Warning: Major Spoilers Ahead For Multiverse Of Madness!
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was hotly speculated to follow in the footsteps of the incredible Spider-Man: No Way Home when it came to multiversal cameos from previous Marvel actors. The film takes a very different direction, however, including very few cameos at all.
Though fans have little room to complain after the event they just witnessed, there were several important actors from past Marvel films that, though fans had hoped to see them, never appeared in Multiverse of Madness. While there certainly may have been a good reason to leave these characters out of the film, viewers may always wonder what their returns would have looked like.
Andrew Garfield was the second actor to portray Peter Parker, the Amazing Spider-Man, in live-action films, first appearing in 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man. Though this particular franchise received mixed reactions from critics and fans, Garfield proved popular enough to warrant a triumphant return in Spider-Man: No Way Home late last year.
Andrew Garfield’s return in No Way Home laid the groundwork for his redemption in the eyes of superhero fans, causing many to speculate as to whether or not the actor would ever return to the role once more. Unfortunately for Garfield’s fans, they will have to wait a bit longer before such dreams are realized, though hope remains in the form of Sony’s Spider-Man universe, which is hotly rumored to include this version of Peter Parker.
Tobey Maguire was the very first actor to ever portray Spider-Man in a live-action film, doing so three times over the course of his initial stint as the character, beginning with 2002’s classic Spider-Man. Maguire would go on to reprise his role in No Way Home, almost twenty years after his last time playing Spidey.
While Maguire is notoriously difficult to draw out of his pseudo-retirement from acting, many fans were eager to assert that he could return in Multiverse of Madness, especially after it was announced that the film would be helmed by the director of the original Spider-Man trilogy, Sam Raimi. Alas, this proved to be nothing more than a rumor, and Maguire’s future as Spider-Man remains unclear.
Evan Peters may not be the Quicksilver of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but he is most likely the more popular version of the speedster. Peter portrayed the mutant on four occasions in Fox’s X-Men franchise, beginning with Days of Future Past and ending with Dark Phoenix.
Many fans felt shortchanged by Peters’s stunt casting in the Disney+ series WandaVision, wherein he appeared to be reprising his X-Men role, only to be revealed as a fraud. Given the fan outrage, Marvel Studios may have done well to appease the masses by granting the character a legitimate return in Multiverse of Madness, but evidently did not draw this conclusion themselves.
One peculiar rumor flying around the Marvel fandom was that Multiverse of Madness would feature a variant of Tony Stark himself, played by Tom Cruise, who had apparently been in the running for the character before the production of the first Iron Man film was underway.
The prospect of seeing Cruise as Tony Stark was titillating to many fans, some of whom theorized that he could have been a member of the Illuminati in Multiverse of Madness. Such a cameo would have given fans the chance to see how the MCU might have fared had an actor other than Robert Downey Jr. been cast in this monumental role.
Halle Berry was a major part of the original X-Men franchise, portraying the mutant Storm on four occasions over the course of over a decade. While Storm was a major character in the series, she remains a mutant whom Fox’s franchise ultimately failed.
Berry’s return was always a long shot, even for the most hopeful of viewers. The actress has since moved on to other projects and hasn’t expressed an interest in returning to the role since her last appearance in Days of Future Past. Even so, had the X-Men played a larger role in Multiverse of Madness, a cameo from the weather-wielding mutant might have been in the cards for the film.
Wesley Snipes’s Blade franchise is largely credited with the meteoric success of superhero cinema shortly thereafter. Snipes portrayed the Daywalker in three solo films, ending with Blade: Trinity, a failure that ultimately brought about the demise of the franchise.
Given that many felt this film would delve into Marvel’s pre-MCU films, Snipes’s Blade felt like a natural choice to appear, especially given how much of an impact his films had on the history of Marvel movies. And, with Mahershala Ali set to reboot the character in the near future, Multiverse of Madness could have been an appropriate sendoff to the hero that started it all.
Ryan Reynolds’s Deadpool is one of the most successful aspects of Fox’s X-Men franchise, making him the only character that has been confirmed to be joining the MCU in the near future. The upcoming Deadpool 3 is already slated as an MCU project, meaning that it is only a matter of time before the Merc With A Mouth joins the franchise.
Deadpool was one character that fans were absolutely sure would show up in Multiverse of Madness, with some even going so far as to claim they could see an Easter egg referencing the mutant’s iconic mask in one of the film’s posters. Given the fact that Reynolds will soon be joining the MCU, it seems rather odd that Marvel neglected the opportunity to introduce him in its latest multiversal excursion.
Chris Evans may be known as Captain America to most people, but the actor actually had a bit of a false start when it comes to superhero films, first starring as Johnny Storm, AKA the Human Torch, in Fantastic Four and its 2007 sequel, both of which were critically panned.
Shortly after Multiverse of Madness entered production, rumors began swirling regarding Chris Evans’s involvement with the film, with many suggesting he could be returning to the role of Johnny Storm. Since the actor has a long and mutually beneficial history with Marvel, it seemed like a surefire bet that Evans would return in the film in some way, though this ultimately proved not to be the case.
Sir Ian McKellan was undoubtedly one of the best parts of the original X-Men franchise, starring as the series’ main villain Magneto. McKellan appeared in five films within the franchise, eventually handing down the baton to Michael Fassbender, who would portray Magneto until Disney’s Fox acquisition, which effectively brought the film series to an end.
Speculation ran rampant after it was revealed that Sir Patrick Stewart’s Professor X would be making an appearance in Multiverse of Madness, causing many fans to wonder if any other mutants from Fox’s franchise would also show up. Given the close relationship between Xavier and Magneto, seeing the two together onscreen one last time might have been a great sendoff for their characters, though no such thing occurred in the latest installment of the MCU.
Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine is one of the most beloved match-ups between actor and character. Beginning with the original X-Men, Jackman would portray the character nine times, eventually bringing Wolverine’s arc to a close with Logan, a film that was hailed by critics and fans alike as one of the best superhero films ever made.
With the X-Men inevitably getting rebooted for the MCU, many fans were hoping for one final appearance from Jackman as Wolverine. Such a cameo could have given the audience a chance to say goodbye to one of the greatest depictions of a superhero to ever hit the screen before a new actor takes the helm in coming years. With this proving not to be the case, any hopes of seeing Hugh Jackman as Wolverine once more seem dashed.