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Doctor Strange almost entered the Spider-Verse, too

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Between Spider-Man and the other Spider-Man, Spider-Ham, Spider-Man Noir, and Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is packed with Spider-People (and animals). But according to Den Of Geek, the new animated Spidey film almost included another character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Doctor Strange. Producers Chris Miller and Phil Lord (who also co-wrote the screenplay) revealed as much at a recent junket, where they revealed that the original script featured a cameo from Benedict Cumberbatch’s cosmic hero.

Lord explains:

The first draft ended with (Strange). It ended with him saying, ‘Okay, I have some things to tell you…’ It was the first draft, like three years ago. It ended with Doctor Strange. Literally, the last frame was Doctor Strange, going, ‘Hello.’

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Given that the film features multiple universes with multiple Spider-Men (and pigs), it wouldn’t be surprising for someone like Doctor Strange–who knows more than his fair share about inter-dimensional shenanigans–to make an appearance. Lord and Miller didn’t explain why the cameo was cut, but there are plenty of superheroes featured in Into The Spider-Verse as is, so his presence isn’t exactly missed. Maybe they just couldn’t come up with a suitable Spider name for him–Doctor Spider and Spider-Strange aren’t particularly catchy. Cumber-Spider? Spider-Batch? Nah.

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