Doctor strange in the multiverse of madness Writer Michael Waldron recently revealed that Nightmare was going to be the movie’s villain before it became a multiverse movie.
Before going into production, Doctor strange in the multiverse of madness saw a new writer and director take the reins to guide it through development. Originally, the film was set to welcome the first doctor strange the film’s director, Scott Derrickson, along with writer Jade Bartlett. When Derrickson and Bartlett left the project, Marvel Studios brought in Sam Raimi and Michael Waldron.
Waldron recently revealed that early drafts of the script, carried over from the previous team, featured a different villain and overall premise for the game. doctor strange continuation. Ultimately, all of this was changed to fit the film’s multiverse-focused plot.
Nightmare is a demon in the Marvel comic book continuity, possessing the ability to capture someone’s astral form while they sleep so they can torment them in their own realm. There are certain similarities between Nightmare’s powers and the concept of dream walking, which appears in the final film.
Speaking of the first versions of the Doctor strange in the multiverse of madness Script and Why Revisions Were Made In a recent interview with Den of Geek, Michael Waldron touched on Nightmare and the decision to replace the villain:
“There were different things. I think it’s been reported that there was once talk of Nightmare and things like that. But when I got on board, it was a multiverse story. And it was always about trying to figure out who that multiversal adversary was going to be.”
While Nightmare would surely have been a terrifying adversary for Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange, removing the villain to focus on a more multiversal plot ultimately allowed Marvel to develop Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch further. Seeing the hero take a villainous turn was an unexpected and powerful move, one that probably resonated with audiences more emotionally than a new demonic villain would have.
Here is the synopsis of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness:
The MCU unlocks the Multiverse and pushes its boundaries further than ever before. Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies both old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to face a mysterious new adversary.
Directed by Sam Raimi from a screenplay written by Michael Waldron, the film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, with Michael Stuhlbarg, Rachel McAdams and Patrick Stewart.
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Source: Den of Geek