Benedict Cumberbatch returns as the Sorcerer Supreme in the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe movie.
Here's why you need to book your seats right now.
1. It expands the multiverse in the wake of Spider-Man: No Way Home
No Way Home joyously mixed up the worlds of Tom Holland, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. But it was a mere entreè compared to Multiverse of Madness.
The trailer teases all kinds of mad imagery that makes Spider-Man and Doctor Strange's mirror dimension tussle seem like child's play.
The visual potential of the multiverse on the big screen, not to mention its dramatic ramifications for the wider MCU, simply demands your attention.
2. It continues Wanda Maximoff's journey
Following the events of the acclaimed WandaVision, the tormented and compelling Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) makes her long-overdue big-screen return.
The trailer for Multiverse of Madness seems to imply that it's as much Wanda Maximoff's story as it is Stephen Strange's. Will Wanda achieve her own measure of redemption? Book your tickets and find out soon.
3. It marks Sam Raimi's return to the comic book fold
The famously inventive Sam Raimi courted notoriety with his Evil Dead trilogy, but he's been associated with the comic book genre since 1990's Darkman, starring Liam Neeson.
Raimi helped galvanise the comic book genre with his astonishingly successful Spider-Man trilogy, starring Tobey Maguire. The series demonstrated both the lucrative and dramatic potential of the comic book epic, paving the way for everything to come.
For the first time since 2007's Spider-Man 3, Raimi is working within a genre that he helped define. Do you want to miss out on this historic moment?
4. It introduces the live-action version of alternate Doctor Strange
Marvel's What If...? series introduced an animated iteration of Strange's evil counterpart. Going by the Multiverse of Madness trailer, the Strange alternate is now about to wreak havoc as the chaos of the multiverse becomes apparent.
It's only a brief moment in the trailer where he appears, but it's loaded with all kinds of imaginative potential that signals dramatic disruption for our title character.
5. It anticipates further exciting developments in the MCU
We can expect fan-pleasing glimpses of comic book favourites like Gargantos, not to mention the arrival of dimension-spanning hero America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez). But it's the barely seen/unseen elements in the trailer that have us salivating for the future of the MCU.
A much-discussed off-screen voice may or may not be that of Patrick Stewart's Charles Xavier (he's all but confirmed that it is him), potentially auguring the arrival of the X-Men within the MCU.
Plus, is that a quick glimpse of Tom Cruise as Superior Iron Man in the trailer? The rumour mill has gone into overdrive regarding Multiverse of Madness' most closely guarded secrets, and given it's been working through reshoots for several months now, we imagine the filmmakers have added plenty more multiverse delights to the film's canvas.
Are you ready? Then click here to book your tickets for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and let us know @Cineworld when you've claimed your seat.
The movie opens in Cineworld cinemas on 6th May.