How Aliens Inspired Doctor Strange 2’s Most Brutal Scenes

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness screenwriter Michael Waldron says that the 1986 sci-fi classic Aliens directly inspired the most brutal sequences of Marvel Studios films.

The Multiverse of Madness introduces the Illuminati, a superhero supergroup, if you will, who hail from Earth-838. and Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor). While the group is introduced with much pomp, all of its members (except Mordo) soon meet a grisly death at the hands of Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen).

“I used to watch Aliens a lot while I was writing,” Waldron explained during an interview with Rolling Stone. I love how Aliens goes to great lengths to tell you how bad the space Marines are — and then they get slaughtered.

“At the end of that Illuminati scene. I hope you really got scared of the Red Witch. It was amazing to be in the theater hearing the cheers, then the moans and groans,” he laughed. “I mean, you know, people feel something in the cinema. That’s great!”

Written and directed by James Cameron, Aliens was released in theaters in 1986. It serves as a sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1979 film Alien. However, while Scott’s Alien is an excellent horror film, Cameron’s Alien takes a more action-oriented approach. Aliens itself was followed by Alien 3 in 1992 and Alien Resurrection in 1997. Two prequel films, Prometheus and Alien: Covenant, were released in 2012 and 2017 respectively. A new standalone Alien film directed by Fede lvarez and produced by Scott is currently in development. in the works for Hulu. Meanwhile, Noah Hawley is currently developing the Alien television series for FX on the Hulu lineup.

Written and directed by James Cameron, Aliens was released in theaters in 1986. It serves as a sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1979 film Alien. However, while Scott’s Alien is an excellent horror film, Cameron’s Alien takes a more action-oriented approach. Aliens itself was followed by Alien 3 in 1992 and Alien Resurrection in 1997. Two prequel films, Prometheus and Alien: Covenant, were released in 2012 and 2017 respectively. A new standalone Alien film directed by Fede lvarez and produced by Scott is currently in development. in the works for Hulu. Meanwhile, Noah Hawley is currently developing the Alien television series for FX on the Hulu lineup.

See for yourself Wanda Maximoff’s Xenomorph vibe in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, in theaters now.