Doctor Strange Very Nearly Showed Up in WandaVision<\/em>
We’ve had a couple of months to get over the emotional and narrative impact of the WandaVision finale, but the minds behind the show are still dropping new tidbits about the various plot points that didn’t quite make it into the final draft—including other big-hitter Marvel characters who were supposed to have cameos.
Given that it was known from the outset that WandaVision was originally intended to lead into the cinematic release of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness before the pandemic forced Marvel Studios to shuffle their upcoming slate of films, many fans were expecting Benedict Cumberbatch to show up as sorcerer Steven Strange at some point, especially towards the end of the series, when it became clear that magic was a key component in the plot.
In an upcoming oral history of the making of WandaVision for Rolling Stone, Marvel chief Kevin Feige reveals that they initially did have plans for the Sorcerer Supreme to make an appearance in the show’s finale, but that ultimately it was decided that the character might overshadow or diminish Wanda’s arc.
“Some people might say, ‘Oh, it would’ve been so cool to see Dr. Strange,'” he said. “But it would have taken away from Wanda, which is what we didn’t want to do. We didn’t want the end of the show to be commoditized to go to the next movie — here’s the white guy, ‘Let me show you how power works.'”
It was also clarified that the fictitious commercials which aired throughout the series and alluded to pivotal events in Wanda’s own backstory were actually conceived to be Strange’s attempts to break through the Hex and communicate with Wanda. Once Strange was written out of the show’s ending, the commercials no longer have an explicit explanation, although it was widely accepted by viewers that they were simply an extension of the classic TV tropes that Wanda was manifesting with her powers.
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