While I personally am not a huge fan of Doctor Strange (the first movie, not the character), the film was universally well-received. Helmed by Scott Derrickson, Doctor Strange received rave reviews from critics (89% on Rotten Tomatoes with a 7.29 average score) and did pretty well at the box office too, raking in $US 677.7 million globally. A sequel was inevitable, especially since the character played by Benedict Cumberbatch has only gotten more popular following his appearances in Infinity War and Endgame.
Last December news broke that Scott Derrickson has been brought back in to direct Doctor Strange 2, but that’s pretty much all the updates we received about the film until now. During the epic Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con, it was revealed that the sequel is titled Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and that Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) will be an important supporting character in it. On top of that, we’ve also found out (via Cinema Blend) that the film will be Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first horror outing.
“When I came and talked to [Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige] about doing a sequel, I said, ‘I don’t want to do just another sequel. If I’m going to do it, it needs to go into the territory that drew me into the Doctor Strange comics in the first place’ – which is how they dipped into the gothic and the horror and the horrific. And we’re going to make the first scary MCU movie.”
While I wasn’t a fan of the first Doctor Strange film, the idea of a horror-esque MCU film piques my interest simply because I’m curious to see how it plays out. After all, prior to making a splash in the MCU, Scott Derrickson was known for horror films like Exorcism of Emily Rose, Deliver Us From Evil and Sinister.
On top of that, Kevin Feige added that the film will be connected directly to another MCU property: The Disney+ series WandaVision. The events that take place in the series, which is set to drop on the streaming service sometime in between March and May of 2021, will tie into Doctor Strange 2.
Doctor Strange 2 is set to hit the big screens 6 May 2021.