Marvel’s Doctor Strange 2 Writer on Tom Cruise Cameo Theories (UPDATED)

It’s been revealed that Tom Cruise never came close to appearing in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The rumor mill was working hard ahead of the New York City sorcerer’s standalone sequel, given the immense power of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

While rumors circulated that Tom Cruise was an Illuminati member in an alternate version of Iron Man, writer Michael Waldron has cleared the air in an interview with Rolling Stone.

“That was totally made up. I mean, there’s no cut footage of Tom Cruise,” he said.

“But I love Tom Cruise, and I said to [Marvel Studios president] Kevin [Feige] at one point, I was like, ‘Could we get Tom Cruise’s, Iron Man?’ I remember reading about that in Ain’t It Cool News back in the day, that Tom Cruise was going to be Iron Man.

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“As it was being talked about online, I was like, ‘Yeah, that’d be cool!'”

Waldron, who made last year’s Disney+ show Loki, said that Cruise’s commitment to the next two Mission: Impossible movies was a problem.

“I just don’t think it was ever an option, because of availability,” he added.

Strange will face the Illuminati with John Krasinski’s Mr. Fantastic, Sir Patrick Stewart’s Charles Xavier and Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Baron Mordo, as well as Anson Mount’s Black Bolt, Hayley Atwell’s Carter, and Lashana Lynch’s Captain Marvel.

“The final line-up in that group is beyond my wildest dreams of who we could get,” Waldron pointed out.

“The line-up is close to, I think, who was originally in my first draught, which was: ‘Okay, I know it can’t actually be this.’ Then it got pretty darn close. It was just a matter of who was there and who was right at the time.

“It became, ‘All right if you’re putting together an Illuminati, who would actually need to be in it?’ You’d have people with certain power sets. And we tried to be true to what kind of characters were represented in the Illuminati in the comics.”

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