The Illuminati world as it appeared in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, doesn’t seem like a great place. Michael Waldron, the film’s head writer, confirmed this in an interview with Rich Magazine describing Earth-838 as a “police state” and revealing that the heroes’ response to the threat of Thanos made them a threat to the people they sought to protect. These sorts of themes have been previously explored in superhero media, most notably Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, which addressed post-9/11 paranoia in a very direct way.
in the Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, it’s much more subtle, but if you look closely, it’s there. According to one of the film’s writers, Earth-838 is such a nightmare that it’s possible for the people of this world to see Wanda as a heroine for her deeds there.
“The funny thing about Memory Lane is that … it’s not in there, but my secret history of 838 is that it’s a little bit like a police state,” Waldron said. “And you can see that everyone is dressed in the same way, it feels a bit Orwellian. Because I was like, ‘Okay, why is there this Memory Lane thing?’ I wrote a lot of fine print that I think we recorded, but it just doesn’t work… You can’t quite hear it, but it’s like the guy in the background is saying, “Disclaimer: Any memories of committed.” Crimes or such and such can be admitted in court…”Memory Lane is really the state’s attempt to frame you, a minority, into admitting a crime you’ve committed. That’s my dark secret about Memory Lane.”
You can see the official synopsis for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness under.
Now that Iron Man and Captain America have departed after a bitter battle Avengers: Endgame, former genius surgeon and the strongest magician of them all, Doctor Strange is expected to play an active role as a central character in the Avengers. However, using his magic to manipulate time and space at will with a forbidden spell, believed to be the most dangerous, has opened the door to a mysterious madness called the “Multiverse”.
To restore a world where everything is changing, Strange seeks help from his ally Wong, the Sorcerer Supreme, and the Avengers’ most powerful Scarlet Witch, Wanda. But a terrible threat looms over humanity and the entire universe that can no longer be dealt with by their might alone. Even more surprising is that the greatest threat in the universe looks just like Doctor Strange.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness streaming now on Disney+ and releasing July 26 on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD. Pre-order details can be found here.
h/t The Direct