Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has been a film with some of the most changes from its original inception to its release for Marvel Studios. And with the Doctor Strange sequel officially released almost a month ago, more information is emerging about some of the changes that were made in the script’s transformation between creative teams. In an interview with Den of Geek, Michael Waldron discussed how the character of Nightmare was originally involved with the film before Marvel Studios changed course in its direction.
I think it’s been reported that once upon a time, there was some talk of Nightmare and stuff like that. But when I came on board, it was a multiverse story. And so it was always about trying to figure out who that multiversal adversary was going to be.Michael Waldron
During the time in which Scott and Jade Bartlett served as head writers with Scott Derrickson directing, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was a film with a relatively smaller scope. The change of villain towards one focused on the multiverse was emblematic of Marvel Studios looking to take a bigger swing with the project in how it fits into the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And they found that to be a success with Waldron writing and Sam Raimi helming the film as it has earned over $800M globally at the box office. As well, the choice of a new villain could be considered a success based on the general widespread praise Elizabeth Olsen has received for her portrayal of the Scarlet Witch.
With Marvel Studios continuing to move forward in this multiversal arc in the MCU, it will be interesting to follow where and how they continue to make larger choices to keep excitement in their flagship film franchise.
Source: Den of Geek