Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige disclosed on Monday what Marvel Stans had guessed from the start: Doctor Strange was intended to appear in WandaVision! So why was the idea dropped? Read below to find out.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Kevin Feige said that the appearance of Doctor Strange would have overshadowed the prime focus of the show, Wanda Maximoff a.k.a Scarlet Witch. He told:
“Some people might say, Oh, it would’ve been so cool to see Dr. Strange. But it would have taken away from Wanda, which is what we didn’t want to do.”Kevin Feige
There is another reason for the cameo being given a second thought. They didn’t want the show’s finale to be merchandised for the upcoming 2022 movie Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Initially, the two projects were linked together. WandaVision’s writer Jac Schaeffer wanted Cumberbatch to be present in one of the commercials. It would have paved a way for Wanda to snap back to reality.
In the series, we can see Wanda mind-control an entire town when she is grieving and reconciling things. The uncanny commercials for fictional products like Hydra Soak, Toast Mate, the Strücker Watch are all meant to be messages from Doctor Strange himself.
Strange weaves these illusions in order to help her break through her sitcom fabrication. But alas, Cumberbatch could not seal the deal in the finale. After the supposed cameo was edited out, parts of Dr. Strange’s movie also had to be rewritten.
The series had an ambiguous ending. In the end, we could see Wanda embracing her chaos magic and fighting with Agatha, wiping her mind in the process. Agatha forced her to face the reality in which she had held townspeople of Westview captive. She also bid goodbye to the imaginary Vision and her kids. The mid-credit and end-credit scenes set up Doctor Strange 2 and Captain Marvel 2.
Fans speculate Wanda could be the main antagonist in Doctor Strange 2. We can’t help but wonder if we’ll see Sorcerer Supreme and Scarlet Witch team up, or square off in ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’. The movie will hit theatres on March 25, 2022.
WandaVision is an American superhero miniseries created by Jac Schaeffer for Disney+ Hotstar. It is based on Marvel Comics characters Wanda Maximoff (or Scarlet Witch) and Vision.
It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in continuity with the MCU films. The events in the series take place after Avengers: Endgame and before Doctor Strange.
The series has nine episodes. It aired on Disney+ Hotstar starting January 15, 2021. The final episode aired on March 5, 2021.