Marvel and DisneyPlus came out swinging at the beginning of the year when they released WandaVision. Wanda’s transition to the Scarlet Witch in WandaVision was some of the best writing Marvel has done, making Marvel a major contender on the small screen. WandaVision also served as a lead in to Scarlet Witch’s appearance in the upcoming Doctor Strange movie. However, Kevin Feige just admitted that Doctor Strange was supposed to make an appearance in WandaVision but that those plans were scrapped. Below are a few highlights from an interview Feige did with Rolling Stone:
“Some people might say, ‘Oh, it would’ve been so cool to see Dr. Strange,’” says Feige. “But it would have taken away from Wanda, which is what we didn’t want to do. We didn’t want the end of the show to be commoditized to go to the next movie — here’s the white guy, ‘Let me show you how power works.’” That meant the Dr. Strange movie, too, had to be rewritten. In the end, Feige says, Marvel’s process is “a wonderful combination of very dedicated coordination, and chaos. Chaos magic.” At one point, back when Dr. Strange was supposed to be part of the story, the in-universe commercials were going to be messages from Strange to Wanda, and there was also talk of having Cumberbatch appear in one of the ads, head writer Jac Schaeffer says.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth Olsen is pushing back on criticism that Wanda got off too easy by flying away without punishment after she forced an entire town of people into her sitcom fantasy world. “She had to get away before the people who have to hold her accountable got there,” she says. “And where she went is a place that no one could find her. Because she knows that she is going to be held accountable, and I think she has a tremendous amount of guilt.”
Us Cumberbitches are not amused. How dare Marvel cut Benedict Cumberbatch out of WandaVision? But on a serious note, I am irritated that this just came because now I can’t stop thinking about how Doctor Strange factored into that last episode. It also all makes sense that Doctor Strange was cut because, despite loving that last episode, there did feel like something was missing from it. I know a lot of people felt that Wanda got off easy for what she did in that town but technically everything was done under emotional distress. She didn’t really know what she was doing and she was heartbroken. Wanda losing Vision made that last episode feel so heavy and sad so I wonder if Doctor Strange would have added some levity or hope. I am excited about the upcoming Doctor Strange movie and I am definitely looking forward to how Scarlet Witch plays into the Universe of Madness. I just know there will be a lot of magic, chaos, and great one liners. Now I wanna go rewatch WandaVision, for research purposes obviously.
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