By Stephen Ippolito | February 16th, 2022
It has been long thought that the powerful Doctor Strange villain known as Shuma-Gorath would appear in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. While a squid-like foe does appear in both the teaser and trailer, we know that it is not Shuma-Gorath, but instead a creature called Gargantos. For those hoping that he could still show up in the film, don’t be because he legally can’t.
According to ComicBook.com, Disney/Marvel Studios doesn’t technically own the rights to Shuma-Gorath’s name. The name, which was first used in one of Conan the Barbarian author Robert E. Howard’s Kull the Conqueror short stories, is currently owned by a company called Heroic Signatures and its parent company Funcom.
What’s interesting is that the outlet says that Marvel never reached out to possibly use the name. Instead, they opted to use Gargantos, a creature from an old Namor comic. The two companies are currently collaborating on a Conan the Barbarian comic book, so it’s not like they’ve never worked together before.
When the outlet reached out to Heroic Signatures president Fred Malmberg and asked if they would be interested in sharing the name, he said the following:
“We have a great relationship with Marvel and have worked together to solve many snags over the years, but who can answer this hypothetical?”
Malmberg did hint that a live-action Shuma-Gorath could be appearing in a project in the future. However, he didn’t say if it had anything to do with Marvel Studios.
“As for our future plans for the character, that is not something we can reveal at the moment,” the executive teased. “Stay tuned.”
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness arrives in theaters on May 6.