A piece of fan art has seen characters from The Flash placed in a poster for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. With the popularity of comic book movies looking unlikely to fade for the foreseeable future, it seems the developing trend of the sub-genre is a fixation on the multiverse. DC are delving into this concept in their upcoming film, The Flash, the first solo film featuring Ezra Miller in the titular role. The marketing of the film has made clear that the film will adapt elements of Geoff Johns’s “Flashpoint” storyline, which saw Barry Allen use his super speed to time travel and break the barriers between different universes. The key signifier of this has been the inclusion of Michael Keaton’s Bruce Wayne as Barry seemingly travels to the version of the DC Universe seen in Tim Burton’s seminal Batman movies.
Conversely, Phase 4 of the MCU has been explicitly delving into the multiverse and the realm of possibilities it can bring. Alternate timelines and “variants” of classic characters were established in the Disney+ show Loki, and followed up on in the anthology series What If…?. Last year’s Spider-Man: No Way Home then elevated the multiverse concept to a meta level, including several characters from prior Spider-Man film series, including Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, as visitors from other dimensions. Now, it looks as if Marvel is about to go even further with this concept in Doctor Strange 2, which is heavily rumored to feature mind-blowing cameos as Stephen Strange ventures through the multiverse.
Instagram user @theimiginativehobbyist has created a new poster that places the characters from The Flash into the Multiverse of Madness. Evoking the exact style of the Doctor Strange 2 teaser poster, five of the films leading characters have their profiles split by an effect that looks like a tear between universes. The characters included are, from left to right, Ben Affleck’s Batman, Sasha Calle’s Supergirl, Miller’s Flash, Keaton’s Batman, and finally Miller again as another version of Barry Allen/The Flash. Check it out below.
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The poster is a fitting fuse of two films that both promise to be Marvel and DC’s major exploration of the multiverse concept within their own franchises. With fans hoping for a laundry list of cameos and special appearances from other characters in each film, there may be a concern that, in all the spectacle of the multiverse, the lead characters in each film may be somewhat obscured in their own stories. In a previous interview, Cumberbatch referred to the plot of Multiverse of Madness as “very busy,” while somewhat questioning if he would have a character arc within the confines of the film’s runtime.
However, while dealing with the infinite potential of the multiverse may be challenging, this isn’t impossible to achieve while still telling a satisfying story. While Spider-Man: No Way Home featured many elements from prior films, Tom Holland’s Peter Parker was still at the forefront and his depiction in the movie was well received — even by his detractors, who felt he was finally given traditional Spidey material. Of course, the Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was able to make mainstream audiences fall in love with Miles Morales all while introducing the concept of the multiverse before Marvel Studios was even finished with the Infinity Saga. With those examples, there is plenty of hope for both The Flash and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness to deliver satisfying standalone films while taking a trek through the multiverse.
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