Dr. Strange 2 may be the final straw that breaks the Multiverse’s back. As seen in the Doctor Strange 2 trailer, the movie follows the tampering of WandaVision, Loki, and NWH. This is so with the concept that the MCU’s spell expert knows “frighteningly little” about. The sequel promises to be a learning experience for both the title character and fans around the world.
We’ll certainly get answers (and probably more questions) in May. Nonetheless, Marvel Studios is keen on casting confusion in the Multiverse of Madness marketing materials. Many pieces of the Multiversal puzzle are still missing, from Stephen Strange’s deadly doppelganger to Wanda Maximoff’s dubious spells.
Regarding Doctor Strange’s Multiverse of Madness’ promotional campaign, Marvel Studios has already resorted to old tricks by prominently displaying deleted material.
As soon as Marvel fans begin to get a handle on the answers, the company changes the questions. After Spider-Man: No Way Home’s marketing campaign, the first Doctor Strange 2 Trailer picks up where it left off. Not the actual film, but the marketing campaign for No Way Home.
As he did in the first trailer for No Way Home, Wong tells Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange: “don’t cast that spell.” In promotional materials for No Way Home, that line was included, but it was changed for the Tom Holland-directed film. He tells the doctor to “leave [him] out of it” in Spider-Man: No Way Home before he exits the Sanctum Sanctorum.
Marvel Studios is unmatched regarding its marketing strategy. Infinity War and No Way Home have used deleted scenes and characters omitted from frames. This is done to preserve planned surprises in the MCU’s 13-year history.
This would indicate that the deleted dialogue from the Doctor Strange 2 Trailer was done on purpose. For this reason, it’s important to keep in mind that Sony Pictures handled the marketing for NWH. Marvel and Sony have worked together on three critically successful Spider-Man films. Nonetheless, there have been a few instances of miscommunication.
Marvel may have misunderstood that “don’t cast that spell” was changed late in post-production and wasn’t communicated in time to the Multiverse of Madness team. Alternatively, larger forces are at play.
This is the first time that audiences in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have seen Spider-Man in the context of a world without the Avengers. Loki hinted, an ancestor of Kang the Conqueror could buy Avengers Tower. As far as WandaVision was concerned, Evan Peters as Quicksilver from Fox, had slipped into the Westview anomaly.
While the MCU is turned on its head in each of these projects’ respective universes, it is not necessary for every reality to undergo drastic change. Since there are so many universes to choose from, most of them are just slightly different from each other.
The multiverse of Madness teaser could refer to a reality in which Wong instructs Strange to refrain from “casting that spell” instead of simply requesting to be “left out.” Wong is now Strange’s superior, no matter how stubborn he is. If the MCU’s current Sorcerer Supreme tells Strange no, and he pays attention, the domino effects of that change are previously unimaginable.