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Doctor Strange 2 Designer Reveals Why Thor’s Secret Second Brother Didn’t Become Seventh Illuminati Member

Doctor Strange 2 has had a rave review with increasing critical appreciation in the public panorama since its release on May 6, 2022. The Phase 4 Marvel movie has become a focal point of future cinematic talks for its introduction of the disruptive nature of the multiverse, Scarlet Witch as an antagonist, and the extent of her powers, Earth-838, Illuminati, America Chavez, Clea, and Doctor Strange’s third eye.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

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And now the designer of the film reveals a crucial plot factor that had been skipped over in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The Illuminati was supposed to feature a seventh member but the audience only found 6.

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Who Is Earth-838 Illuminati’s Seventh Member?

The members of the Illuminati, however short-lived made an impression with their debut as the protectors of the realm from higher levels of threat. Founded by Stephen Strange, it comprised Professor X, Captain Carter, Baron Mordo, Mister Fantastic, Blackagar Boltagon, and Captain Marvel.

MCU Balder the Brave
MCU idealized depiction of Balder the Brave

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However, the group was also supposed to feature another member in the form of Thor’s older brother, Balder the Brave. With Daniel Craig having been rumored to play the role, the reports were quickly nullified when no Balder appeared. Graham Churchyard, the costume designer of the film, opens up about the rumors on the Phase Zero podcast:

“We got very far designing Balder the Brave and then we were waiting, and waiting, and waiting on casting. I took it to a prototype stage, we were kind of in that design thing, getting fabrics together and ideas and waiting for an actor.

Poor Balder the Brave, he almost made Thor 1, and Thor 2, and Thor 3, if I can simplify that. Then, it’s just like, ‘Yay! He’s gonna get an appearance!’ Poor guy. I’ve seen designs Marvel’s archive book of Balder’s helmet going back to Kenneth Branagh’s Thor. So, he’s been a long time waiting and I don’t think he’s gonna make an appearance any time soon.”

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The Life and Death of MCU Illuminati in Doctor Strange 2

The Illuminati is a covert organization within the Marvel Cinematic Universe comprised of powerful individuals who are considerably brave, smart, and strong even by superhero standards. The MCU organization, although debuted in the movie was quickly and excruciatingly dead within a matter of minutes following the Scarlet Witch’s rampage across universes to find her sons.

Doctor Strange 2 Illuminati
Earth-838 Illuminati

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But even before their death, the group had had quite a dark streak having killed one of their own, Stephen Strange, their founder and Sorcerer Supreme. As the Mad Titan, Thanos, and his goal of bringing balance had loomed on their universe, the sorcerer turned to the Darkhold looking for powers to nullify the threat, and destroyed another universe in the process. Black Bolt had executed him, with the unanimous agreement of the Illuminati.

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The Earth-616 Doctor Strange has now been cursed with the third eye after using the Darkhold for its powers. Now representing the wisdom of the sorcerer Agamotto and Vishanti, the eye allows Strange to look into his enemies’ true intentions and break through magical illusions via its higher level of consciousness.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now streaming on Disney+

Source: ComicBook

Written by Diya Majumdar

At 25, Diya Majumdar is inching closer to getting to the bottom of every film and television's history in existence. Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, DU, her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema, with almost 500 published articles on Fandomwire. She is a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh and boasts of being an avid painter of all their troubled works. If she’s not writing or painting, Diya can often be found in tattoo parlors across Delhi or on rooftops at 3 am listening to music.