ByKatie Granger, writer at Creators.co
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Katie Granger

With the excitement about Doctor Strange firmly on the back burner as we move into 2017, it's easy to forget about all the additional goodies that come with the home release of 's newest blockbuster.

But sometimes the most interesting parts of behind-the-scenes news are contained on the DVD and Blu-ray, and so they don't emerge until well after initial release. Such is the case for Doctor Strange.

Doctor Strange & Christine Palmer [Credit: Marvel Studios]
Doctor Strange & Christine Palmer [Credit: Marvel Studios]

As we all know by now, the villains of the piece were the magic-wielding Zealots, led by the jilted (Mads Mikkelsen), with the force of major Strange antagonist Dormammu behind them. The movie also set up Doctor Strange's arch-nemesis Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) as an antagonist further down the line, putting an interesting twist on how they met as opposed to the comic books.

Indeed who and what was the villain or villains of was subject to much debate in the run up to release, with Mikkelsen teased as an antagonist long before filming had even begun. While Mikkelsen didn't play Dormammu as rumored (that part went instead to Stephen Strange actor Benedict Cumberbatch), there was also much speculation that we'd see him stepping into some more supernatural shoes as the witchy green-clad villain Nightmare.

Nightmare [Credit: Marvel Comics]
Nightmare [Credit: Marvel Comics]

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Doctor Strange doesn't exactly have the most impressive Rogues Gallery when compared to some of Marvel's other major players. But Nightmare has been in that gallery since the very beginning, appearing in Strange Tales not long after the Doctor himself made his debut.

A super-villain and the ruler of the Dream Dimension, was previously name-dropped by Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson as a personal favorite of the Doctor's nemeses. Nightmare typically appears as a demonic figure, trapping his sleeping victims in a nightmare realm of their own making from which escape is nearly impossible. Strange and Nightmare have fought in this realm many times before — even recently in the comics the two clashed, and Nightmare's character design certainly lived up to his name.

'Doctor Strange' #13 [Credit: Marvel Comics]
'Doctor Strange' #13 [Credit: Marvel Comics]

And as it was revealed on the Doctor Strange DVD Director's Commentary, Nightmare nearly showed up on the big screen too as part of the . According to Derrickson, Nightmare was considered to play the primary antagonist of the movie, in place of the previously Z-List character Kaecilius and the indomitable Dormammu.

So why didn't this end up happening? Time constraints, according to Derrickson. Apparently the development of the character would've taken up too much of their two and a half hour run-time.

They needed all that space for Dormammu's big head [Credit: Marvel Studios]
They needed all that space for Dormammu's big head [Credit: Marvel Studios]

There's been some speculation that Nightmare could appear in the inevitable sequel, which Derrickson may or may not be directing, and this new information seems to support the chances of that happening.

While it's a shame that Nightmare didn't pop up to terrorize the characters in Doctor Strange, it makes sense in terms of the movie as it ended up. And the reasoning behind why he didn't appear makes us think that the creative folks over at Marvel Studios already have a pretty solid backstory and development laid out for the character, which bodes well should Nightmare appear in the MCU further down the line.

Do you think we'll see Nightmare joining the MCU in Doctor Strange 2? Have your say in the comments, and check out our ultimate breakdown of all the Doctor Strange Easter Eggs below!

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