Doctor Strange 2 Concept Art Reveals Alternative Zombie Strange Designs

Ian Joyner reveals some unused Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness concept art, showing alternate designs for Dead Strange.

WARNING: Huge spoilers for Doctor Strange 2

Concept art by Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness reveals alternate designs for zombified Defender Strange or what has come to be known as Dead Strange. Since its release in theaters on May 6 and Disney/Marvel Studios’ Multiverse of madness has made $800 million worldwide, more than Warner Bros./DC Films’ the batter to become the highest-grossing film of 2022. As a sequel to Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strangethe sequel sees director Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead, Spider-Man) made his big return to the comic book genre. The cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Xochitl Gomez who will make her MCU debut as universe-jumping America Chavez.

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With a script by Michael Waldron, Multiverse of madness takes advantage of Phase 4’s multiverse concept to introduce multiple versions of the main characters, as well as a few other surprise variants. That said, during the opening scene of the film, the audience encounters Defender Strange – an alternate version of the titular wizard who will do anything to prevent America’s power from falling into the wrong hands. Unfortunately for America, Defender Strange is killed before she and his corpse are transported to Earth-616. Despite remaining dead, Defender Strange proves vital to the film’s finale: 616 Strange uses the Book of the Damned to “dream walk‘ in his corpse and arm the souls of the damned against the Scarlet Witch and save America atop Mount Wundagore. The series feels like quintessential Raimi, thanks in large part to Dead Strange’s design and his not-so-friendly ghosts.


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Visual Development Supervisor at Marvel Studios Ian Joyner recently shared some concept art Multiverse of madness† The posts give fans an exclusive look at alternate designs for Dead Strange, which likely coincide with an early decision to give Defender Strange a topknot instead of a ponytail. Check out the images below:

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Multiverse of madness‘ last sequence is reminiscent of scenes from Raimi’s comedy-horror films such as Evil Dead 2 and army of darkness† If the gruesome, heroic, and borderline-campy Dead Strange didn’t land, Multiverse of madness probably wouldn’t work. This, and the use of the Scarlet Witch, has led to a lot of labeling Multiverse of madness as the first Marvel Studios horror movie — something that was very much the goal of Kevin Feige and his company.


Waldron said he wrote Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness with Raimi in mind. When he came up with the idea for Dead Strange, Raimi approached the Zombified finale with a degree of trepidation because he didn’t want viewers to write it off like his usual Evil Dead shit. Not only are the character design and sequence of the film the most memorable, but they are also narratively consistent, as Doctor Strange once again ignores the rules and does what it takes – which is ultimately what brought Raimi on board. Additionally, using the ghosts/souls of the damned should have consequences for that third eye, the afterlife of the MCU, and the inevitable rapture of the devil himself, Mephisto. Suffice it to say that everyone, Joyner included, was delighted to see Dead Strange on screen.


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