Annlyel explores whether Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be postponed after Derrickson’s departure
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been a part of my life for nearly half of my existence on this Earth. The first Marvel movie I went to see in the movie theaters was Thor in 2011 at Universal Studios. It’s a fond memory I will always cherish. The first Marvel movie, however, that would make me a fan of the franchise was The Avengers which utterly BLEW. My. Mind! After that, I’ve barely missed seeing any of the films in the movie theaters and I have seen every movie in the MCU at least once.
One such film that shattered my expectations was Doctor Strange. Several years ago at the end of 2015, I received an issue of Entertainment Weekly featuring the newest edition to the MCU, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange. I wasn’t a fan. In fact, the odd concept art and the idea of Benedict Cumberbatch being a superhero was a bit offputting. But, as the trailers and commercials continued to paint a picture that I was starting to like, my family and I went to see the film in the fall of 2016.
I was blown away. The psychedelic visuals, the unique world of realms and magic, Doctor Strange and his cape, nearly everything about Doctor Strange made me happy. Fast forward a couple of years and Doctor Strange gets a chance to shine even more in Avengers: Infinity War, solidifying him as my favorite Marvel superhero.
We’ve had a lot of chances to enjoy the Sorcerer Supreme over the years but he hasn’t had a standalone film since 2016! Yes, I said it. 2016! Four years ago! Every major superhero has had a sequel within two-three years since their first movie, but Doctor Strange won’t have a standalone film until 2021, five years after his debut movie. That’s kind of shocking.
And now, after the equally shocking announcement that Scott Derrickson, the creative whiz behind the success of the first film, has stepped away from the MCU due to “creative differences” is this a sign that the Doctor Strange sequel, like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, will be delayed? Think about it. Marvel Studios could easily slide Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness into a slot in 2022, bumping another film to 2023.
Next year we will get, for the first time, four movies in the MCU; Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Spider-Man 3, and Thor: Love and Thunder. With filming for the Doctor Strange sequel slated to begin in May, a new director is going to have to be hired quickly or I can only foresee a downward spiral for this film in the near future.
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Annlyel James is a prolific Staff Writer for Future of the Force. She is passionate about Star Wars and Marvel but loves a wide variety of movie genres. Aside from her role with Future of the Force she also writes for her own blog: annlyelonline. Follow her on Twitter @annlyeljames where she channels the Force frequently!