Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness opened up the doorways to countless other universes behind Stephen Strange and America Chavez. With Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff becoming more dangerous than ever and threatening everything that exists in the prime MCU, the master magicians had to lean on America’s knowledge of other universes to save their own.
While there was plenty of material from outside Earth-616 that was left on the table, the sequel’s fast-paced runtime fans on a wild ride through other versions of Earth. Most of the film focused on Earth-838, which housed an all-star Illuminati team with incredible characters like Hayley Atwell’s Captain Carter, John Krasinski’s Reed Richards, and Patrick Stewart’s Charles Xavier.
With only two hours and six minutes of action to showcase everything the Multiverse had to offer, there wasn’t ample time to explore many other worlds outside of the two that were featured the most. They could not explore the 14 universes that would have made an impact on the storyline.
However, there was one sequence in the early part of the story that showed fans just a glimpse of how big the MCU’s Multiverse truly was as America’s powers were first put on display. Now, a new report has shed even more light on exactly what viewers saw at that moment before landing on an alternate New York rooftop.
Doctor Strange 2’s Alternate 14 Universes Named
In an interview with befores & afters, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness visual effects supervisor Alexis Wajsbrot explained the more than a dozen realities that appeared during an early sequence jumping through the 14 universes with Doctor Strange and America Chavez.
1.) The Living Tribunal Statue World was always the first one that the team wanted to visit after leaving Kamar-Taj, featuring huge heads reminiscent of the Living Tribunals from Marvel comics.
2.) One world that almost didn’t make it was the Onslaught Canyon World, which paid tribute in a way to the movie 127 Hours. It would have been great if we could see this world. After all, it sounds very interesting out of all the 14 universes.
3.) Strange and Chavez pass through a world made entirely of honeycombs, which also included giant bees flying around the pair. Honeycomb World was a challenge for the team with regard to avoiding it being boring, which led them to “putting in some water…for the transition” so it worked better alongside the universes that followed:
4.) The Mirror World transitioned from being something of a machine world to more of a glass one, which became tough to do due to having to flesh out the insides of every structure used.
5.) From the start of production, the team wanted to include Cube World, which was shown in the trailers as Strange’s face appeared to separate into small individual boxes. The sizes of the cubes changed numerous times throughout development, specifically to avoid making the moment look “too gory”
6.) Paint World was described as “a big simulation for the characters” with “some simulation for the background as well,” and it made for one of the funnier moments in the film, as America Chavez told Strange “you don’t wanna get stuck in there.”
7.) While Comic Book World was seen by many viewers as a nod to the animated MCU show What If…?, it was more intended to be a tribute to comics as a whole. To do this, the team used much more vibrant colors and more emphasis on “the shadows and the lines” of each character and building.
8.) Strange and Chavez also found themselves in a Post-Apocalyptic World, which showed what would have happened in The Avengers if the team “lost and…New York (had) been completely crushed.”
9.) Underwater World had the tough task of showing America’s face in a close-up shot, along with having to stimulate what the Cloak of Levitation would be doing in the water.
10.) With Alt New York, the team decided to make the transition from Underwater World much more impactful by having a few fish fly into the windscreen and into the streets. This was actually done quite late into production, and it even included an Easter egg from director Sam Raimi in the visuals.
11.) Spider-Man: Far From Home made its mark on the Doctor Strange sequel with Pipe World, which featured the Stark Tech drones flying around the streets.
12.) Savage Land paid direct tribute to Marvel Comics’ Savage World, which is notably the home of classic X-Men villain Magneto. This was a world that the team had in play from the beginning, and it was simply “a really cool idea” that the VFX artists wanted to use.
13.) In the IMAX version of the film, fans see the full view of Hydra World, which included a blimp featuring the Hydra logo on the end of it. This was a world that was meant to be stuck in the 1930s in an alternate reality where Hydra actually rose to power.
14.) There was another world that didn’t make it into the movie called the “James Turrell World,” which would have referenced an artist who knew how to work light into intriguing and brilliant pieces.
The Madness of Doctor Strange 2’s Multiverse Explored
“Were we paint in one of them?”
Doctor Strange 2 may not have explored all 73 universes that America Chavez said she had visited, but there was enough of a glimpse into a few to show just how vast the MCU Multiverse truly is.