Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was eliminated by several major obstacles beyond opening the door to other realities. The story shifted from focusing on the MCU''s classicAvengers team to introducing the Illuminati, a new group of powerful beings from all over the Multiverse.
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The Illuminati made their mark on the Marvel Studios by reevaluating what''s possible within the Marvel Studios blanket. Even with a familiar face in Hayley Atwell''s Captain Carter, who moved to the live-action scene after What If...?, the MCU made the sense further by including John Krasinski''s Reed Richards and Anson Mount''s Black Bolt to make the group even more formidable.
The Avengers and the Illuminati serve their own unique functions, both in comics and on the big screen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Following Doctor Strange 2''sdebut, the filmmaker''s perspective explains the differences and lets the Illuminati finally manifest themselves in the larger universe.
The Avengers vs. The Illuminati
After the Illuminati''s introduction in the latest Marvel film, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness head writer Michael Waldron explained how the Avengers and Illuminati are different.
Waldron discussed how the Illuminati is in place to "make the difficult decisions" that the Avengers can''t make, which is mainly because they''re so secretive and "they operate in the shadows"
The Avengers have a line they wouldnt cross. The Illuminati is there to do the things the Avengers cant. To make the difficult decisions. Thats why they operate in the shadows and hope they never have to meet. They are willing to play in the gray.
"That''s also an unanswered question, but we talked about it a lot, though. Maybe it was simply a mistake. Maybe the set [decorator] guy had one too many chairs."
He discussed that a possible combination of his team''s knowledge of the answer and something that will come in the near future.
In a world in which a group like the Illuminati can see every memory someone has, Waldron spoke with Vanity Fair about Earth-838''s Memory Lane and how it works:
"Very fortunate," according to Vanity Fair, they ended up in a dimension that tended to be a futuristic memory-reading company in which they could see each other pasts."
Waldron says, "That''s how it goes sometimes! I haven''t heard of it yet, but I had a lot of conversation with those in this memory Lane [scene]. Basically, the fine print here is that they also get to store your memories, and if they discover any crimes, you may be liable."
"Division 838" is a fresh perspective, according to Vanity Fair.
''Waldron'' says, "838 is a little more of a police state than our universe." Perhaps this Memory Lane thing isn''t as horrifying as it appears, but I can''t see how much of that translated on the screen, but I''ll go deeper into it.
The producer discussed how this version of the Illuminati might be the only one that exists within any universe within the MCU. When asked if they were in the prime 616-dimension, he suggested that it is still a mystery for the time being:
"Not that we know of. I believe thy could. Maybe. But not so far as we know. They only exist in 838."
Illuminati Doing What Needs to be Done
Even if the Illuminati reached their tragic final in Doctor Strange 2, the concept of the organization is establishing a group that will be crucial to the MCU''s future. It all ties with the code used by this team, which is much more cutthroat than how the Avengers have operated for the past decade.
This group of powerful heroes has the added responsibility of making the most difficult decisions that the Avengers cannot always make. Earth''s Mightiest Heroes are tasked with keeping an eye on the truth, most times coming through on their promises, but the Illuminati have to make calls that even mean the death of their own, a la their Doctor Strange in the latest MCU outing.
The exact location, the character, and the audience, according to the story, are still unknown if and when Marvel will return the Illuminati. However, their presence alone creates a fresh fuzziness that must be noted as the franchise continues to expand.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now playing in theaters.