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Warning: the basis of this question is a spoiler for Spider-Man: No Way Home, and I’ve tried to obscure that spoiler as best as possible. Don’t proceed unless you want to be spoiled.

In Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021), there is a character who appears in the second end credits scene who looks an awful lot like a slightly modified/darker…

Doctor Strange.

This character looks like they may have more in common with

What If…?’s Doctor Strange Supreme — an alternate universe version of Doctor Strange who debuted in S1E4, “What if Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands,” and who returned for the final episode of S1.

Is that:

What If…?’s Doctor Strange Supreme

who appears in Spider-Man: No Way Home second post-credit scene?


Note that this question is not about any future work like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, but rather the existing works of the fully completed What If...? Season 1, and Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Also, whether that post-credit scene doubles as an out-of-universe film trailer is irrelevant to the question or it’s answer.

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    Quite possibly, but it's probably a bit too early to be able to find confirmation of that from an official source. That end-credits 'scene' is really a trailer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which isn't due for release until May 2022, over four months from now. Dec 21, 2021 at 5:02
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    Reopened. Whilst the answer may become clearer down the line I see no reason why this can't be answered now. There may potentially be out of universe material, like interviews, on this or the character may look so similar that an answer based purely on looks could be acceptable even if weak. Lastly, we don't know is a perfectly acceptable answer.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Dec 21, 2021 at 11:51
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    Thank you. Those were all my thoughts, particularly interviews with film’s creative people, or some program or official movie guide, or web content, as well in asking. Dec 21, 2021 at 11:53
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    @TheLethalCarrot: I understand your point but I disagree. We know that people, in particular at Marvel, lie in interviews (Charlie Cox: "I am not in NWH") and trailers are edited to be misleading (Doctor Strange's discussion with Wong). A "We don't know" answer here would also render the Future Work policy quite moot.
    – Taladris
    Dec 22, 2021 at 1:42
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    @Taladris The future works close reason is for questions asking about information for future works. Just because something might become clearer or more obvious in a future work doesn't mean it isn't answerable now. This can very much be answered now. However, since the community has re-closed it I'll leave it alone even if I personally disagree. SillybutTrue feel free to ask on meta if this should have been closed if you want.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Dec 22, 2021 at 8:54

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According to ScreenRant:

"Meanwhile, it also shows a first look at the return of Mordo, who left the Masters of the Mystic Arts at the end of the first film, and confirms an appearance of Evil Strange aka Strange Supreme, seemingly the same character introduced in Marvel's What If...? animated series."

ScreenRant; emphasis added

Collider has the following to say about it:

"And she isn't the only magician that Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is gonna have to face off against: Evil Doctor Strange, last seen in Marvel's What If...?, concludes the trailer with a sinister smirk."

Collider; emphasis added

As of now, there is no official word on it. However, IGN does say that the trailer "confirms Evil Strange", and IGN is known for being close with Marvel and Disney for trailer reveals, such as the first No Way Home trailer.

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  • Kindly update the answer since its wrong and still the accepted one', @F1crazy's answer is correct
    – shanu
    Sep 3, 2022 at 14:18
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With Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness having been released, we can now confirm that no, this is not the same character featured in What If?.

The version of Doctor Strange seen in Multiverse of Madness is known as Sinister Strange. His backstory is similar to that of Strange Supreme - he tried to use the Darkhold to save his universe, but failed - but instead of realising the error of his ways, he

began dreamwalking into his multiversal selves and forcing them to commit suicide, believing that, since none of them were able to remain with Christine either, he is putting them all out of their misery. MCU Strange eventually defeats him by blasting him out of the window of his ruined Sanctum Sanctorum, causing him to fall onto a fence and be fatally impaled.

To make things even more confusing, the film also contains a Strange variant named "Supreme Strange", who bears even less of a resemblance to "Strange Supreme".

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Yes that is the same Doctor out of What if the monster we saw is the one in the first episode with Cp. Carter.

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    How do you know for sure that it's the same version of that character? Some variants of the same character in the MCU look near-identical, so visual similarity isn't a sufficient indicator. Dec 21, 2021 at 9:40
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    It must the same guy! Even in a Prism of Endless Possibility™©, how could there be two evil wizards?!?!? Dec 21, 2021 at 13:14
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    With that said, that’s totes Shuma-Gorath, and if he/she/they dies in Multiverse of Madness I will be so grumpy. Protect Cal at all costs! Dec 21, 2021 at 13:15
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    Things don’t bode well for Shummy. Savage Strange offed him in Savage Avengers this past summer. That’s not normally ado about anything, except that maybe killing Shuma might just be a thing on Marvel peoples’ minds. Dec 21, 2021 at 13:49

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