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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is an upcoming superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics superhero of the same name. The film is a sequel to Doctor Strange and Avengers: Endgame, and a crossover/sequel to WandaVision and Loki. It is the twenty-seventh film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the fourth film of Phase Four. The film will be released in the United States on May 7, 2021.

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On April 20, 2017, Deadline reported that Scott Derrickson would return to work on the film after he finished his work on the TV series Locke & Key.[3]

On October 19, 2017, Kevin Feige stated that the film would be released a number of years after its predecessor, Doctor Strange.[4]

On March 31, 2018, C. Robert Cargill, who was a co-writer on the first Doctor Strange film, revealed plans for the film to ideally feature Karl Mordo and Nightmare as villains.[2]

On June 28, 2018, Kevin Feige revealed that there are plans to make a sequel to Doctor Strange.[5]

On December 11, 2018, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Derrickson would be returning to direct the sequel, with scripting planned to occur throughout 2019 while filming was expected to begin in early 2020 for an expected release in May 2021.[1] Marvel had previously scheduled an upcoming film for release on May 7, 2021.[6]

On July 20, 2019, at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Kevin Feige revealed that the title of the film would be Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and that it was scheduled to hit theaters on May 7, 2021. During the Marvel Studios panel in Hall H, Derrickson stated "If I'm gonna do it, it has to go into the territory that drew me into the Doctor Strange comics in the first place, which is how they dipped into the gothic and the horror and the horrific, and we're going to make the first scary MCU film." It was also announced that Elizabeth Olsen would be reprising her Marvel Cinematic Universe role of Wanda Maximoff, as the events of the film will tie directly to the Disney+ series WandaVision.[7]

On October 17, 2019, Collider reported that Marvel Studios had tapped screenwriter Jade Bartlett to write the film.[8]

On November 7, 2019, Kevin Feige revealed that the film will tie-in with the Disney+ series Loki.[9]

In December 2019, during an extended Q&A for the New York Film Academy, Kevin Feige clarified that the film would not be a horror film but rather "a big MCU film with scary sequences in it.".

In January 2020, it was reported that the film will start shooting on May 4, 2020, and will shoot in London, New York and Los Angeles.[10]

On January 9, 2020, Variety reported that Scott Derrickson had stepped down as director due to creative differences, but that he would remain on the film as an executive producer, which Derrickson himself affirmed.[11] It was also reported that there are not expected to be any delays when it comes to shooting.[12]

On February 5, 2020, Variety reported that Sam Raimi was in talks to replace Derrickson as the director of the film. It was also reported that Rachel McAdams, who was previously confirmed to be reprising her role as Christine Palmer[13], would not be returning for the sequel.[14]

On February 7, 2020, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Michael Waldron, head writer and showrunner of Loki, had been tapped to write the film, replacing Jade Bartlett.[15] That same day, Cargill clarified that neither he nor Derrickson ever wrote a draft of the screenplay prior to their departure from the film and that Waldron's script would therefore not be derivative of their work.[16]

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