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Why Doctor Strange 2 Didn’t Have Ghost Rider

Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has finally been released in the theatres. Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange 2 is still in the Marvel heat as so much information is being unveiled from time to time. Though the movie had its fair share of cameos, one burning question remains: why Ghost Rider didn’t appear in Doctor Strange 2?

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
A Poster of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

In the movie, audiences saw the wrath of the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) which is completely different from what she was in Wandavision. From chasing America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) to killing the Illuminati, Wanda didn’t think about the outcome and ended up badly.

While Doctor Strange and America Chavez were trying to escape from Earth-838, they were caught by a secret society of earth’s powerful beings – known as the Illuminati. The Illuminati of this universe comprises fan-favorite characters like Reed Richards, Black Bolt, Captain Carter, Professor Charles Xavier, and Karl Mordo.

Ghost Rider in Doctor Strange 2

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of madness
Rumored cameos in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of madness

Despite all of these new guest stars being killed off mercilessly by the Scarlet Witch, it remained immensely exciting. Though Illuminati was the most anticipated fan moment, there were rumors of Ghost Rider being one of the Illuminati members, but was that true?

An insider in an interview revealed that Ghost Rider was once set to be in it. Not only was he a part of it but his scenes were actually “filmed” even though they ended up missing the theatrical versions of the film:

“So somebody sent me a list of five characters that were going to be in this movie that was cut… I said [to my source],’ where any of these films?’ And this person said, ‘Filmed but ultimately cut from the theatrical version… Ghost Rider, [who was a] very interesting… member of the Illuminati… I guess [he] was [likely] going to fight Wanda and probably die…” – James Clement, The Weekly Planet Podcast

Ghost Rider and Wanda fight

Wanda and Ghost Rider
Rumoured Wanda and Ghost Rider FIghting Scene

This is true that the fans would have liked it if Multiverse of Madness have shown Ghost Rider in the MCU finally. The last time the character was seen, was in Agents of SHIELD, with Robbie Reyes’ take on the character.

Considering that Ghost Rider is widely regarded as one of the strongest characters in Marvel lore, his fight with the Scarlet Witch would surely have been a sight to behold. But unfortunately, Ghost Rider didn’t make it to the theatrical cut.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now playing in theatres worldwide. Sam Raimi directed sequel to the 2016’s Doctor Strange starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange, alongside Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Rachel McAdams.

Written by Priya Sharma