Concept art from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness reveals a deleted scene in which Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Baron Mordo confronts the Scarlet Witch on Earth-616. At the end of 2016’s Doctor Strange, Mordo leaves the Masters of the Mystic Arts after being disillusioned by the Ancient One and Stephen Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) questionable use of magic. In the film’s post-credits scene, Mordo steals Jonathan Pangborn’s magic before claiming there are too many sorcerers in the world—which many assumed signaled he would be the sequel’s antagonist. However, Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch serves as the main villain in Multiverse of Madness, and the Mordo from that first film is nowhere to be found.
When Strange and America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) escape the Scarlet Witch by traveling through the multiverse and landing on Earth-838, the pair run into that reality’s Master Mordo—who also happens to be a member of the utopian society’s Illuminati. Before this Mordo welcomes them and then drugs them, Strange mentions to America how he’d previously dealt with 616’s Mordo and his crusade to eliminate sorcerers. In the Multiverse of Madness digital release’s audio commentary, director Sam Raimi and writer Michael Waldron reveal Doctor Strange 2 cut a scene with 616 Mordo. Originally, the movie’s opening scene would have shown the original Mordo confronting Wanda, who would’ve decapitated him and presented his head to Strange in a later scene.
Doctor Strange Updates on Twitter recently shared some concept art from Multiverse of Madness. The post gives fans a look at the deleted scene between Mordo and the Scarlet Witch, which shows the former visit Wanda amid her hellscape corrupted by the Dark Hold. Check it out below:
Concept art of the Mordo vs. Scarlet Witch confrontation in #MultiverseOfMadness
The scene would’ve shown Wanda “killing him by cutting his head off” with her presenting his head to Doctor Strange at a later point in the film. pic.twitter.com/Tv2k6U8iWN
— Doctor Strange Updates (@DrStrangeUpdate) July 8, 2022
Instead of the above scene, Doctor Strange 2 opens with Defender Strange and America being chased by a demon in the space between universes, setting up the film’s rapid pace. The 616 Mordo scene would’ve affected this pacing while removing any tension and uncertainty during Strange’s later visit to Wanda. Still, it arguably makes sense to pick up where the first Doctor Strange left off and immediately set up Wanda as the villain before she presents Mordo’s head to Strange. However, killing off 616 Mordo would’ve prevented him from appearing in future Doctor Strange films.
Mordo is both a recurring character and a crucial antagonist in the pages of Marvel Comics. As impactful as it would’ve been to see the Scarlet Witch massacre a notable character at the beginning of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Ejiofor has a lot more to offer the MCU as Mordo in Doctor Strange 3 or elsewhere. Thankfully, fans now have the best of both worlds as the above concept art gives audiences a pretty good idea of what that deleted scene would’ve looked like.
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Source: Doctor Strange Updates/Twitter
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