Concept art for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness offers the best look yet at one of Benedict Cumberbatch’s variants in the film.
Doctor strange in the multiverse of madness introduced a handful of Stephen Strange variants to the MCU. Though fans didn’t get to spend as much time with them, the newly released artwork gives a better look at Earth-838’s disgraced hero, Supreme Strange.
While Marvel comic readers have long been familiar with the concept of the Multiverse, the MCU only began to integrate character variants during the last few years, which is to say in Loki, Spider-Man: No Way HomeY doctor strange 2with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania possibly expanding it to kick off Phase Five. However, in the past year strange doctor sequel, each variant, including the film’s Illuminati lineup, only enjoyed brief cameos, so the character illustrations are helpful to appreciate them in more detail.
In the case of Supreme Strange, concept art comes from Marvel Studios visual development supervisor Ian Joyner (@ianjoynerart). The artist shared artwork featuring Benedict Cumberbatch’s variant showing the sorcerer’s full costume. As Joyner explains in his Instagram post, a fellow Marvel artist had already designed a great concept for Strange’s enemy Mordo, so he wanted both Earth-838 sorcerers to share the same aesthetic.
The most prominent feature of this design is the cape, as Cumberbatch is not seen wearing it in doctor strange 2 during his only scene as Supreme Strange. In the scene, the corrupted sorcerer is destroyed by Black Bolt due to his use of the Darkhold, sparking a dangerous raid. Other than that flashback scene, Supreme Strange’s only other appearance is in statue form outside the Sanctum Sanctorum before the main Doctor finds out what’s going on in that Marvel universe.
It’s unclear why Supreme Strange’s levitation suit and cloak are blue, but it’s fair to say it might have something to do with his relationship with the Illuminati. After all, blue is also Reed Richards’ signature color, and it’s the most dominant in Maria Rambeau’s Captain Marvel costume. Along with Earth-616’s vanilla Doctor Strange, the other variants that appear in multiverse of madness they are Defender Strange, Sinister Strange, and Undead Strange, all of whom spend more screen time than Supreme Strange.
Joyner’s artwork has also been featured in guardians of the galaxy vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Ant-Man and the WaspY Avengers: infinity war. So it’s fair to say that this talented artist has had a huge influence on the look of the MCU for the past few years.
Doctor strange in the multiverse of madness is now available on Disney Plus.
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Source: Ian Joyner/Instagram