Benedict Cumberbatch, the actor who plays Doctor Strange in the upcoming sequel, Doctor Strange 2, says that the film’s ending changed a bit while filming. Spider-Man: No Way Home saw Strange cast a memory spell to guard Peter Parker and unintentionally open a multiverse rift. Now, the sorcerer needs Wong, Wanda Maximoff, and America Chavez to keep the multiverse together, which they get from Benedict Wong, Elizabeth Olson, and Xochitl Gomez. The sequel, which will be directed by Sam Raimi, will feature a large cast that includes both MCU heroes and characters from other universes.
Character arcs are meticulously planned by Kevin Feige and his team of writers, with the existing MCU slate running through 2032. If a global viral pandemic breaks out or an actor passes away, plans may have to be quickly rewritten and reshot in order to keep up with the new circumstances. Sections of the Avengers: Endgame finale had to be reshot because principal photography was completed before the release of Avengers: Infinity War and adjustments had to be made.
Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch recently sat down for an interview with JOE.ie (via Comic Book) to talk about his upcoming role as Doctor Strange. During the early stages of production, the star revealed that Doctor Strange 2’s ending was still up in the air. What Cumberbatch had to say can be found here.
“There’s a lot to examine, explain, and kind of absorb. But there is a sort of propulsion by the end, which is kind of great like the last third. Which was very much up in the air when we started shooting in typical Marvel fashion. It really comes together spectacularly.”
Doctor Strange 2 underwent comprehensive reshoots due to Marvel Studios constantly changing the overall storyline, with so many projects going on at once, according to Bruce Campbell, who is rumored to appear in Sam Raimi’s upcoming film. If one interconnected MCU project wraps up containing plot elements that directly affect others, the stories of future films are likely to change. A case in point is Doctor Strange 2, which underwent extensive reshoots until March of this year.
As one of the most anticipated films of the current MCU phase and introducing new characters, Marvel’s upcoming multiverse adventure is expected to be a game-changer. In light of the overall complexity of the story, as well as a long list of confirmed and speculated cameos, it is understandable that the ending wasn’t committed at the beginning of production. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, set for release in May, looks to be a thrilling start to the summer season.