Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now available to watch on Disney+, making the popular film more accessible to a wider audience. While the film made nearly a billion dollars at the box office–leagues more than its original film back in 2016–it did come at the cost of certain storylines and key decisions. A big issue was the treatment of The Illuminati.
In a key scene on another Earth, Doctor Strange is brought before a version of The Illuminati comprised of Mister Fantastic, Captain Marvel (Maria Rambeau), Professor X, Baron Mordo, Captain Carter, and Black Bolt. This was a big moment for fans as the Illuminati are a major group from the comics, and seeing this unique version of them was really fun.
In a revealing statement posted on Twitter, writer Michael Walrdon noted that one other member was going to be there and meet his end in a twisted way.
“Originally in the first draft [of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness] the Wasp…was in the Illuminati,” he said. “And the Wasp shrunk down and flew at [the Scarlet Witch] and Wanda clapped her hands and smushed the Wasp.”
That would match what happened to all the other members of The Illuminati, save for Baron Mordo (who was stuck in a pit thanks to Strange.) What’s more, fans were miffed at how they went from being the “most powerful heroes of their world” to “wiped out in seconds,” and with laughable ease.
Having The Wasp meet a similar fate likely would’ve inspired even more anger given how in their tiny forms, Ant-Man and The Wasp are much more durable and can hit with the force of a bullet.
You can make your own opinions on things as you watch–or rewatch–the film now on Disney+.