Balder The Brave closer to MCU debut than we thought

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness came closer to the role of Balder the Brave than we might have thought, with Daniel Craig suspected of being the front-runner for the role. If you join the Phase Zero Podcast on Wednesday, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Costume designer Graham Churchyard spoke openly about his work on the film, including work that audiences were unable to see. As it turns out, Balder the Brave came so close to being featured in the Strange Continuing that Churchyard eventually started working on the costume.

“We’ve come a long way in designing Balder the Brave, and then we’ve waited and waited and waited for casting,” Churchyard said. “I took it to a prototype stage, we were kind of in this design thing, putting fabrics and ideas together and waiting for an actor. Poor Balder the Brave, he almost made it Thor 1, and gate 2and gate 3, if I may simplify. Then it’s just like, ‘Woo-hoo! He’ll get a gig!’ Poor guy. I’ve seen designs from Marvel’s archive book of Balder’s helmet going back to Kenneth Branagh’s thoright So he’s been waiting for a long time and I don’t think he’s going to show up any time soon.”

Ultimately, the pandemic that began in 2020 changed production plans for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and led to several changes for the film. One of the changes saw Spider-Man: No Way Home release before Strange Sequel although originally planned to release after that. Benedict Cumberbatch appeared as Marvel’s wizard in both films, so Churchyard had the opportunity to reunite with Spider-Man actor Tom Holland while also having a hand in Cumberbatch’s Strange suit in both films.

“We were there Doctor Strange. We were already shooting and it was like, ‘Yeah, Tom Holland is coming next week. They all come over. Not next week, the week after. They’re going to do that scene in the Sanctum where Spider-Man visits Doctor Strange,” Churchyard recalled. “Everything, I don’t know how, it’s changed. It had to do with a lot of things that I can’t really tell you about because I don’t know.”

These changes were also required Doctor Strange‘s Illuminati is set to be filmed in the United States instead of the UK, where the scenes starring Dutchman Peter Parker in the Sanctum were filmed for No way home and the rest of Multiverse of Madness were brought to life.

“Because of this stupid thing called COVID, there was a travel ban and I couldn’t go to the States,” Churchyard explained. “I live in the UK here on the south coast. Basically it got to a point where they… They still had a couple of characters that were back in the design phase in the UK like Balder the Brave and because oof exactly so we couldn’t get a lot of those actors across because of the travel ban in reverse direction and other limitations… We couldn’t get Patrick Stewart over to shoot at the same time as Hayley Atwell M: I 7 And other things. So, that kind of dream of having the Illuminati all in one room at once didn’t happen in London. It happened in LA over a period of about six months, which is an extraordinary thing. It’s like the Illuminati, when I got these pages it was just like, ‘This is like a whole movie on its own because it could just be expanded on like that.'”

Are you hoping for a debut for Balder the Brave in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Share your thoughts in the comments section or send them to me on Twitter! PBunny Zero’s entire interview with Churchyard is now available on YouTube and all major podcast platforms.

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