The latest promo footage for Doctor Strange 2 seemingly features an appearance from a Marvel Comics character cut from Avengers: Infinity War. Another teaser has been released, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Xochitl Gomez plunging across the cosmos. One of the photos shows the two passing by a head that looks suspiciously like the Tribunal’s. This debut of a brand new Marvel character can change the power hierarchy in the MCU.

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

The Living Tribunal may make his first physical appearance in the MCU with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, but it won’t be the first time he’s mentioned. In the next Marvel Studios sequel, Benedict Cumberbatch will reprise his role as the franchise’s major sorcerer.

Doctor Strange 2 Teases Living Tribunal

Around the 0:10 second mark, fans saw what appears to be a brief cameo from The Living Tribunal. In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment, the strong cosmic creature appears in the background of a scene in which Chavez and Strange are crashing through, with viewers freezing the shot to get a better look at the floating head. If the assumptions of the Living Tribunal appearing in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness turns true, his presence in the MCU will alter the franchise’s power hierarchy.

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The Living Tribunal

In the comics, Doctor Strange is the first being to meet The Living Tribunal, who is regarded as one of Marvel’s most powerful beings. He is the Supreme Judge of All Reality, first introduced in Stan Lee and Marie Severin’s Strange Tales #157 “The End of the Ancient One!” One-Above-All established the Living Tribunal to safeguard the multiverse from impending doom. In the wide cosmos, unlike other characters, there is only one Living Tribunal. Anything, including the combined power of the Infinity Stones, is considered useless by his “judgment.”

The Living Turbinal was supposed to appear in Avengers: Infinity War in a sequence where Thanos would land in front of The Living Tribunal before returning to battle on Titan. Ultimately, The Living Tribunal entity was cut from the third Avengers movie because, as writer Christopher Markus explained at San Diego Comic-Con in 2019, “If that guy exists, why is Thanos really a problem?” He added, “We were in the middle of a really fast-paced fight, so to stop it for an LSD trip kind of sucked the air out of it.”

Fans Reaction

It’s rational to assume that the presence of the Living Tribunal in the universe will have a significant impact on the MCU’s future. However, it’s probable that his appearance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be limited to a cameo. When Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness reaches cinemas on May 6, fans will find out whether The Living Tribunal intervenes. The fans however are already ecstatic about the character appearing.

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