By the hoary hosts of Hoggoth, Doctor Strange is coming back to the big screen! Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, who used to spout invocations such as that when scripted by Stan Lee, made the leap to the big screen in 2016, and then proved to be a pivotal character in both AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR and AVENGERS: ENDGAME.
Now, a DOCTOR STRANGE sequel is weaving a spell that will enchant audiences in the not-too-distant future. Here’s everything we know about DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS. (Isn’t that an incredible title?)
When Does Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Open?
At San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Marvel Studios finally confirmed the sequel as part of their massive Phase 4 rollout — and they gave the sequel a release date, so look for the next DOCTOR STRANGE movie in theatres on May 7, 2021.
How About a Trailer?
Well, not yet. The best thing that we have is a logo for DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS, and that’s going to have to be good enough for fans. We recently saw Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) in action in AVENGERS: ENDGAME, bringing all of the MCU heroes into battle against Thanos (Josh Brolin) through his mystical portals. But where he is now is anyone’s guess.
Which Actors Will Get Strange Again?
Benedict Cumberbatch will return as Stephen Strange, the hotshot surgeon who was brought low when an accident ruined his hands — and who learned the mystic arts under the tutelage of the Ancient One.
Benedict Wong, who played Wong, a caretaker of ancient magical texts who became the Doctor’s right-hand man, will also return. And talk says that Rachel McAdams, who played Christine Palmer, another surgeon whose past romantic relationship with Strange informs her dealings with him, may also be back.
During the Hall H presentation at Comic-Con, Marvel President Kevin Feige also confirmed that an existing hero in the MCU will cross over in DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS, as Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch (above) will play a major role in the sequel. Now that is intriguing!
Who’s Making Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness?
Scott Derrickson wove Strange’s original spell, and in December 2018, he was confirmed to direct DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS. When Derrickson was signed to return for the sequel, the primary report said the script would be written in 2019. At Comic-Con, Derrickson told fans that he intends for IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS to be the first horror movie in the MCU. Yes, please!
What Will Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Be About?
It’s far too early to say anything for certain, but there have been some hints about possible directions for DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS. Original DOCTOR STRANGE screenwriter C. Robert Cargill has said that Chiwetel Ejiofor’s character, Baron Mordo, might be back, and that his character arc has been designed from the beginning to mirror one of Mordo’s biggest comic book arcs. There have also been hints that the entity known as Nightmare — whose name is pretty self-explanatory — could be the main villain in DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS. But it’s too soon for us to consider any of those rumors official.
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