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  • Writer's pictureAaron Fonseca

Deadpool Fans Debate if Ryan Reynolds' Merc Is on Doctor Strange 2's New Poster

A new poster for Marvel's upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has fans wondering if Deadpool is about to make his MCU debut.

The poster for the second Doctor Strange movie shows the Sorcerer Supreme front-and-center as the iconic round window of the Sanctum Sanctorum shatters around him. Many of the flying glass shards feature close-ups of the film's cast, while some smaller pieces display images of icons hinting at the mystical nature of the story. One particular shard has fans speculating that Deadpool is about to explode onto the MCU scene. The glass in question is in the upper-left of the poster, at about "11 o'clock" if the round window were a clock face.

While some fans are hopeful others insist that the grainy image, even enhanced, is not conclusive evidence. Even though the two white dots surrounded by a black and red pattern may match up with Deadpool's design, a grain of salt is advised until official confirmation is given. One Twitter user even went as far as drawing an outline for the possible figure, comparing the result to a Deadpool promotional photo featuring the Merc with a Mouth putting a finger to his lips.

Since the announcement of the title for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, there has been rampant speculation that Marvel would use the concept as a device to consolidate its various franchises non-MCU franchises. These include the X-Men and Deadpool, both of which were acquired when Disney purchased 20th Century Fox. Spider-Man: No Way Homedemonstrated Marvel Studios' willingness to explore parallel dimensions and the Multiverse of Madness trailer seemingly confirms the MCU debut of the X-Men with a Patrick Stewart cameo heavily hinting at a Professor X appearance.

Deadpool co-creator Rob Liefield recently addressed Multiverse of Madness rumors by saying the movie has to go big to follow No Way Home's success and buzz. "You know what I want to see?" said Liefield, "I want to see the break in case of emergency moves... all the [Fox-Marvel] shit is there. Break all that glass, bring it all in."

A different piece of broken glass from the new poster makes an even more overt allusion to Captain Carter from Marvel's What If...? series, who has already dealt with the multiverse as well as a dark version of Doctor Strange. Whether or not the shards truly reflect cameo clues remains to be seen.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits theaters on May 6, 2022.

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