Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Doctor Strange. 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, written by Michael Waldron, and stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange, alongside Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Rachel McAdams. In the film, Strange and his allies travel into the multiverse to face a mysterious new adversary.
Doctor Strange director and co-writer Scott Derrickson had plans for a sequel by October 2016. He signed to return as director in December 2018, when Cumberbatch was confirmed to return. The film's title was announced in July 2019 along with Olsen's involvement, while Jade Halley Bartlett was hired to write the film that October. Derrickson stepped down as director in January 2020, citing creative differences, with Waldron and Raimi joining the next month and starting over. Filming began in November 2020 in London but was put on hold in January 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Production resumed by March 2021 and concluded in mid-April in Somerset. Shooting also occurred in Surrey and Los Angeles.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is scheduled to premiere in Hollywood on May 2, 2022, and will be released in the United States on May 6, as part of Phase Four of the MCU.
A few months after the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021), Dr. Stephen Strange, with the help of both old and new mystical allies, travels into the multiverse to face a mysterious new adversary.
[01/05, 10:25 am] Vivek Kumar Dubey So: also portrays multiple alternate versions of the character, including: "Sinister Strange", a "corrupted and corroded" version of the character; "Defender Strange", a seemingly heroic version based on the Defenders version of the character from the comics; a zombie variant which was previously introduced in the animated series What If...?; and "Supreme Strange".
Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch:
A former Avenger who can harness chaos magic, engage in telepathy and telekinesis, and alter reality, whom Strange seeks for assistance regarding the multiverse. The film continues Maximoff's "ownership of what makes her unique and the accountability of her life experience" that began in the series WandaVision (2021), with an example of this being a return to an accent that is more true to her Sokovian heritage after some of the previous MCU films had moved to an Americanized version. Olsen was largely unaware of the Multiverse of Madness story while filming WandaVision and tried to ensure Maximoff's role in the film honored the events of the series rather than having the series be affected by the film. Olsen also portrays alternate versions of the character, including a zombie variant which was previously introduced in What If...?.
Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo:
A former Master of the Mystic Arts and mentor-turned-enemy of Strange, who is hunting other sorcerers. Ejiofor also portrays alternate versions of the character.
Benedict Wong as Wong:
The Sorcerer Supreme and Strange's mentor and friend tasked with protecting Kamar-Taj's most valuable relics and books. Wong also portrays alternate versions of the character, including "Defender Wong".
Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez:
A teenager who received the ability to travel between dimensions by punching open doorways as a child, and who originates from another universe known as the Utopian Parallel. Marvel Studios production and development manager Richie Palmer stated that Chavez's powers are "maddening" to Strange and Wong given they have never encountered anyone with those abilities and it is their job to protect the dimensional barriers. Gomez said that "everything is going completely wrong" for Chavez in the film as she is "running away from her uniqueness until she learns to embrace it". She felt her journey in the film is about learning to trust and seek help from others as "she was alone for so long and [she's] a survivor", and also sought to portray a young version of the character while also remaining faithful to the source material. The film acknowledges that Chavez is gay as in the comics.
Michael Stuhlbarg as Nicodemus West: A rival surgeon to Strange.
Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer:
An emergency surgeon who was a colleague and lover of Strange. The film explores Strange's decision at the end of Doctor Strange (2016) to protect the New York Sanctum and not be with Palmer, despite still having feelings for her and possibly regretting that decision, along with dealing with Palmer's upcoming marriage. McAdams also portrays alternate versions of the character.
Patrick Stewart, who portrayed Charles Xavier / Professor X in 20th Century Fox's X-Men film series, appears in the film in an undisclosed role. Topo Wresniwiro and Mark Anthony Brighton reprise their respective roles as Hamir and Daniel Drumm, both Masters of the Mystic Arts, from the first film. Julian Hilliard and Jett Klyne reprise their respective roles from WandaVision as Maximoff's sons Billy and Tommy. Also appearing in the film is the character Peggy Carter / Captain Carter, who was voiced by Hayley Atwell in What If...?; the creature Gargantos, designed after Shuma-Gorath; Rintrah, a minotaur-esque being from R'Vaal who is a student at Kamar-Taj; and the cosmic entity the Living Tribunal. The group the Illuminati also appears in the film.