Ian Joyner, Marvel Studios’ Visual Development Supervisor, has revealed a new look at designs for the zombified Defender Strange in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
The Doctor Strange sequel was originally billed as Marvel’s first horror movie and when Spider-Man alum and horror legend Sam Raimi took over direction of the film, it was clear that it was in more than capable hands. In a moment that truly honored the director’s horror roots, the film saw Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange possessing the dead body of one of his alternate selves. In this horrifying zombified form, Strange traveled to Mount Wundagore to combat the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and save America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez).
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Taking to Instagram to share concept art from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Ian Joyner posted a collection of designs for Dead Strange. The images show the undead version of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Master of the Mystic Arts “using the spirits of the dead as a source of power.”
The film’s Visual Development supervisor revealed that “Trying to strike a balance between heroic and horrific was a really fun challenge.” The images show the zombified Doctor Strange wielding the wailing spirits of the dead and offer a close-up look at the design of the undead hero’s face. Check them out below:
“I loved this sequence in the film, came out even better than I thought it would (and I had high hopes!) Spectacular make-up and VFX combined to bring us such an iconic scene,” said Ian Joyner. The dead Doctor Strange was certainly a version of the hero befitting director Sam Raimi and may well have whet fans’ appetites for the upcoming Marvel Zombies Disney Plus series.
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 Marvel film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, with Michael Stuhlbarg, Rachel McAdams, and Patrick Stewart.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is available now on Digital and Disney Plus, and will arrive on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on July 18th.
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