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?
We have a while to wait, but mark your calendars!
At San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Marvel Studios finally confirmed the sequel as part of their massive Phase 4 rollout. The next DOCTOR STRANGE movie will be the second released by the company in 2021, following on the heels of SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS, and you’ll be able to find it in theatres everywhere on May 7, 2021.
How About a Trailer?
We don't have one quite yet.
With first trailers not typically released until about six months before a film's release, we have a while to wait before we see footage from this one. 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 the titular sorcerer (Benedict Cumberbatch) in action in AVENGERS: ENDGAME, bringing all of the MCU heroes into battle against Thanos (Josh Brolin) through his mystical portals. But it’s going to be a minute before we see him flex his powers again.
Which Actors Will Get Strange Again?
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will feature a number of familiar faces.
Benedict Cumberbatch will return as Dr. 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 to become a master of mysticism.
Benedict Wong will also return as Wong, the caretaker of ancient magical texts who became Strange’s right-hand man through the events of DOCTOR STRANGE, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR and AVENGERS: ENDGAME.
Further adding to the list of returning characters, there has been talk that Rachel McAdams, who played Christine Palmer, another surgeon whose past romantic relationship with Strange informs her dealings with him, may be back in the sequel.
During the Hall H presentation at Comic-Con, Marvel President Kevin Feige also confirmed that an existing hero in the MCU will cross over into DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS. Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch (above) will play a major role in the sequel.
Who’s Making Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness?
A familiar face will be sitting in the director's chair for the making of the sequel.
Scott Derrickson wove Strange’s original spell with the hero’s first solo film, and he will be returning to direct DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS, as confirmed at San Diego Comic-Con 2019. While on stage at the event, Derrickson told fans that he intends for IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS to be the first horror movie in the MCU, which tracks given his history making genre titles like SINISTER and THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE.
What Will Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Be About?
Marvel Studios is keeping details about the film's plot a secret for now.
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 if so, he may be continuing his mission teased in the post-credits scene of DOCTOR STRANGE, trying to rid the world of sorcerers. 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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