When Doctor Strange entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2016, he received an enthusiastic reception. Benedict Cumberbatch nailed the character, and the film grossed approaching $700m worldwide.
The studios soon announced plans for a sequel, with director Scott Derrickson in line to carry on the good work. Derrickson then stepped down citing “creative differences”, so eventually Sam Raimi stepped in to take the reins.
Sadly, as for so many projects, production was stalled by COVID-19 earlier this year.
Now, though, Benedict Cumberbatch has confirmed that Doctor Strange will very shortly be getting underway again.
In an interview with watch culture magazine Watch Time India, Cumberbatch discussed living in a Tibetan monastery, controlling time, and the return of Doctor Strange.
“I’m in pre-production with the second Doctor Strange film, which is very exciting.” He said. “We will start filming in late October or early November.”
The plot of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is still under wraps, but a few things are known.
Benedict Wong will be reprising his role as Strange’s fellow sorcerer, Wong. Chiwetel Ejiofor is returning as the disillusioned Mordo, who we left at the end of the first film beginning his quest to seek out sorcerers he felt were using their powers for their own benefit.
Given Ejiofor is back for the role of Mordo, it could be speculated that his determination to thin the ranks of errant sorcerers will form part of the plot for the sequel.
Also joining the cast is fellow Marvel Cinematic Universe regular Elizabeth Olsen, as Wanda Maximov/Scarlet Witch.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is currently planned for release in March of 2022.
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