Doctor Strange 2 Writer Says He’s Lonely and Intertwines With Loki

When Avengers: Endgame felt like the craziest and biggest the MCU was going to get, and then came the multiverse in phase four. A person who plays a central role in the development of such a vast concept is Loki and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness writer Michael Waldron, as he has now explained how many of these new MCU projects not only intertwine with each other, but also stand on their own.

After having built in the previous phase four projects such as Wanda Visionthe MCU’s multiverse was finally introduced in Loki, particularly the series’ epic season finale starring Jonathan Majors as He Who Remains, a variant of Kang the Conqueror. Alternate realities were explored in greater detail in subsequent films like Spider-Man: No Coming Home (which saw the return of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Men), and now of course will be in the next strange doctor after.

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In a new interview with The Playlist, Waldron discussed his involvement in many recent MCU projects such as Loki and the next Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, discussing how he and the rest of the creative team at Marvel Studios strived to tell stories that not only intertwined, but also stood on their own. “The headaches I have are probably related. I mean, everything is connected and everything is self-contained. Like a grand comic universe, I think one thing definitely informs the other,” Waldron replied when asked. asked him if Doctor Strange 2 could have worked without Loki or if Loki season two could work without Doctor Strange 2. “You’ll have a better time watching the next chapter in an MCU story if you’ve seen things before. But also hopefully, even if you’ve never done it, if you’ve walked down the street, you will always have a blast. It should be good enough to stand on its own.


Months after the events of Spider-Man: No Coming Home, the 28th MCU movie will follow Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange through the alternate realities of the multiverse as he is forced to make new allies in order to defeat new threats that seek to wreak havoc across multiple universes. The long-awaited sequel comes six years after the release of its predecessors, making it the longest gap for a sequel by an MCU character. Joining Cumberbatch is Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo, Benedict Wong as Wong, and Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer.


Like any great movie, the story should always stand on its own, even if it’s part of a shared universe like the MCU. Although it is exciting to see how the events of Doctor Strange 2 will set up what’s to come in future stories, it’s also refreshing to hear that regardless of whether fans have seen past Marvel Studios projects or don’t care what’s next, they’ll be able to enjoy the film and other Phase 4 projects on their own merits.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will arrive in theaters on May 6, 2022.

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