Why Mordo’s Decapitation Scene Was Deleted From Doctor Strange 2

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is out on Disney+ and we’ve got a lot of added information about the initial plans for the film. One of the deleted scenes we’ve known about is Earth-616’s Mordo battle with Wanda. He was supposed to die right at the beginning of the movie. And we thought that maybe the MCU wanted to preserve him for later, that’s why they didn’t kill him off. Or maybe his decapitation scene would have been a bit brutal for a PG-13 Disney movie. But that’s not why the scene was removed. The writer and director of the film have revealed why Mordo’s decapitation scene was deleted.

Mordo’s Decapitation Scene

In the audio commentary from the digital release of Doctor Strange 2, director Sam Raimi and writer Michael Waldron described the deleted opening by saying:

Raimi: “Michael [Waldron] had written an early scene with [Mordo] where we saw him in our universe, 616, where he was the Mordo that we knew from Doctor Strange 1, only he had been through many battles since that. He had a limp. And he was coming after the Scarlet Witch to take her power because he knew she was dark and terribly corrupted by the Darkhold and she killed him and cut off his head, and presented it to Strange in a later scene. It was really great writing, but it slowed the beginning down too much, so we had to lose it.”

Waldron: “Yeah, that was a fun scene that just didn’t have a place in the movie. But it was cool that she cut his head off right halfway through his ears, [as he’s] about to say, ’The bill comes due.’”


Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was one of the shorter MCU movies in a long while. It was extremely fast-paced and that was made clear right from the beginning with Defender Strange and America Chavez being chased around. So, adding a slow Mordo scene would have revealed Wanda’s villainy right from the beginning.


Even though the scene could have been pretty gut-wrenching, we’re happy that it was removed after considering every other aspect. Do you guys agree? Let us know in the comments.

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