After 2020 offered absolutely no new MCU content at all, the franchise has since had one of its greatest spells in history. Coming off the back of the sensational Shang-Chi and Spider-Man: No Way Home in 2021, 2022 has a lot to live up to.
Moon Knight may have kicked off the calendar year in an underwhelming fashion, but Doctor Strange then returned to cinema screens in what is easily the weirdest MCU movie ever. Yet another hit for the mega-franchise if not quite what was expected, the 28th Marvel Cinematic Universe movie has opened all kinds of doors moving forward.
To say that there was madness promised in the multiverse, the movie was actually home to a lot fewer characters than anyone expected. Rumours and theories painted a picture of more cameos than in the other 27 movies combined, but in this regard things were actually kept relatively limited.
Of course, there were a handful of surprises in the form of the Illuminati, alongside the titular character and his allies in their fight against an impossibly powerful villain, but not all of these characters were created equal.
11. Black Bolt
From the moment the Illuminati were confirmed for the movie, and even before when they were merely rumoured, there was a lot of buzz surrounding just who make up the new team. Loads of big names were thrown around, one of which was Black Bolt.
The King of the Inhumans has actually appeared in the MCU previously, in the painfully forgettable Marvel’s Inhumans on ABC. This was cancelled after just one disappointing season, and while seeing Black Bolt himself wasn’t necessarily surprising, perhaps seeing this version of him was.
Anson Mount reprised his role, though was certainly the most reserved out of the team. This was always going to happen, since he is limited in his speech, though we did get to see him murder the Doctor Strange of Earth-838 on Titan.
However, he will be remembered for one thing, and one thing only. In removing his mouth, Wanda all but ensured any thunderous waves from his voice box remained inside his head, and essentially exploded his brain. A fun inclusion in the movie, but easily the most expendable.