Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige unearths the horror origins of ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ and more.
It’s all related! During a red carpet interview with Marvel.com, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige discussed the through line that began with Loki, went through Spider-Man: No Way Home, and culminated in Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
“Even in the Multiverse, there’s always a method to the madness,” Feige claimed. “For Marvel.com readers who are aware, Loki and Sylvie did something at the conclusion of that story that enabled all of this to be possible.” He Who Remains is gone, and that permitted a spell to go awry in Spider-Man: No Way Home, which leads to the whole Multiverse becoming very insane in this [Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness].”
Of course, Feige is alluding to Jonathan Major’s He Who Remains, who was assassinated by Sylvie in the Loki Season 1 finale for his involvement in pruning Variants such as herself. As a consequence, the Time Variance Authority’s Sacred Timeline disintegrated, enabling new timelines and realities to emerge.
As a result, when Doctor Strange’s spell to conceal Peter Parker’s true identity failed, he was able to unwittingly bring creatures from other worlds into his own during Spider-Man: No Way Home. The earth-shattering ramifications of this continued throughout Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
“This is unquestionably a sequel to the original Doctor Strange, but also to Infinity War and Endgame, and also to WandaVision,” Feige added “That really just enabled us have an embarrassment of riches, like such a wonderful cast and amazing tales – and then Sam Raimi putting it all together.”
Feige also examined Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’s position as the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first horror movie, describing how this part of the film was there from the very start. “It came up early on, and our Executive Producer Scott Derrickson had a fantastic concept that there hadn’t been… those PG-13 scares for a long time,” he remembered. “Think back to the Indiana Jones movies – and there’s another one coming out shortly from Disney – there were terrifying moments in them!” You hadn’t seen that much in a long time.” “Strange seemed like the persona to do it with,” he went on. “Now that Sam is behind the camera, I can’t wait for people to see what that means and who is frightening who.”
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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, alongside Michael Stühlbarg, and Rachel McAdams. The film is directed by Sam Raimi, while Kevin Feige is the producer. Executive producers include Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Eric Hauserman Carroll, and Jamie Christopher. The script was written by Michael Waldron.