Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness opened the Marvel character catalog to new heights, heavily featuring America Chavez and introducing a version of the Illuminati from Earth-838. There were even ideas for more characters to throw into the fray from other corners of Marvel history – most notably, Ryan Reynolds’ fan-favorite Deadpool.
Wade Wilson’s place in Doctor Strange 2 has been a hot topic since the film’s release, especially since head writer Michael Waldron openly admitted it was on the table to be included in the story. Fan videos retroactively placed him in the story with his usual brand of comedy, even though he was nowhere to be seen in the sequel’s final cut.
Even after Reynolds openly admitted he wasn’t in the movie, fans took it as another “Andrew Garfield in Spider-Man: No Coming Home“Scenario, but the man behind Deadpool turned out to be telling the truth. However, thanks to a new look at how Doctor Strange 2 was made, it’s becoming more apparent that there were serious talks about making his MCU debut this year – and he even brought along his reluctant friend, Cable.
Unused Doctor Strange Cameo for Deadpool & Cable
The Marvel Studios: Assembled episode for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness discussed some of the worlds that Doctor Strange and America Chavez passed through in their blast through the multiverse.
One of the originally planned worlds featured Ryan Reynolds‘ Deadpool, which included a giant billboard showing lots of funny Wade Wilson posters.
The main poster comes from the marketing campaign for Deadpool 2, where Merc with a Mouth recreates Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam” with Josh Brolin’s Cable. The poster’s real-world story makes it even more appropriate to be seen in a world where Deadpool‘s influence runs so deep.
The documentary also included several preview images of Strange and Chavez leaping through these alternate universes, some of which made it into the final cut of Doctor Strange 2 while others did not.
Production visual effects producer Cyndi Ochs explained the “pretty amazing story” behind this shot, recalling how the team started with nearly 30 usable world ideas:
“That shot had a pretty incredible story. We started with many, many ideas. Probably 30 different environment ideas that might be something you’ve never seen before. Just this journey through the universes.”
Editor Bob Murawski praised VFX supervisor Janek Sirrs as the mastermind behind this plan, proposing “worlds which [they] really wanted to explore. This included the world made entirely of bones and the world where Strange and Chavez turned into paint:
“Our visual effects supervisor, Janek Sirrs. I mean, he was sort of the mastermind behind this shot and many shots in our movie. He really came up with the worlds we wanted to explore, so there was a lot of talk about what world we wanted to do. Well, here are some cool ideas. Here is a world made of bones. And here is a world that looks like the futuristic. And here is a world where everyone paints.”
Ochs confirmed that nearly 15 universes entered the film, filled with Easter eggs and challenges for the team to complete. She also explained how the moment “must be a long shot” with so many elements to do things right:
“And I think we ended up with about 15 universes that are in there now. Lots of little Easter eggs in there. I think the whole thing was tough, because there’s so many elements going from one punch to the next and you couldn’t really work it as a punch. It must have been a long shot.
Deadpool and Cable are on Marvel’s mind
2018 Deadpool 2 featured a pretty fun love/hate relationship between Ryan Reynolds‘ titular antihero and Josh Brolin’s partial antagonist Cable, especially once they started working together. Looking at a universe that focuses so heavily on this character, it seems only fitting that their promotional image be front and center on billboards for the people who live there to watch.
It also continues to raise the important question – when will Deadpool and/or Cable officially move from the Fox world to the MCU?
Doctor Strange 2 was definitely a great option to use for the MCU introduction of these two characters, even with Dead Pool 3 is already heading towards the start of production. Fans are already looking forward to when they make their first appearances under Marvel Studios, especially given Josh Brolin’s past role as Thanos throughout the Infinity Saga.
For now, though, fans will just have to keep waiting for Deadpool to leave his mark on whatever Marvel Studios builds in the next few years.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is streaming now on Disney+ and available to purchase via digital media and Blu-ray