Doctor Strange 2 will bring back Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer to make way for Mutants
The character of Rachel McAdams in Doctor Strange played a significant role although it did not receive the importance it deserved. Nonetheless, she is coming back for the sequel and hopefully in a meaty role. In Marvel comics, Christine Palmer has not much to do with Doctor Strange. Instead, she played an important role in an X-Men spinoff Nightcrawler comic that came out in 2004. And this might lead to the appearance of Nightcrawler in Doctor Strange 2.
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We first saw Christine Palmer in Doctor Strange. Played by Rachel McAdams, she was Stephen’s love interest. While the movie did not do much to portray the significance of the character, Doctor Strange 2 has the opportunity to do so. And for real reasons too.
Nightcrawler And Christine Palmer In Comics
Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Nightcrawler comic series was supernatural. It dealt with the teleporter and his dealings with everything from demonic possessions to ghosts trapped under New York after a subway disaster. This is what led Kurt Wagner AKA Nightcrawler come face to face with Christine Palmer. He was visiting a hospital after the reports of 13 children being slaughtered in a locked room came up. The X-men feared that another teleporter was tied to the incident. Kurt was immediately mesmerized by Christine, and artist Darick Robertson made sure that she makes an impression.
The Aguirre-Sacasa storyline explores the Catholic faith of Kurt Wagner. In it, he faces Mephisto, who is Marvel’s version of the Devil. Mephisto had influenced some events to test Kurt’s faith and purity of spirit. So, if the Sacasa storyline is used, Mephisto might also debut in the MCU soon. And it will be something to look forward to. After all, we all loved Surtur in Thor: Ragnarok, didn’t we? All this does bring in chances for Nightcrawler to meet Christine Palmer in Doctor Strange 2.
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Time For Mutants To Join The MCU
With Fantastic Four already in the works with Jon Watts directing it, X-Men can’t be far behind in the MCU. And since MCU has established its movie-to-movie connection time and again, it won’t be a surprise we get to see a glimpse or even a mention of Nightcrawler in Doctor Strange 2. However, Marvel should keep in mind not to hurry while bringing the X-men into a wider universe. Subtle connections to the comics will be welcome. And we would indeed like it Christine Palmer gets a better presentation on-screen rather than being just a background character. And the only way to do it is with the help of Nightcrawler. That is if Marvel doesn’t improvise.
There is another suggestion. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will deal with the multiverse. This will offer ways to connect to other universes and characters, if not in real then at least in their presence. This suggestion, though far-fetched, remains as one to bring in Nightcrawler in Doctor Strange 2.
Doctor Strange 2 AKA in the Multiverse of Madness will come to the big screen in 2022. It will be directed by Sam Raimi who directed the first Spider-Man trilogy. Although not horror, it will be scary as stated by Marvel President Kevin Feige.