Doctor Strange‘s trippy multiverse is one of the movie’s biggest contributions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far, so it’s not surprising to hear that Marvel has put a lot of thought into how the science behind it worked. In fact, they brought an actual scientist aboard to help work out some of the finer details.
Screen Rant reports that physicist and astronomer Adam Frank was brought on to serve as a consultant to the movie’s production. While Frank is highly critical of multiverse theory within the context of scientific discussion, he believes that it can make for interesting fiction:
“If, in order to explain this universe, you need a theory that invents an infinite number of parallel universes – that’s not a very good theory. It’s a cool idea – it is a great idea to use for fiction. And people have been talking about multiverses as a philosophical idea for a long time. But the current incarnations in physics, I think, are more indicative of problems with some things going on at the frontier of physics than ideas that are gonna last.”
Frank notes that he’d be interested in working on a sequel should the opportunity, and while he doesn’t have specific scientific concepts in mind for the hypothetical film, he does think the franchise is wide open to delve into exploring the many concepts found in the realm of quantum physics:
“Whether or not I believe in [multiverse theory] scientifically, there’s rich things to sort of be done with it, maybe just in terms of the mathematics of dimensions. What does it mean to have different spatial dimensions? So that would be an area that would be fun to explore, also… If I did have secret ideas, it’d be more in the realms of philosophy and science. It’s not necessarily specific science ideas – for this kind of movie. There’s other movies where there’d be more pure science ideas I’d love to explore. But for this one, because consciousness was such an important part of it, I would want to explore more explicit ideas about mind and matter.”
Doctor Strange is available on home video. The movie stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo, Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, Benedict Wong as Wong, Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, and Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius. A sequel has not been announced, but appears to be likely following the release of Avengers: Infinity War (which Doctor Strange will appear in).
Source: Screen Rant