There were plenty of stories of major reshoots during the production of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnessbut Xochitl Gomezwho plays America Chavez in the film, recently revealed a specific change that was made to Doctor Strange shortly before the release of the latest entry in the series, it actually made a huge difference to the overall story of the film.
In the film’s opening scene, we see a character called Defender Strange trying to steal America Chavez’s multiverse jump power for himself. It will kill her, but it won’t stop him. However, before Defender Strange can take America’s power, he is killed by a monster and America is sent to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In the overall scheme of the movie, these scenes are there to show how Doctor Strange has an important lesson to learn in the movie: He can’t always be the one to fix things, no matter how much it feels like he should be. Sometimes it’s okay to trust other people.
Xochitl Gomez recently told /Film that that Defender Strange scene was quite various. She explained…
One main thing that was changed is that Defender Strange actually saved me in the beginning, and it was a turning point that when he died, I was the one who was devastated by the fact that someone who cared and protected me, had passed away. Then, when we were doing reshoots, it was this main drastic change that Defender Strange actually betrayed me and tried to take my power away from me.
This change to the story created a whole new dynamic between Doctor Strange and Chavez. Instead of just being indifferent to him at first, America Chavez has some serious trust issues she needs to overcome if she wants to defeat Scarlet Witch. Strange himself gets a unique insight into his own behavior patterns, and he will have to correct them if he wants to emerge victorious.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now available on home video and streaming on Disney+.
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