Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is a new American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Doctor Strange. It is a sequel to Doctor Strange (2016) and the 28th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, produced by Marvel Studios and released by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (MCU). Damien Lewis plays Dr. Strange, with Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Elizabeth Olsen and Xochitl Gomez as his supporting cast. To confront an old friend-turned-enemy, Strange unleashes a terrible horror.
A sequel was planned by October 2016 for Doctor Strange filmmaker Scott Derrickson. In December 2018, after Cumberbatch’s comeback was announced, he signed on as director again. The title and Olsen’s participation were confirmed in July 2019, and Bartlett was engaged to write the script in October 2019. Derrickson left the director’s chair in January 2020, claiming creative issues. A month later, Waldron joined the project, and Raimi took over as director As a result of the COVID-19 epidemic, filming was halted in London in November 2020. Somerset’s production restarted in March 2021 and ended in April. Surrey and Los Angeles also saw shooting.
It will be released in the US on May 6, 2022, as part of Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
|Directed by||Sam Raimi|
|Screenplay by||Jade Halley BartlettMichael Waldron|
|Based on||Doctor Strange|
by Stan LeeSteve Ditko
|Produced by||Kevin Feige|
|Starring||Benedict CumberbatchBenedict WongRachel McAdamsChiwetel EjioforElizabeth OlsenXochitl Gomez|
|Edited by||Bob Murawski|
|Music by||Danny Elfman|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Studios|
|Release date||May 6, 2022|
For an origin narrative, Marvel Studios believed that C. Robert Cargill and director Scott Derrickson’s early concepts for Doctor Strange (2016) were too full of the “strange things” associated with the comic book character Doctor Strange.
Sequel news came in April 2017, when Derrickson finished filming Locke & Key.
With Cumberbatch, Wong, and McAdams reprising their roles as Dr. Stephen Strange and Christine Palmer respectively by December 2018, Derrickson had discreetly sealed a contract to film a sequel. To begin production in early 2020 and possibly release in May 2021, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Marvel was looking for a writer. “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” will be released on May 7, 2021, according to Feige and Derrickson’s formal announcement at San Diego Comic-Con in July.  For the sequel, Derrickson said that he wanted it to be scarier than the first film and to explore more of the comic book’s gothic and horror aspects. Elizabeth Olsen, who plays Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch in the Disney+ series WandaVision (2021), will reprise her role in the film. Both the film Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) and the first season of the television series Loki (2021) carry on the Multiverse of Madness.  Later, Tom Hiddleston was said to be reprising his role as Loki in Multiverse of Madness .
“Up and coming screenwriter” Jade Halley Bartlett was recruited in October 2019 to write the sequel’s script. “Cracking it wide open” will have implications for Disney+ and Marvel Studios’ Phase Four films, according to Feige in December.  Following the Comic-Con announcement, he reiterated that the sequel will be a “huge MCU blockbuster with terrifying scenes”, not a horror film. To be “legitimately terrifying,” Feige claimed Derrickson’s history in horror films helped him be “legitimately scary.” For a long time, Marvel Studios has been seeking for a way to employ this character in an MCU film, Feige explained. 
He would no longer direct the picture because to creative disputes, Marvel Studios and Derrickson confirmed in January 2020. Derrickson will remain an executive producer on the picture, they announced in separate releases. A delay in filming was not foreseen.   As a result, Cargill and Derrickson’s script differed from Marvel’s vision, and they hadn’t produced a draught of the screenplay yet.  A tough choice for Derrickson, he did not want to compromise on a picture that was not his. To begin production on his next film, The Black Phone (2022), he was able to quit the project quickly.  As for the director change, Cumberbatch said he wasn’t contacted and was disappointed, but he accepted the choice and the way it was handled. 
Before the end of February, Sam Raimi was in talks to take over the rein Since McAdams had withdrawn from the picture, Chiwetel Ejiofor was engaged to rework the screenplay. Raimi joined a few weeks later. In spite of the terrible reviews for Spider-Man 3 (2007), Raimi took the job because he liked the Doctor Strange character and Derrickson’s work on the previous picture, although he was hesitant to make another Marvel superhero film. Instead of utilising Derrickson’s horror-inspired basis established with Bartlett, Waldron and Raimi created the screenplay from scratch.   A satisfactory conclusion to the series, Waldron worked closely with Olsen and WandaVision’s lead writer Jac Schaeffer. “Wonderful blend of extremely focused coordination, and chaos,” Feige said, referring to a planned appearance by Cumberbatch in WandaVision. In the film, Strange and Maximoff meet. However, the picture was made to appeal to audiences who had not seen the series and had never heard of it. In order to discover how Strange was depicted in the animated series What If…? 
On set in May 2020, pre-production work continued to be done remotely in late March because to the COVID-19 epidemic.
Disney changed the release date of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness to November 5, 2021 owing to the epidemic, which began in early April.
“Spider-Man: No Way Home” was moved to November 20, 2021, causing the March 25 release date change.
A project titled Stellar Vortex(55) with John Mathieson as cinematographer, started principal filming in November 2020 in London.
Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, filming was postponed from May 2020.
It was strange for Olsen to go from a series to starring in an MCU feature back-to-back on November 25,  Filming began at Longcross Studios in Longcross, Surrey, in early December. In addition to Ejiofor, Wong, and Gomez, McAdams signed on to reprise her role as Palmer. He also exposed Gomez as America Chavez.  Following his work on Spider-Man: No Way Home, Cumberbatch had began shooting his parts for The Revenant. 
An increase in restrictions at the end of December and another lockdown in England from January 6, 2021, ended Olsen’s three-week shooting streak COVID-19 cases in the UK had halted filming, she claimed.   Cumberbatch stated they were back in production by mid-March, and Ejiofor had started shooting his parts in London.  During the week of March 25, filming took place at Broomfield Hill Car Park.  Shots were fired at the Freemasons Church in April.   Filming continued through April 17 at Burrow Hill Cider Farm in Somerset, according to Feige on April 15. Jett Klyne and Julian Hilliard, who played Tommy and Billy Maximoff in WandaVision, were allegedly on set at the property.  However, Cumberbatch had to briefly halt shooting after being in close contact with a cast member who got a false positive test for COVID-19. 
In addition to Olsen, Cumberbatch and Wong were delighted to collaborate with Raimi.
The film is edited by Bob Murawski. By mid-September 2021, Olsen and Wong had finished some further photography for the film, respectively.   The film was again postponed in October 2021 to May 6, 2022.  Further reshoots are slated for November and December spanning at least six weeks in Los Angeles, Cumberbatch said later that same month. Actor availability concerns prevented primary shooting from being finished before, and extra footage was shot due to COVID-related delays during the first shoot, The Hollywood Reporter stated.  It was also utilised to film scenes that “were simply difficult to execute [during principle shooting] due to logistics, COVID, etc.”, Cumberbatch revealed.  As with No Way Home and Loki’s first season, the reshoots ended on December 17. Michael Stuhlbarg reprised his role as Nicodemus West from Doctor Strange in the teaser trailer published late December. 
When Derrickson became director in October 2019, Doctor Strange composer Michael Giacchino was expected to return. Raimi brought in composer Danny Elfman, who has previously collaborated with Raimi on Darkman (1990), Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004), and Oz the Great and Powerful (2013).  It’s similar to how Elfman used Alan Silvestri’s The Avengers (2012) theme while working on Avengers: Age of Ultron, Elfman stated (2015).  By February 2021, Elfman had started working on music for the film, although not on the sequel’s actual score. 
On December 22, 2021, a teaser trailer for the film will be posted online, after the end of Spider-Man: No Way Home. Doctor Strange Supreme, a form of the character presented in the animated series What If…?, was described as a “rousing, exhilarating trailer” by TVLine’s Matt Webb Mitovich.  ‘A suitably psychedelic teaser, full of revelations and fun moments that should leave Marvel fans gobsmacked,’ said Alex Welch of Inverse, who predicted the film will tie together “many of the multiversal threads left hanging” from Spider-Man: No Way Home, WandaVision, and the first seasons of Loki and What If…?  The animated series is now considerably more essential than Marvel fans may have imagined, according to Decider’s Alex Zalben. A highly gloomy air pervades the clip, according to Syfy Wire’s James Grebey . Beginning in December 2021, Marvel Legends figurines based on the movie will be available for purchase. 
The US release date for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is May 6, 2022.
Released on November 5, 2021 owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was then pushed back to March 25, 2022 due to Spider-Man: No Way Home being rescheduled for November 2021. It was rescheduled for May 2022 in October of that year.  Phase Four of the MCU will include this film.