Multiverse of Madness writer Michael Waldron needed a moment of inspiration to get all the characters where they needed to be for the film’s finale.
When dealing with multiverse storylines, it can be almost as tricky to keep everything under control as it is when working with time travel. Writer Michael Waldron discovered this when he was working on the script for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness as he was almost caught by his own storyline. I’ve dabbled in multiple realities with loki, you’d expect Waldron to be in the best position to delve further into the Marvel multiverse, but it seems the film’s final act “held him on for a while.” Expect spoilers for Multiverse of madness in this article.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness delivers a mind-blowing journey into the multiverse, pitting Doctor Strange against Wanda Maximoff and the evil forces of the Darkhold, culminating in a battle between Wanda, a zombie version of Strange, Wong, and newcomer America Chavez on Mount Wundagore. However, to get to that point, Michael Waldron had to have a moment of inspiration to get everyone back in the same universe for that final fight. Speaking to Screen Rant, Waldron explained:
“It was quite difficult to figure out how we were going to get Strange in the third act to fight Wanda on Mount Wundagore. In the end, the solution was for him to possess his own corpse. When we came up with that, it was a real eureka moment. But it was, gosh, multiversal travel is so hard. It must be difficult – it must be impossible to do so that only America can do it. That meant that when Stephen got stuck in a multiverse, in another universe without America, he was really stuck for a while. And I.”
Multiverse of madness is already a huge Marvel hit despite its horror elements
Less than a week after its release, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has already taken more than half a billion dollars worldwide. While some critics have been less than full of praise for the year’s first Marvel Cinematic Universe film, that hasn’t stopped the film from attracting worldwide audiences as it climbs to the top of the global box office for 2022.
The film has raised some questions about the PG-13 rating; because many of the darker elements of the story are considered too terrifying for smaller children, many fans have bought into the new, darker tone of the MCU entry. With Sam Raimi at the helm, the film would always please many fans of the director’s previous work, and with the added promise of multiple major cameo appearances, stunning visuals, and a first major leap into the multiverse, it’s hard for Marvel- fans to not be dragged along for the scary, thrilling ride.
Where the story continues for Doctor Strange, who is clearly changed by the end of the movie due to his use of the Darkhold, and for Wanda, who is believed to have died destroying Mount Wundagore, but is more likely to have saved herself for a future return, is something that is currently in the dark mists of the MCU’s distant plans.
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