Yes Doctor Strange Was Supposed to Be in ‘WandaVision’, But They Didn’t Want Him Mansplaining Her


The internet is abuzz today with news that Kevin Feige admitted Doctor Strange was supposed to be in ‘WandaVision’ like fans thought.

In and interview with Rolling Stone, Feige did confirm that Doctor Strange was to appear in the series finale, and Benedict Cumberbatch was signed on to be in the show. They even said that the “commercials” in the show were planned as him reaching out to Wanda as he “attempted to break through her sitcom fabrication.”

Of course fans were all excited because they believed that Strange was going to appear on the show and we know that ‘WandaVision’ was leading to the ‘Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness” film that is set to release on March 25, 2022.

Benedict Cumberbatch even apologized on The Tonight Show according to CNet, saying:  “If it didn’t happen, then I am sorry about that.

The strange reason he wasn’t in the show.

We finally have a reason for his absence and frankly, I think it’s stupid.

According to Kevin Feige it’s because:

Some people might say, ‘Oh, it would’ve been so cool to see Doctor Strange. But it would have taken away from Wanda. We didn’t want the end of the show to be commoditized to go to the next movie — here’s the white guy, ‘Let me show you how power works.’

He wasn’t in the show, even though fans waited for it and it was implied he would be, because he might upstage her and “the white guy” would come and tell the woman, who didn’t know how to use her magic properly in the show, how to use her powers.

So they cut him out so he wouldn’t “mansplain” Wanda, but that’s not how “mansplaining” works. He’s the Sorcerer Supreme, a title that he took over after the previous Sorcerer Supreme, who in the MCU is a woman, died and passed the mantle to him. He’s definitely qualified to help her.

If it were the Tilda Swinton version of the Sorcerer Supreme would it have been okay to help her then?

It would make complete sense that he would show up to help her. They’re both Avengers. I’m sure he knows all about her and is watching her.

If the only issue was that they didn’t want the character of Doctor Strange to “upstage” her people might find it to be an acceptable reason.

I think the problem with his answer is that he added the part about him being a “white guy” and adding “here’s the white guy” [saying]”Let me show you how power works.”

The show ended well on it’s own for the most part. I’m fine with the way it turned out without Doctor Strange, but I do think it could have been enhanced by his presence and I’m a bit sad he wasn’t there.

I never felt he would have been taking something away from the female character by being there. But that’s just my opinion, as a female fan.

Let’s just hope they can actually pull off a good story with the film starting Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff and Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. But I’m a bit more concerned about it now.

What do you think? Comment and let us know!

Source: CNET

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