‘Doctor Strange 2’ Costume Designer Confirms Illuminati’s Late Addition
It was one of the moments that was most exciting for fans leading up to the film, and it was something that absolutely added to the madness present in the multiverse, but it was apparently also madness to the filmmakers as the Doctor Strange 2 costume designer confirmed the Illuminati’s late addition.
Throughout the entirety of the promotional campaign for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, fan excitement was seemingly at an all-time high, but none more than one sequence in a trailer that seemed to reveal the inclusion of one of Marvel comics’ most beloved characters.
Patrick Stewart was all but confirmed to appear in the movie, and fans were up in arms about what this could mean for the narrative and the vitality of how this film impacted the great happenings of the Marvel universe throughout Phase Four and beyond.
The appearance came with the arrival of what we now know as Earth-838’s Illuminati, a collective similar to our universes Avengers, dedicated to protecting the universe from threats that arise out of the multiverse and beyond.
Their appearance included the return of Anson Mounts Black Bolt and the debut of John Krasinski’s multiversal Reed Richards, but it seems as though the inclusion of the Illuminati wasn’t always as simple as it seemed.
In a recent interview, the Doctor Strange 2 costume designer confirmed the Illuminati’s late addition, and how that was a difficult predicament for the entire filmmaking crew to attempt to navigate, meaning most of them didn’t actually have costumes at all.
As reported by ComicBook.com, the film’s costume designer, Graham Churchyard, stated, “Yeah, I feel sorry for [Marvel VFX Supervisor] Janek Sirrs that he had to shoehorn those in at the last moment. We had designs for the characters, and then we didn’t have casting and there were travel bans,”
Churchyard added, “When we were shooting the Illuminati in London, actors like Sir Patrick couldn’t come to London because of travel. Richie Palmer and everyone had a big wish list of like who was going to be in the Illuminati.”
“When it came down to those two characters being settled on,” Churchyard continued, “It was then even too late to make something locally in Los Angeles. Just way too late and too close.”
It is interesting how the pandemic has obviously affected the filming of these projects, and the hope is that- with everything returning to some semblance of normalcy- we will start to see these kinds of things being far less common.