Sam Raimi Confirms Multiple Versions of Wanda and More Surprises in ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’
In a new interview with Fandango, director Sam Raimi talked about what fans can expect from “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.”
The trailers have revealed that there will be multiple versions of Doctor Strange in the film and Raimi confirmed there will also be multiple versions of Wanda Maximoff.
“The movie is a journey into the multiverse,” he said, “so you do see different iterations of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange, and even Lizzie Olsen’s character of Wanda Maximoff. So, the actors have to play that. It’s a great challenge for them and great fun to direct them playing these altered versions of themselves.”
When asked who is more powerful, Strange or Wanda, Raimi said, “Well, I think Wanda’s magic, from Marvel lore, is more powerful than almost any of the other characters in this picture, but Doctor Strange has the knowledge of the mystic arts that Wanda doesn’t have, and he’s got the help of Kamar-Taj. If you were to pit them against each other, different altered versions of themselves … there could be a Doctor Strange out there that’s more powerful than our Wanda. Or there could be a Wanda out there who is more powerful than our Wanda here. So, because of these altered versions, it’s all a mixed bag of possibilities.”
Fandango asked Raimi about rumors that Patrick Stewart is appearing in the film as Professor Xavier, to which Raimi replied, “I couldn’t promise you that Patrick Stewart’s in the picture. That’s all that Marvel will let me say.”
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” will feature the MCU’s first appearance of America Chavez. Raimi said “she adds an exciting spirit of youth” to the film.
“She’s a newcomer to her powers and to our world,” he continued. “She actually comes from another universe. I think she brings a sense of lightness and youth. Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange can be a very egotistical and stuffy character, a know-it-all. She just flies in the face of that. She doesn’t really have respect for him originally. She sees right through the fronts that he puts up. She’s much more down-to-earth and one of us, and she doesn’t take his attitude. I don’t think he likes that at first. So, she creates a contrast.”