‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ Reportedly Cut a Mr. Fantastic Post-Credit Scene
An act that has seemingly become a tradition in the 29 feature films that Marvel Studios have developed, the scene that follows the rolling credits is almost as important as the film itself, this is why it’s so shocking that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness reportedly cut a Mr. Fantastic post-credit scene.
There is no understating the anticipation that was present for the follow-up to 2016’s Doctor Strange; a film that was primed to not only further the Multiversal narrative that had been such a focal point for Phase Four but is the MCU’s first, proper, horror film.
The Sam Raimi-helmed entry underdelivered in certain aspects but was still a very ambitious, very scary addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universes’ vast pantheon, but as for all MCU films, there is always the focus on how it will impact, influence, or simply connect with, the projects that come before, and after.
This fact is why so many fans are stunned after the news broke that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness reportedly cut a Mr. Fantastic post-credit scene, following the character’s gruesome death at the hands of Wanda in one of the movie’s crucial moments.
The news came from the man behind the film’s script, Michael Waldron, in a recent interview with Empire, where he stated that his initial idea for the film’s post-credit sequence would involve the iconic Reed Richards and his return to the MCU.
Waldron stated, “In my very first draft, I wrote a tag just for the hell of it, of the events of the movie being recorded and reviewed by somebody in the Baxter Building, and a stretchy hand coming into frame to run it back.”
The writer added, “Reed is probably my favorite Marvel comics character so I was always gunning to get him in here somewhere.”
Although it is very disappointing that the scene never came to fruition, it does make sense considering the way that things eventually played out; with Fantastic Four delayed until the start of Phase Six- as opposed to the previously assumed Phase Five- it would be far too much lead in for his eventual arrival.