The production engine at Marvel Studios is starting back up and running and it’s about to shift into high gear. Murphy’s Multiverse has learned at production on Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness will begin in the UK in November. Originally scheduled to film in the Spring, production never got off the ground due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was previously assumed that cameras wouldn’t roll on the sequel until 2021 but we have confirmed that production is now just 2 months away.
The potential implications of this are as exciting as the news itself. The sequel was twice a part of the COVID slate shuffle, moving first from its original May 7, 2021 release to November 5, 2021 before eventually landing on March 25, 2022 when the untitled Spider-Man sequel was moved into November. With Spidey 3 being pushed into December and production on Doctor Strange 2 about to get going, it is now POSSIBLE that we could see Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sorcerer Supreme slide back into that November 2021 window!
Scott Derrickson was originally back to helm the sequel before stepping down. At that point, Marvel Studios turned to Raimi as their point man to introduce the true multiverse to the MCU. The COVID-related delay may have been a blessing in disguise for the studio, giving Raimi and writer Michael Waldron, who was brought on in February to rewrite the script, time to find their creative groove.
Other signs, including some casting videos, have pointed to an imminent start of production for the film which is expected to introduce multiversal hero America Chavez, Jericho Drumm and Clea to the MCU. With the news that production will kick off soon, casting news is sure to follow.
Stay tuned as this story develops.