Doctor Strange wasn’t the only Marvel character originally intended to appear in the series. A scene revealing Agatha Harkness’s bunny to be Señor Scratchy was filmed, but the footage was cut. As for the prospect of more of WandaVision, Marvel largely ended the idea, calling it “a show you can only do once.”
Although WandaVision wrapped up its story almost two months ago, new information is still emerging about the process of crafting its central mystery by the series. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed to Rolling Stone that Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange was originally planned to make an appearance in the season finale, but decided that the character’s writing would serve the series better. “Some people might say, ‘Oh, that would have been so cool to see Doctor Strange,” Feige said. “But that would have taken Wanda away, which we didn’t want to do. We didn’t want the end of the series to be trivialized to go to the next movie – here’s the white guy, ‘Let me show you how power works.’ ” Chief writer Jac Schaeffer explained that Doctor Strange’s involvement in the story would have been linked to the in-universe commercials that were peppered throughout the series. The interludes were intended as messages Strange sent to Wanda from Elizabeth Olsen. The writers even considered having Cumberbatch appear in one of the commercials. Freeze also revealed that Strange’s removal from WandaVision led to rewrites about Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Olsen is expected to appear as Wanda Maximoff in the upcoming solo film. His casting in the Doctor Strange sequel sparked many fan theories during WandaVision’s run, speculating on Strange’s potential involvement in the story.
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