Marvel Warns ‘Doctor Strange 2’ a “Trap” for Characters, Some Won’t Return

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to expand and possibly break with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022). Marvel isn’t playing it safe with this movie, especially with writer Michael Waldron teasing that the Multiverse is a “trap.”

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The legendary return of director Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2) to the Marvel Universe with Doctor Strange revitalized Marvel’s community of loyal fans, especially ones who have long hoped that Raimi would return to the directing chair for Spider-Man 4 with Tobey Maguire.

Leading Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Sam Raimi promises more mind-blowing experiences than every Marvel fan could imagine. Still, one of Raimi’s closest friends and one of the most infamous Marvel actors may have confirmed that the director’s vision has been cut down with post-production editing of significant scenes.

Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez (left), Benedict Wong as Wong (middle), and Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange (right)
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Marvel isn’t sparing a penny for this game-changing event, going as far as to initiate extensive reshoots of the film to ensure it’s perfect.

Though the Marvel movie is much shorter than recent blockbusters (runtime of 2h 6m), Michael Waldron, the film’s head writer, just revealed to Gamesradar that the gigantic Multiverse is a “trap” for storytelling and beloved characters:

“The danger is you can expand your scope too wide, and you can actually reduce the stakes if you don’t make it personal as you go bigger and wider. But the opportunity in the multiverse is to have characters confront literal ‘What ifs?’ and alternate versions of themselves and perhaps others in their lives. It’s an interesting way to hold up a mirror to characters.”

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Michael Waldron, Marvel’s go-to writer for the streaming series Loki, continues how the Multiverse “shapes” the “emotional heart” of the Madness story:

“In every way, it shapes the emotional heart of the story. It has to. The multiverse isn’t just a MacGuffin where we’re like, ‘Okay, this is just a kitschy thing that we’re playing with in this movie.’ If you’re faced with alternate realities and with alternate versions of yourself that has to become the emotional heart, exploring who you might be if you were a different version of yourself, if you made other choices, the right choices or the wrong choices. It’s complex stuff, emotionally, and that’s exactly why it’s so thrilling and so great for a cast as dramatically talented as this one.”

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One of the biggest pitfalls that Marvel could fall into with this Doctor Strange sequel is trapping well-known characters into random universes, expanding the overall Marvel collection too rapidly, and losing audiences like DC is doing after having three different Batman actors (Robert Pattinson, Michael Keaton, Ben Affleck) at the same time.

Nonetheless, it’s a clear Marvel has reworked Doctor Strange countless times with Sam Raimi, reportedly encouraging the director to cut and add various scenes. As a result, some rumored cameos (Wolverine, Tom Cruise’s Superior Iron Man, Ghost Rider) might be cut from the final film.

More about Doctor Strange

Dr. Stephen Strange casts a forbidden spell that opens a portal to the multiverse. However, a threat emerges that may be too big for his team to handle.

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All bets are off for Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Benedict Cumberbatch leads this mind-shattering Marvel movie, with Rachel McAdams (Christine Palmer), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Karl Mordo), Benedict Wong (Wong), Xochitl Gomez (America Chavez), Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch), and Sir Patrick Stewart (Professor X) all supporting the Sorceror Supreme.

The Kevin Feige production features numerous Stephen Strange’s, including Evil Doctor Strange, Strange Supreme, and more.

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The Marvel Universe is becoming much more than iconic characters/Earth’s Mightiest Heroes like Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), and Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers (Brie Larson).
Elizabeth Olsenas Wanda Maximoff
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Tom Holland’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man Avenger is leading the way for Marvel Cinematic Universe newcomers Kate BishopMs. Marvel/Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), Moon Knight (Oscar Isaac), Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn), She-Hulk (Tatiana Maslany), Eternals’ Thena (Angelina Jolie), and more — especially with his next Spider-Man trilogy that’s currently in the works.

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