Thursday, February 24, 2022

Doctor Strange 2 Producer Explains How Loki Affects the Movie

Marvel Studios is leaning into alternate realities with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Several streaming series and movies have laid the groundwork for the Doctor Strange sequel, as Benedict Cumberbatch returns to reprise his role as the (former) Sorcerer Supreme. One Disney+ series that dealt with the growing multiverse was Loki starring Tom Hiddleston. Michael Waldron, a writer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, also penned the Loki series on Disney+. According to a Marvel producer, the events in Loki had a direct impact on the making of Doctor Strange 2.

The spring issue of Disney's D23 Magazine (via The Direct) had an interview with Marvel Studios producer Richie Palmer, who spoke about Waldron helping to set up the idea of Variants in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Several Loki variants were introduced in the character's Disney+ series, and Doctor Strange variants were shown in trailers for the upcoming film. With much of the variant legwork out of the way, it freed Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness to focus on its own story instead of getting audiences up to speed.

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