Doctor Strange 2 Major Opening Scene Changes Revealed By America Actor

Xochitl Gomez, who plays America Chavez in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, reveals how significant reshoots altered the film's opening sequence. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was released earlier this year, and despite mixed reviews, the film has earned over $954 million at the worldwide box office. The movie was directed by Sam Raimi, who many fans know from his Spider-Man trilogy with Tobey Maguire. However, Raimi is also a renowned horror director, having given the world the Evil Dead trilogy and Drag Me to Hell. Doctor Strange 2 embraced Raimi's dark sensibilities and gave Marvel audiences a decidedly more intense, horror-leaning film that was unique to the MCU.


Benedict Cumberbatch returned to play the titular Doctor Strange alongside Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, and Gomez. The plot saw Strange trying to save Gomez's America Chavez, who was being hunted by a dark power intent on getting her universe-hopping abilities. The film sees various universes, with numerous versions of Doctor Strange and other characters, leading to a lot for audiences to take in. Furthermore, the film underwent intense reshoots, changing much of the movie prior to its release, meaning many details were altered before audiences saw the finished product.

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While speaking with /Film, Gomez was asked about the extensive reshoots Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness underwent. While she initially states that many things changed due to test screenings and Marvel's attempts to appease fans, Gomez focused on the alterations made to the film's opening scene. According to her, Defender Strange was saving America in the opening sequence rather than the version audiences saw where he ultimately betrays her, thinking it was the only option. Check out Gomez's comments about the Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness reshoots below:

"Yeah, it changed lots of things. The main thing about Marvel is that they do test screenings so that they can get the movie to be what fans want, make them be what Marvel movies are. We did lots of changes for that reshoot, it was pretty insane. Lots of work, but it was really fun and it was a challenge, but it was also really fun to do wirework again of the stuff that I already had done, to do it in a different style with different intentions and stuff. One main thing that got changed is that Defender Strange was actually saving me at the beginning and it was a turning point, that when he died it was me being heartbroken over the fact that someone who cared and was protecting me had passed away. Then, when we did reshoots it was this main drastic change that Defender Strange was actually betraying me and trying to take my power away from me."

"A lot more to work with, but also it's a completely different perspective on her and her trust issues because before it was this whole other thing. A little, simple thing like that can change so much."

Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange and Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez in Multiverse of Madness

Reshoots are common in filmmaking, with creators going back to get shots that help the film flow or, in this instance, recontextualize some aspects of the movie to support the story. Gomez's comments turn Defender Strange from a sympathetic character before reshoots into a darker, more chaotic character who is willing to sacrifice a child for what he believes must be done, which is what ended up in the final scene. While the opening change serves as a considerable character alteration, it was one of many hurdles during reshoots. Other details from the production hinted at entire characters being added and actors sharing scenes even though they have never met.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness endured a lot throughout production, with many changes seemingly added at the behest of Marvel rather than the director's intent. However, Raimi's style is still prevalent, and while some audiences may not have enjoyed the film, many liked the bold infusion of horror elements in the franchise. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now available on Blu-ray and streaming on Disney+.