In Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War, fans got to see Spider-Man and Doctor Strange meet and team-up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the first time. As it turns out, a very similar meeting was originally set to take place in Sony Pictures Animation's upcoming animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Now , Into the Spider-Verse producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller confirmed that the first draft of the film's script featured a cameo from Doctor Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme.
"The first draft ended with (Strange)," said Lord, in an interview with with Den of Geek, before Miller chimed in with, "Oh, that's right!"
"It ended with him saying, 'Okay, I have some things to tell you,'" Lord continued. "It was the first draft, like three years ago. It ended with Doctor Strange. Literally, the last frame was Doctor Strange, going, 'Hello.'"
Unfortunately, due to time constraints, Lord and Miller did not have a chance to offer an explanation as to why Doctor Strange ultimately did not make the final cut.
That being said, it's not hard to see why he was considered for the film in the first place. After all, the story of Into the Spider-Verse hinges on the multiverse, a concept Doctor Strange is something of an expert in.
This wouldn't be the first time that Sony teased the idea of Doctor Strange. Back in Spider-Man 2, J. Jonah Jameson mentioned Doctor Strange by name and confirmed that Strange exists in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man universe, which Into the Spider-Verse references.
Since Disney still holds Strange's cinematic rights, it's not totally clear how realistic the possibility of a Strange cameo ultimately would've been. In any case, it looks like Stephen Strange will be staying put in the MCU for the time being.
Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse stars Shameik Moore, Brian Tyree Henry, Jake Johnson, Mahershala Ali, Hailee Steinfeld, Liev Schreiber, Luna Lauren Velez, Lily Tomlin, Nicolas Cage, John Mulaney and Kimiko Glenn. The film opens on Dec. 14.