It has been two months since WandaVision concluded its successful 9-episode run on Disney+, and MCU fans are still divided on its series finale. Some are satisfied with how the show handled Wanda’s moving on and full transition into becoming the Scarlet Witch, while others are disappointed with the lack of major cameos and reveals that was previously teased by the cast. One of the cameos that some fans theorized was the appearance of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange due to his magical connection with the story and because Wanda’s story has been confirmed to continue in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Now, in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed that the Sorcerer Supreme was originally set to be featured in the WandaVision finale, with Cumberbatch already agreeing for the cameo. However, further down the process, the creative team decided to make some changes to the final episode, ultimately writing Doctor Strange out of the story. Feige explained that the reason why the major cameo didn’t get pushed through was in order to give Wanda the spotlight she deserves and that Doctor Strange’s appearance would have been a disservice to the Scarlet Witch.
“Some people might say, ‘Oh, it would’ve been so cool to see Dr. Strange,’” Feige said. “But it would have taken away from Wanda, which is what we didn’t want to do. We didn’t want the end of the show to be commoditized to go to the next movie — here’s the white guy, ‘Let me show you how power works.’”
In addition, showrunner and head writer Jac Schaeffer revealed that at one point they considered having Doctor Strange be the one responsible for the commercials that were broadcasted from The Hex as his way to communicate his messages to Wanda.
WandaVision centers around Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany’s superhero characters Scarlet Witch and Vision. The series blends the style of classic sitcoms with the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff and Vision—two super-powered beings living their ideal suburban lives—begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems.
The series also stars Kathryn Hahn as Agnes, and Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau along MCU vets Kat Dennings as Darcy, and Randall Park as Jimmy Woo. All nine episodes are now available for streaming on Disney+.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will feature the Sorcerer Supreme being joined by the Scarlet Witch with the sequel being described as the first MCU horror film directed by Sam Raimi and written by Michael Waldron. The movie is expected to tie into the events from WandaVision, Loki, and Spider-Man: No Way Home, and will debut on March 25, 2022.