With Spider-Man: Far From Home wrapping up Marvel’s Phase 3, bringing the massive first arc of the MCU to a close, we find ourselves in an exciting position: the dark. For the first time in years, we have no idea what Marvel has up its sleeve for its next wave of films. Until now.
On Saturday, July 20, 2019, Marvel took to Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con to reveal their plans for Phase 4. With a mysterious release schedule projected on screen, Kevin Feige revealed the upcoming Marvel slate for the MCU and new Disney+ streaming series. And though Mysterio may have been lying about his origins in Spider-Man: Far From Home, we are still diving deep into one of the weirdest tropes of comic book lore in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness.And before you ask, Kevin Feige shared during the panel, “Just because Quentin Beck lied about the Multiverse, doesn’t mean it isn’t real!”
Who will star in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness?
Benedict Cumberbatch will reprise his role at the titular character. He appeared onstage at Comic-Con to confirm that fact, although it was pretty much a given already.
Scarlet Witch will also return in the Multiverse of Madness, as the events of her Disney+ series, WandaVision, will directly influence what happens next. Since WandaVision takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame, we suspect Wanda Maximoff might just break the multiverse trying to bring some version of her beloved back from the great beyond.
Rachel McAdams will also reprise her role as Christine Palmer for the sequel. Chiwetel Ejiofor will return as Karl Mordo. The Baby-Sitter’s Club actress Xochitl Gomez joined the cast in October. Kevin Feige confirmed at Disney’s 2020 investor presentation that she’ll play America Chavez.
Who is directing the film?
Scott Derrickson, who directed the first Doctor Strange, was originally tapped to handle In the Multiverse of Madness. He even appeared onstage at Comic-Con to announce the title. But back in January, he announced on Twitter that he was departing the project. The reason? Those pesky “creative differences.”
Marvel and I have mutually agreed to part ways on Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness due to creative differences. I am thankful for our collaboration and will remain on as EP.— N O S ⋊ Ɔ I ᴚ ᴚ Ǝ ᗡ ⊥ ⊥ O Ɔ S (@scottderrickson) January 10, 2020
Derrickson was quickly replaced with another veteran comics director: Sam Raimi. Raimi, who gave us the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man movies, confirmed the news in April. Jade Bartlett and Michael Waldron wrote the screenplay
Pre-production began in early 2020 but was shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Principal photography began in London in November 2020.
What’s the connection to Spider-Man 3?
Cumberbatch will also appear in the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home sequel as Doctor Strange. We already know the idea of multiverses are coming into the MCU, so this isn’t a huge surprise. It will be fascinating to see how this all weaves together. Feige confirmed the film will indeed connect to WandaVision and Spider-Man 3 but we don’t know just how yet. It could tell a pretty epic story.
This article was originally published on July 20, 2019.