WandaVision: Original Role of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange Revealed

In an interview with Rolling Stone, via Movie Web, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige commented on the absence of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange WandaVision.
Feige confirmed that a deal was even finalized between Cumberbatch and Marvel to appear in the season’s final episode and shared a clear reason why Stephen Strange never made the cut:
“Some people might say,’Oh, it would’ve been so cool to Doctor Strange. But it would have taken away from Wanda. 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.”

The Marvel producer went on to reveal that the commercials which appeared in Episodes 1-3 and 5-7 were originally intended to be subtle messages sent to Wanda by Stephen Strange, who would’ve been attempting to get through to the Scarlet Witch from outside of her sitcom reality madness.
Feige also shared that the revision of WandaVision’s finale without Doctor Strange also meant a rewrite of parts of Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness, which will see Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda in a leading role.

The rewrites of Doctor Strange 2 were described by Feige as “[a] wonderful combination of very dedicated coordination, and chaos. Chaos magic

Original: In a new chat with Marvel, WandaVision creator and showrunner Jac Schaeffer gave some insight into the way the team used commercials as a part of the early sitcom-centric episodes in the Disney+ series. Just as “a lot of fans have guessed,” these short ads were a look into Wanda Maximoff’s subconscious as her journey continued past the Infinity Saga

“There’s so much speculation about what they mean and we went around and around about what we wanted them to be. And ultimately, they are about [Wanda’s] subconscious, which a lot of fans have guessed.”

Director Matt Shakman also touched on a small detail that can be seen in multiple episodes of WandaVision: the heart drawing on Wanda and Vision’s deed to the Westview property. Referring to the heart as “the big one” in terms of hidden clues, he makes it clear that the story “is about love,” as well as “the dance between love and loss.”:

“This show is about love. It is also about loss, and it’s about both of those [things]. It’s about the dance between love and loss. So the heart on the calendar is the heart on the deed. We brought it back in the intro to Episode 7.”

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