Kevin Feige Wanted to Cut “Corny” Scene from Doctor Strange 2
The film that would end up being one of the MCU’s most horrific and visually interesting projects in their ever-expanding pantheon of films also had a very different interaction between two of the series premiere characters, as Kevin Feige reportedly wanted to cut one “Corny” Doctor Strange 2 scene.
There seemed to be a massive mountain of expectation that was at the feet of the arriving Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and it was such that may still be unseen in the vastness of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Not only had the film been literally years in the making thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it was MArvels first theatrical release since Spider-Man: No Way Home; a film that shared its very own lofty expectations, but delivered a film that was well above and beyond them.
Marking the long-awaited sequel to 2016’s fantastically underrated Doctor Strange film, the continued exploration into the character of Doctor Strange that had so long been underexplored, and the return of the godfather of comic book films Sam Raimi to the genre that he had helped create decades ago.
With the film came the MCU’s first foray into the world of horror, as Raimi delivered a truly terrifying experience to Marvel fans, which brought with it a lot of filmmaking quirks that are very specific to the rather campy nature of Raimi as a creative.
AS it turns out, the Marvel architect wasn’t too keen on one scene in particular that reunited two of the film’s characters, as Kevin Feige wanted to cut one “Corny” scene from Doctor Strange 2.
In the director’s commentary on the film, Sam Raimi and Michael Waldron discussed the meeting of Doctor Strange and the Illuminati Universe Baron Mordo; one that occurred with a very Western Style staredown that is a reference to Raimi’s previous work, The Quick and the Dead.
When Waldron noted he loved the sequence, Raimi responded, “Thanks. And I think Kevin thought maybe it was a little corny, and he wanted to cut it out. But I said, ‘Please, Kevin, let me have that.’ He went, ‘Okay, fine. Have your corny stuff.’ I was very, very kind of him, generous.”
It was a sequence that was a tad campy and corny but also felt perfectly at home in a Sam Raimi film; which makes sense why Feige was willing to let the sequence stay in the final product.