Concept art from Spider-Man: No Way Home confirms that a key Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness character was scrapped from the final product.
With the multiverse now in peril, the upcoming Doctor Strange sequel is supposed to see the good doctor attempting to close it off before more shenanigans ensue. Along the way, Doctor Strange will work with Sorcerer Supreme Wong and former Avenger Wanda Maximoff. Joining Strange’s team to navigate through the multiverse is newcomer America Chavez, who has been rumored to be a major player in the film.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness directly takes place after the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home, which saw Benedict Cumberbatch’s character experiment with the multiverse for the first time. The films are so interconnected that the trailer for the Doctor Strange sequel operated as the post-credits scene for the Spidey threequel.
Marvel Studios is known for their meticulous planning and interconnected universe but it looks like at one point Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness would have fed into Spider-Man: No Way Home, and not the other way around.
Concept art from the Spidey threequel shows Doctor Strange’s America Chavez introducing Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s versions of Spider-Man. In the final film, Ned uses Doctor Strange’s sling ring to bring out the versions of Spidey. Seeing as the Doctor Strange sequel had its release date pushed, it made sense that Marvel Studios pivoted who could bring the variants of Spider-Man into the canonical MCU universe. While Ned isn’t as powerful as Chavez, his role as a would-be sorcerer was one of the many highlights of the film.
Another piece of concept art shows America Chavez at the scene of the final battle at the “new and improved” Statue of Liberty.
Here is the synopsis for Spider-Man No Way Home:
“For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero’s identity is revealed, bringing his Super Hero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about most at risk. When he enlists Doctor Strange’s help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in their world, releasing the most powerful villains who’ve ever fought a Spider-Man in any universe. Now, Peter will have to overcome his greatest challenge yet, which will not only forever alter his own future but the future of the Multiverse.”
Directed by Jon Watts from a script written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, Marvel’s No Way Home stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori, Martin Starr, J.B. Smoove, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Benedict Wong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, and Jamie Foxx, with Andrew Garfield, Tobey Maguire, and Tom Hardy.
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