A focal point of the first “Doctor Strange” movie — aside from his pursuit of the Mystic Arts — is his relationship with fellow medical practitioner Dr. Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams). The two had dated some time ago, but his ego got in the way, so she elected to break things off. They remained friends until Strange’s car accident that ruined his famously steady hands, which caused him to spiral and further push her away. Roughly a year later, Strange and Christine mended their friendship, and she will appear in “Multiverse of Madness,” but not as a love interest.
“He would’ve loved to stay with Christine at the end of that movie [“Doctor Strange”], but he did the hard thing. He said, ‘No. I’m going to be a Super Hero and defend our reality. I have to move on,” said “Multiverse of Madness” producer Richie Palmer in the Spring 2022 issue of D23 Magazine (via The Direct), confirming that they’re not back together. He notes that the upcoming film will focus on the decisions Strange has made as of late and may even explore the regret he feels over how things ended between him and Christine.
Knowing that she and Doctor Strange haven’t gotten back together, it’ll be interesting to see how Christine factors into “Multiverse of Madness.” Will she somehow end up traversing the multiverse with her ex, either by accident or on purpose? Or perhaps Strange Supreme (Cumberbatch) from the “What If…?” Disney+ series will attempt to win her over following the death of the Christine from his timeline? Only time will tell.