[Warning: This article contains minor SPOILERS for Doctor Strange.]
If there’s one thing Doctor Strange is known for, it’s balancing the light and dark forces of the universe. However, sometimes things get a little hairy even for the Sorcerer Supreme. On occasions like this, Strange calls upon his mystical brethren for assistance, including compatriots like Ghost Rider, Doctor Druid, and Brother Voodoo. In preparation for his upcoming entry into the MCU, fans received a little magical introduction via a prequel comic.
The prelude shows his early days, as Strange trains with Mads Mikkelson’s main baddie Kaecilius as well as other “Masters of the Mystic Arts,” such as Wong, Daniel Drumm, and Tina Minoru.
In their latest scoop, That Hashtag Show claims Doctor Strange will also feature brief introductions for Minoru, as well as Daniel Drumm’s well-known sibling, Jericho Drumm – a.k.a Brother Voodoo. Although both cameos will be brief (more like Easter Eggs according to the show’s sources) their appearances offer exciting possibilities for things to come in the MCU. Although the report doesn’t detail their specific roles, only that they’ll be small, it sounds like fans will get to see Drumm in full Brother Voodoo regalia.
Fans of the Runaways comic book series – which was recently optioned by Hulu – will recognize Tina Minoru as one of the founding members of the villainous organization, The Pride. Her daughter, Nico Minoru became one of the leaders of the makeshift superhero team after discovering her parents’ twisted predilections and own magical powers. At some point, Tina Minoru strayed from her righteous path and delved into the dark arts, leading her to join up with the world domination-seeking group.
If the reports are true, the entrance of both characters means a greater mystical presence in the MCU. As followers of the Marvel Universe may recall, Jericho Drumm eventually became the Sorcerer Supreme at one point. Could his presence be foreshadowing events in a later Doctor Strange follow-up? His introduction may also be a precursor to greater roles in future Marvel movies, including team-ups with Strange, Spider-Man, Black Panther, or even an MCU mystical collaboration like the Sons of Midnight, the Illuminati, or a more-esoteric incarnation of The Avengers.
Also, assuming Tina Minoru’s cameo is legit – even if she just shows up during Strange’s early training – her presence offers some curious possibilities. She’s poised to become one of the Runaways’ first and most deadly adversaries, at least if the show remains true to its origins. At the same time, crossovers between Marvel’s TV Universe and the MCU are very rare. Minoru’s film character will probably remain separate from her Hulu representation. If not, could her role lead to greater permeability throughout the Marvel realms?
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Avengers 4 – May 3, 2019; and as-yet-untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.
Source: That Hashtag Show