The long-awaited superhero sequel Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has finally hit theaters, and with it many big surprises. Without getting into spoiler territory here, there were a few big names and huge reveals that were introduced into the movie. Some rumors eventually turned out to be true, but at the same time, other rumors about the movie didn’t end up coming to fruition.
One of those rumors floating around before the movie was released was that Tom Cruise would be making a special appearance. Promotional material already teased the inclusion of the Illuminati, suggesting that a variant of Iron Man might be featured. Of course, this sparked rumors that Robert Downey Jr. could reprise the role as a variant of his MCU character. Simultaneously, there were rumors that Cruise might play the Iron Man variant in the movie.
That’s not what happened, because Cruise is not there Doctor Strange 2. The film’s writer, Michael Waldron, recently revealed (via rolling stone) that the rumors were initially nonsense, but upon hearing about the possibility, Waldron actually wanted to bring Cruise into the film. He had even asked Kevin Feige about the potential cameo at one point.
“Yeah, it was totally made up. I mean, there are no Tom Cruise cuts! But I love Tom Cruise, and I said to [Marvel Studios president] Kevin [Feige] at one point, I was like, ‘Could we have Tom Cruise’s Iron Man?’ I remember reading about it in Ain’t It Cool News at the time, that Tom Cruise was going to be Iron Man. While we were talking about it online, I was like, “Yeah, that would be cool! “”
For better or worse, the idea didn’t go very far, but not because Cruise said no. As Waldron explains, the Impossible mission star had a pretty hectic schedule, which was made worse by COVID-19 (which Cruise clearly takes very seriously), so talk about the potential cameo really pretty much killed off before it could even begin.
“I mean, he was shooting Impossible mission 7 and 8. I don’t believe [anyone actually contacted Cruise]. I just don’t think that was ever an option, due to availability.”
Doctor Strange destroyed the box office without Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise may be a top Hollywood star, but having him in the cast wasn’t necessary for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness be a resounding success. The film wiped out the box office with its theatrical debut, becoming the third highest-grossing film of the year so far. Even with the various special guests, the majority of critical praise still seems to go to the film’s lead actors, Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen.
From now on, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnesswritten by Waldron and directed by Spider Man trilogy director Sam Raimi, is playing in theaters now.
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