‘No Way Home’ Just Sneakily Changed a Key Doctor Strange Scene

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Recently, reports surfaced that MCU star Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Stephen Strange) has been working six days a week on reshoots for his upcoming film, Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness (2022).

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Now, it seems that Doctor Strange 2 isn’t the only movie making changes to the popular character. The latest Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) TV spot just altered a key Doctor Strange scene.

One recent article notes:

The movie’s second full trailer showed Strange in front of a nighttime New York City sky with the Multiverse beginning to come apart as he said “They’re starting to come through, and I can’t stop them [referring, presumably, to the legion of Spidey villains expected to appear in the new Marvel movie]”

The most recent spot included this shot with a different setting behind Strange. This time, the Sorcerer Supreme is in front of what looks like a sunset over the NYC skyline.

You can see the comparison below, with the TV spot background first:

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This is far from the first time Marvel President Kevin Feige and his team have altered a trailer to keep MCU plot points under wraps — in fact, it’s a fairly common tactic for the studio to use scenes that never make it into a movie or series in their trailers.

This happened with both WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier this year, for example. It is, however, worth noting that it is more unusual for a single scene to change from one trailer to another than for a scene that doesn’t make the final cut to be included to throw fans off.

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No matter which scene actually appears in Spider-Man: No Way Home on December 17, Cumberbatch has already shared that the final installment in the MCU’s Spider-Man trilogy is “vastly brilliant”, promising fans:

“It’s gonna be a great film, I think. I think Jon Watts is a genius, all that team was on those three films are vastly brilliant.”

“Jon [Watts] is great, he’s got such a light touch, he’s so assured though. He’s great to hang out with on set. He’s very witty, but incredibly generous and supportive. Everything you want in a director. He’s young, he’s energetic, he gets the kids – I call myself an ‘older person’ to the older people. It’s an atmosphere on that set. It’s a bonded group, they’ve done three now, beautiful work environment.”

More on Spider-Man: No Way Home

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Joining Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019), the official description of Spider-Man: No Way Home reads:

For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero is unmasked and no longer able to separate his normal life from the high-stakes of being a Super Hero. When he asks for help from Doctor Strange the stakes become even more dangerous, forcing him to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.

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Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man) and Zendaya (MJ) are joined by Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Stephen Strange), Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan), Marisa Tomei (Aunt May), Jacob Batalon (Ned Leeds), and Alfred Molina (Doctor Octopus) in the film.

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