If you’ve been waiting for news on the Doctor Strange sequel, today’s your lucky day, because we have a whole host of updates.
Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, the Tobey Maguire-led Spider-Man trilogy) is in talks to direct Benedict Cumberbatch in the follow-up to 2016’s Doctor Strange, Variety reports. He’d take over from Scott Derrickson, who directed the first movie but dropped out of the sequel last month due to creative differences.
Marvel and I have mutually agreed to part ways on Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness due to creative differences. I am thankful for our collaboration and will remain on as EP.
— N O S ⋊ Ɔ I ᴚ ᴚ Ǝ ᗡ ⊥ ⊥ O Ɔ S (@scottderrickson) January 10, 2020
Derrickson remains on board, however, as an executive producer. Alongside Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Benedict Wong are expected to reprise their roles from the first movie, though they won’t be joined by Rachel McAdams, who played the original’s female lead, surgeon Christine Palmer.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth Olsen is said to be bringing her regular MCU character Scarlet Witch to the sequel, which is set for release on May 7, 2021.
That’s more than four-and-a-half years after the first Doctor Strange movie came out and grossed an impressive $677 million globally. Shooting on the sequel, which is titled Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, is expected to begin in May.
It was rumored last year that the sequel was being envisioned as a horror movie, but Marvel President Kevin Feige has since clarified this a little, saying it’s “not a horror movie” but will instead be a “big MCU film with scary sequences in it.”
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