The new costume is quite an upgrade from the humble blue tunic he’s rocked in his MCU appearances, with a belt now adorn with unidentified new trinkets. However, the big news here is that he’s looking more comic-accurate, now brandishing a version of the familiar chest symbol shaped like a cross with a demonic head and wings. It’s a sartorial choice that, sans the yellow gloves, is taken straight from Steve Ditko’s classic rendition of the character. It certainly appears to be the realization of Stephen Strange’s crossing of a new threshold regarding his powers and arc as a character.
However, Strange will have at least one more new outfit to debut in Multiverse of Madness. Not to be outdone by Peter Parker’s array of outfits in Spider-Man: No Way Home, Strange will apparently don a streamlined, cloak-deprived black and red outfit for a look that’s being billed as “Defender Strange,” which might be a tongue-in-cheek reference to the character’s historical comic status as a member of The Defenders. Perhaps tellingly, this particular look is getting a deluxe Marvel Legends release, albeit one that’s exclusive to Target, justified for a higher price point by the inclusion of a teleporting effect.
Marvel Legends Finally Rights a Wong
While the Marvel Legends line has represented a vast array of characters from MCU films and television shows, Benedict Wong’s scene-stealing role as Wong, Strange’s magical mentor-turned-sidekick, was oddly without a figure. This remained the case after he put in memorable crossover appearances in Avengers: Infinity War/Endgame, and even the recent Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, in which a cameo saw him impressively teach The Incredible Hulk’s apparently-reformed main villain, Emil Blonsky/Abomination, valuable combat lessons. Well, we can officially check this most crucial of characters off the unmade list. Now, we’re just left with the simple question of why he comes with a sword.
America Chavez Unleashed
Xochitl Gomez’s debut as Marvel’s multidimensional super-powered heroine, America Chavez, a.k.a. Miss America, will be accompanied with a Marvel Legends release. Thus, with the figure’s adornment of photo-real face-printing technology, we now know how the character will appear in Multiverse of Madness. Indeed, a jean jacket indicatively covered with stars and stripes complements black jeans and black-and-white high-tops. Otherwise, there’s nothing else of note—specifically related to the film’s plot—to discern with this figure.
There’s now More to Mordo
Among the characters of 2016’s Doctor Strange, Chiwetel Ejiofor’s onscreen rendition of comic book villain Mordo remains a highlight, especially for the way in which it took the dastardly supervillain of Marvel Comics and injected him with nuance and identifiable motivations. Indeed, the character, who spent the first film as an antagonistic ally of sorts to our still-green, retired-surgeon magic conjurer eventually came to a realization about the magical hierarchy that will inevitably pit him against Strange. This arc has apparently led Mordo, now billed as “Master Mordo,” to make some interesting upgrades since we last saw him, notably when it comes to his heretofore-short hair game, which now has him brandishing some lengthy dreadlocks.
Rintrah is in the Movie… Apparently
The biggest surprise of the Marvel Legends Multiverse of Madness wave is clearly its selected build-a-figure character, Rintrah. Without any context provided, we are left to assume that the character’s prominent presence in the wave tacitly confirms him as a film character. While previous Marvel Legends movie waves have selected non-movie characters for build-a-figures, the oversized collect-and-connect offering appears to brandish live-action aesthetics, notably in the robe he’s wearing, which appears to resemble the films’ sartorial standard issue for initiates at Kamar-Taj.
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