Doctor Strange Sees His Film “Madness” Delayed Two Months

Even the Master of the Mystic Arts couldn’t escape this time warp.

The highly anticipated Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness–hyped as Marvel’s first true horror venture (mixed with derring-do and dashes of the supernatural)–has been bumped back…once again, according to Deadline. The Sam Raimi-directed feature will now hit theaters May 6, 2022, instead of the previously announced March 25 date.

Production wrapped on the film–written by Michael Waldron and Jade Bartlett–back in April, as reported here in Horror News Network, and no explanation for this delay was given. The movie–originally slated to debut in May of this year–was bumped first to this November and then to next year.

This sequel to the 2016 hit Doctor Strange brings back Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme, teaming him with Benedict Wong as Wong, Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Mordo and Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez. Elizabeth Olsen also will star as the Scarlet Witch in the feature.

The storyline has been kept pretty much under wraps, but it will take place after the events of AvengersEndgame and WandaVision (which starred Olsen). In the sequel, Strange continues his research on the Time Stone, which is “hindered by a friend-turned-enemy, resulting in Strange unleashing unspeakable evil.”

Olsen described the sequel as “a very scary movie. It’s old Sam Raimi. They’re trying to create the scariest Marvel movie.” Screenwriter Waldron added that this film was pushed “in a scarier direction. Just because Sam does that so well.”

The Marvel Comics character of Doctor Strange–created by the legendary team of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko–first appeared in Strange Tales No110 in 1963.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.


Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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