A sequel to the 2016 film Doctor Strange was launched only to spark the audience with excitement. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of madness was released in the theatres on May 6, 2022. The film was directed by Sam Raimi and produced by Marvel Studios. Based on the Marvel Comics, the film is distributed by the Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The film grossed over $352 Million in the United States against a budget of 20 Crores USD. The mutual response from the audience suggested that they found it to be a very thrilling experience.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is very vast. It is filled with a variety of characters and references to many past appearances and future ones. The films never stop at one story. They give out much from the outside and increase the curiosity of fans, as usual.
In the trailer release of the new sequel to the Thor series, Thor: Love and Thunder, viewers have been pointing out there could be a hint of a little reference to the strong Cosmic Gods. Likewise, in the newly released film Doctor Strange 2, many watchers could have probably overlooked a scene.
In a scene from the film, the background looks like what could be a tropical preserved area, referring to the Savage Lands. These lands have been hidden prehistoric areas in Antarctica. It was the place where the mutant Magneto resided in the comics. Moreover, the participation of Scarlett Witch, the daughter of Magneto by the Marvel Comics, adds to the doubt.
Is this an indication from Marvel for a full fledged introduction to Magneto in the upcoming films? Elizabeth Olsen when asked that whom would she like to have as her on-screen father, replied ” Oh… [laughs] I’m gonna go with Sir Ian McKellen. I had the biggest crush on him. He’s in these videos called Playing Shakespeare where actors get together and they do a Shakespeare… It’s a video series. He’s like the sexiest man in the world so I would say Sir Ian McKellen. ”
In an interview with Variety, VFX artist Alexis Wajsbrot talked about the incredible transitional scenes when Stephen Strange travels through the multiverse with America Chavez. According to him, it was the idea of Kevin Feige to design these worlds to drop a few easter eggs along the way. From the Living Tribunal to Savage Lands, it was Feige all along to tease the fans for an exciting future.
“One was an Incan statue world, which ended up in the movie because Kevin Feige thought, ‘Well, that could be a great world to put the Living Tribunal in.’ So that world became the Living Tribunal world… we proposed a jungle, and Kevin Feige said, ‘Well, it could be cool if it was Savage World.’ It’s a world that exists in the Marvel Universe, so we had to add dinosaurs. We had to model and texture and render and animate dinosaurs for two seconds, which is extremely not cost-efficient.”
Earlier this month, it was also reported that Michael Fassbender had actually filmed a few scenes for Doctor Strange 2. But unfortunately, those scenes were dropped from the theatrical cut. While it’s unsure when Marvel Studios will introduce the mutants in the main continuity (Earth-616), the hidden Magneto reference surely confirms that their return is inevitable.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is expected to release on Disney+ on June 22, 2022.