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 Avengers: Endgame 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 No. 110 in 1963.
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