Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige explains why Doctor Strange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) didn’t appear in WandaVision.
The Disney + series has had ample opportunity to introduce Sorcerer Supreme: Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) is set to appear in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – set for release on March 25, 2022 – and it was referenced by name in the finale.
Although Cumberbatch actually made a deal with Marvel to appear in WandaVisionThe last episode of, it was written late in the process because “that would have taken Wanda away, which we didn’t want to do,” Feige revealed to Rolling stone.
“We didn’t want the end of the series to be trivialized to go to the next movie – here’s the white guy, ‘Let me show you how power works,’” he explained. Through Rolling stone, this meant that the Doctor Strange the sequel also had to be rewritten to accommodate Cumberbatch’s look cut from WandaVision.
Additionally, chief writer Jac Schaeffer noted some of the ideas put forward on how to incorporate Cumberbatch into the show, including having Doctor Strange appear in one of the show’s Easter egg-filled commercials and making so that these advertisements are in fact messages from the Sorcerer Supreme. to Wanda.