So far, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has done a brilliant job at revealing just what its creators want with each teaser and trailer. To the surprise of many fans, the latest TV spot from Doctor Strange 2, released by Marvel teased three members of the now confirmed Illuminati group.

Joining Supreme Mordo in Doctor Strange 2 will also be a variant of Professor Charles Xavier, another version of Captain Marvel, resembling Captain Carter and Maria Rambeau, right out of the What If…? series. However, of all the confirmed ones, why would Captain Carter end up joining the apathetic collective of heroes?

Who are the Illuminati?

The Illuminati
The Illuminati in Marvel Comics

In the pages of Marvel Comics, The Illuminati was seen as a collective of some really intelligent and powerful heroes. From Doctor Strange to Reed Richards, this team was tasked with assessing potential threats to Earth, whether these came from the planet or the cosmos. The Illuminati was also the one behind sending the Hulk into space, kickstarting the Planet Hulk event. While they weren’t really villains, their somewhat calculating nature puts them among the colder teams in the Marvel mythos.

Why Was Captain Carter Chosen In What If…?

Captain Carter in What If...?
Captain Carter in What If…?

Just like Steve Rogers, Captain Carter has been the moral center of her own universe. When she was faced with odds, she would still fight, even if that meant her demise. The safety of everyone else trumped her very own mortality. Due to this, Carter was ultimately chosen by Uatu, The Watcher, to take on Infinity Ultron in What If…?. She formed the Guardians of the Multiverse, alongside and her fellow heroes, and together, they ended up defeating the Ultron variant.

As the Illuminati has this habit of foreseeing every possible outcome of any given event, they surmised that the team would be needing a moral compass to avoid falling into villainy. With various options present in the multiverse, the best might have been Captain Carter from What If…?, as she was a good person and also had some experience on the table.

Captain Carter’s Appearance In Multiverse of Madness

Captain Carter in Doctor Strange 2
The scene including Captain Carter in Doctor Strange 2

Till now, the Doctor Strange 2 TV spot has shown Peggy fighting taking on an enraged version of Wanda Maximoff, however, we don’t know who’s on the right side here. However, Peggy might be the only one capable to hold her off, as she has an external strength as powerful as her internal one. Moreover, since the time her serum amplified the strength of her body, she could also stand as the strongest member in the team, easily holding off Wanda for reinforcements. Even though we haven’t seen the rest of the roster yet, it feels evident that she might be the only “hero”, fighting for what’s right on the team.

There’s a lot left to be unveiled with the Illuminati in Doctor Strange 2. However, one aspect that might be a lot more evident than anything is that Captain Carter is certainly going to be a crucial member of the team.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will hit the theaters on May 6th.


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