The Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness merchandise shows the best appearance of the Doctor Strange variant played by Benedict Cumberbatch.
The new product of Doctor Strange in “Crazy Multiverse” shows the best appearance of another variant, Defender Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch. The cast of the Doctor Strange sequel includes returning Marvel Cinematic Universe characters such as Huang (Benedict Wong) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), but will also introduce new characters such as American Chavez (Xochitl Gomez). In addition to rumors that various heroes and villains will return due to the story of the multiverse, Doctor Strange 2 is building on the concept of multiverse variants introduced by Loki.
The idea of variation, the character version seen before is slightly different or very different, is how Loki uses multiple versions of God of Mischief, and Spider-Man: Nowhere to go, including the Spider-Man actors of the past. The first Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness trailer confirms that Cumberbatch will play multiple versions of his powerful wizard. He was shown to play an evil Strange, similar to What If…?’s Strange Supreme. However, the movie’s merchandise previously revealed at least another strange variant that the movie will include: Defender Strange.
The addition of Doctor Strange in the crazy multiverse originally came from toys, which displayed his costume and appearance in the form of an actionable figure. The trailer briefly shows his journey through the multiverse, but now he has a clear understanding of the design of Defender Strange.
The packaging of Defender Strange’s Marvel Legends puppet clearly shows the character’s costume and Benedict Cumberbatch as a variant of Strange (via Doctor Strange 2 Updates).
The Defender Strange variant of Doctor Strange 2 is clearly a new version of the wizard based on his time as a member of the Defenders in the comics. The team created by Roy Thomas and Ross Andru in 1971 witnessed the collaboration of Doctor Strange with Namor and Hulk. They face various threats side by side, and although they don’t want to be a formal team like the Avengers, they continue to cooperate when necessary. The team of defenders eventually evolved to include Silver Surfer, Clea, Valkyrie, etc.
It is not clear how big the role Doctor Strange plays in the Doctor Strange in the crazy multiverse. Nevertheless, the regular Doctor Strange of the MCU may provide a lot of information when encountering this other version of himself. If Dr. Strange was the leader of the defenders in his initial timeline, then Dr. Strange’s meeting with him might inspire the Wizard of MCU to create his own version of the team. It is also possible to see that the version of leading a team by himself will promote Strange to become the leader of the Avengers. At least, Defender Strange gave Doctor Strange in the crazy multiverse a chance, so that his Defender teammates might also appear.