By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth! This is no way to treat the Sorcerer Supreme.
Disney’s magic must be stronger than the spells of Stephen Strange because the industry giant this week again moved back the release date of Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness to March 25, 2022, as revealed by The Hollywood Reporter.
This move follows the news that the highly-anticipated Marvel Studio sequel would be bumped back six months from the original release date of May 7, 2021.
This sequel–which also showcases the arcane abilities of the Scarlet Witch–is being touted as the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first foray into horror. And it promises to be a big-screen blockbuster, whenever it finally appears in theaters.
This delay most likely was caused by the move of the next installment of the Spider-Man franchise, with that untitled film being bumped back to Nov. 5, 2021, the date previously held by the Master of the Mystic Arts. Something had to give, and Disney decided the good doctor had to move…again.
The good news is that this delay will, no doubt, give newly minted director Sam Raimi ample time to get his feet wet in the bizarre and wonderful world of Dr. Strange.
Raimi, as reported here in Horror News Network, replaced Scott Derrickson in the director’s chair. Derrickson, who reportedly left the post due to creative differences, will remain active on the film as executive producer.
More good news is that Benedict Cumberbatch will return as the mystical master, with Benedict Wong as Wong (who else?) and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Mordo. In addition, Elizabeth Olsen will portray Wanda Maximoff, known to Avengers’ fans as the Scarlet Witch.
The main storyline of the sequel is being shrouded in mystery, but it has been leaked that longtime Dr. Strange adversary Nightmare will be the main bad guy. Casting for this key role has not been announced.
It also was reported that the sequel will tie into the upcoming Disney+ series WandaVision.
Keep reading Horror News Network for any more scheduling changes (we hope not!) for Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.