Kevin Feige made a special request for the Doctor Strange 2: Multiverse of Madness costume
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now officially on the big screen worldwide, and it’s making its mark on the global box office as Marvel Studios’ first theatrical release of 2021. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has brought his A-game with this single-player sequel, from costumes to action, and it’s already got fans flocking to theaters to see what the MCU has to offer.
One of the big challenges of this film was to bring to life so many different versions of classic characters through various universes realized throughout the plot. This included four different versions of Doctor Strange from Benedict Cumberbatch himself, who took the MCU’s first Strange on a mental journey as he tried to figure out how to fix the problems happening throughout the multiverse.
Marvel Studios accomplished this feat largely through costumes, as each of the four different heroes Cumberbatch played had a different set of leads they used throughout their on-screen time between them. On top of that, the film’s official press release explained how Feige had his own influence on the weird that drove this film’s storytelling efforts from start to finish.
Kevin Feige’s request for the Doctor Strange 2 costume
As shared in the press release of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of MadnessMarvel Studios President Kevin Feige had specific requests for what he wanted to see in terms of changes to Benedict Cumberbatch’s costume in the sequel.
Costume designer Graham Churchyard explained how Feige wanted to make sure Cumberbatch wore a “Master Suit” Rather than a “disciple’s costume,” which he donned in his first five MCU films. To do this, Churchyard and his team made sure to adapt the costume to have a more “heroic and powerful figure” for his upcoming solo film while making sure it retains the same feel Kamar-Taj had in the original film:
“With this film, Kevin [Feige] wanted to improve Doctor Strange’s costume. In all of his previous outings, he had remained in his Disciple costume. Even though he had graduated and was now a master, in ‘Infinity’ and ‘Endgame’ he wears the Disciple costume, so Kevin wanted to use the new movie as an opportunity to level him up so he wears a master costume from the very beginning, which we have adapted to give a very heroic and powerful silhouette.
Churchyard explained how the boots were fitted higher and the cuffs were changed to leather, while the levitation cape “also has more personality” in this movie than he has in the past since it’s not as often on Strange this time around:
“There are still elements of the design from last time with the woven cuffs, but instead of being braided they are now leather so the whole look is starting to add up to a superhero look.”
most “pure action hero” the look came with America Chavez’s Defender Strange universe, which Churchyard says had different historical influences such as Errol Flynn of Robin Hood:
“It’s not the historical costume. It’s still very weird, but it’s supposed to have elements you’d think were like Errol Flynn in Robin Hood.
Throughout these costume changes, the one constant was the Levitation Cloak. Although Churchyard created a number of designs, the team stuck to the original look of the ancient relic due to its status as a “a very precious and irreplaceable object:”
“There was a lot of talk about the cape, so I sketched out a number of designs, but in the end we decided to stick with the same cape as the first movie, which makes sense because it’s a relic that found Doctor Strange, and is therefore a very valuable and irreplaceable item.
Doctor Strange looks more heroic in the sequel
Benedict Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange has largely used the same costume for about half of his first appearance in 2016 strange doctor, having seen only a few minor changes over the past five years. While Marvel Studios certainly captured the essence of what he wore in the comics and translated it well into the MCU, it seemed like it was time for the good doctor to see an upgrade as his status in history was changing.
As the man behind the MCU, Feige’s contribution almost always makes the show or movie in question better, no matter how big the moment he wants to shake things up. In this particular case, he saw that Strange had to move on with the times after remaining fairly stagnant in terms of looks since his debut, and with three other versions of him in this film, the main version had to stand out.
Luckily, that happened almost from the start when Strange swung into action – the Levitation Cloak even changed in appearance, while the main hero went through various realities and antagonists. Although he only featured small changes to his feet and hands, Cumberbatch’s new look brought him much closer to his comic counterpart in terms of appearance.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now playing in theaters around the world.