU debut in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The Ultron Bots in the trailer made his appearance in the movie crystal clear and it will be interesting to see what story arc director Sam Raimi gives to Tom Cruise’s character.
According to Marvel comics, however, Iron Man was a member of the Illuminati and not Superior Iron Man. Superior Iron Man is an entirely different comic lineup of Marvel in which Tony Stark turns completely evil. Basically, Superior Iron Man is a bad buy in Comics and thus it will be interesting to see his role in Multiverse of Madness.
3. Mister Fantastic
Mister Fantastic who is considered to be the leader of the Superhero group Fantastic 4, was one of the founding members of the Illuminati. When Iron Man pitched the idea of forming a secret think tank organisation, Mister Fantastic a.k.a Reed Richards was the first to agree to his idea and he helped Tony persuade the other members.
Ioan Gruffudd played the role of Mister Fantastic in the 2005 and 2007 movies and it is almost sure that he will not be playing the role anymore as he is already 48 years old and Marvel are looking for a much younger option. It is thus being rumoured that American Actor John Krasinski will be playing the role of Mister Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
4. Black Panther
In Marvel comics, although Black Panther was one of the founders of the Illuminati, he never became an active member of the organisation. In fact, Illuminati was founded in the City of Wakanda. However, a silhouette sitting on the chair in the Multiverse of Madness trailer has shown a suit similar to that of Black Panther and thus fans think that it might be the Superhero.
However, it can not be T’Challa as actor Chadwick Boseman is no longer with us. However, some theories suggest that a female Black Panther might be making an appearance in the Multiverse of Madness. In that case, Shuri might have taken up the mantle of Black Panther in some alternate Universe.
5. Baron Mordo
Rumours have confirmed it now that Baron Mordo is indeed a member of the Illuminati in the MCU. This is one of the strangest tweaks that the MCU has made as Baron Mordo should have no connection with the secret organisation as far as comic book stories are concerned.
In Marvel comics, Baron Mordo has been shown as a Supervillain and an arch-enemy of Doctor Strange. In the MCU he had been given a different role so far. In Doctor Strange (2016) he was shown to be a disciplined sorcerer who was so disturbed by the Strange and Ancient One’s rule-breaking that he decided to leave the Kamar-taj. His role in the Multiverse of Madness will thus be very interesting to see.
6. Black Bolt
Black Bolt is another founding member of the Illuminati and represents the Inhumans community in the organisation. He also goes by the Name Blackagan Boltagon.
He is one of the strongest Inhumans in his race and can be considered to be their leader. In Marvel’s Inhumans series, the character of Black Bolt was played by Anson Mount and he can make a return in the role. However, Marvel will probably make a recast that would fit all their demands.
7. Peggy Carter
We saw the Shield of “What If…?”’s Peggy Carter who became the Captain America in that universe, in the official poster of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Ever since it has been rumoured that a live-action version of the character played by Hayley Atwell can be seen in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Captain America was once a temporary member of the Illuminati according to Marvel comics and thus, showing Peggy Carter as one of its members in Multiverse of Madness will not be technically wrong. Moreover, it would hand them a wonderful opportunity to bring in the beloved character to the MCU.