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|Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness|
|Expected Release:||March 25, 2022|
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is an upcoming sequel to Doctor Strange, set after the events of Avengers: Endgame and the twenty-eighth feature film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is a crossover sequel to WandaVision and a direct tie-in to Loki and Spider-Man: No Way Home.
To be added
- Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange/Dr. Strange
- Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch
- Benedict Wong as Wong
- Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo
- Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer
- Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez
- Adam Hugill as Rintrah
- Bruce Campbell as a to-be-confirmed character
Continuity and References to the Marvel Cinematic Universe
- Stephen Strange/Dr. Strange appears.
- Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch appears.
- Wong appears.
- Karl Mordo appears.
- Christine Palmer appears.
In April 2017, it was reported that Derrickson would return for a potential sequel, beginning work on it after fulfilling his commitments to the television series, Locke & Key.
On July 20, 2019, at San Diego Comic Con 2019, the film was announced with the title Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and would be directed once again by Scott Derrickson with Benedict Cumberbatch returning in the title along with Elizabeth Olsen reprising her role as the Scarlet Witch. With a release date scheduled for May 7, 2021. It was also revealed to be a crossover sequel to the WandaVision limited series.
On October 17, 2019, Collider reported that screenwriter Jade Bartlett had been penned to write the film.
On January 9, 2020, it was reported that Scott Derrickson would be stepping down as director due to "creative differences" and a new director was to be searched for. Though, Derrickson still remained on board as an executive producer.
On February 5, 2020, Variety reported that Spider-Man director Sam Raimi was in talks to replace Derrickson as the director of the feature. Another report also said that Rachel McAdams would not be reprising her role as Christine Palmer in the sequel.
On February 7, 2020, Loki writer Michael Waldron was hired to write the film replacing Bartlett as scriptwriter.
On April 3, 2020, it was announced that the film would be pushed from it's May 7th release date to November 5, 2021.
On April 14, 2020, Sam Raimi confirmed that he would be helming the film.
On April 24, 2020, the film was pushed once again, now from it's late 2021 release to March 25, 2022.
On September 2, 2020, it was reported that the film would begin production in the United Kingdom under the name "Stellar Vortex" . A month later Benedict Cumberbatch revealed that the film would begin shooting in late October or early November.
On November 20, 2020, The Hollywood Reporter reported that the film had officially begun production.
On December 10, 2020, Deadline reported that Rachel McAdams would be returning as Christine Palmer in the film. That same day, at the Disney Investors Day event Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed that the film would feature Xochitl Gomez as multiversal hero America Chavez and that it would connect to the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home.
On January 6, 2021, in an interview during Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Elizabeth Olsen revealed that production was halted due to the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown initiated in England.
On February 11, 2021, Adam Hugill was reported to have joined the cast as Rintrah the Magical Minotaur.
On February 25, 2021, the film was expected to wrap production on April 23rd.
- The film and its title was announced at the 2019 San Diego Comic Con and a day after Benedict Cumberbatch's birthday.
- The film's title is a play on the title of the John Carpenter film In the Mouth of Madness, which itself is the play on the title of H.P. Lovecraft's novella At the Mountains of Madness.
- The film will take place after WandaVision with Elizabeth Olsen.
- The film will be the first Marvel Cinematic Universe horror film.
- Director Scott Derrickson teased the appearance of Namor posting a picture of him on social media, deleting it quickly.
- Scott Derrickson will no longer be directing the film, due to him, and Marvel have gone in different directions. But he will remain as the film's executive producer instead.
- In February 2020, Sam Raimi was hired to replace Derrickson as director.
- Before leaving the director's chair, Scott Derrickson was in discussion with Natasha Lyonne in a role.
- Doctor Strange was mentioned in Spider-Man 2, directed by Sam Raimi as the name for Doctor Octopus.
Promotion, Filming and Concept art