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“The Bill Comes Due” – Doctor Strange 2 Writer Reveals Stephen Strange’s Future

Sam Raimi directed Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has left their fans thinking about the major cliffhangers. Raimi added his personal horror touch to the movie and gave us a great piece for the next Cumberbatch’s appearance.

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

Doctor Strange 2 ends with Strange(Benedict Cumberbatch) suddenly sprouting the third eye from his forehead, a consequence of using the Darkhold against a villainous Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). This is a bit different from what was in the Marvel comic books where Strange summons the third eye using the Eye of Agamotto.

Screenwriter Michael Waldron has eyes on Strange’s future

Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Doctor Strange 2 screenwriter Michael Waldrom in an interview says by quoting Wang’s dialogue, That’s the bill coming due. He added ‘You used the Darkhold to possess your corpse.”It was a little bit of a throwback to [Raimi’s] old Evil Dead, and that groaner of an ending, or it’s just like, ‘Oh my God, things turned out bad in the end.’ So, yeah. We’ll see what all that means for Stephen.” 

Strange to save America Chavez in Doctor Strange 2 use the dark magic of the Darkhold to Dreamwalk into the corpse of a variant Stephen Strange, drawing from the same kind of corrupting power that the Ancient One used as the former Sorcerer Supreme of the Kamar-Taj. As the Ancient One said, “Sometimes one must break the rules to serve the greater good.” 

“The Multiverse has forced a mirror up in front of his face, and has made him do some self-reflecting, that I think he’s refused to ever do,” Waldron clarified. “Even when he got into that initial [car] accident [in Doctor Strange], instead of thinking about who he was, instead he went and just became the most powerful sorcerer alive. This is a guy who doesn’t want to go to therapy. I think now, there’s been some forced self-reflection throughout this adventure, and I think he’s probably more capable than ever at working as part of a team.”

Will Strange become bad because of the Third Eye?

Doctor Strange and the Third Eye
Doctor Strange and The Third Eye

After fighting together with the mightiest heroes of Earth-616 in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, and making a name for himself as a trusted mentor of America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) in Multiverse of Madness, Waldron teased Doctor Strange is “may be better suited than ever to be an anchor of the Avengers, and everything moving forward. He’s also got that third eye. That might be bad news, so who knows?” 

We might not know the powers he holds or who will he become, but one thing’s for sure and that’s Doctor Strange will return with a new chapter.

Written by Priya Sharma