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‘Doctor Strange’ writers on sequel cameo and why they didn’t want to introduce mutants (exclusive)

'Doctor Strange' writers on sequel cameo and why they didn't want to introduce mutants (exclusive)

Michael Waldron talks to ET about spoilers for 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.'

After a week in cinemas, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has already earned $500 million at the box office and shows no signs of slowing down. And now that so many people have seen it, screenwriter Michael Waldron is opening up about the many, many cameos of the latest film installment, how aliens What prompted a murderous stretch of the film, what the ending meant for longtime character Wanda Maximoff (played by Elizabeth Olsen) and why it wasn’t the place to formally introduce mutants to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

[Warning: Spoilers for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness]

in Doctor Strange In the sequel, Wanda, now known as The Scarlet Witch, finds herself in the big picture of the film after Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) approaches her to help protect young superhero, America Chavez (Xochital Gomez). manifests as evil, who has the ability to travel through dimensions. It turns out, Scarlet Witch is the one who’s hunting her in order to use her powers to find a way to be with her children, Billy (Julian Hilliard) and Tommy (Jet Klein), both of whom she has created. wandavision,

While Chavez and Strange attempt to overtake it by jumping from universe to universe, the Scarlet Witch goes on a murderous rampage that kills anyone who gets in its way. It also includes members of the Illuminati, an elite team of superheroes in an alternate universe that includes Blackgar Boltgan (Anson Mount), Captain Marvel (Lashana Lynch), Captain Peggy Carter (Haley Atwell), Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart). Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Reed Richards (John Krasinski).

(For that other cameo appearance by Charlize Theron during the end credits, Waldron talks more about Dr. Strange and what his character means to the MCU.)

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However, despite her best efforts, the Scarlet Witch is unable to steal Chavez’s powers. And after fearfully retreating to her children from an alternate universe, she drops Mount Vundagore on top of her and the end of Chaos at hand, potentially marking the end of Olsen’s time as a regular fixture in the MCU. does.

(In a separate conversation with Olsen, she was unsure about what it meant to move forward, citing MCU boss Kevin Feige as determining her fate. “I really don’t know what’s next. I don’t even know if he wants me to say, ‘I don’t know,'” he said.)

Although the appearance of Professor X and Wanda’s two children in the film has been authentically linked to the X-Men in the comics, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness did not follow the path of the famous house of m story that not only closed the story that began wandavision But possibly introduced mutants into the film and TV franchise.

ET: Starting with the Illuminati scene, what inspired that entire sequence and how did you come up with the cameos that we saw in the film?

Michael Waldron: Because Sam Raimi was directing it, I knew there was an opportunity to totally go into the fun like this. It felt like we were getting to a point in the movie where we needed to show Wanda’s true strength and how strong she really is, how scary she really was.

In terms of motivation, I was thinking a lot aliens, when James Cameron sets up the Space Marines and they’re all so badass — and then they get massacred. I just loved that. And so, yes, I was excited to do that. And again, it was kind of a dynamic goal of who would be joining this team. who ended up in the end [in the Illuminati] It was probably beyond my wildest dreams, that we could actually have all those people and do to them what we did.

Given that you did because of so many characters in that scene, should fans read anything in these appearances? Are these setting the course for future MCU performances? Or was it purely a fan service moment befitting the casting hopes for the franchise?

I don’t think there is anything that is just a fan service moment. We worked really hard to treat Universe 838 as a real place. I mean, it’s another universe they go into and what happened there now is going to have real consequences.

So, you know, is this a universe that we’ll revisit and see other stories of one day? I don’t know, maybe? I hope so. It was our hope that it could feel like a real enough place. And so, I always felt that the worst way to approach the multiverse was to do it in a way where each separate universe felt like a sketch, not a real, living space for what happened. There were no real bets.

I don’t know when we’ll see characters like this again, or where you’ll see the fallout of all this. maybe [we’ll see it] Somewhere down the line.

In terms of the final lineup, I’m sure there were a lot of scheduling issues when trying to coordinate everyone. Was there anyone you guys had in mind that fell through? Were there any other names or was this a pretty set shortlist?

there were other names [including Tom Cruise] And there were versions of these characters that were originally in it and then they leave because you think you won’t be able to have them. But by and large, when we settled on these characters, the only ones we really had to cast were all the games and all the actors, so even if they couldn’t be in the same place at the same time, we’re so excited. To come in and do that and work with us, to make it work and to build the characters together.

You know, I worked with all these actors, trying to make sure we were doing justice to these versions of the characters, and it was very generous of them to do that, knowing the final result was going to be Wanda’s. Was going to be defeated. We all had fun.

Speaking of Wanda, apparently the film ends in such a way that the Scarlet Witch story and character have come to an end. When you wrote that final scene, what were you thinking in terms of Wanda’s story and what it meant for the character going forward from this movie?

Well, I was thinking that this was the moment Wanda was finally breaking free from the Darkhold. But also, because if she’s not a hero, she’s a real adult taking responsibility. As she says, “I opened Darkhold. I have to close it.” So, she takes responsibility for what she did and she makes a sacrifice to destroy the Darkhold not only in our universe, but in every universe because she has seen what he did to her and we have seen that. This has to do with other versions of Stephen. And in doing so, she’s actually protecting the Multiverse and protecting the other Wanda Maximoffs in the Multiverse.

So, I thought it was a powerful, final nod to him in this film. What this means for the future remains to be seen.

When it comes to doing something like this, does Kevin Feige have a note like, “Let’s not make this too sure?” Or when you’re potentially killing off characters or wrapping up a story, how much do you know about where you can definitely take things?

It’s all a collaboration with Kevin and of course when it came to a character as important to the MCU as Wanda, we talked about that. We tried to make it clear that this is the end of this chapter in his story. Is there an opening for more story to be told in line? I don’t know It’s a comic book series, so you never know, right?

With that said, I think a lot of people were going into it, especially after wandavisionlooking for a conclusion for house of m The saga that a lot of people applied to what was happening to Wanda. Have you discussed that at all? You know, the whole “Somebody Else Mutants” moment and how or if was actually being portrayed here and what would that mean for the X-Men in the MCU?

yes we talked house of m, and there are plenty of examples of Wanda doing bad things throughout the comics in an attempt to get her kids back. But ultimately this story didn’t require mutants to be powerful, I guess that was our spirit. And, you know, wherever it is on the timeline for the MCU, it didn’t feel like it was the right place to introduce it — because then it would have suddenly been about mutants. And that’s really the story of Wanda and her grief and her descent into darkness in this film.

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