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At the beginning of May, Doctor Strange in the Universe of Madness It reached the movie theaters of Mexico and the world. The general reaction from the press and fans was positive, due to certain cameos and some impressive action scenes. However, one of the most memorable sequences of the adventure could have taken a lot of inspiration from a popular independent video game, or at least that’s what Internet users pointed out.
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Will be? One of the best scenes of Doctor Strange in the universe of Madness could be a copy
At one point in the film, Doctor Strange fights an alternate version of himself and uses magical musical notes to attack. In a memorable scene where the soundtrack changes dynamically depending on the actions and attacks of the characters on the screen.
However, there are those who believe that the idea of the musical battle of the Marvel film has many similarities with the concept of Sword of Symphony, an independent video game where the main character uses musical notes to attack. Both the project and its developer, Stephen Ddungu, gained a lot of popularity on social networks after the publication of the first advances last year.
Musical air combos ⚔️💨🎼
When you perform air combos ⚔️, the first one serves as an ‘intro/opener’; launching the enemy into the air 💨 to prepare for the following ones – which you’ll be able to choose & switch in real-time 🎼…
———————————#gamedev #b3d #indiegame #gameaudio pic.twitter.com/nRfAZX1wN1
— SWORD OF SYMPHONY 🎶 (@SWORDOFSYMPHONY) April 11, 2022
Enemy counter-attacks 👾❌⚔️…
Each successful ‘bar’ of music performed against enemies will remove one ‘bar’ from their health 👾. However, making mistakes ❌ will trigger enemies to counter-attack ⚔️…
———————————#gamedev #b3d #indiegame #gameaudio pic.twitter.com/gfUQFVtvn0
— SWORD OF SYMPHONY 🎶 (@SWORDOFSYMPHONY) March 2, 2022
Naturally, fans took to social media to highlight the alleged similarities between the magical superhero movie and the indie JRPG. While there’s always the chance it’s a mere coincidence, developer Stephen Ddungu “wouldn’t be surprised” if it turns out Marvel was inspired by it. Sword of Symphonand to create the sequence.
In declarations for the portal my boxthe creator of the project acknowledged that “it is highly likely” that the film copied the concept of his game, due to the filming schedule.
I wouldn’t be surprised if they did 😌, though what I’ve yet to reveal for @SWORDOFSYMPHONY is about to hit much harder… https://t.co/qfett003TX
— Stephen Desert (@Stephen_Desert) May 13, 2022
The creative stressed that the musical battle of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was created during the reshoots, which took place between November 2021 and January 2022. So, we must remember that Sword of Symphony It began to gain notoriety between August and September of last year.
“All sources – directly quoting people who made the movie – strongly imply that the scene was not in the original script for the film and that it was a last minute move that was executed at least 3 months after the film was made. Sword of Symphony it went viral and received praise for its concept. So when everyone tells me that my work was stolen, after analyzing the surrounding evidence, I can understand why people have that opinion,” said Stephen Ddungu.
Of course, the young developer makes a lot of emphasis that he is aware that he did not invent the idea of using musical notes as weapons. The only thing he points out is that Marvel Studios and Sam Raimi, in case they really copied his game, they didn’t reinterpret the concept and execute it in their own way, but just created something that is very reminiscent of the mechanics and ideas of his game. This is what he pointed out in a statement that he published on his personal Twitter account.
I’m very sorry that it’s gone this way. Can’t wait for your game, honestly.
– Felix Marquis (@FelixMarques) May 17, 2022
But tell us, what do you think of this situation? Do you think that Marvel plagiarized the idea of the indie video game to do the Doctor Strange scene? Let us read you in the comments.
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