Inspired by the latest MCU film, Doctor Strange gets an incredibly realistic Hot Toys figure, complete with one very spoilery accessory.
WARNING: Major spoilers for Doctor Strange 2!
An upcoming Hot Toys figure inspired by Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness spoils the movie’s shocking ending. The latest film to take place within the Marvel Cinematic Universe follows Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Sorcerer Supreme Wong (Benedict Wong) as they meet the universe-jumping America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), who is being pursued by dangerous creatures throughout the multiverse. It’s swiftly revealed that Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) is using the Darkhold/Book of the Damned to hunt America so that she can steal her powers and be with Tommy (Jett Klyne) and Billy (Julian Hilliard), her invented children from WandaVision.
As teased in WandaVision, the Darkhold is an object of dark magic that corrupts those who read it—which facilitates the Scarlet Witch’s actions throughout Multiverse of Madness. In the film’s final act, Doctor Strange himself uses the Darkhold to dream-walk into the corpse of his variant and weaponize the souls of the dead against the Scarlet Witch atop Mount Wundagore. After the latter destroys the Darkhold and abandons her quest, Multiverse of Madness ends with Cumberbatch’s character dropping to his knees in agony as a third eye appears in the middle of his forehead. One final twist that doubles as a nod to horror movies of old.
As per Sideshow, fans can now pre-order Hot Toys’ official 1:6 scale Doctor Strange figure inspired by Multiverse of Madness. The collectible stands at around 12.2″ tall, features over 30 points of articulation, has 10 interchangeable gloved hands, costs $335, and is expected to ship between July and December 2023. The figure perfectly captures the likeness of Cumberbatch thanks to “a newly developed hand-painted head sculpt and a meticulously tailored screen accurate recreation of his layered costume,” including “a new Cloak of Levitation with a blue patch, multiple accessories including the Book of Vishanti, a pair of handcuffs, his sling rings, the Eye of Agamotto and a selection of interchangeable mystic arts effects.” The figure also comes with an additional head sculpt equipped with that third eye. Check them out below:
In the comics, Doctor Strange’s third eye appears when he uses the Eye of Agamotto, a magical talisman created by Agamotto, a member of the Vishanti, a trio of supernatural, god-like entities. The Eye is used to find and show “truth,” and it can emit an “all-revealing light” as it plays back recent events. It’s not typically associated with dark magic in the source material. In the MCU, the Eye of Agamotto was created by Agamotto as a containment device for the Time Stone, which in turn grants the wearer an array of powers. The MCU has previously seen the third eye sported by Doctor Strange Supreme in What If…? and now Sinister Strange and Earth-616 Strange in Multiverse of Madness, all as a result of dabbling in the dark arts.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’s surprise ending implies the emergence of a third eye is a bad thing. However, the film’s mid-credits scene contradicts this as Strange has seemingly already made peace with it. Regardless, it’s unlikely Hot Toys’ new figure has spoiled anything for Marvel die-hards as most MCU fans have already seen the film. Multiverse of Madness released in theaters on May 6th and earned $500 million at the worldwide box office in its first four days.
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