‘Doctor Strange 2’ Delays Led To ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Rewrites

Fans are buzzing about the new Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer. It’s pretty goddamn spoilery, but still worth a watch if you don’t care about that sort of thing. There are bound to be more surprises than we know, and one of those might be the prevalence of Doctor Strange. While we always knew he played a role in the film, he’s everywhere from opening up the Multiverse to punching Peter Parker’s soul right out of his body. And that makes it all the more interesting that the film had to go significant rewrites because of his character.

Typically, Marvel Studios runs like a well-oiled machine. But because of COVID-19 and frequent changes in schedule, we’ve seen a few kinks in the armor. Remember, at one point Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was actually due to open before No Way Home, but was delayed until 2022. Because of that, some big changes had to be made so the two films would make sense.

Tom Holland told GQ

“You could ask the director, ‘What happens in act three?’ And his response would be, ‘I’m still trying to figure it out,’” Holland said, referring to how the rewrites went on deep into production.

Holland played a major role in getting a rewrite for a major scene in the third act that he just wasn’t feelin’…

“I kept stopping and being like, ‘I’m so sorry, I just don’t believe what I’m saying. [Director Jon Watts and I] sat down, we went through it, and we came up with a new idea. Then we pitched it to the writers, they rewrote it, and it works great.”

Spider-Man: No Way Home opens December 17th.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.