Doctor Strange produced the early draughts of WandaVision’s advertisements. As theatres closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Marvel Studios began Phase 4 with their Disney+ slate. As strange as it may have seemed to begin this new era of MCU storytelling with a sitcom-inspired MCU show. It all worked out in the end, as the show quickly became a success for the franchise.
WandaVision, which reunited Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany’s star-crossed lovers, provided something new for audiences in a variety of ways. To begin with, it seemed and seemed different — at least for the first few episodes. Second, with a longer runtime, Marvel Studios was able to fully explore their characters. Which would most likely be the narrative principle for their Disney+ series. WandaVision, by its very nature, spawned a slew of hypotheses each week. And it was meticulously dissected for any hints as to what lay ahead for the titular pair. The bizarre and yet somehow fitting commercial breaks were among the show’s most popular elements. And while they didn’t have any effect on the show’s actual plot in the end, this wasn’t always the case.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed in a new interview with Rolling Stone (via Movie Web); that Doctor Strange was originally going to appear in the WandaVision finale. The advertisements were supposed to be his way of reaching out to Wanda; who was focusing on maintaining her Westview fantasy reality. The concept for the advertisements was scrapped when the future MCU Sorcerer Supreme’s presence was cancelled. Regardless, the commercial breaks were kept; despite the fact that it was never clarified where they came from. Or why so many of them mentioned Wanda’s real-life experiences.
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There were a lot of rumours leading up to the WandaVision finale that Doctor Strange will turn up. Which is a reasonable assumption knowing that the Disney+ show is confirmed; to lead into the events of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Despite the absence of a cameo by Doctor Strange; Marvel Studios should have gone ahead with its original plans for the commercial breaks. Instead of abandoning the concept, this could have been revealed; in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse as a way to show that. As the leader of the Masters of Mystic Arts, he was at least aware of Wanda’s behaviour.
The highly awaited sequel is going to address many mysteries; including how the Multiverse works. And how it may impact the truth that Doctor Strange is currently going to protect. However, in order to make the transition from WandaVision to Doctor Strange; in the Multiverse of Madness as smooth as possible; it must justify why he chose not to participate in the Maximoff Anomaly. Wanda was so lost in her sorrow that having a mentor; who knows magic as he does would have been extremely beneficial to her.