Marvel fans couldn’t believe what awaited us in the current MCU film. More than once, however, they rejoiced too soon.
– Warning: Spoilers for “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” follow! –
With “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” The latest film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has finally started in German cinemas and unfortunately it probably caused some disappointment among some fans. After all, previews and a number of rumors promised a Marvel festival with a number of participants, but not all expectations were met in the end.
Among other things, Tom Cruise was missing as Iron Man, although many had counted on him, Wolverine or a renewed appearance by Tobey Maguire also stayed away from the Marvel film despite corresponding reports. While another Marvel character made it into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, fans were certainly hoping for more from that too. We’re talking about Living Tribunalwhich fans discovered in a teaser trailer before the theatrical release, which they also appreciated with corresponding jubilation.
“Is that the damn Living Tribunal, holy sh…”
“This strip is banged up! Living Tribunal?”
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That’s why Marvel fans were so excited for the Living Tribunal
The Living Tribunal is a cosmic entity represented in humanoid form with three faces. It is one of the greatest powers in the Marvel Comics and is responsible for the balance in the multiverse. When a world accumulates too much power or threatens the balance between good and evil, it steps in. If the Living Tribunal lives up to its name and all three heads—representing equality, necessity, and vengeance—come to a unanimous verdict, then with a single burst of energy, the entity can annihilate an entire planet, or even supernovae a star, and causing even more destruction.
Actually, the Living Tribunal should already appear in “Avengers: Infinity War”. This was revealed by screenwriter Christopher Markus at the San Diego Comic-Con (via Comicbook.com). The plan was that Doctor Strange would send Thanos (Josh Brolin) on a mental trip through the universe during their duel and confront him with all his crimes. At the end of this horror trip, during which Thanos was supposed to be buried by a number of corpses, among other things, he would have ended up before the Living Tribunal, which would have found him guilty.
The use of the Living Tribunal would have opened up a whole new world in the MCU back then, but according to Markus those responsible decided against it for the following reasons: On the one hand, the fight against Thanos would be for his “LSD trip”, as Markus called it, been interrupted, which would have slowed the whole thing down. On the other hand, a potentially confusing concept for viewers would suddenly have been established, which would also have revealed a much more powerful authority than Thanos. This might have raised the question of why the Mad Titan is still a problem at all.
Living Tribunal maybe just the beginning: Are the “Secret Wars” coming soon?
So Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness now seems like a much better place to help the Living Tribunal make its MCU debut. Although we feared beforehand that the entity would only show up as an Easter egg that can be discovered in the background during the trip by America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) and Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberatbch). That’s how it happened, which means that the Living Tribunal has yet to make a real debut. But that could also open up a whole new world, because the cosmic entities have so far played practically no role in the MCU apart from the Celestials and Dormammu, the villain from “Doctor Strange”.
Once that door is opened, Death, Infinity and a number of other entities could also become important in the MCU. The appearances of Galactus, whose MCU debut fans are longing for, and the Beyonder would certainly be exciting. The latter, after all, is hugely important in the Secret Wars comics, one of the biggest Marvel stories ever that Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo would love to film. Apparently it will take a while before that happens, but maybe the short appearance of the Living Tribunal was a foretaste.
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