Director of the first Doctor Strange(2016) film, Scott Derrickson, was considered to direct the sequel as well. However, in January 2020, Derrickson stepped down to direct the movie due to creative differences. He is not the first one to say no to direct Marvel movie. Previously, Patty Jenkins also declined to direct Thor: The Dark World which flopped miserably.
Marvel will be entering the horror genre with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. MCU’s first-ever scary movie. My guess for why Derrickson and Marvel had a dispute involves Disney, the parent company of Marvel Entertainment. Disney always makes movies that are targeted to children. Derrickson might have wanted the movie to be more scary and thrilling, Disney would have of course said no and forced to keep the horror minimal. This is just my guess for why the creative differences appeared. Even though Derrickson is not directing the movie, he still is the executive producer.
While a lot of rumours and speculation came up about Sam Raimi replacing Scott Derrickson. It’s been months and no update was out until recently while promoting his horror anthology web series, 50 States of Fright that debuted on Quibi, Sam Raimi revealed about directing Doctor Strange 2. It was casual but surprising.
Sam Raimi is not new to the superhero genre. His best work is the Spider-Man trilogy, starring Tobey Maguire as the web-slinger. The coincidental element about the whole thing is that there was a mentioning of Doctor Strange in Spider-Man 2. In the movie, J. Jonah Jameson discusses names for Dr. Octopus, Ted Hoffman suggests Doctor Strange to which Jameson replies saying its already taken. Sam Raimi was asked about this weird coincidence and he answered:
I loved Doctor Strange as a kid, but he was always after Spider-Man and Batman for me, he was probably at number five for me of great comic book characters. He was so original, but when we had that moment in Spider-Man 2 I had no idea that we would ever be making a Doctor Strange movie, so it was really funny to me that coincidentally that line was in the movie. I gotta say I wish we had the foresight to know that I was going to be involved in the project.
Sometimes, foreshadowing escapes our mind. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will bring back Benedict Cumberbatch to play the Sorcerer Supreme. Wanda Maximoff will also appear in the movie, both magicians work together to fight the new evil. The villain of the movie is rumour to be Nightmare, but no confirmed news has arrived till date. Another magician from the Marvel Cinematic Universe might join the flick. Yes, I am talking about Loki. We have seen Tom Hiddleston’s character die in Avengers: Infinity War and we also saw him escape using the Space Stone in Avengers: Endgame. Doctor Strange 2 will surely argue more about multiverses and time travel to find a way of bringing Loki or other dead characters back.
President of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige confirmed about the link between Disney+ Loki series and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. He also said Elizabeth Olsen’s Disney+ Wandavision will relate to the movie. Michael Waldron, who is the head writer of Loki was hired to rewrite the script which was earlier written by Jade Bartlett.
In the post-credit scene of Doctor Strange (2016), Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Baron Mordo was teased to become a bad guy in the coming sequel and he never appeared on screen after that. Benedict Wong and Rachel McAdams are likely to appear in the upcoming movie.
COVID-19 has delayed all the Marvel movie dates. The new release date of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is November 5, 2021.
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