Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is the highly anticipated sequel to the 2016 movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the Master of the Mystic Arts. Although, since his MCU debut, we saw Cumberbatch again in Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, and we’ll watch him again in the upcoming Spider-Man: No Way Home.
But, even with five MCU appearances so far, fans are still eager for his upcoming standalone sequel which was officially announced in July 2019, and it is set to hit theaters next May, after being delayed several times thanks to the pandemic. The movie endured the changing of the director – Scott Derickson, who directed the 2016 movie, stepped down from the director’s chair on the sequel due to creative differences, and he was replaced by Sam Raimi, director of Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man trilogy.
Last month, Cumberbatch confirmed that the movie will be partially reshot until the end of this year. Now, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter, those reshoots aren’t small, they’re actually described as “significant”. It was reported that the crew has six more weeks of shooting, and they’re going to keep working six days a week until the end of this year. Considering that the movie is set to be released in May, we hope there will be enough time for post-production and marketing.
Sam Raimi is overlooking reshoots and additional photography, while screenwriter Michael Waldron, who was also a head writer on Loki TV show wrote the additional scenes. Such significant last-minute changes don’t need to mean anything because reshooting isn’t something unusual, but sometimes it can be an alert that the making of the movie isn’t going well and that can also end up in a disappointing final product. Considering how anticipated this movie is, we certainly hope that isn’t the case.
Except for Cumberbatch, the movie also stars Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlett Witch. Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, and Chiwetel Ejiofor are all reprising their respective MCU roles. Xochitl Gomez will debut in the movie as America Chavez.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set to hit theaters on May 6, 2022.