Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness brought some of the craziest storylines in MCU history through exploration of multiple universes, opening up the franchise in a way never seen before. The film even brought in the first MCU member of the X-Men in Patrick Stewart’s Professor X, setting the stage for mutants to make their true introduction in the future.
Ever since Disney acquired the rights to the X-Men through the merger with 20th Century Fox, fans have been eager to see when mutants make their way into the MCU alongside Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. There have been rumors of a project in development titled Mutantsand there is of course that of Ryan Reynolds Dead Pool 3but things are being kept under the radar on all other fronts.
Doctor Strange 2 had the unique opportunity to potentially introduce some of these characters for the first time, as he explored America Chavez’s ability to travel across the multiverse and explore new worlds and ideas. However, the film’s head writer explained why it wasn’t an idea he and the team pushed through the development process.
Doctor Strange 2 doesn’t touch the X-Men
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness writer Michael Waldron spoke with entertainment tonight about not using the X-Men in the latest MCU movie.
Waldron admitted that the team “talked about House of M” as an influence, but ultimately decided that the film “didn’t need mutants to be powerful” right now. He also admitted that the mutants would have taken away Wanda and Strange’s story had they been introduced here:
“Yes, we talked about House of M, and there are plenty of examples of Wanda doing bad things throughout the comics in an effort to get her kids back. But in the end, this story didn’t need mutants to be powerful, I guess that was our feeling. And, you know, wherever it was on the MCU timeline, it didn’t seem like the right place to introduce it – because then it suddenly would have been all about mutants. And it’s really a story about Wanda and her heartbreak and her descent into darkness in this movie.”
He also discussed the level of input Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has on decisions like the ones made in this film. Waldron wanted to make it clear “that this is the end of this chapter in (Wanda’s) history”, but that things could be left open for more in the future after discussions with Feige:
“It’s all a collaboration with Kevin and certainly when it came to such a pivotal character for the MCU as Wanda, we talked about that. We tried to be clear that that’s the end of that chapter. of its story. Is there an opening for more story to tell down the line? I don’t know. It’s a comic book series, so you never know, right ?
No MCU Mutants…for a while
Warning – The rest of this article contains spoilers for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
The expectation is high to see the X-Men officially join the MCU. This excitement comes after more than a dozen successful big screen outings under Fox Studios that have left so many potential comic book stories on the table for Marvel Studios to put to use. However, even with all the hype, Waldron wanted to make it clear that Doctor Strange 2 was primarily a story about Stephen Strange and Wanda Maximoff.
The House of M story was something that had been discussed ever since Wanda Vision as Wanda grew into a villain, something that came to fruition in Doctor Strange 2. Even with this development, bringing a new cast of characters into this movie would have taken the focus away from her and Strange, especially with the Illuminati already making headlines in their own right.
Wanda’s story is one that has been developing for seven years, which makes her role in this movie vital for Marvel Studios to make sure everything goes smoothly. Mutants will have their time in the spotlight for the foreseeable future, and the best part is that Waldron knows how the characters of Doctor Strange 2 and the X-Men deserve their moment to shine.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now playing in theaters around the world.