Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness: Everything We Know About The MCU Horror Movie
Stephen Strange is back and is primed to go on a gothic adventure across the recently confirmed multiverse.
This year at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios blew the roof off of Hall H with a two-hour panel that featured announcement after announcement of their upcoming Phase 4 plans, from theatrical releases like Black Widow and The Eternals to Disney+ streaming TV shows like The Falcon And The Winter Soldier and Loki--but one of the upcoming projects stood apart from the rest, both as the only sequel in the mix, and as the first of its genre in the MCU's line up.
That's right, we're talking about the highly anticipated Doctor Strange 2--or, as we learned, officially titled Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness. It's a followup to 2016's Doctor Strange, which first introduced Cumberbatch as the master of the mystic arts.
While the movie's release is still a ways off, we did manage to glean some interesting details about its plot and cast, which we've compiled here and will continue updating as more information trickles in.
Strange has some help
We've only had a few cast members confirmed, but you'll definitely recognize them.
Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange
Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff
He wasn't on stage during the presentation at San Diego Comic-Con this year, but Benedict Wong is also very likely reprising the role of Wong for this movie.
We know when it's coming out
Prepare to journey into the multiverse on May 7, 2021.
Mysterio was right. Kind of.
The end of Spider-Man: Far From Home may have revealed that Quentin Beck's story about the multiverse was a total lie, but that doesn't necessarily mean the multiverse doesn't exist. We're not exactly sure what that means--or how the real multiverse will come into play--but hey, at least we know it's definitely a thing. Probably. Unless it's also a lie in this movie.
It will connect to Disney+
As of right now, this movie is the only confirmed link between the MCU proper and the Disney+ streaming shows with a direct tie to WandaVision, as confirmed by Feige during Comic-Con. We can definitely assume that more shows will link to more movies, but this is the only one we've had any level of confirmation for.
Whatever happens to Wanda during WandaVision will directly play into her role in Multiverse Of Madness--but it's worth noting that Wanda is the only part of that combo who was announced for the movie. Vision and Paul Bettany were not. So that may or may not bode well for Vision's post-WandaVision status quo.
It's the MCU's first horror movie
Phase 4 will continue Phase 3's tradition of experimenting with genre as Feige and director Scott Derrickson confirmed during Comic-Con that Multiverse Of Madness will be the MCU's "first scary movie," and that it will dip into the "gothic and horror" elements typical of Dr. Strange comics.
That said, Feige was also quick to confirm that horror or not, the movie will still be PG-13. Thankfully, as we've learned in recent years, PG-13 horror can still be pretty shocking.