‘Doctor Strange 2’ Costume Designer Says Illuminati Was A Last-Minute Addition

Extensive reshoots for the film took place late last year.

Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness Illuminati

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness‘ costume designer revealed the Illuminati scene was filmed very late in the game, which led to CGI suits.

At the end of 2021, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness underwent six weeks of reshoots, and it seems like the Illuminati sequence was one of the bits that needed to be completed. In an interview with Comic Book Movie, costume designer Graham Churchyard explained that he was unable to create suits for Black Bolt and Mr. Fantastic because of how late those scenes were filmed:

“Yeah, I feel sorry for Janek Sirrs that he had to shoehorn those in at the last moment. We had designs for other characters, and then we didn’t have casting and there were travel bans. When we were shooting the Illuminati in London, actors like Sir Patrick couldn’t come to London because of travel. Richie Palmer and everyone had a big wish list of like who was going to be in the Illuminati. When it came down to those two characters being settled on, it was then even too late to make something locally in Los Angeles. Just way too late and too close.

Creating Captain Marvel’s Suit

Churchyard revealed that they were able to create the costume for Lasana Lynch’s Captain Marvel and used 3D printing techniques to craft it:

“Lashana Lynch as Captain Marvel…we built that entirely from scratch. We start with a 3D scan in a photogrammetry booth, and then we work out a form of the person and start building the costume on top of that and sculpt things in the computer. We’re then printing those out, moulding them, and then get to the point where we say, ‘Let’s bring the actor in for a fitting’ and fine-tune it until you get something like that. I was really happy with Lashana’s costume. The fit and performance, and she was able to fight. All I’m saying is a lot was cut and it’s a very quick end for the Illuminati. We shot a tone more, but maybe it’ll be on the Blu-ray.”

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, John Krasinski, 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. Stay tuned for all the latest news regarding the film, and subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

Source: Comic Book Movie

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden's affection for all things DC, Marvel, and Star Wars has led him to entertainment journalism at Heroic Hollywood as a News Editor.