A new stunt sequence from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness shows an even bloodier fight between Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch, and soldiers from Kamar-Taj.
The short sequence is entirely stunt rehearsed but edited with mild special effects, and takes place near the beginning of the film when Wanda invades Kamar-Taj. During the fight, Wanda decapitates a soldier and uses her powers to manipulate him into fighting the other soldiers. It’s pretty creepy, and we definitely understand why certain things were cut from the final cut of the film in order to maintain a PG-13 rating.
VFX Supervisor Erik Winquist previously revealed to IndieWire (opens in a new tab) that his team wanted to “push the gross factor” of Zombie Strange and include a moment where he “throws his undead arm at the Scarlet Witch in an attempt to strangle her.” While that sounds great, it’s more than likely too “Evil Dead” for Marvel, who still try to make movies more or less family-friendly.
New stunt sequence (deleted) from #MultiverseofMadness showing Wanda manipulating a decapitated Kamar-Taj soldier! pic.twitter.com/8t51UWd28ESeptember 22, 2022
Director Sam Raimi told Collider (opens in a new tab) that around 40 minutes of the original cut was cut, though we’re not sure if that was before or after the film underwent multiple and extensive reshoots.
“It’s a really complex movie. It’s probably the most complex movie I’ve ever had anything to do with,” Raimi told Rolling Stone. (opens in a new tab), explaining why the reshoots were necessary. “It’s not just one character, or even five characters, but multiversal versions of those characters, and each one has a story.”
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now streaming on Disney Plus.
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