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(WARNING: The following contains moderately-sized plot SPOILERS for Marvel Studios' recently released Doctor Strange. If you've not yet seen the film, then proceed with whatever level of caution the all-seeing Eye of Agamotto suggests to you is wise.)

Now, with 's having only recently hit theaters, we haven't had all that much time to collectively ponder what might have been. Would the film have worked as well with another actor replacing in the lead role? Could the plot have gone another way if wasn't on the horizon? What other post-credits sequences did we almost see?

As it turns out, though, there is one alternative scenario that we already know a surprising amount about. Y'see:

Doctor Strange Almost Had An Entirely Different Lead Villain

[Doctor Strange/Marvel Studios]
[Doctor Strange/Marvel Studios]

(Note, this is where those aforementioned SPOILERS really start to kick in.)

Y'see, while the finished film asked its initial lead villain Kaecilius to ultimately step aside in favor of the dimension-hopping Dormammu, it seems that the film's director originally had very different plans. Indeed, as he recently revealed to Empire, he had to be talked out of using an entirely different villain from Doctor Strange's rogues gallery by head honcho :

"Kevin made a very cogent case... The trouble with starting with Nightmare is getting across the idea of the Dream Dimension as another dimension. The movie was challenging enough. It's already an exposition-heavy movie... Dormammu made the most sense. And he is the most present villain in the comics."

All of which makes a solid amount of sense, but does still mean that we came achingly close to seeing fan-favorite villain Nightmare (pictured below) on the big screen, only to have our hopes dashed by creative common sense and careful executive oversight.

[Marvel Comics]
[Marvel Comics]

Of course, since Nightmare — the ruler of the dark "Dream Dimension" — is arguably an even more "out there" villain than the Dread Dormammu, that really is probably for the best. After all, his penchant for kidnapping people during their sleep (and drawing power from the psychic energy of people's subconsciousness) is probably a creepy, creepy step too far for the at this point.

By the time rolls around though? They might just be a match made in heaven.

What do you think, though? Just how weird will Doctor Strange 2 get — and how could Nightmare be involved? Let us know below!



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