In 11 years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has brought our superhero comics in a filmed form that made us love superheroes. Starting with Iron Man (2008) and The Incredible Hulk (2008) to ending Phase III with Avengers: Endgame (2019). These recent years have been the most successful for the actors working for Marvel.
After the tragic and heart-breaking ending of Endgame, the Avengers were divided, Captain America and Iron Man took an exit from the franchise. Spiderman: Far from Home (2019) was the first film of Marvel’s new Phase IV. Endgame was the end to a 10-year long journey and a beginning to a new and a variety of superhero films that are yet to come. Among these is ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.’
DOCTOR STRANGE 2 FILLED WITH HORRORS OF MAGIC?
After the events of Endgame, Doctor Strange went back to protect the New York Sanctum. The upcoming movie will be more focused on the intense powers and horrors of magic. In the first movie Doctor Strange (2016), we were introduced to Stephen Strange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch), a neurosurgeon living lavishly in New York City who later finds a way to recover from his accident in a secret compound in Nepal, Kamar-Taj.
Strange is guided by The Ancient One to learn Mystic Arts and later becomes the sorcerer who possesses the Infinity Stone in the Eye of Agamotto. As seen in Endgame, Strange played a major role in winning the Infinity War with Thanos. With the ability to reverse and go forward with time, it makes Strange the next possible leader of the Avengers.
OLSEN PLAYS WANDA IN THE FILM
Doctor Strange’s sequel will play an important role in the new Phase as it will tie with the events of both ‘Wanda Vision’ and ‘Loki’ television series. Elizabeth Olsen will also play her role Wanda in the upcoming Multiverse of Madness. As per the contract, Benedict Cumberbatch signed up for at least one sequel of Doctor Strange. We might not see more of Doctor Strange alone with Benedict Cumberbatch. Rachel McAdams (playing Christine Palmer) also took an exit from Marvel after her short role in Doctor Strange (2016).
The director of the 2016 film, Scott Derrickson, will not be directing Doctor Strange’s sequel. After the first film’s immense success, it was decided that Scott will be working on all the future sequels of Doctor Strange. However, in January 2020, Scott was removed from the position due to creative differences but was still working as the executive producer.
CHANGE IN THE DIRECTOR
In April 2020, Marvel announced that Sam Raimi would be working as the director. A few weeks later, Michael Waldron was appointed to rewrite the script. Due to the shutdown, all the upcoming films were delayed. The movie was set to release in early 2021 but was later set to November 2021. To accommodate the third part of Spiderman, the date of release was shifted to mid-2022.