Doctor Strange’s visual effects supervisor in the Multiverse of Madness reveals the names of all the alternate universes featured in the film.
The May 4th was released in theaters Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnessthe sequel dedicated to the adventures of Supreme Sorcerer interpreted by Benedict Cumberbatch produced by Marvel Studios and directed by the legendary Sam Raimiwhich sees the return of Elizabeth Olsen in the role of Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch and it is closely related to the events narrated in the television series WandaVision And Loki.
During an interview with befores & afters, Alexis Wajsbrotvisual effects supervisor for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnessdescribed the various alternate realities we see in the scene where Strange and America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) jump from one universe to another. Here is the description of the individual worlds:
• The World / State of the Court Living: a reality characterized by an indefinite number of statues from Living Tribunal representing his three-faced head (Equity in the center, Vendetta right and Need to the left): “We wanted to start with Kamar-Taj, so there was always some kind of Kamar-Taj view that was telescopic. We created a concept in the beginning, a first version called the world of the Grand Temple or the world of the Giant Indian Statue. And at some point, it was changed into the state-world of the Living Tribunal, which is a world that actually exists in the Marvel Comics..“
• Onslaught Canyon World: a reality reminiscent of a gigantic canyon: “At some point this world was about to be discarded because it was somewhat reminiscent of the Grand Canyon scenes from Spider-Man: No Way Home. Now it looks more like the movie 127 Hours with James Franco.“
• Beehive world: a Universe where giant bees reside: “At one point our executive producer said ‘Oh, what do you think of a Hive world?’ and we were like, ‘Hey, that looks cool. Let’s create a concept of the Beehive world. ‘ And everyone loved it. In the last three weeks we have been thinking ‘What does this world need?’. Being artists, we said to ourselves’ It’s boring, we have to bring some life. ‘ So we thought that if anything lived in the Hive world, it would be giant bees. We started populating it with giant bees. In the end we also added some water for the transition to work better with the next one when we are underwater.“
• The Mirror World: an entire reality made up of crystalline structures: “Animator Mike Brunet came up with the idea of a mechanical world, which then became a glass world, and in the end it was slightly cheaper since for a glass world, of course, you have to build the inside of each building. .“
• The Cube World: a reality entirely made up of cubes, recalling the cover of House of M.: “That was one we added from the very beginning … a world where suddenly they are turned into cubes. It was very technical to attach the hair to the cubes and cut them while they were still animated. We’ve thought of a lot of different versions of how to make various things into cubes. Initially, we would have popped some small cubes and sliced Strange but it would have been too gory so we changed our approach.“
• The Paint Worlddescribed as “a big simulation for the characters“With”some simulations for the background“. It’s the Earth that America Chavez talks about at one point in the film telling Strange “you don’t want to get stuck here.“
• The Comic Book Worlda Universe where everything and everyone has the style of the world of comics: “Curiously, this easter egg was never related to What If… ?. It has always been a comic book Easter egg. This is why the design of the Comic World is very different from that of What If …? Which is much more stylized. We were much more inspired by some comics. If you read the Spider-Man and Doctor Strange comics, the drawings were vibrant, so we wanted this world to convey the same feeling.“
• The Post-Apocalyptic World: a Universe in which i Avengers they did not stop the alien invasion of the Chitauri in The Avengers (2012) with “a completely devastated New York.“
• The Underwater worlda land where the level of the oceans has never lowered, with fish swimming in peace and corals that embellish the seabed: “For the Underwater World, let’s go from real time to slow motion, and let’s go underwater! We had to get a close-up on America’s face [Chavez], and we had to simulate that cloak. It was really challenging.“
• Alt New Yorka Universe very similar to Earth-616on whose taxis the Grindhouse Releasingthe production company that was responsible for restoring the first film of the trilogy de There Home by Sam Raimi: “In this world there has been no crowds and no cars for a long time, but then for the past three weeks we’ve been like ‘Well, what can we do to bring some life?’ and we decided to show fish from the Underwater World falling on the street. It was Janek’s idea, she wanted to make sure the fish fell into the windshield on New York. The falling fish into the windshield was done in the last two weeks of production. We also added cars with people and traffic at an advanced stage of development. There is an easter egg added by Sam Raimi and Bob Murawski, the editor, who mentions Grindhouse Releasing company on one of the cars.“
• The Pipe Worlda Universe where buildings are made up of entirely white structures and pipes, with i Drones Stark (seen in Spider-Man: Far From Home) that flutter everywhere: “Here’s an easter egg related to Spider-Man: Far From Home drones. What we did was switch from a New York taxi to the drones, they are positioned the same way.“
• The Wilderness: a Universe where i Dinosaurs they never existed, with nature surrounding everything, recalling the Wild Land of comics: “We had a jungle world from the start. Then talking to Marvel, we realized that it looked a lot like another world that already existed in the Marvel Universe called the Wild Land., where giant dinosaurs live. It seemed a very interesting idea, so we made a classic fight between a T-Rex and a Triceratops.“
• The World of Hydra: one year version Thirty where theAmerica is dominated byHydraand where everything is like a black and white film: “There is a world with the New York of the old days. If you watch the movie in IMAX, there is the Hydra logo easter egg on the airship. Not seen in version 2:35, only in IMAX version. We put the Hydra logo on. Our original idea was that it was a world stopped in the 30s in which Hydra had taken control.“
• The James Turrell World: “One of the worlds we had was the world a la James Turrell, who is an artist who does very simple works with light. It’s a shame because it was very simple to do but it didn’t make it into the final edit.“
We remember that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnesswritten by Michael Waldron (Rick & Morty, Loki) and directed by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man), sees in the cast Benedict Cumberbatch (Stephen Strange / Doctor Strange), Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Karl Mordo), Benedict Wong (Wong), Rachel McAdams (Christine Palmer), Xochitl Gomez (America Chavez) e Adam Hugill (Rintrah).
“Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness expands the boundaries of the Multiverse to the highest levels. A journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange who, with the help of mystical allies both old and new, traverses dangerous and shocking alternate realities of the Multiverse to face a new, mysterious adversary.“