“WandaVision” Nearly Got Doctor Strange

Originally published on Dark Horizons by Garth Franklin

Marvel Studios’ “WandaVision” series originally appeared to be building up to a major cameo in the finale with three fan theories flying about – Mephisto, Reed Richards or Doctor Strange.

According to a new interview with Marvel chief Kevin Feige at Rolling Stone (via Slashfilm), Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange was indeed set to appear… until he suddenly wasn’t.

Feige reveals that the mysterious fictional commercials for products like “Toast Mate” and “Hydra Soak” throughout the series were actually intended to build up to a Doctor Strange appearance.

In fact, the ads were originally intended to be messages sent to Wanda from Doctor Strange, as he also attempted to break through her fake reality. Marvel had actually finalized a deal with Cumberbatch to appear in the finale until a late-stage rewrite saw him written out. Feige says:

“Some people might

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