The head writer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness states the original script included a shocking death for the Wasp. The 2nd movie in the Doctor Strange collection launched in theatres on May 6, helmed by Spider-Man trilogy director and also horror icon Sam Raimi. Currently, Multiverse of Madness holds the title of highest-grossing film of 2022, having made over $944 million globally.
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange and Elizabeth Olson as the movie’s bad guy, Wanda Maximoff/the Scarlet Witch, Multiverse of Madness was loaded with MCU cameos as Strange joined America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) in hopping through the multiverse. When Strange as well as Chavez get in an universe considered Earth-838, they come across the Illuminati, a team of superheroes who effectively beat Thanos in their own timeline. The Illuminati is comprised of Charles Xavier/Professor X, Captain Carter, Karl Mordo, Black Bolt, Maria Rambeau/Captain Marvel, as well as Reed Richards/Mister Fantastic– every one of whom are viciously slaughtered by Scarlet Witch as she tries to take Chavez’s powers.
In Multiverse of Madness’s audio discourse (by means of The Direct), head author Michael Waldron says that, initially, the Wasp was included in the Illuminati. Together with the remainder of the Illuminati, the Wasp was also killed by Wanda, that was contacted have diminished down, only to be “smushed” between Wanda’s hands like a bug. Manufacturer Ritchie Palmer states that there was some worry after writing the Illuminati scenes right into the script, worrying that Marvel would certainly discover the series to be too violent or gory. While completion of the Illuminati was still included in Multiverse of Madness, the Wasp didn’t make the cut. Read Waldon’s complete remark listed below:
Yeah, I think I viewed Aliens and also was simply assuming regarding the way those Marines obtain slaughtered, as well as, yeah, I was delighted it worked.
Though there is no word on whether the Wasp was originally implied to be Evangeline Lilly’s Hope Van Dyne, Michelle Pfeiffer’s Janet Van Dyne, or an additional manifestation of the personality entirely, she may still appear in future multiversal stories. With Multiverse of Madness, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and the Disney+ series Loki all exploring the MCU’s multiverse, Marvel has actually made it clear that in the right universe, anything is possible (except, perhaps, for the Illuminati to be resurrected from their gruesome destinies).
With the shocking deaths of the Illuminati, along with Strange’s zombie rebirth, there have actually been concerns raised about the PG-13 rating of the movie. Strangely enough, it seems that the Wasp’s written-out death would certainly have been the least grisly of all, because being crushed like an insect is nothing compared to Captain Carter being halved by her own guard, Reed Richards being untangled by Scarlet Witch, or Black Bolt exploding his own mind. With Thor: Love as well as Thunder in a similar way obtaining a PG-13 score (albeit for nakedness rather than violence), it seems that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness might note a far more grown-up phase of MCU films.