Scarlet Witch Joins Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

There are two types of speculators: those who lead and those who follow. By the time news hits, cheap copies of relevant keys are gone and sometimes all that are left are overpriced, often lower grade scraps. It’s the individuals who actually read and research comics who ultimately profit by making insightful, sometimes far-out, connections that puts them far ahead of the market.

SDCC brought some firm details about the second Doctor Strange film, which will be called Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. It’s reported  Benedict Cumberbatch (Strange), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Mordo) and Benedict Wong (Wong) will return for the sequel.

On the rumor side, speculators are embracing the potential inclusion of Clea, Doctor (Brother) Voodoo and as an antagonist, Nightmare. Copies of these characters' first appearances are already pricey and margins for profit have somewhat compressed. Therefore, given the more concrete information, shrewd speculators should consider other possible books, such as Marvel Premiere #5 (1972), which features the first appearance of Shuma-Gorath, who has been confirmed for the film and has traversed the multiverse in the comics. Shuma-Gorath's first full appearance is Marvel Premiere #10 (1973), which is also vital to the Doctor Strange mythos, since it is where he becomes the Sorcerer Supreme after the death of the Ancient One. There are 57 copies of this book in the CGC census (5 9.8s); highest graded copies of the book sell for $150-300.

One interesting confirmed addition to the cast is Elizabeth Olsen, who will once again be portraying the Scarlet Witch. The first time the characters appear together in the same issue is Strange Tales #128 (1965), but in two different stories. They do not appear in the same story until Avengers #116 (1973); they do not appear in the same location until Defenders #10 (1973), but still do not interact. The earliest recorded communication between the two may not be until Defenders #112 (1982). Their first full-length adventure together occurred in Doctor Strange, Master of Mystic Arts #60 (1983).

For speculation purposes, consider the 1:50 Adam Hughes cover of Doctor Strange #11 (2016), which features both characters on the cover. The book revisits the origin of Doctor Strange, but does not actually include Wanda Maximoff in the issue. There are 46 copies (18 9.8s) in the census. With approximately 53,718 copies sold of the issue according to Comichron, there are 1074 copies of the variant.


  • Conan the Librarian

    Smuma Gorath saga is a wonderful run. I have had that whole run for a long time, admittedly in kinda bashed up condition. I have to admit I’d find it hard to sell them. So great and lovecraftian. “The Spawn of Sligguth”, “The Lurker in the Labyrinth!”, “The Doom That Bloomed on Kathulos”, “The Crypts of Kaa-U!”. Brilliant stories 🙂

  • SupernaturalDavid

    Shuma-Gorath has NOT been confirmed for Doctor Strange 2. Its all speculation.

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      Very true, but part of the fun. Also, Shuma Gorath is the ruler of thousands of dimensions. With the Multi Verse existing in the MCU he is a very good fit to be a villain for a movie, or string of movies. Not sure but can’t he also drive weaker minds mad just by them looking upon him? That may be another Lovecraftian type demon. Time will tell if he is joining the MCU. I can just as easily see Marvel not using him, but I hope they do. Would be epic and horrific!

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    Team-ups usually don’t command dollars. Anyone remember the first meeting between Power Man and Iron Fist (issue #48)….I’m talking well before the (lackluster) shows were released. Issue #48 never got hot. In all logical sense, it should have- it had the first meeting of arguably the best buddy superhero duo in comics (the other would be Blue Beetle and Booster gold). Yet it failed. I speculated on issue #48, and that was a loss.
    I don’t see the first meeting with Dr. Strange and Scarlet Witch going anywhere based on this type of precedence.

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    Shuma Gorath would be freaking Awesome!!! I wrote CBCS and CGC about him a while back regarding what his first apperance would be. Only CBCS got back to me.

    Marvel Premiere #5 is the first time his name is mentioned. Marvel Premiere #9 has what is probably Suhma’s voice speaking to Dr. Strange through an abyss. He never identifies himself as Shuma and Dr. Strange does not know it is him (but it is). Later in the same issue there is disembodied laughter that Dr. Strange does identify as Shuma Gorath. He still isn’t seen or shown. Marvel Premiere #10 Shuma Gorath is shown (partly on the cover and fully in the comic).

    According to CBCS if my information is accurate Marvel Premiere #10 would be considered his first appearance.

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      Safe bet, get all three issues of Marvel Premiere #5, #9 and #10. In mid grade range they are pretty cheap. Even higher grades won’t set most back much.

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