Much was made about the extensive additional photography on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. While most people understood it was part of the process, others concocted elaborate fictions about how the extra work on the film spelt doom for the sequel. Over time, however, more and more evidence has surfaced to indicate that the extra time on the film was necessary to accommodate actors who couldn’t work in the UK during the original production time. With the additional work nearing an end, as first reported by Aaron Couch earlier this week, new details about it have surfaced.
According to THR’s Heat Vision newsletter, part of the reason for the reshoots, which wrap up this week, was to include new characters to the film. Inspired by the interactions of multiversal characters and Variants in Loki and Spider-Man: No Way Home, the creative team behind the Strange sequel took the opportunity to lean heavily into the multiverse angle and include “more cameos and character introductions.”
Given how much the opening up of the MCU multiverse changes the game, there’s no telling what prior iterations of characters might show up. It would seem the Fox X-Men (maybe even Deadpool) and Fantastic Four films, Marvel Studios animated series What If…?, Netflix’s Defenders-verse series and Sony’s Spider-Man films would be ripe for the picking, along with pretty much any and every Marvel property ever put to screen, animated or live-action. True believers, it’s a great time to be alive.