Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: the producer confirms that the Wizard of What If …? it’s not in the movie

In a long interview with Disney magazine D23, the producer of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Richie Palmer shed some light on the character of Doctor Strange and its variants seen in the What If …? and in the latest trailer for the film directed by Sam Raimi.

In 2021, Marvel fans were able to witness the debut of several TV series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and therefore connected to each other. One of these was the animated series What If …?, who told alternative stories in the now well-known Multiverse. Episode 4 of What If …? titled “What if … Doctor Strange had lost his heart instead of his hands?” presented to the public a Doctor Strange different from the one that debuted in live-action version in 2016. The Wizard of What If …?, in order to save the love of his life, has practically destroyed his own universe somehow revealing himself as his own nemesis. In the first trailer of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, another Strange, with an evil appearance, appeared, and many fans thought that the animated version had been reprized for the film: but is it really so?

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Well, producer Richie Palmer said What If …? it was more of an inspiration to the creative team rather than a character to make his film debut. Palmer said the What If …? is to be considered the Strange Supreme while that of the film can be called Sinister Strange. Beyond that, Palmer outlined their nature in order to distinguish them not only by name but also by character:

Strange Supreme

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Doctor Strange comic in What If ...?
Strange Supreme

Strange Supreme from What If …? is one who let the universe he lived in be destroyed because of his love for Christine. The origins of this sorcerer are however human and his lust for power derives from a feeling as noble as love but, at the same time in this case, selfish towards the whole world. According to Palmer, therefore, the Strange Supreme is therefore not to be considered evil.

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Sinister Strange

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The Laughing Bad Strange
Sinister Strange

Sinister Strange from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is instead evil at heart. Palmer said that this Strange variant really enjoys being bad:

The best villains are those who see themselves as the heroes of their stories, but the scariest are those who are devoid of humanity.

From what we see in the latest trailer for Sam Raimi’s film, Sinister Strange does not belong to Earth but lives in some distant universe.

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: the producer confirms that the Wizard of What If …? it’s not in the movie