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Why Doctor Strange 2's Former Director Is Still Thrilled About Spider-Man: No Way Home

Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zendaya
By Richard Nebens

Marvel Studios is moving full speed ahead with the Marvel Cinematic Universe after the worldwide opening weekend for Spider-Man: No Way Home, which came as Marvel's third team-up effort with Sony Pictures. Featuring Tom Holland's web-slinger alongside Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange, this threequel is already making its mark in a big way in regards to the franchise's Phase 4 narrative.

Warning - The rest of this article contains spoilers for Spider-Man: No Way Home.

For the first time in any solo Spider-Man movie, Peter Parker found himself working with and against real magic, as he and Doctor Strange encountered the first signs of the Multiverse coming apart at the seams. Going up against five Multiversal antagonists before Holland teamed up with Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield's Spider-Men, this movie brought thrills and a level of excitement that few movies have ever had before.

No Way Home's second post-credits scene even set fans up for a journey that may even outdo what came in this movie with the first look at Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. With the Sorcerer Surpreme's journey moving forward and magic becoming more and more prominent in future movies, one man who helped start that journey shared his excitement to see his influence remaining strong in Phase 4.

Scott Derrickson Happy about Doctor Strange's Phase 4 Impact

Doctor Strange, Spider-Man

Following the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson took to Twitter to share his excitement about Strange's impact on the movie. More specifically, he expressed how much he enjoyed seeing the "visual language" of Strange's character making its mark on the MCU's current releases.

"Genuinely happy to see the visual language of Doctor Strange permeating the ongoing MCU."

Derrickson also answered a fan question about Strange's magic with the sling ring portals and how he got the idea to have them leave sparks. This was done in order to make the portals have an actual feel and relatability to them, even though they were pure magic:

"I wanted them to feel tactile and relatable"

Doctor Strange 2, Spider-Man 3 Pushing MCU Magic Forward

Although Scott Derrickson vacated the director's chair for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, he appears to be quite pleased with how the character he helped develop is making his presence felt in Phase 4.

The Sorcerer Supreme may have only played a supporting role in Spider-Man: No Way Home, but his magic was at the forefront of all the madness that came to be through the epic solo threequel. The action included the use of portals from Strange and Ned Leeds along with some epic Mirror Dimension action in his fight against Spider-Man, and that magic will only be used to greater levels in his solo sequel.

Now, Benedict Cumberbatch and Derrickson are set to take this use of magic into next summer's MCU blockbuster movie with Derrickson still remaining on the project as a producer. The short tease for this movie in the post-credits scene of No Way Home hinted at just how crazy the magic will get in Multiverse of Madness, and it's only likely to go further from there as more footage is revealed.

Spider-Man: No Way Home is now playing in theaters worldwide. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set to sling ring into theaters on May 6, 2022.