The Doctor Strange 2 trailer gives us the first official look at the secretive Illuminati. We know Patrick Stewart is there. But who else is an Illuminati member other than him?
Hayley Atwell played Agent Carter in the MCU movies and Marvel’s What If animated series. In the latter, she helped voice the role in all the episodes her character appeared. Captain Carter’s shield was seen in one of the posters of Doctor Strange 2. Captain America has been a part of the Illuminati in the past. So Captain Carter could be a member.
The Fantastic Four may be the next group to be hinted at in Doctor Strange 2 after the X-Men. Patrick Stewart is most likely playing Professor X in the movie. There are fan theories that a mysterious silhouette sitting on one of the Illuminati chairs is none other than Reed Richards. One of the smartest minds in the universe, roping in Mister Fantastic would be a huge deal.
This one may be too a bit too unrealistic to come true. But there are some talking points from the trailer that make its case. Bruce Banner helped create the Ultron AI in the MCU. While the Hulk is not really a fan of the group because of how they exiled him out of the planet, Maestro would have no such qualms if the Illuminati serve his purpose. The Ultron bots in the trailer reveal the creator of the Ultron AI may be a part of the group. Our guess is either Banner in his Maestro form, Tony Stark, or Hank Pym (more on the latter two in a bit).
As confirmed in our earlier scoop, Black Bolt is about to be a part of Multiverse of Madness. Since the Inhuman King is making an entrance and now the Illuminati are all but confirmed, black Bolt could easily have a seat reserved at the top.
Tom Cruise’s Iron Man
The actor has already been reportedly seen on the sets of Multiverse of Madness. In the comic books, Iron Man started the Illuminati. He brought various heroes together after the events of Secret Invasion to exchange critical information. Under his watchful eye, the Illuminati secretly started manipulating world events like throwing the Hulk off on Sakaar. Tom Cruise could give us the next iteration of Iron Man in Marvel movies.
The conqueror of timelines is a major potential member for the Illuminati. Now that we know He Who Remains has shattered the sacred timeline and created the Multiverse, we know there are many different Kangs out there. One of them could be having a seat at the High Table. Kang is a villain and the Illuminati are a group solely of superheroes in the comics. So maybe this version of Kang is one of the good guys? Or maybe the Illuminati is evil in the MCU?
Of all the MCU heroes ever introduced in the movies, no hero has been nerfed as much as Hank Pym has been. The guy is literally the single greatest mind in the Marvel Comic Book Universe. He is a dozen times more intelligent than Tony, Reed Richards, and Bruce Banner combined. The Illuminati could introduce a more comic accurate and younger Hank Pym. The Ultimates universe Hank Pym could make for a good Illuminati member. In the comics, Hank developed Ultron while in the MCU Tony and Banner created the AI. Considering Ultron Bots are seen in the trailer, an alternate reality Hank Pym does make sense.
The Doctor Strange 2 trailer did show the former Sorcerer Supreme take on Mordo in a few scenes. The guy has been missing from the MCU for a long time ever since 2016’s Doctor Strange. Mordo is finally back and he is coming back with a vengeance. Whatever his plans are, he crosses paths with Strange somewhere in the movie. The Illuminati do have members from the supernatural community amongst their ranks. Doctor Strange himself was a part of the group in the comics. Karl Mordo could be filling that role in the Illuminati. At the very least, he could be joining forces with or working for them.