DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS Costume Designer Confirms Sequel Cut A Spider-Man Cameo

DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS Costume Designer Confirms Sequel Cut A Spider-Man Cameo

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness costume designer Graham Churchyard has confirmed there were once plans for Tom Holland's Spider-Man to appear in the sequel until the pandemic ruined it...

By JoshWilding - Sep 11, 2023 06:09 AM EST

The pandemic had a huge impact on the MCU, resulting in significant release date delays and the place of Phase 4 movies and TV shows in this shared world's timeline being shaken up.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, for example, was supposed to be released before Spider-Man: No Way Home. America Chavez was going to serve as a supporting character in the latter movie, with her ability to open portals to different worlds what brought those wall-crawling Variants to Earth-616.

In a resurfaced interview, the Doctor Strange sequel's costume designer, Graham Churchyard, has confirmed plans for Tom Holland's Spider-Man to make an appearance in the movie for what sounds like a very small cameo appearance. 

Based on early concept art, we'd have seen Peter visiting the Sorcerer Supreme while he was sick in bed, though we don't really have any context beyond that. However, their meeting may well have served as a lead-in for the wall-crawler's third movie. 

Even if it had been out of costume, Spider-Man showing up in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness would have given filmmaker Sam Raimi the chance to once again helm a scene featuring the iconic comic book character and the fact we were robbed of this...well, it definitely stings a little. Here's hoping those Avengers: Secret Wars rumours pan out and give him a second chance, eh?

You can check out Churchyard's comments below along with our own interview in which he breaks down the look of The Illuminati and more.


In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the Marvel Cinematic Universe unlocks the Multiverse and pushes its boundaries further than ever before. We'll journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies both old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront a mysterious new adversary.

The movie's cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Michael Stühlbarg, and Rachel McAdams. 

The film is directed by Sam Raimi, and Kevin Feige is the producer. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Eric Hauserman Carroll and Jamie Christopher serve as executive producers. The screenplay was written by Loki Head Writer Michael Waldron. 

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now streaming on Disney+.

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ModHaterSLADE
ModHaterSLADE - 9/11/2023, 6:07 AM
Looking forward to more Strange and Clea. Theron as the character was a good choice.
Origame
Origame - 9/11/2023, 7:39 AM
That would've been dumb and unnecessary to have america in no way home. But then again it made more sense than forgetting how portals work to get the spider squad together.
Scarilian
Scarilian - 9/11/2023, 7:40 AM
NWH pretty much relied on nostalgia and returning Sony characters. I think it would have been received worse having America Chavez show up and save the day - summoning the other Spider-men or being the solution to the villain issue.
Origame
Origame - 9/11/2023, 7:58 AM
@Scarilian - don't get me wrong, I don't think it's good writing. But it already had Ned saving the day the same way. So I don't see why it's worse if done by America instead.

Only issue with America is that she really doesn't have a place in the story beyond bringing the spider squad in.
Scarilian
Scarilian - 9/11/2023, 11:04 AM
@Origame -
"it already had Ned saving the day the same way."

Eh, concept art seemed to imply she'd have filled the role of both Doctor Strange (Making the spell, informing Peter that multiverse beings are showing up) and potentially been the one to summon Tobey and Andrew in the final fight, as opposed to them showing up sooner. In addition we see in concept art her being more active in the take-down of Green Goblin, holding the cure.

It seemed like she'd have interfered a lot more with the finale and taken away from a lot of the spider squad stuff. The only part that makes sense is that they originally wrote Doctor Strange's spell scene for America Chavez, so that explains why the multiverse stuff got involved as opposed to just a spell going wild and randomly impacting other universes.
Origame
Origame - 9/11/2023, 11:38 AM
@Scarilian - eh still don't mind. Dr strange being in the movie in general was kinda the worst part about it, and was clearly only there to get the ball rolling on the villains returning.

Honestly I think it would've made more sense to have america do this instead of strange, since she's supposed to be an impulsive teenager, as opposed to an expert like strange.
dragon316
dragon316 - 9/11/2023, 8:05 AM
Would have been pointless thing to see with that little information we have

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