Marvel Makes Shocking Change to Doctor Strange

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Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange

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Doctor Strange‘s variant has a major change in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022).

Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez (left), Benedict Wong as Wong (middle), and Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange (right)
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Many fans are eagerly waiting to see Benedict Cumberbatch return as Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange in the highly anticipated sequel. After the event of Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021), fans know that Strange will be facing the consequences of helping Tom Holland’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man. With the Multiverse open for super heroes to explore, fans will get to see what the other Marvel universes look like, but that also means that the MCU will start to get more dangerous enemies from now on.

Loki introduced fans to Jonathan Majors’ Kang the Conqueror who is a time-traveling warlord who could easily be more dangerous than Josh Brolin’s Thanos. While these threats are concerning for the future of the MCU, the biggest threat in Doctor Strange 2 seems to be Strange himself. Fans have already spotted at least five different variants of Strange with one of them recently getting a major change.

Benedict Cumberbatch as Defender Strange
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Defender Strange with Blue Magic
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As shown in the images above, Defender Strange now uses blue magic instead of his usual orange magic. Colors in the MCU matter as Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch uses red magic signifying that she is using chaos magic which is very dangerous. Agatha Harkness is known to use purple magic and most of the sorcerers use orange magic. For Defender Strange to use blue magic is similar to the witches’ magic color in WandaVision.

Marvel director, Matt Shakman explains how magic color differentiation mattered a lot in WandaVision, especially with the scene at the Salem Witch trials:

In terms of color differentiation, I think it’s important because when you’re trying to describe what’s happening, especially with Agatha in Salem, Massachusetts, you want to be able to see her purple magic eat away at that blue magic, right? Because that’s what she does, she absorbs power, she’s taking the magic from the other witches.

Agatha being attacked by witch magic
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This is important as it seems that Defender Strange will be using a lot of defensive spells in the movie which is why his magic might be blue. The magic color might also be used to help differentiate the different variants, but there are moments in the trailer where Strange uses chaos magic, so it’s hard to tell why Defender Strange uses blue magic. Fans will have to wait and see why Marvel made this choice, but fans won’t have to wait for too long as Doctor Strange 2 releases in just under a month.

More on Doctor Strange 2

Doctor Strange looking at the Sanctum Sanctorum and Statue of Doctor Strange
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Doctor Strange 2 is directed by Sam Raimi and stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange in the main timeline, but he will also play other variants in the movie such as Zombie Strange, Defender Strange, and Strange Supreme.

The movie will also star Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch/Wanda MaximoffAmerica Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), Wong as the Sorcerer Supreme (Benedict Wong), Mordo, (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Rintrah (Adam Hugill)Charles Xavier/Professor X (Sir Patrick Stewart), and potentially other characters from the Marvel universe

Doctor Strange lying on the floor with high-tech handcuffs
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Do you like the new change to Defender Strange’s magic? Let us know what you think!

Phase Four has started off with a lot of content for Marvel fans to look forward to in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. On Disney+  you can expect more episodes of  Moon Knight on March 30, Ms. Marvel on June 8, and She-Hulk to debut this year. For movies, Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness comes out on May 6, followed by Thor: Love and Thunder on July 8, and of course, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever on November 11.

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