Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now making its way through theaters worldwide, bringing some of the most surprising moments in any MCU movie ever made. From introducing the MCU’s version of the Illuminati to introducing a darker Doctor Strange who boasted a third eye on his forehead, the horror vibes and mystical developments came out in full force.
Warning – The rest of this article contains spoilers for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
The core plot of Doctor Strange 2 centered on the Darkhold’s influence over Wanda Maximoff, fully unleashing her as the Scarlet Witch and sending her on a rampage throughout the Multiverse to find her children. To combat this, Strange himself had to dive into the Darkhold’s pages, dream walking into the corpse of America Chavez’s Doctor Strange and convincing her to trust in her powers.
In the final moments of the film, fans saw the results of Strange’s dive into the Darkhold as he gained his own Third Eye on his forehead, identical to the one Sinister Strange had after his own time with the Book of the Damned. Following Doctor Strange 2‘s release, the sequel’s head writer shared how that moment came to fruition within the MCU.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness writer Michael Waldron discussed movie’s final scene in which Strange gets a third eye in his forehead.
In a chat with Rolling Stone, Waldron looked back to a point when the film “had a happy ending,” more so than expected for a movie “where a lot of bad shit happens.” Referencing Baron Mordo’s “The bill comes due”line in the original Doctor Strange along with Wong reminding Strange of his dangerous actions in the new movie, Waldron wanted to make sure the film had consequences while also paying tribute to classic horror films:
“I felt like we had a happy ending. We were like, like, ‘Gee, you know, for a movie where a lot of bad shit happens, we got kind of a happy ending here.’ We really wrapped it up and that didn’t quite seem right. We kept thinking about what Mordo warned Strange in the first movie: ‘The bill comes due.’ It’s like Wong says, ‘You possessed your own corpse. Like, is this guy ever going to face any consequences? And it just felt like a great nod to horror movies where there’s that final twist.”