Doctor Strange raked in over $200 million during its domestic run, with a global total of over $675 million, so it shouldn’t come as any surprise that Doctor Strange 2 is happening, but Marvel sure took their time making the official announcement. But don’t worry, Benedict Cumberbatch will return as Stephen Strange.
A recent story out of Variety claims that remote pre-production on the film is still happening behind the scenes, despite setbacks from the coronavirus pandemic.
The bad news is that Scott Derrickson, who did such beautiful work on the first film, has dropped out of directing Doctor Strange 2, which now has the intriguingly pulpy (and awesome) title of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
There have already been some huge developments following Derrickson’s walkout, though. None other than Spider-Man and Evil Dead director Sam Raimi is now waiting in the wings to take over helming the sequel, and Michael Waldron, the lead writer of Disney+’s upcoming Marvel series, Loki, has also been brought aboard to work on the script.
THR, who broke the news, aren’t sure yet if this will be a complete rewrite of Jade Bartlett’s first screenplay or not, but we’re keeping an eye out for more information on the former Rick And Morty writer’s newfound involvement.
It’s clear that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is undergoing some big changes.
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Doctor Strange 2 Release Date
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was scheduled to hit theaters on May 7, 2021. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, it has now shifted to a March 25, 2022 release date.
Doctor Strange 2 Cast
Benedict Cumberbatch will return as Stephen Strange, as will Benedict Wong as Wong. We’ll see more of Chiwetel Ejiofor’s compelling Mordo, as well.
Ejiofor says he’s looking forward to working with Raimi on the sequel.
“He’s coming on. I’m very, very excited about that,” said the actor, also confirming his own involvement in the film. “Obviously, we’ve been sort of interrupted as the whole world has been in the pandemic but hopefully we are back on track with that and continuing quite soon, so I’m very excited about it.”
Elizabeth Olsen, aka Scarlet Witch, will also be joining Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which backs up the reports that the Vision and Scarlet Witch focused Disney+ series, WandaVision, will play an integral role in setting up Doctor Strange 2.
Doctor Strange 2 Story
Jade Bartlett first worked on the script for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, according to Collider. Bartlett, an up-and-coming screenwriter, made waves with her script for Miller’s Girl, which, back in 2016, was voted as the best unproduced script on Hollywood’s Black List – since then optioned by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s Point Grey shingle.
Production Weekly (via comicbook) has a brief synopsis about what we can expect from the story, ahead of cameras rolling:
“After the events of Avengers: Endgame, Dr. Stephen Strange continues his research on the Time Stone. But an old friend turned enemy seeks to destroy every sorcerer on Earth, messing with Strange’s plan and also causing him to unleash an unspeakable evil.”
That “old friend turned enemy” is more than likely to be Mordo, continuing his nefarious plans briefly glimpsed in one of the first movie’s post-credits scenes.
Loki writer Michael Waldron is now aboard the sequel tinkering with a new version of the screenplay for Marvel.
Prior to Derrickson’s departure, and due to Marvel’s silence following it, fans presumed that the director and his original co-writer C. Robert Cargill did, at some point, have some substantial influence on the script for the sequel, but Cargill has now revealed that this is simply not true. Neither he nor Derrickson “had the opportunity” to work on it at all.
Doctor Strange 2 Villain
Before he stepped off the project, ex-director Derrickson made no secret of the villain he’d like to see emerge in Doctor Strange 2. “I really like the character of Nightmare and the concept [of] the Nightmare Realm” he told IGN. “That’s early – that’s like the first Strange tale. I think that’s in the introductory episode of Doctor Strange, and I always loved that.”
Certainly we’ll get another look at Dormammu, as well, right?
Doctor Strange 2 Characters
Original screenwriter Jon Spaihts first hinted we might finally get to meet Clea on the screen in Doctor Strange 2. There’s a catch, though. “She’s a tricky character to interpret because her uncle is a kind of fire-headed omnipotent god and she’s kind of a hot babe who studies magic,” Mr. Spaihts told CBR. “That’s a tricky relationship to bring out of a comic book and on to a movie screen. But she’s a really compelling character as a foil, a love interest, a colleague of Doctor Strange’s, and she always carries with her that width of mystery as to whether she is human, and how human, and what that means for his relationship to her. So we might find a way to introduce her to the story.”
Well, that kind of explains why we didn’t see her already. We have our own list of characters we’d like to see show up in the sequel, as well, but regardless, Clea is overdue for her closeup.
Other rumored character inclusions include Jericho Drumm, Brother Voodoo!
Doctor Strange 2 Trailer
Well, the movie hasn’t even started filming yet, so you should probably chill. We’ll update this as soon as there’s any official confirmation one way or the other.