Doctor Strange 2 Writer Breaks Down Cliffhanger’s Ending

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness writer Michael Waldron talks about the film’s cliffhanger ending and what it means for the character.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Writer Michael Waldron explained his decision to end the Marvel Cinematic Universe film on a semi-cliffhanger.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Waldron revealed why the 2016 sequel strange doctor ended with Benedict Cumberbatch’s titular character developing a third eye in the middle of his forehead and falling to his knees in agony. “I felt like we had a happy ending. We were like, ‘Gee, you know, for a movie where a lot of bad shit happens, we kind of have a happy ending here.’ We were really done and it didn’t feel quite right,” Waldron explained. “We kept thinking about what Mordo warned Strange about in the first movie: ‘The bill is coming due.’ It’s like Wong says, ‘You owned your own corpse.’ Like, is this guy ever going to face any consequences? And it was just like a great nod to horror movies where there’s that last twist.”


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Multiverse of MadnessThe conclusion isn’t the last time audiences see Doctor Strange’s new third eye. He also features in the film’s credits which features Clea (Charlize Theron) telling Strange he’s started an incursion. After opening a passage to the Dark Dimension, Clea asks the Master of Mystical Arts if he will join her through the portal. Strange smiles and opens his third eye, now seemingly unaffected by its inclusion on his forehead, as the pair journey into the Dark Dimension.


In Marvel Comics, the Third Eye was connected to the Eye of Agamotto, Doctor Strange’s mystical amulet, which contained the Time Stone in the MCU. The Eye of Agamotto allowed the wearer to pierce any illusion, among other abilities. In addition to Earth-616’s Doctor Strange, two MCU variants named Doctor Strange Supreme and Sinister Strange have developed Third Eyes, which appeared after being corrupted with knowledge from the Cagliostro and Darkhold books respectively.

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness currently has the biggest domestic opening weekend of 2022 after earning $185 million at the box office. In comparison, the previous defending champion, The Batman, grossed $134 million in its first three days. However, the film is on par with the 2011s Thor for the second-worst CinemaScore in the MCU. 2021 Eternals remains the lowest-rated MCU film with a B.


In addition to Cumberbatch, Multiverse of Madness stars Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez and Rachel McAdams. The film is currently showing in theaters.

Source: Rolling Stone


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