Nine Major Doctor Strange 2 Rumors That Never Happened

Nine Major Doctor Strange 2 Rumors That Never Happened ...

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was a movie that had high expectations, and fans were anticipating that everyone from Tom Cruise''s Iron Man to Tobey Maguire''s Spider-Man would make an appearance.

When the film was finally released, many were disappointed by the fact that it included only the scenes to Earth-838''s Illuminati. Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Captain Carter (Hayley Atwell), Black Bolt (Anson Mount), Mr. Fantastic (John Krasinski), and Captain Marvel (Lashana Lynch were all included.

Only Mr. Fantastic and Black Bolt were seen or at least teased in the trailers. Yet, with all of the Multiverse''s secrets now revealed, let''s look back at the movie that might have been played, and discuss the big rumors that did not come true.

Tom Cruise''''s Iron Man

TheDoctor Strangesequel was primarily for a comeo from Tom Cruise as an Iron Man Variant. However, the action legend was once on the menu to play Tony Stark in the MCU, and the role eventually went to Robert Downey Jr., which is history.

Tom Cruise''s appearance and his return to the MCU would have shocked and fazed spectators. Many had thought theMission Impossiblestar would play Superior Iron Man, a villainous and morally fragmentable agnosis.

With the inclusion of the Ultron Bots, which most assumed Stark would have created, and the presence of a flying hero, who was pronounced to be Lashana Lynch''s Captain Marvel, Cruise''s Stark would have been a member ofEarth-838''s Illuminati.

Michael Waldron, the scribe of Doctor Strange, stated that a possibility of making a comeback from Cruise was discussed, thus this may be the outcome of discussions.

Ryan Reynolds'''' Deadpool

With Patrick Stewart''s Fox-Verse role as Professor X, rumors of Ryan Reynolds'' Deadpool getting to the MCU in a third solo appearance under Shawn Levy have never been complete. However, there is already a possibility for Deadpool to make the jump between the two.

The filmmaker recently admitted that he would have been selected for an appearance in the film, but ultimately it may be for Deadpool to not make his way into theDoctor Strangesequel. After all, Deadpool''s fourth-wall-breaking comedy would have been jarring in the dark horror setting of Multiverse of Madness, and his MCU debut may be best saved for the upcoming threequel.

The Spider-Men

After Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield''s return inNo Way Hometo collaborated with Doctor Strange and Tom Holland''s Spider-Man, most assumed that at least one of the walls-crawlers would be back forMultiverse of Madness. Particularly in Maguire''s case, his rumored appearance would have been a no-brainer for Sam Raimi, the actor behind his own film.

Alas, the Doctor Strangesequel was released, and none of the Spider-Man appeared but there was a brief reference to theNo Way Homeincident. It''s difficult to see where any of the web-slingers might have fit into the puzzle, but Maguire''s heroic experience, and his older age might have earned him a place in the Illuminati.

With Maguire and Raimi''s proximity, there''s no doubt the director is considering putting himself in the Multiversal puzzle. However, the complicated rights with the Sony-owned character may have hampered his chances of returning.

Loki''''s TVAGang

In the wake of theLokifinale, reports stated that the God of Mischief would be seen next in theDoctor Strangesequel, and months later, rumors suggested that Owen Wilson''s Mobius and Sophia Di Martino''s Sylvie would tag along.

Lokiwas the project to construct the MCU Multiverse, and Kevin Feige himself has already revealed it to be Doctor Strange''s pivotal role as of late. Given its direct connection toMultiverse of Madness, an appearance from Loki, Sylvie, Mobius, or the TVA might have been reserved with ease, particularly given the Asgardian''s magical background.

More X-Men

There were rumors that Magneto - played by Ian McKellen or Michael Fassbender - would appear given his paternalcomic connections to Wanda, but those doubts have never been addressed to the MCU.

Professor X and Sophie Turner were spotted around the time of filming, with looks similar to their X-Men heroes, including Turner having red hair and McAvoy with a shaven head. However, these stylistic choices were not more than a coincidence, possibly related to other roles.


Fans have long waited for Wolverine to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and many were hoping Hugh Jackman''s popular Mutant would be among them. When rumors suggested Wolverine might appear, however, Jackman was not the one who has the claws.

Like John Krasinski''s Mr. Fantastic, Wolverine would have been a similar case to that of Taron Egerton or Daniel Radcliffe, who played a part in the film.

Balder the Brave

Balder the Brave was one of the stranger rumored comeos because he has no connection to the Illuminati, yet he isn''t a popular character, and he has never seen screens before. With Marvel reportedly targeting James Bond''s Daniel Craig for the role.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, Craig reportedly passed on the cameo role and thus Odin''s son never made it into the film. Perhaps the objective was only to get a cameo from the James Bond actor and not to feature Balder, although he would have provided a fantastic alternative toThor on the Illuminati.


According to early projections, Shuma-Gorath would be the main villain of the film, and his intention was to steal America''s powers. Wanda, in the final product, was attempting to steal America''s powers, and sent another Multiversal Squid, Gargantos, as part of her quest.

These rumors proving to be so close to the final product, however they were evidently not completely false. Perhaps the mixing-up just resulted in a misinterpretation of the situation or confusion on the part of the original source. Some suggested that Marvel Studios might not be able to own Shuma-Gorath, possibly explaining why he is missing in action.

Ghost Rider

With the supernatural being everywhere in the MCU right now - betweenMoon Knight,Blade, andWerewolf by Night - Ghost Rider was among the rumored cameos. However, it was never clear whether this was to be Gabriel Luna''s Robbie Reyes from SHIELD, Nicolas Cage''s Johnny Blaze from his twoGhost Ridermovies, or even the MCU''s own adaptation.

According to reports dating back to the publication, there were once plans to see the Spirit of Vengeance fight Wanda, a match-up that would have been fantastic given the power of both.

Every Marvel Character Ever

It''s safe to say rumors and speculation sounded somewhat out of hand forMultiverse of Madness'''' releases. Fans sat down with surprise characters - which were then delivered on with the Illuminati - and with them to reach an agreement where many were expecting a film full of cameos from almost every Marvel character, rather than a actual Doctor Strangesequel.

Many of the rumors surrounding cameos suggest they might be used to combat Wanda in the film. So, it appears like Marvel''s objective was always for Scarlet Witch to tear through hordes of heroes to demonstrate her power. There''s always a possibility some of these rumors were true at one point, but they were later deleted somewhere along the line.

Fans may soon wish for a much larger Multiversal crossover event with Secret Wars being awaited and set for the Avengers 5. It''s important to establish appropriate expectations.

Doctor Strange in Madnessis is now playing in cinemas across the world.

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