Ian Joyner unveils some unused concept art from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which show alternate designs for Dead Strange.
WARNING: major spoilers for Doctor Strange 2!
Concept art of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness reveals alternate designs for zombified Defender Strange or what has become known as Dead Strange. Since its theatrical release on May 6 and that of Disney / Marvel studios Multiverse of Madness earned $800 million worldwide, surpassing Warner Bros./DC Films The Batman to become the highest-grossing film of 2022. Continuing Scott Derrickson strange doctorthe sequel sees director Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead, Spiderman) is making a comeback in the comic book genre. Its cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Xochitl Gomez making her MCU debut as universe-hopping America Chavez.
With a screenplay by Michael Waldron, Multiverse of Madness uses the multiverse concept of Phase 4 to introduce several versions of its main characters as well as a few other surprise variations. That said, during the film’s opening sequence, audiences meet Defender Strange, an alternate version of the titular wizard who will do whatever it takes to keep America’s powers from falling into the wrong hands. Unfortunately for America, Defender Strange is killed before her and his corpse is transported to Earth-616. Despite still being dead, Defender Strange proves vital to the film’s finale: 616 Strange uses the Book of the Damned to “dream walkinto her corpse and arm the souls of the damned against the Scarlet Witch and save America atop Mount Wundagore. The sequence feels like the epitome of Raimi thanks in large part to the design of Dead Strange and its not-so-friendly ghosts.
Visual Development Supervisor at Marvel Studios Ian Joyner recently shared some concept art for Multiverse of Madness. The posts give fans an exclusive look at alternate Dead Strange designs, which likely coincides with an early decision to have Defender Strange wear a topknot rather than a ponytail. Check out the images below:
Multiverse of Madness‘ the ending sequence is reminiscent of scenes from Raimi’s comedic horror movies like evil death 2 and army of darkness. If the gruesome, heroic, borderline campy Dead Strange didn’t land, Multiverse of Madness probably wouldn’t work. This, and her use of the Scarlet Witch, led to many labeling Multiverse of Madness as Marvel Studios’ first horror movie – something that was really what Kevin Feige and company were aiming for.
Waldron said he wrote Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness with Raimi in mind. When he came up with the idea for Dead Strange, Raimi approached the zombified finale with some trepidation because he didn’t want viewers to brush it off as usual. evil Dead shit. Not only is the character design and sequence the most memorable in the film, it’s also narratively cohesive, as Doctor Strange once again ignores the rules and does whatever it takes, which ultimately brought Raimi on board. Additionally, the use of the spirits/souls of the damned should have implications for that third eye, the MCU’s afterlife, and the inevitable inclusion of the devil himself, Mephisto. Suffice to say, everyone, including Joyner, was thrilled to see Dead Strange on screen.
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