Doctor strange in the multiverse of madness Screenwriter Michael Waldron, who also served as head writer and creator of the Disney+ series Loki, spoke about the many twists and turns of the latest Marvel movie. Doctor Strange 2 debuted to mildly positive reviews last week and featured a scene midway through that many believed was either a studio mandate or an excuse to provide fan service.
Waldron said in interviews after the film’s release that the sequence in which Doctor Strange is introduced to the Illuminati, a panel of superheroes in charge of things in a parallel universe, was always part of his early drafts. He also confirmed that many versions of the lineup were considered before finalizing the one we saw in the movie.
The final lineup included Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch), Reed Richards aka Mister Fantastic (played by John Krasinski), Black Bolt (Anson Mount as the Inhuman leader), and Patrick Stewart as the Professor. X.
“The Illuminati were there from my first draft. That was always there. And that was not Marvel’s mandate. That was me,” Waldron told Collider. “It wasn’t even in my schematic. Basically, I felt like my second act was boring and thought, ‘I need something crazy to happen,’ so I wrote that sequence. There were never any mandatory cameos and the purpose of the retakes was never anything like that. It was always, how can we clarify the character? How can we strengthen these arches? How can we clear things up? That was the goal of any new shots or additional photography.”
Admitting that the lineup changed over time, he told IndieWire: “We couldn’t [include them] or we decide for other reasons to go in different directions, [there was] availability of actors. It’s about, what is the correct alchemy of that team? That’s a tough scene to write, because you have to build the story and dynamic of that Illuminati team in a relatively short period of time and keep it interesting for the audience, but ultimately focused on Strange. It’s like, what’s the most compelling version of this team that’s true to who they are in the comics, but also represents a group of people that fans would be excited to see?
However, he confirmed in a Rolling Stone that no scenes with Tom Cruise as Superior Iron Man were filmed and cut, denying fan speculation. He though he admitted that he brought Cruise’s name to Marvel in early discussions about the project.
Directed by Sam Raimi, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has grossed over $500 million worldwide and is expected to earn Rs 125 crore in India by the end of the week.