Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness became one of the most-anticipated films of MCU’s phase 4. It saw Sam Raimi return for another Marvel film, with a higher emphasis on him having creative control.
Despite all the hype and assurances, the movie failed to meet fan expectations, as many felt the movie was a mess and didn’t establish enough tension. It starred Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange and Elizabeth Olsen as the Scarlet Witch.
The brutality of Doctor Strange 2
Although failing on many key factors, the movie still delivered on the action. We saw some interesting death scenes during the battle of Kamar-Taj, including some of the regular stabbings, some incinerations, and one obliteration.
But the scenes at Illuminati Headquarters were considered particularly brutal, as we saw the Scarlet Witch turn Reed Richards into spaghetti, decapitate Captain Carter and turn Black Bolt’s brain into mush. But there were some cuts made to the film, which dialed back on the gore.
In a deleted scene posted on stunt performer Lian Yang’s Instagram account, we saw the Scarlet Witch decapitate one sorcerer, obliterated another one’s head, and mess up another sorcerer’s limbs. These instances were probably intended to set up the execution of the Illuminati.
Scarlet Witch killed Mordo in a deleted scene?
In the audio commentary from the digital release of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, director Sam Raimi described the scene where Mordo would face off against the Scarlett Witch, only to be decapitated. He said:
“He had a limp and he was coming after the Scarlet Witch to take her power because he knew she was dark and terribly corrupted by the Darkhold and she killed him and cut off his head, and presented it to Strange in a later scene.”
Previously in the first Doctor Strange, we saw Mordo turn to the dark side and go on a killing spree, taking the power of other sorcerers. The deleted scene would’ve helped establish Scarlet Witch as a larger threat, but Sam Raimi noted how the sequence would’ve messed with the pacing, he said:
“It was really great writing, but it slowed the beginning down too much, so we had to lose it.”
In a teaser poster of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness released for the movie, we saw Earth-616’s Mordo face off against Scarlett Witch in her Westview home. Though it would’ve been a great scene, his absence allows the possibility of him appearing in Doctor Strange 3.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now streaming on Disney+.
Source: The Direct