Why X-Men Were Not In Doctor Strange 2? Explained

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is a non-stop ride of twists, turns, and cameos. Ever since Marvel announced that this movie will see Strange exploring the multiverse, every fan had expectations. Some expectations were significantly higher than others. So when the movie came out, it was natural that the movie felt incomplete to those high-expectations people. Like after seeing Patrick Stewart reprising his role as Professor Xavier, many fans raised a question as to why X-Men were not in Doctor Strange 2. And the writer of the movie himself answered this question.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is the first MCU movie to dive into the multiverse so deep that there was no coming back. From the trailers and TV spots, fans were very excited to see their favorite characters finally join the MCU, even if it turned out to be for just a few seconds! One of the most promising returns was that of the leader of X-Men, Professor Xavier. We wanted him back because he could have been the one to pave the way for X-Men’s entry into the MCU.


Why X-Men were not in Doctor Strange 2

We know that Marvel owns the rights to the characters after they bought the rights from 20th Century Fox. So it is only a matter of time before we see them in the MCU. However, it doesn’t mean that their absence in the new movie didn’t make us feel sad. X-Men are one of the most popular groups of superheroes, and fans want them so bad in the MCU. But don’t worry because the writer of Doctor Strange 2 is here to explain their absence.



After the movie’s success, the cast and crew of the movie have been going through multiple interviews, gathering their laurels. And Michael Waldron, the writer of Doctor Strange 2, had some pretty interesting things to reveal in his recent interview with Entertainment Tonight. When asked about the absence of the mutants from the movie, he said that his main inspiration was House of M. It was a pretty interesting issue and complex, too. So he knew that the movie will be good and won’t need more reinforcements(for instance, mutants) to make it powerful. In his words,

“Yeah, we talked about House of M, and there’s plenty of examples of Wanda doing bad things throughout the comics in an effort to get her kids back. But ultimately this story didn’t need mutants to be powerful, I guess was our feeling. And, you know, wherever that lies on the timeline for the MCU, it didn’t feel like this was the right place to introduce it — because then it suddenly would have just been about mutants. And this is really a story about Wanda and her grief and her descent into darkness in this movie.”


When he said that introducing mutants didn’t feel like a good idea, I think we should all agree. No matter how much we wanted it if mutants had been introduced, the movie’s focus would have shifted. Because at its heart, this movie was all about Doctor Strange trying his best to stop Wanda from breaking the multiverse. But this definitely doesn’t mean that mutants will never be a part of the MCU. The same goes for Wanda, as well. Mutants are one of the biggest Marvel properties with over 60 years’ worth of stories to tell. So giving them a short cameo in an already packed movie will not have done the characters justice.



As rumors tell us, Marvel is working on a secret project involving mutants. They plan to incorporate the X-Men into the MCU in the best way possible. So as to not mess with the grand scheme of things. With Deadpool 3 already being set in the MCU, it is only a matter of time before the other mutants follow. And when they do, MCU will be wide open to countless possibilities! Marvel isn’t going anywhere for the next decade or so!


What other reasons do you think there can be regarding why X-Men were not in Doctor Strange 2? let us know your answers down in the comments.

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