Marvel confirms Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness at SDCC

Carla Harmon
July 22, 2019

With so much comic book material to source, Marvel plans to swerve Doctor Strange 2 into a darker direction.

Director Scott Derrickson said the film, titled "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness", will mine the original comics and play up "the gothic, the horror".

The second installment of the film will be part of Marvel Studios' Phase 4 - and it's gonna be a different kind of Doctor Strange film.

The flick gets released May 7, 2021.

Scarlet Witch will also return in the Multiverse of Madness, as the events of her Disney+ series, WandaVision, will directly influence what happens next. Derrickson's background is in horror having helmed fright fests like The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Sinister, but his Doctor Strange movie was far more restrained in that regard.

Despite Doctor Strange's powers proved more than a match for Thanos in Avengers: Endgame, expect him to be getting knocked into the fifth dimension by Baron Mordo, who betrayed Strange during the first movie. The first scary MCU film.

Elizabeth Olsen will be joining Benedict Cumberbatch, as will Benedict Wong to reprise his role as Wong.

Derrickson went on to say that he loves how Doctor Strange battles baddies in various multiverses, opening the door for psychedelic sequences and out-of-this world villains.

Cumberbatch also added that the film would still be amusing, even with its spookier edge, saying: "I think it's vital to maintain the humour of the first film, but with this twist of horror".

The Sorcerer Supreme is officially coming back.

Doctor Strange 2 is set to hit the big screens 6 May 2021.

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