Dr Strange Illuminati Members Ranked From Worst To Best.. Steve Rogers summoning Mjolnir during the climactic battle in 2019’s “Avengers: Endgame” has to be one of the more iconic movie moments of this and many lifetimes to come.
I remember being in the cinema, on the day of the movie’s release and looking up just as the scene was about to happen.
No amount of spoilers and foreshadowing could prepare me for the deafening sounds of cries, shouts and screams of jubilation that accompanied the eventual scene of Captain America finally yielding Thor’s trusted hammer.
While most people will argue that the thing that made that scene so special was the unexpectedness of it all; then Twitter spoilers warned me beforehand and it did nothing to ruin the experience for me.
To this very day, that scene is right up there with the Robert Di Niro and Al Pacino dinner scene in 1995’s crime action flick “Heat”, the door scene from Titanic (1997), and everything about Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight (2008) or, more recently, the arrivals of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Spiderman in “No Way Home” (2021).
The only reason I bring all this up is the colossal disappointment that was the Illuminati reveal in the recently released Dr Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
What was supposed to be an iconic moment was ruined in part due to Marvel preempting their involvement, the lack of build-up and their overall involvement in the movie.
As a short history lesson, the “Illuminati” is a secret organization comprising several of the world’s most powerful and intelligent Marvel heroes.
The members include the Sorcerer Supreme Doctor Strange; Black Bolt (King of the Inhumans) Charles Xavier (founder of the X-Men and mutant rights activist), Reed Richards (founding member of the Fantastic Four), Namor the Sub-Mariner (King of Atlantis) and Iron Man (Tony Stark)
While not on the level of the Avengers, these six men have worked together for an unspecified amount of time to mould and shape the status of the superhuman world and the world around it.
What was supposed to be a high moment for the movie, and Marvel by extension, ended up being a disappointment as the group members that do show up in the movie had little time to shine and were easily dispatched by the Scarlet Witch Wanda Maximoff.
It didn’t help matters that the rumoured Tom Cruise cameo as Superior Ironman does not show, with the fan theory now revealed to be a totally made-up story.
Below is a ranking of the Illuminati members that do show up, starting from the worst to the best.
Black Bolt (Anson Mount)
Given the disaster that was Marvel’s “Inhumans”, Kevin Fiege made a bold choice in bringing back Anson Mount to reprise his role as the ruler of the Inhumans.
He possesses a dangerous and powerful voice that can unleash massive waves of sonic destruction, and we are given a glimpse of that power during a flashback scene in which he kills that earth’s, Stephen Strange.
Other than that, all Mount does in the movie is sit and grin arrogantly.
Black Bolt is so low on the list as he is so easily dispatched off by Wanda who removes his mouth after which he tries to speak and causes his head to explode.
So much for being powerful.
Maria Rambeau’s Captain Marvel (Lashana Lynch)
While Maria Rambeau’s Captain Marvel is the only Illuminati member that makes Wanda drop a sweat, she suffers from the same illness that befell the Brie Larson variant.
Lack of screen time, lines, and some sort of personality.
what makes this even worse is the fact that Lashana Lynch is a great and talented actress, who, in my opinion, deserves more than being an alternate Captain Marvel and alternate James Bond-like she was in 2021 ‘No Time to Die”
She rounds up the bad Illuminati members.
And, now for the good……
Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor)
After the death of this reality’s Stephen Strange, Mordo becomes the Sorcerer Supreme of this earth which they call Earth 838.
Mordo gets the most monologue, as he initially befriends the visiting Dr Strange before drugging him and bringing him before the Illuminati.
He also shares a lot of similarities with the visiting Strange’s Mordo as his heart was filled with hatred and jealousy.
It is something that Strange picks up on and uses to egg Mordo on, after which they get into an epic fight.
Once again Ejiofor is great in the role and demonstrates great chemistry with Cumberbatch.
At some point, Marvel is going to have to pull the trigger on this rivalry and centre a movie on these two frenemies.
That, or at the very least bring back Ejiofor, even for another cameo or small role.
Mr Fantastic (John Krasinski)
One of the tragedies of this movie was the fact that Krasinski’s appearance as Reed Richards was greeted with muted silence when I watched the movie.
The relevancy of his appearance went over many of the people I watched the movie, and it is my hope that the actual premiere was better.
Still, it was great to see Krasinski don the famous Fantastic Four custom after so many months of campaigning.
I don’t really know if this appearance was a good or bad thing, whether it hints at the actor winning the part for the actual movie or this was a one-and-done type of thing.
Captain Carter (Hayley Atwell)
In this reality, Peggy Carter acquired the super-soldier serum instead of Steve Rogers which then gave birth to Captain Carter.
Atwell reprising her role as Peggy Carter is a callback on two levels, both of which are great.
First, she reprises a persona she performed in both the Captain America: First Avenger movie, and later the series Agent Carter.
It boggles the mind why Marvel decided to cancel that show, as it was one of the better MCU television shows during its short run.
Atwell is the personification of that character, something that Marvel seems to understand now given the numerous times they have called her back.
the second level is that Atwell voiced the same character, Captain Carter, during last year’s surprise Disney+ hit show “What if……?”
it also helps that she manages to hang in there with an otherwise superior opponent, Wanda Maximoff, and even quips that Captain America iconic line “I can do this all day”.
Unfortunately, she gets sliced in half by her own Britain-inspired shield in one of the movie’s more shocking but delicately performed scenes.
Professor X (Patrick Stewart)
Among my list of people who were born to play certain roles, Sir Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier is right up there with Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.
Marvel even went a step further delaying his appearance and accompanying the classic X-men theme, from the cartoon, as Xavier arrives in a Comicbook-accurate hoverchair.
Stewart’s cameo is the gift that keeps on giving as Xavier goes yet a step further and utters his own iconic line; “Just because somebody stumbles and loses their way doesn’t mean they are lost forever.
All Marvel has to do now is finally drop that MCU X-men movie and bring Jackman and Stewart along for the ride.
A meeting between Jackman’s Wolverine and Ryan Reynolds Deadpool in the MCU would all but ensure that I die a happy man when my time comes