WandaVision was originally building for a major cameo in the finale. And no, that̵
According to a new interview with Rolling Stone, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige revealed that the como should be Benedict Cumberbatch‘s Doctor Strange. And Feige also explained why Sorcerer Supreme was written out of the lively Disney + series.
WandaVision was a warm bed of fantasies and speculations through its short but bright nine-episode run. Who was behind this weird sitcom tribute city? Who is Agatha Harkness? Is there any Mephisto? And what happened to the mysterious fictional commercials?
Many of these questions were answered or rejected, but one of the weird dangling plot threads has been answered: these commercials were actually meant to build a Doctor Strange look. Feige confirmed to Rolling Stone in the magazine’s print edition in May 2021 that the gruesome advertisements for fictional products such as Toast Mate, Strücker Watch and Hydra Soak were more than just subliminal reminders of Wanda’s (Elizabeth Olsen) past – they were originally meant to be messages sent to Wanda from Doctor Strange when he also tried to break through her fabrication of sitcom. (The article is not online yet, but we drove to a store and physically confirmed that these deals are real.) Per Rolling Stone, Marvel had even signed a deal with Cumberbatch to appear in the final episode of the season. But in a late rewrite, the Sorcerer Supreme was written out, Feige said:
“Some people might say, ‘Oh, it would have been so cool to see Doctor Strange. But that would have taken away from Wanda. We did not want the end of the show to be commodified to go to the next movie – here’s the white guy, ‘Let me show you how power works.’ “
That WandaVision the finale was a divisive one, especially because it felt like a rush to the finish line to address Wanda’s grief appropriately and create the impact of Wanda’s actions through the MCU. The finale already planted the seeds for Captain Marvel successor Marvels with Monica Rambeau’s (Teyonah Parris) newfound forces as well as Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness with Wanda’s embrace of her Scarlet Witch identity. It was widely speculated WandaVision contains an affiliation with Doctor Strange successor, so why not bring Cumberbatch to seal the deal?
But the finale was already messy enough as it is, and a Doctor Strange como would only have done it even more, while taking away from the precious little Wanda time that we actually got. Interestingly, this also means that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness also had to be rewritten. Although this does not confirm the speculation that WandaVision the team raged about rewriting the series in response to fantasy theories, it gives a look at the overall writing Marvel writing process that Feige described to Rolling Stone as, “[A] wonderful combination of very dedicated coordination and chaos. Chaos magic. ”
You can see Scarlet Witch and the Sorcerer Supreme team up for real in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnessin theaters March 25, 2022
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