Newly revealed concept art for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness by artist Darrell Warner reveals Benedict Cumberbatch as a Strange variant named Marvellous Melvyn.
Before Sam Raimi was brought on to direct Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, with Michael Waldron joining him as the film’s writer, Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson was set to return for the sequel with Jade Bartlett penning the script.
That original version of the film included a variant of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange who was a street magician – Marvellous Melvyn.
Marvellous Melvyn In The Multiverse Of Madness
Concept art from Darrell Warner shows how Benedict Cumberbatch may have looked as Marvellous Melvyn in the original version of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
The image shows a version of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange dressed in a garish orange robe with a fez perched atop his head on a snowy New York sidewalk. “‘Marvellous Melvyn’ was a piece I completed very early on in the first lockdown following one aspect/alternative ‘Strange’ universe within the Scott Derrickson script,” Warner said of the design.
Check out Marvellous Melvyn below:
While ultimately not featured in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the Marvellous Melvyn concept art has gone on to be selected as a finalist in the “Live Action Feature Character” category at this year’s Concept Art Association Awards.
Here is the synopsis for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness:
The MCU unlocks the Multiverse and pushes its boundaries further than ever before. Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies both old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront a mysterious new adversary.
Directed by Sam Raimi from a script written by Michael Waldron, the film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Rachel McAdams.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now available to own on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD, and is also streaming exclusively on Disney+. Be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news on the future of Doctor Strange in the MCU, and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more original video content!