DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS Star Xochitl Gomez Defends Sequel: "They Asked For 33 Rewrites"

DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS Star Xochitl Gomez Defends Sequel: "They Asked For 33 Rewrites" DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS Star Xochitl Gomez Defends Sequel: "They Asked For 33 Rewrites"

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness star Xochitl Gomez has spoken out in defence of the movie's writer, Michael Waldron, suggesting he was tasked with rewriting parts of the script dozens of times.

By JoshWilding - May 01, 2023 07:05 AM EST

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness didn't quite manage to live up to the lofty expectations of many MCU fans, but we'd be lying to say it didn't pack in more than its fair share of surprises. 

Looking at the trailers, officially released stills, and even merchandise (where was Rintrah?), it's become clear that the sequel underwent some significant changes, with many of those occurring during production. While reshoots are the norm on Marvel Studios movies and TV shows, the Illuminati's roster kept changing, as did the way Stephen Strange's story played out from start to finish. 

Fans and critics alike have taken aim at the movie's script, with plenty of people now expressing concern over whether Loki scribe Michael Waldron is capable of penning a project as huge as Avengers: Secret Wars

In a recent Instagram Story, America Chavez actress Xochitl Gomez (whose story arc also appeared to change greatly) spoke out to defend the writer from online attacks. 

"Y'all need to stop hating on Michael Waldron," the Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness star stated. "He's an excellent writer, they asked for 33 rewrites...none of it is up to him."

We're honestly a little surprised that he wanted to continue working with Marvel Studios if that's the case, but there's a chance he's being given more time and freedom with Avengers: Secret Wars. That movie will end the Multiverse Saga - as opposed to setting the stage for it - and we'd like to think Marvel Studios will have a better idea of where this story is heading by then!

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FireandBlood - 5/1/2023, 7:50 AM
This is what I was saying with Ant-Man. Loveness is probably a good writer, but in a movie like that that’s got the studios grubby hand prints all over it, there’s nothing he or the director could’ve done to really save it.
ShimmyShimmyYA - 5/1/2023, 9:36 AM
@PlusUltra - allegedly someone from Warner bros is now at marvel and is the source of all this
dagenspear - 5/1/2023, 2:29 PM
@PlusUltra - I feel like this is making an excuse for the end product, to me.
mastakilla39 - 5/1/2023, 7:56 AM
I thought the movie was good, some parts are disappointing but I like the character growth of Dr. strange. 1st time I thought Dr. Strange actually felt like a super hero because in pt. 1 we was just a harry potter trainee and in the avengers movies he was just exposition gandolf guiding the avengers.
iceballsreborn - 5/1/2023, 8:37 AM
@mastakilla39 - Dr strange is a bumbling buffoon. i wouldnt say thats growth. hes like if mr bean discovered magic.
mastakilla39 - 5/1/2023, 8:55 AM
@iceballsreborn - How was he a buffoon?
vectorsigma - 5/1/2023, 9:58 AM
@iceballsreborn - you mispelled No way home, sir
McMurdo - 5/1/2023, 5:09 PM
@mastakilla39 - um what character growth?
Radders - 5/2/2023, 8:37 AM
@mastakilla39 - True he went from being "the best of us" to someone who will always be corrupted and use dark magic
mastakilla39 - 5/2/2023, 9:13 AM
@McMurdo - the character growth of him finally letting go of christine, guilt from killing tony stark, being mad about not being sorcerer supreme, and accepting the fact that being a sorcerer is going to be a sad and depressing life. literally the whole movie leads up to that. i think its a good film because it mostly focusses on Strange's struggles rather than being a multiverse film which would've been stupid. this is a solo film not another avengers 2.5 like civil war which wasted all the captain america setups.

@Radders - that was already the point in part 1. that the best of us is the one who is willing to make the sacrifice to get the job done for the greater good. if you didn't get that then dr strange isn't going to be a character you like.
Radders - 5/3/2023, 6:36 AM
@mastakilla39 - That's a completely different message, one is about being willing to sacrifice the other is being willing to do anything to win- ie an anti hero
TheManWithoutFear - 5/1/2023, 7:58 AM
I really like Multiverse of Madness. This piece seems like a bunch of Internet opinions made to pad out a single tweet.
CAPTAINPINKEYE - 5/1/2023, 8:03 AM
I tried really hard not to write negative things but I’m sorry this movie was so bad.
iceballsreborn - 5/1/2023, 8:41 AM
@CAPTAINPINKEYE - dr strange is a clown in his own story. so many poor choices.. the whole illumanati was so poorly excuted... He may have been a fan fav, but krasinkis was like jim halpert from season 9- more serious, jaded and annoying, but still jim halpert. but by far the biggest issue IMO is tht the antagonist logic and motivation is so dumb. you cant get away from it.. cos its the core story.and when you have to resort to, erm shes clearly damaged and the dark hold is effecting her.. youre in B vs C martha territory ie making excuse for PoS script and story.
iceballsreborn - 5/1/2023, 8:42 AM
@iceballsreborn - (B vs S)
McMurdo - 5/1/2023, 5:13 PM
@iceballsreborn - my dad recently watched Wandavision and he goes "why did they make Wanda a crazy nut job mom when she felt genuine remorse at the end of Wandavision and had already learned her lesson there?"

I said.....precisely.

They ruined Scarlet Witch and that sucks as it's the only good MCU female character in the movies. Black widow has never really felt like black widow from the comics. She's just an Americanized version of the char.
DrReedRichards - 5/1/2023, 8:05 AM
When there's too many hands on deck, let's blame the one closest. With Alonso out, Waldron will (hopefully) be less restricted for Secret Wars.
McMurdo - 5/1/2023, 5:13 PM
@DrReedRichards - this film and ant man 3 are fully on Feige and Feige alone.
DrReedRichards - 5/1/2023, 5:42 PM
@McMurdo -

I'm sure you and certain others would very much low that to be the case. But even so, you're saying it as if there aren't other far, far worse examples like Love & Thunder.

I got your guys' need to blame everything on the producer who still hasn't (and won't) get the boot, but you have to make your jabs more well planned.
McMurdo - 5/1/2023, 6:19 PM
@DrReedRichards - he's made too much money to get the boot. If they won't fire Kathleen from LFL they aren't gonna fire feige. Love and Thunder is on him too.
DrReedRichards - 5/1/2023, 7:01 PM
@McMurdo -

Oh, is it now? I thought it was on Taika.

But let me guess, he's out so now it's time for Feige to take the blame, since he's the big honcho to be jealous of-- sorry, I meant to point your fingers at.

Same way DSitMoM is his fault too, and no longer Alonso's...
Radders - 5/2/2023, 8:39 AM
@DrReedRichards - The guy at the top takes the blame, he has the power and responsibility - just the way it works
DrReedRichards - 5/2/2023, 8:46 AM
@Radders -

The guy at the top used to be Ike, and now he's out. The guy closest to production used to be Alonso in this case (or Nate Moore in others), and now she's out as well.

Seems to me like you guys really, REALLY want Feige out. Now, why that would be something you're so desperate for, I can only pretend to wonder...
Radders - 5/3/2023, 5:43 AM
@DrReedRichards - You seem to think you know why people want Feige out yet you're weirdly being coy about it?

I don't, I want him to sort his sh*t out, stop greenlighting garbage and get back to hiring good writers and directors and dump anyone pushing a hypocritical ideology
DrReedRichards - 5/3/2023, 5:48 AM
@Radders -

There's nothing coy about my wording in either of my comments. I've been very clear as to which producer you want out of the MCU, as well as why.
Radders - 5/3/2023, 6:40 AM
@DrReedRichards - "Seems to me like you guys really, REALLY want Feige out. Now, why that would be something you're so desperate for, I can only pretend to wonder..." is you inferring you know why but not saying - so being coy

You also seem to be putting words and thoughts upon me that aren't mine and again saying you know why I want this thing your imagining I want - but still not saying
DrReedRichards - 5/3/2023, 6:47 AM
@Radders -

" now it's time for Feige to take the blame, since he's the big honcho to be jealous of-- sorry, I meant to point your fingers at."

Anyone who enjoys anything about CBMs knows Feige's actual place in the industry. Whether it's Snyderverse cultists who were praying their Zaddy would take him down, or Sony's yes-men who still suckle on Avi Arad's dried up teat, Feige's role, work, reaction he elicits are abundantly clear.

The MCU is by no means a perfect machine, but it is a machine the Kevin built. It is a machine that the likes of Perlmutter tried to handle despite not knowing a damn thing, or the likes of Alonso tried to steer to their own benefit, but it always has been and always will be Kevin's project.

You know it. You know that he's the one mostly responsible for its success, as well partially for its failures. And that's why you want him out. So you can finally, hopefully can gloat that the MCU is dead, or whatever you've been praying for for the last decade or so.
Radders - 5/9/2023, 8:22 AM
@DrReedRichards - still replying to stuff I haven't said and I don't think lol

Not sure why anyone on here would be jealous of him but thanks for confirming my initial comment, despite trying to swerve it, that he's responsible for the MCU and as responsible he has to take the blame for its failures
DrReedRichards - 5/9/2023, 8:40 AM
@Radders -

Thanks for paraphrasing my very clear interpretation of your not so subtle initial comment.
mountainman - 5/1/2023, 8:07 AM
These big studio productions are tough to place blame on one person. But there is a trend about Rick and Morty writers and the lackluster MCU projects they have produced.
MadThanos - 5/1/2023, 8:09 AM
This multiverse shit is freaking wrong.

In What If Supreme Strange could kick Wanda's ass. Why Supreme Strange insists in reversing time on his timeline? He's dumb, juts go to a timeline where Stephen died and Christine mourn him. You know like that dumb soldier called Captain America that outsmarted YOU.

if you stop and think every wrong decision and all the contradictions... wow.
CLTMAN29 - 5/1/2023, 8:13 AM
Rintrah was in the movie,Josh. Jesus Christ….come on man
ObserverIO - 5/1/2023, 8:15 AM
@CLTMAN29 - And they gave him Zack Snyder levels of explanation.

That is to say none.
ObserverIO - 5/1/2023, 8:14 AM
This has been a bigger problem at Marvel than even the VFX problems.

The VFX problems are industry wide.

NWH and DS-MOM were two of the biggest casualties in terms of rewriting a movie either just before shooting or halfway through (I think they even rewrote Doctor Strange after the film was already complete).
santoanderson - 5/1/2023, 8:15 AM
This is arguably my biggest frustration with present day Marvel Studios. In phases 1 & 2, they took risks. They put big projects in the hands of some stylish directors, and while they weren’t completely hands off, they still afforded their directors a ridiculous amount of trust and control.

Present day Marvel Studios hires a novice director, with a couple critically acclaimed short films or low budget theatrical movies under their belt and says “We’re spending $300 million making this movie. The release date is in 10 months. We cannot push it back. The script is not finished, and we have a giant team of writers re-writing the third act as we speak. Just show up on time, sit in your director’s chair in the corner, be quiet, and we’ll make the movie.”
Feralwookiee - 5/1/2023, 8:19 AM
This movie was a trainwreck imo. Just a sloppy meandering mess that lacked any focus and made Strange out to be a moron and made Wanda an redeemable psychopathic murderer.

The cameo by the Illuminati was totally unnecessary, lazy and embarrassingly poorly played out.
The first MCU appearances (alternate universe or not) of Reed Richards and Professor X, has them killed like bitches within a minute in a scene that is laughably bad.

This was one of the few MCU movies I was looking forward to following Endgame and it was one of the worst in the series imo. The writing and the character "development" was moronic and I don't see how they can rehabilitate Wanda's character going forward.
iceballsreborn - 5/1/2023, 8:45 AM
@Feralwookiee - exactly. except i wasnt looking forwar to it.. when i head wanda was in it and the bad.. i knew they wouldnt allow her to without some redemption story
McMurdo - 5/1/2023, 5:16 PM
@Feralwookiee - Mr fantastic openly telling Wanda blackbolts power was beyond ridiculously stupid.
Feralwookiee - 5/1/2023, 6:57 PM
@McMurdo - Seriously.
That was some Bond Villain level of incompetency right there. Smfh
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