What is the Iron Man easter egg? Nobody needs to be a sorcerer to figure out that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness from Marvel Studios was a huge success! When Avengers: Infinity War premiered on May 6, it raked in more than $900 million at the global box office. Doctor Strange, the Master of the Mystic Arts, traveled through the Multiverse to acquire the Book of Vishanti, which he needed to stop Wanda Maximoff, the rogue of the Guardians of the Universe.
With America Chavez, Strange and his teenage protege tumble through several parallel universes, each with its own overarching concept, in a standout scene from the film. HYDRA ruled a world of old-fashioned black-and-white, where everything was painted. The Illuminati’s plot was set in motion when the duo arrived on Earth-838 and faced off against them.
There are other MCU Multiverses that Strange and Chavez didn’t explore. Is there anything else fans should know?
Framestore, the special and visual FX studio that worked on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, provided Cinematography World with some behind-the-scenes information about the scene in which Dr. Strange and America Chavez sloppily fly through 20 different alternate universes.
During this VFX-heavy sequence, a universe reminiscent of the “Superior Iron Man” run from the comics can be glimpsed. As a hero, Tony Stark loses track of his morals and becomes a villain in that storyline. If you’ve seen Spider-Man: Far from Home in 2019, you’ll recognize these drones’ BARF technology.
It’s likely that fans remember Quentin Beck’s use of this technology in his terrorist acts at the end of the sequel in 2019. The advancement of the Multiversal tumble scene was described as “no mean feat” by the Framestore team.
“20 unique individual worlds over the course of 40 seconds is no mean feat. We wanted to get an early start, so we began by creating a previs of each world. Once the client had approved, we started gathering and creating any development we needed to construct them. This was done by working on a purely previs environment in collaboration with the animation team, to get a general feel for the shots and the different worlds we could be moving through.”
Additionally, they talked about other fascinating worlds that passed by, like one in which everything appeared to be printed in a comic book:
“Comic book world is one of my favourites in the finished sequence but it was very tricky to produce,” continues Chandler. “We had to come up with a way of projecting cartoon drawn lines and reflections into our CG cartoon world environments, sketching moving shadows and drawing in building details and on moving vehicles window reflections.”
Viewers love and adore Tony Stark as the mustachioed, innovative hero who made the ultimate sacrifice in order to stop the Mad Titan Thanos from taking over the world. However, could Doctor Strange 2 have hinted at a future where Tony became the real villain?
There is no doubt about it, given the world’s clean, white aesthetic and brief glimpses of technology. The Ultron program was designed to be a totalitarian dictatorship, so maybe its citizens are even governed by BARF drones?
As a result, fans shouldn’t expect to see much more of this particular universe in the near future. But it’s also possible that Marvel Studios’ What If…? could feature a story about Tony Stark going bad.