Dev says it’s ‘highly likely’ Doctor Strange sequel fight scene copied his game

symphony sword, the JRPG based on music in development from solo developer Stephen Ddungu, is back in the public conversation. Apparently, after director Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness released in theaters earlier this month, Ddungu fans took to Twitter to share a strange occurrence: a peculiar fight scene in the strange doctor the sequel looks so much like symphony sword that many suspect Marvel Studios may have copied a sequence from Ddungu Kingdom Hearts– game inspired.

Ddungu worked on symphony sword for about two years now, showing development material on social media sites like TikTok and Twitter. The game, which first started as his senior thesis for college, quickly exploded due to its very obvious dark protagonist and super flashy beat-based combat with the player character using magical musical notes to kill enemies. Although it draws some inspiration from Kingdom Heartsnoted Ddungu on his boss that symphony sword also pulls other JRPGs like Final Fantasy and NieR: Automata. It’s easy to see why it’s become so popular when you see gameplay. I mean the game is Twitter account has some 50,000 subscribers and its reveal video amassed millions of views on TikTok.

So that was weird for a lot of people that left Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness after landing in theaters around the world on May 6 to see such striking similarities between the two. Apparently there is a fight scene in the strange doctor sequel in which the titular hero, played by the charming Benedict Cumberbatch, fights using the musical symbols for things like half notes and quarter notes. symphony sword also uses musical notes, but what makes the two scenes almost identical to each other is how they are executed.

In the strange doctor fight, the main character fires a bar of ethereal music at a copy of himself, which blocks it with an energy circle. While the emanation of magic and the projection of energy are typical of strange doctor universe, this particular fight in the movie looks like symphony sword combo videos showing the protagonist also using energy to fire magical musical notes. The movie scene even features crisp musical sounds that sync with the action which reflects a lot symphony swordthe audio design of. the similarities are really strange.

People have taken to social media to discuss the issue, with many echoing the sentiment that they immediately thought of Ddungu and symphony sword when watching that specific strange doctor fight sequence. You can see the same kind of comments everywhere his TikTok, also. Ddungu was also shaken by the similarity, saying he “wouldn’t be surprised” if Marvel copied him for a while. the “significant” reshoots of the film.

ddungu said Kotaku on Twitter DM that the music fight scene in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness been born during these reshootswhich began about three months after symphony sword took off online.

“Based on a multitude of primaries sources that support the idea they made, I would say it’s ‘highly likely’ and I wouldn’t be surprised if it were true,” Ddungu said. “Therefore, all sources (that directly quote the people who made the film) strongly imply that the scene was not in the film’s original script and that it was a last-minute move performed at least three months after symphony sword went viral and received praise for its concept. So when everyone tells me they stole my work, after looking at the surrounding evidence, I can understand why people have that view.

Ddungu said he knows the idea of ​​wrestling with music is not new. That’s why he didn’t seek to patent it or anything. Anyway, what he dislikes about this whole situation is that, if his work had been copied, Marvel Studios and Sam Raimi “could have executed the idea in their own way” instead of doing something which closely resembles something else with “infinitesimal”. changes.” He would be willing to work with Marvel if it came his way, but he wants major studios to give him credit if they were in fact inspired by his work.

“I think it has nothing to do with me being a black designer, but instead (if it’s true that they copied me) it’s another case of creatives tearing ideas from other creatives, which is not uncommon for major production studios.”

Kotaku has reached out to Disney and Marvel Studios for comment.

Editor’s note: The title of this article has been updated.

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