Marvel Boss Says That Doctor Strange Cameo was Included Because Fans Wanted It
We finally saw Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness last month. It was generally thought that it was okay. There is a movie.
It was not all cool, though. The inclusion and casting of the Illuminati were highlights. Along with Black Bolt, Captain Carter, Hayley Atwell, Captain Marvel (Lashana Lynch), Baron Mordo, Chiwetel Ejiofor), Captain Carter, Captain Marvel (Lashana Lynch), Captain Charles Xavier, and Reed Richards (John Krasinski), Professor Charles Xavier made the highly-anticipated, much-anticipated, appearance.
Reed Richards’ casting was beautiful. Over the years, many fans had chosen Krasinski to play the role. To see it happen was incredible. It turned out that these fan castings were the reason he was selected, according to ComicBook.
Director Sam Raimi confirmed this in the Disney+ commentary to the film. He said, “It’s funny that Kevin [Feige] cast John [Krasinski] as the fans had a vision of who the perfect Reed Richards might be.” I believe Kevin said this was an alternate universe and wanted to make his dream come true.
However, the film’s goal was not fanning service, as Michael Waldron, writer, revealed in an interview with ComicBook last week: “It’s easy for people to be seduced with the cheap laugh, the cheap cheer or whatever. He said this was not what Sam [Raimi] or Marvel were interested in. It was always about the story, Steven Strange’s and Wanda’s best interests. It wasn’t about fan service. It was more like, “If these Illuminati characters were here, then they should be there because that’s who’s actually in the Illuminati comics.”