'Doctor Strange 2' Was Inspired By Anthony Bourdain and Indiana Jones, Writer Michael Waldron Reveals

Michael Waldron made the leap from writing the upcoming Disney+ series Loki to writing Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and working with director Sam Raimi. But Waldron found he didn’t have to take too much of a leap in writing what you would assume are very different Marvel characters: the God of Mischief and the Sorcerer Supreme. He settled into writing both characters by basing them on other famous figures, both real-life and fictional.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Waldron revealed a few inspirations that went into his characterization of Benedict Cumberbatch‘s Dr. Stephen Strange, including Anthony Bourdain and Indiana Jones. The first example might raise a few eyebrows — what does a renowned chef and TV personality have to do with a doctor-turned-sorcerer? Waldron explained:

But Doctor Strange is doing more than trying out new foods while traveling the multiverse. He’ll get in a few scraps, which is where the Indiana Jones inspiration comes in. “He’s Indiana Jones in a cloak to me,” Waldron said, adding:

Waldron threw in one more throwback inspiration: MASH‘s Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce. “His wife is a [physician assistant]. He really got to the heart of the character, how doctors do have to be cocky. He got the Hawkeye Pierce energy of Strange,” Loveness added.

But Doctor Strange will be sharing the screen with at least one other Avenger in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Elizabeth Olsen‘s Wanda Maximoff will be appearing in the Doctor Strange sequel after having had her own adventure/existential crisis in WandaVision, and Waldron told Collider that he collaborated with both WandaVision head writer Jac Schaeffer and Olsen to do justice to the character’s arc in the Disney+ series and tell “a fulfilling next chapter of that story.”

““We had access to the scripts and then to cuts [of WandaVision]. I became good friends with Jac Schaeffer, head writer of WandaVision, while I was writing Loki,” Waldron said. “I had the benefit of just being able to call Jac and talk to her about Wanda’s character and everything, because it was really important to me that I do right by her with what she did with Wanda as a character. And also, with Lizzie, who’s a friend of mine.”

You can see how it all plays out when the Sam Raimi-directed Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits theaters on March 25, 2022.

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