Screenwriter Michael Waldron has revealed that Doctor Strange 2 could have ended much darker than what was ultimately chosen. An end that would have had big repercussions on the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Spoiler alert, this article discusses events at the end of Doctor Strange 2!
You remember the ending of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in which Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) returns to his universe after stopping Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and fighting an evil three-eyed version of himself on a destroyed Earth? by an incursion (ie a collision between two universes ending up destroying one or both)?
Well, in the originally planned conclusion, it was the so-called Sinister Strange who returned to the main Marvel universe and not the hero we’ve been following since the beginning! “Strange finds himself trapped in the incursion universe, and [Sinister Strange] turns around and the third eye opens“, thus indicated screenwriter Michael Waldron as to his initial idea for the end of Doctor Strange 2 in the audio commentary of the film.
An epilogue whose twist – which would have been accompanied by the legendary laughter of horror icon Vincent Price, notably used in the music video for Thriller by Michael Jackson – could have changed everything in the MCU.
A big twist has big consequences
It would have been necessary for a next film to tell how the Strange who fought alongside the Avengers in Infinity War and Endgame escapes from the universe in which he is trapped, while being interested in what his version corrupted by the Darkhold would choose to do on the Earth 616…Having a Strange “villain” take the hero’s place would have bound to upset the dynamics of the Marvel Universe.
Perhaps that’s why it was ultimately decided to bring the original Doctor Strange back into his universe at the end of the feature film. But this one was still marked by his own use of the powerful evil book, the only solution to try to stop Wanda. After this experience, he himself inherited a third eye, like reveals the last scene of the film.
During an interview with comic bookMichael Waldron had explained on this subject: “It’s the price to pay. As Wong says, ‘You used the Darkhold to possess your own corpse. Surely there must be some fallout.’ It was a bit of a nod to the first Evil Dead [du réalisateur Sam Raimi], and to that whimpering ending, where we were like, ‘Oh my God, things got ugly in the end’. So, yeah, we’ll see what all of this means for Stephen.“
So we just have to wait for a new appearance of Benedict Cumberbatch in the MCU to find out more!
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