Marvel accidentally tricked Rachel McAdams about the role of Doctor Strange 2

Every exciting superhero adventure has always had a touch of romance – for Benedict Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange, that came with Rachel McAdams’ Christine Palmer. The surgeon of the Metro-General Hospital for some time worked with the future wizard and was in a relationship, but in the end their relationship ended because of his self obsession

Warning – The rest of this article contains spoilers for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.


By the time Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness rolls around, almost a decade after the events of the first movie, Christine Palmer has met a man named Charlie and agreed to marry† Despite clearly not getting over his feelings for her, Strange attended the wedding, only to duck away from his superhero antics.

But that was far from the last to be seen of Palmer. While traveling to Earth-838, Strange came into contact with a variant of Christine Palmer who worked at Illuminati headquarters for the Baxter Foundation† After Wanda slaughtered the superhero team, Palmer joined the Avenging Wizard and America Chavez on their quest for the Book of Vishanti.

McAdams even got to join the action this time as she battled the Souls of the Damned to protect Doctor Strange while he was dreaming. All of this made for a very different role for Christine Palmer than her first breakout in the Marvel universe, but it seems her role was almost even bigger.


Marvel Misled Rachel McAdams About Doctor Strange 2

Rachel McAdams, Doctor Strange

In a recent interview with IndieWireChristine Palmer actress Rachel McAdams explained how Marvel Studios misled her about her role in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

McAdams explained that despite only appearing as two variants, she was originally told there would be “three different versions.” The actress was also promised that Christine would be “a very different person with… different life experience” This time:

“It changed a bit from what I was originally told, [which was] that it would be three different versions, and we ended up with two different versions. But they said I was going to be playing a very different version of the Christine Palmer I played in the first movie, that I wasn’t an emergency room doctor, just a completely different person with a very different life experience.”

The Doctor Strange star went on to discuss her updated costume, describing her new look as “much more of a uniform” now that she has “dyed her hair” [and is] no longer in scrubs:”


“Something in which I can do a little more damage in terms of action. She’s definitely in a slightly more fantastical world than the rough-and-tumble emergency room world in New York.”

Unlike her MCU debut, this time Christine sprang into action, which McAdams seemed to really enjoy, explaining what it was like “very nice to be able to participate in this way:”

“I like action. I like to be physical as an actor. “I find it kind of takes me out of my head and there’s always something surprising that comes out. I grew up working out so it’s fun to use your body and see if it still works like it used to. And people love that stuff, so it’s just really satisfying to participate that way.”

Will Christine Palmer return in Doctor Strange 3?

Doctor Strange Characters

Discovering that Marvel Studios originally planned three Christine Palmer variants in Multiverse of madness is certainly an intriguing revelation. Since McAdams here refers to what she first pitched regarding the sequel, this probably refers to original director Scott Derrickson’s plan for the filmwhich obviously changed a lot when Sam Raimi took over

There is no way to say where this third Christine would have placed in all the madness. She may be from the Defender or Sinister Strange universes, but she probably is more realistic would have appeared in a universe that would eventually not make the final cut


Multiverse of madness brought a nice end to the relationship between Stephen Strange and Christine Palmer. The film opened with Palmer’s marriage to another man, and yet it soon became apparent that Strange still hadn’t gotten past his feelings for her. But after a multiverse hopping adventure, he finally came to realize that even in the infinite Multiverse there was no universe where the couple could make their relationship work, because Stephen always “must be the one holding the knife.”

Now that Strange has finally come to understand why his relationship with Palmer never lasted, he may finally be able to move on. Since Christine is now married and Strange no longer works alongside her in the hospital, it’s hard to imagine how Rachel McAdams’ character would play a role in Doctor Strange 3

Doctor Strange recently met Charlize Theron’s Clea, a character who, if the comics are any indication, is destined to be his next love interest and eventual wifeMultiverse of madnessMid-credits scene saw the duo fly off through a portal to solve a raid.


Who knows if the wizards of Benedict Cumberbatch and Charlize Theron do? continue to become an item on the big screen, but either way, it’s hard to see how Christine fits into the future. That said, Rachel McAdams is a key actress attached to this franchise, one that the studio may be eager to hold on to, even if in a lesser capacity than in the past.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness now plays in theaters around the world.

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