A Young Benedict Cumberbatch appears in a Doctor Strange 2 deleted scene.

Doctor Strange 2 was another hit in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) long string of achievements, grossing over $942 million worldwide. Part of the reason for this popularity was the promise of witnessing characters from all parts of the multiverse. It’s hardly unexpected that several sequences were removed due to the story’s intricacy and the fact that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness had to manage so many key characters. In a recently released deleted clip, a younger Stephen Strange and his former paramour Christine Palmer discuss a process they devised together during an interview. Take a look at the video below:

It’s easy to see why Doctor Strange 2 couldn’t include this sequence after watching the trailer. While it provides some background on Strange’s career as a surgeon and the work he conducted with Rachel McAdam’s Christine Palmer, it would have been tricky to include in such a crowded film. While the film did focus on the two’s friendship at several moments, it doesn’t seem like this sequence would have added much to the plot.

One intriguing option for this scenario is that the Strange we see in the footage is a recognizable version of Doctor Strange. Doctor Strange 2 featured a number of Doctor Strange variations, the most of whom were far less noble than the Strange from the core reality. Perhaps this picture would have shown Strange’s life if he had never been in the vehicle accident that injured his hands, prompting him to search for a means to repair them and become the Sorcerer Supreme.

Christine Palmer has moved on and married someone else in the film. Clea is undoubtedly Doctor Strange’s most well-known love interest in the comics. Doctor Strange may have a new love interest in the form of Charlize Theron’s Clea the next time we see her.

It’s always fascinating to see what doesn’t make it into MCU films, and as Doctor Strange 2 approaches its home release, there’s a potential we’ll see more deleted sequences. We’ll simply have to make do with the present version of the movie till then. You’ll be able to view Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Chaos from the comfort of your sofa soon enough if you haven’t seen it yet or if you want to relive the madness. On June 22, it will be available on Disney+.