For a film that features countless alternate realities, several variations of the title hero, several familiar faces from the past, present and future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a series of cameos and numerous interdimensional action sequences, c it’s impressive that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is not what you would call overloaded.
Sure, there’s an awful lot happening in the space of 126 minutes, but the narrative never really stops to catch its breath, which adds a sense of perpetual motion that keeps things from getting bogged down. Thankfully, screenwriter Michael Waldron opted out of using Kang the Conqueror in his script, the time-traveling warlord who was already established as the latest Thanos-level threat in Loki.
Talk to Deadline’s Nation of Heroes podcast, the Guardian of the Multiverse admitted that he “felt like we had the biggest bullet in Wanda,” which is why Jonathan Majors’ big bad was never really considered performing villainous duties, something he worked on closely with director Sam Raimi.
“When I was working with Sam I said we really should make the decision to make Wanda the antagonist of this movie, we can’t let another movie have this much fun. If you had featured Kang…you would have risked that the film would be overloaded.
Kang will return to cause more multiversal mayhem next year. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumaniaunless of course it or one of its many variants appeared before, but now that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is there for the world to see, it’s hard to see where it could have fit in.