Marvel’s year-long wait ended with WandaVision, a Disney+ series, in January this year. We all questioned the course of Marvel and its characters after the Infinity Saga ended with Avengers: Endgame. Well, speaking on that note, WandaVision reunited us with Wanda Maximoff and Vision. As the show focused on Wanda’s prowess in creating an alternate reality, we also witnessed the welcoming of new characters. Moreover, the show was heavily based around Wanda. It included all – her grief, looming threats, family, and war. But it also concluded a major nod to Doctor Strange. While many thought Doctor Strange cameo in WandaVision was a must, it’s actually good it did not happen.
Marvel Cancelled Doctor Strange Cameo in WandaVision
Kevin Feige confirmed that Doctor Strange was supposed to show up in the Nexus Commercial of WandaVision’s 7th episode. But that did not happen. Although, a set-up did come in the second post-credit scene of WandaVision. It revealed Wanda in self-isolation somewhere deep in the woods. In a long sequence shot, she could be seen enjoying a cup of tea on the porch. But that was not it. Soon after, she could be seen in the astral plane, going through the pages of the Darkhold. The biggest nod here to Doctor Strange was the astral plane, and the Darkhold both.
Moreover, it was recently revealed that Disney changed the post-credit scene where Wanda is in the hills. As the camera traveled through the scene to close in on Wanda, a shadow could be seen traveling through the mountains towards Wanda. Due to all the excitement and Wanda’s confirmed appearance in Doctor Strange 2, people thought that it’s actually Strange himself. But many debunked this by calling it a simple editing mistake. It’s actually better than Doctor Strange came was not in WandaVision.
Rather than a direct appearance, his link was created by the background. When the Scarlet Witch is reading the Darkhold, the background music is that of Doctor Strange. Rationally, this was a subtle way of hinting at his role in Wanda’s future adventure. His direct cameo would have somehow managed to put Wanda out of the spotlight. But, this is something that was not called for. The show was solely based on Wanda’s grief and all the years of trauma. Moreover, the show perfectly culminated all the aspects. So, rather than a cameo, using his theme music was actually pretty smart.
WandaVision Connects To Doctor Strange 2 Directly
WandaVision’s biggest link to Doctor Strange is the Darkhold. The dark book of magic, written by the Elder God Chthon, connects to the first Doctor Strange movie as it is the same book that was missing from Kamar-Taj. So, even without showing Strange’s face in the series, it was made obvious that every event in the Disney+ series will lead into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
If we go by the comic roots as well, the Scarlet Witch is one of the strongest beings in Marvel and the Sorcerer Supreme might just need to step in and save Wanda’s soul. As of now, the plot details of Doctor Strange 2 is very well hidden. But rest assured, one can expect chaos and drama like never before. Some of it is already folding in the Disney+ series, Loki. Wanda is now the Scarlet Witch, and very well under the influence of the Darkhold.
Coming back to WandaVision, Strange’ cameo wasn’t all the more necessary. There were many nods to the same though. The biggest one was given by Paul Bettany (Vision), which prompted the viewers to think that Doctor Strange will actually appear. Bettany referred to working with an actor he’s really wanted to work with. So the viewers immediately assumed it to be Strange. But that wasn’t it. And somehow it makes sense in a major way.
WandaVision Was About Wanda’s Journey
WandaVision was deeply layered by Wanda’s grief. The viewers went on a journey, exploring her childhood, teenage days, and present affairs. One has to say that she has not had it easy. It was all about making Wanda face her fears, and become a new person. In all this commotion, she created a fake reality, Vision, and her twin kids. But all of it went away, once again. Well, this time, Wanda had her powers and knew she can do something about it.
Ever since her debut in Avengers: Age of Ultron, she was not really discovered as an individual character. But that was rectified by WandaVision. Wanda finally became the Scarlet Witch, a prophecy that shouldn’t have come true. So, amidst all this, a Doctor Strange cameo in WandaVision would have been too much to digest. So, linking him through the same background music was a genius move.