Unused concept art of Scott Derrickson’s original blueprint for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness reveals the villain, Nightmare.
Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Originally slated to be directed by Scott Derrickson, who helmed the 2016 origin story. However, Derrickson left the project due to creative and original differences. Spider Man trilogy and evil Dead director Sam Raimi took the reins for the sequel, while Michael Waldron penned the film’s script. It turns out Derrickson’s original plans included the villain, Nightmare.
In the Marvel comics, Nightmare is a demon lord who rules over his own realm within the dream dimension known as Nightmare World, which is a manifestation of humanity’s collective psyche, in which dreams people are manifesting their own lives. Some of his abilities include feeding on the dreams of living people while they sleep, as well as trapping people in his realm. Based on the premise of strange doctor sequel, it makes sense why Scott Derrickson originally wrote the character into the story.
Early character designs for Scott Derrickson’s version of the strange doctor the sequel shows what Nightmare could have looked like. Here we get an idea of how Derrickson would have pushed his own take on the horror genre infused into the film. Although Sam Raimi is notable for his horror roots, perhaps Derrickson could have been a little less campy and more downright scary:
Here is the synopsis of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness:
The MCU is unlocking the multiverse and pushing its boundaries further than ever before. Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to face a mysterious new adversary.
Directed by Sam Raimi from a screenplay written by Michael Waldron, the film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Michael Stuhlbarg and Rachel McAdams.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is available now on Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD 4K Ultra HD, and is also streaming exclusively on Disney+. Be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news on the future of the Wizard and the possible introduction of Nightmare, and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more original video content!