Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has its fair share of characters. The live-action Illuminati intro features characters like Captain Carter (Hayley Atwell) and Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), while variations of Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) both appear. It turns out there were a lot more variants involved that were eliminated during the development phase of the movie.
This week, Marvel concept artist Darrell J. Warner shared concept art for a character named Marvelous Melvyn, a carnival version of the eponymous wizard from a different universe. As explained in the Instagram post, the character was considered for Scott Derrickson’s film before leaving the project.
“I’m honored to be a part of such a hallowed company and to advance this watercolor to be one of the finalists for ‘Live Action Character’ at this year’s Concept Art Association Awards,” Warner wrote in his article. “‘Wonderful Melvyn’ was a piece I completed very early in the first lockdown following an alternate aspect/universe ‘Strange’ in Scott Derrickson’s script which then changed with the arrival of Sam Remi [sic].”
The artist went on to applaud Marvel’s freedom on the project, nothing that isn’t always the case with Hollywood blockbusters.
“It’s quite rare to be allowed to follow one’s intuition when it comes to any given character and I have to give huge thanks to costume designer Graham Churchyard for allowing me to develop and produce this concept,” the artist continued. “Overall it was an absolute joy to finish and I’m very happy that he found some recognition.”
Marvel Studios and Derrickson ended up mutually agreeing to part ways due to creative differences. Derrickson continued to direct The black phone starring Ethan Hawke, one of the most acclaimed horror films of the year.
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