Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness introduced and promptly killed off an array of Marvel characters, but one of the most shocking deaths was Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige’s idea.
During his travels through the Multiverse, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange found himself on Earth-838, a world with just a few notable changes from the MCU’s Earth-616. The biggest departure from the MCU’s primary universe was the presence of the Illuminati and the heroes who were its members.
As well as alternate versions of Anson Mount’s Black Bolt and Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Mordo, the Illuminati saw Lashana Lynch’s Maria Rambeau and Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter taking the places of Captain Marvel and Captain America respectively. The secret superhero organization also introduced Patrick Stewart as a new version of Professor X and John Krasinski as Reed Richards, A.K.A. Mr. Fantastic.
How Kevin Feige Killed Reed Richards
In a shocking battle scene, Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch killed almost all of Earth-838’s Illuminati, with some seriously grotesque deaths befalling the newly introduced heroes.
In a recent interview, Julian Foddy, VFX supervisor on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, confirmed John Krasinski’s Reed Richards met his demise in a manner that had been laid out by Kevin Feige himself.
Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch is seen levitating John Krasinski’s Mr. Fantastic and then, in a horrifying moment, unraveling him in long spaghetti-like strands. Speaking about the gruesome death to Before and Afters, Julian Foddy revealed:
“The starting point there was some reference that was passed to us by Janek Sirrs directly from Kevin Feige. It was someone passing a lump of modeling clay or Play-doh through a garlic press. Janek also had some reference of the Play-doh ‘Barber Shop’ toy, which was a little figure with holes in the head and you’d turn a handle and the Play-doh would come out. That was the kind of look we were going for.”
It’s surprising to heat that such a specific effect came directly from the Marvel Studios president, but Kevin Feige clearly knew what he was talking about. The end result was one of the most shocking and memorable moments from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Here is the synopsis for Sam Raimi’s 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: Before and Afters