“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is gearing up for an intense round of reshoots. And while “reshoots” is no longer the dirty word it once was in Hollywood parlance, this sounds like a far bigger deal than the normal amount of reshoots that are typically built into the production schedule. “Doctor Strange 2” may be in a bit of trouble.
Insiders say that star Benedict Cumberbatch and company are undertaking six weeks of shooting, if not more, working six days a week. Sam Raimiremains as helmer, and Loki head writer Michael Waldron is still on board writing the new material. It is unclear what actors in addition to Cumberbatch are involved. The crew involved is familiar with the Marvel method and worked on recent pickups for the upcoming Spider-Man: No Way Home and additional shooting for next year’s Oscar Isaac series, Moon Knight.
One insider scoffed at the size and scope: “We’ve had bigger reshoots on other MCU movies.”
However, other sources have their eyebrows raised at the length. “They’re here until the end of the year. That’s like a whole other movie,” said one.
Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is intended to be the sequel to Doctor Strange (2016) and the 28th film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Sam Raimi from a script written by Jade Bartlett and Michael Waldron, and stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange, alongside Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Xochitl Gomez. In the film, Strange unleashes an unspeakable evil as he faces a friend-turned-enemy.
Following the events of Avengers: Endgame(2019), WandaVision (2021), and the first season of Loki (2021), Dr. Stephen Strange’s continuing research on the Time Stone is hindered by a friend-turned-enemy, resulting in Strange unleashing unspeakable evil.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnessis scheduled to be released in the United States on May 6, 2022, as part of Phase Fourof the MCU.