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Pennywise actor Bill Skarsgard is transformed into an MCU nightmare in new Doctor Strange fan art, which imagines the actor as a future antagonist.
A new Doctor Strange piece in the art of the Multiverse of Madness portrays Pennywise actor Bill Skarsgard as the Marvel villain Nightmare in the MCU. Skarsgard portrayed Pennywise the Dancing Clown in It in 2017 and the follow-up Chapter 2 in 2019, earning praise for his successful turn as Stephen King’s villain. The actor has since had a small role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the voice of antagonist Kro in 2021’s Eternals, responsible for killing Ajak (Salma Hayek) in the film.
Now Skarsgard is being imagined as another Marvel villain, placing him in Doctor Strange as Fear Lord Nightmare. In Marvel Comics, Nightmare is a fearsome and all-powerful demon who rules a pocket of the Dream Dimension known as the Nightmare Realm. The character, who can never be completely destroyed, was originally meant to be Doctor Strange’s villain in the Multiverse of Madness before Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) became the main antagonist. Now, digital creator 83 Pixel Studios has released an image via Instagram depicting Skarsgard as the demon in a potential future Doctor Strange movie. See the post below:
Why Nightmare Didn’t Appear In Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness
When Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson and writer C. Robert Cargill were still leading Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, their plans included Nightmare as the sequel’s villain. That would have changed when Sam Raimi and Michael Waldron took over and replaced Scarlet Witch as the film’s antagonist. Wanda was an extremely frightening and heartbreaking villain whose emotional arc in the Doctor Strange sequel followed the tragic conclusion of WandaVision and opened up a broader exploration of the multiverse within the MCU.
While the introduction of Nightmare would also have expanded the MCU into a new dimension and provided plenty of horror opportunities, the use of the villain would have lacked the human element that allowed Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to stop Wanda at the end of the movie. Having Nightmare as the villain would have made Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness a completely different film, delving into the supernatural elements of the MCU and likely not including the introduction of America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez). Ultimately, the Doctor Strange sequel balanced many elements, and bringing in an all-new antagonist as well as delving into the supernatural side of the MCU might be better served for a future Doctor Strange installment.
Where Nightmare Could Appear in the MCU
Doctor Strange 3 has yet to be announced, but Doctor Strange’s ending in the Multiverse of Madness indicates that another wizard-centric movie is sure to follow. Additionally, the connection between Dreams and the Multiverse in the Doctor Strange sequel could serve as a potential setup for Nightmare’s role in the MCU in a possible third film. With the MCU’s supernatural characters being explored in greater depth in Phases 5 and 6 with projects such as Agatha: Coven of Chaos and Blade, there are several opportunities for Nightmare to appear in future MCU TV shows or movies.
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