DOCTOR STRANGE Star Benedict Cumberbatch speaks to WANDAVISION Absence; Showrunner also weighs

Doctor Strange appearing in the series finale of WandaVision appeared to be a dead certificate, but the Sorcerer Supreme was nowhere to be found. We’re not sure if he ever should appear, but Benedict Cumberbatch’s busy schedule (most of his Avengers scenes were shot with a replacement) and COVID-19 could have made a cameo impossible for Marvel Studios to make.

In a recent interview with Jake’s catches, Cumberbatch addressed not part of WandaVision.

“Aww. I am sorry to disappoint you. I don’t know, yeah. I mean, that would have been fun I guess. [Elizabeth Olsen’s] involvement with [Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness] but, ah damn, you know. It’s all to come “, he explained. “We’re in the middle of it now, we’ve been shooting since before Christmas, and it’s very exciting. I wasn’t on WandaVision, I had been pretty busy.”

Interestingly, in a separate conversation with TV line, WandaVision showrunner Jac Schaeffer was pushed for details about Strange’s absence from the Disney + series, admitting: “There were a lot of conversations. We had conversations with the crew on Strange 2, and that’s how it all turned out.”

The site insisted on this point and asked if the WandaVision The team never contacted the Cumberbatch team to make an appearance. “I can’t talk about that sort of thing”, she answered.

There could be something more to this, but whatever the case, we won’t see Strange meet the Scarlet Witch before. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. It’s not a bad thing, although it could have been fun for WandaVision to at least lay the groundwork for what this relationship will look like.

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ranking of each episode of WandaVision!

9. “Filmed in front of a live studio audience”

The first episode of WandaVision was a great sitcom, to be sure, but it was also extremely short, with only vague clues as to what was really past.

The fact that a SWORD agent (who we would later learn was Darcy) was watching the action on an old-fashioned TV was a good hook, and you can’t fault Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany how brilliantly they engaged in their roles here. Dinner with the Harts was also a nice way to tease that all was not as it seemed in the town of Westview.

Ultimately, the impact of this opening episode may have been lost on anyone who doesn’t have an affinity for classic sitcoms like The Dick Van Dyke Show, but it was still a damn good piece of television.

8. “Break the fourth wall”


At this point in the season, it started to feel like Marvel Studios was just calling the sitcom side, and this shot Modern family was disappointing to say the least.

Vision’s trip with Darcy seemed for the most part pointless, and it was probably the closest thing to a “filler” episode of WandaVision as we approached the final. It certainly wasn’t bad, though, and when you factor in that it featured Monica Rambeau’s superhero origin story and Agatha Harkness’s big reveal, it certainly didn’t. disappointed in terms of great moments.

We just wish he would engage a little more in what the title promised. Yet it has given us “Agatha All Along”, and for that we are going to be eternally grateful.

7. “Now in color”


Another episode that was almost entirely a sitcom, your mileage may have varied with the story of Wanda Maximoff giving birth to Tommy and Billy. The strangeness of the Avenger’s powers was certainly compelling, although some were disappointed with how quickly this pregnancy went.

However, it was also at this point in the procedure that we started to get big clues about Westview’s weirdness, and this mention of Ultron (and Quicksilver) immediately caught our attention.

Add to that the revelation that Wanda was more in control than we thought and that “Geraldine” was thrown out of the energy field surrounding the city, and this episode got us well into the next part of the season.

6. “Don’t touch this dial”


We’re really happy that this episode created alongside the first, as Marvel Studios might have struggled to hook viewers if that had been all they got after logging in for a second week.

Yes, it was a great sitcom (how could you not enjoy the magic show?), But that didn’t explain much to the premise of a series that was still extremely mysterious at this point. There was some fantastic teasing – many of which led to these Mephisto theories – and the world turning colorful over the past few minutes, with this flashback, was seriously intriguing.

However, we would still like to know what exactly happened to this “beekeeper” at the hands of Wanda …

5. “We are interrupting this program”


Four episodes in, and WandaVision abandoned sitcoms to finally shed light on the events. Picking up Monica Rambeau during “The Blip”, we were quickly taken to SWORD and caught up with fan favorites like Jimmy Woo and Darcy Lewis (who was now a doctor).

The Westview Anomaly may have been given a name in the “Hex”, but this episode left us with more questions than answers, which is not a bad thing at this still fairly early stage of the proceedings. series.

Wanda leaving her idyllic home to threaten SWORD was definitely a highlight, and we should have realized then that it wasn’t Nightmare or Mephisto who were in charge of these sitcoms. Add that horrific photo of a dead vision, and if you weren’t addicted now, you never would.

4. “The all new Halloween Spooktacular!”


He was the only fan who had spent years hoping to see Olsen don that precise and comedic scarlet witch costume he expected. Add the fact that we got to see authentic versions of Vision and Quicksilver as well, not to mention some big Speed ​​and Wiccan teases, and it was an absolute blast.

Inspired by Malcolm in the middle resulted in one of the best sitcom episodes yet, and while it was clear something was wrong with “Pietro,” it was really fun watching the talented Evan Peters have a blast as that speedster.

Vision’s investigation into what was really going on in the city was very intriguing, however, as we began to learn more about how Wanda came to live the reality of her dream sitcom.

3. “On a very special episode …”


It was definitely a special episode of WandaVision. Introducing us to the kid’s versions of Billy and Tommy, things started to get even stranger in Westview, especially since the twins could get old (something that had never really been explained by the time the series was released). ‘is finished).

Vision’s suspicions about her surroundings continued to grow and her confrontation with Wanda at the end of the episode was truly Bettany at her best. Revealing that he had no memory of his life before arriving in town, it was hard not to feel the clearly terrified synthezoid as he argued with his wife.

That last-minute reveal with Evan Peters showing up at the door as Wanda’s “stinky brother” was an unforgettable moment that spawned a billion different fan theories.

2. “The series finale”


We know not everyone liked this, and it probably comes down to the fact WandaVision didn’t feature a huge cameo or really pay off any of the major fan theories we all had.

Look beyond that, however, and Wanda’s transformation into a scarlet witch was incredible, as was Vision’s battle with the real, now white, Vision. The farewells to Tommy and Billy were heartbreaking, as were Wanda and Vision’s last moments together before the Hex fell and vanished.

Add in some huge post-credits scenes, and it turned out to be a hellish finale.

1. “Previously activated”


It may have been a diversion for the Disney + series, but exploring Wanda’s past and learning more about who she really is means we now have the Scarlet Witch we’ve been waiting for.

The trip down memory lane answered a slew of questions, including how the Hex was created, which brought Agatha to the city and the “creation” of Vision. There was also a great post-credits scene with White Vision that left our jaws on the floor and made us all count the seconds until the finale.

The storytelling here was excellent and arguably showed WandaVision at its best.

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