Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness produer Richie Palmer has revealed the X-Men’s arch enemy Magneto almost appeared in the film, but was ultimately dropped for one very good reason.
The Doctor Strange sequel introduced a wealth of Marvel characters in Earth-838’s Illuminati, including an alternate version of Patrick Stewart’s Professor Charles Xavier. However, Professor X’s former friend turned bitter rival, Magneto, almost made it into the film as well.
Magneto could have had a vital role to play had he been included; in Marvel comics, he is the father of Wanda Maximoff, A.K.A. the Scarlet Witch. Wanda is played by Elizabeth Olsen in the MCU and appeared as the villain of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
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The Scarlet Witch’s comic book origins as a mutant have not been explored in the MCU. When Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda was first introduced to the MCU, the rights to mutants and the X-Men were still with Fox, meaning it was an aspect of her character that Marvel Studios could not explore.
Following Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox, however, that has all changed. The inclusion of Magneto in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness could have clarified that – at least in other corners of the multiverse – Wanda is indeed a mutant, like her original father.
While speaking about Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on the Empire Podcast, producer Richie Palmer revealed a possible Magneto appearance may have been discussed, but was never seriously considered.
The producer said trying to explain Magneto and the mutants could have “detracted from the experience.” Check out Richie Palmer’s full comments below:
“I don’t know if [a Magneto cameo] was ever seriously talked about. Again, that [Michael] Waldron’s got a head full of crazy ideas, so, I’m not going to say those things never came up in conversation, but I think once you start getting into Magneto and explaining mutants, you know, I think that the Illuminati appearances in this movie are pretty self-explanatory. I think you get them and you know… I think it’s all right there for you. To go any further with it, and to try to explain that stuff, might’ve detracted from the experience. However, who’s to say in this universe, that’s a different Wanda than our Wanda with a different backstory, there is a Professor Xavier there, there are Mutants, there are Inhumans. So, you got to believe she definitely has her own version of that story going on.
Interestingly, Richie Palmer’s response to the question of a possible Magneto appearance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness appears to confirm that the Wanda of Earth-838 is likely a mutant. Of course, with Professor X appearing in this universe, it makes sense that Wanda would have ties to this Earth’s mutant population.
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, and Rachel McAdams.
Source: Empire Podcast