‘Doctor Strange 2’ Has Found Its Director and It’s a Super Smart Decision by Marvel

After the initial director attached to the movie left the project, Marvel has tapped a new director to helm the upcoming film, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which is frequently referred to as Doctor Strange 2. The film’s new director makes total sense from a strategic viewpoint and is a director who has helmed several films with an iconic Marvel character.

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Benedict Cumberbatch of Marvel Studios’ ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ at the San Diego Comic-Con International 2019 Marvel Studios Panel in Hall H on July 20, 2019 | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

The film lost its director earlier this year

Back in January, Scott Derrickson parted ways with the film as its director. Derrickson was the director of the first Doctor Strange film. Derrickson left the project due to creative differences. However, Derrickson remains attached to the film as an executive producer.

In a statement at that time, Marvel said, “Marvel Studios and Scott Derrickson have amicably parted ways on ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ due to creative differences. We remain grateful to Scott for his contributions to the MCU.”

Derrickson tweeted, “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.”

Here’s who Marvel has tapped to direct ‘Doctor Strange 2’

On Tuesday, it was reported that Sam Raimi would come aboard Doctor Strange 2 as the movie’s new director.

The decision to have Raimi helm the film is an incredibly smart one by Marvel because he directed the film that essentially started the modern boom of superhero films, Spider-Man.

He directed all three films in the trilogy which starred Tobey Maguire and Kirstin Dunst. The films were released from 2002-2007.

Marvel did not give a comment on this new development to Variety, who originally reported this story.

What we know so far about ‘Doctor Strange 2’

Benedict Cumberbatch is returning as the titular character, also knowns as the Sorcerer Supreme. Benedict Wong will reprise his role as Wong.

A newcomer to the Doctor Strange films will be Elizabeth Olsen, who portrays Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film will be heavily intertwined with the Disney+ series, WandaVision, which stars Olsen.

Kevin Feige has also said that it will be the first “scary” movie, but wouldn’t necessarily call it a horror film.

The film will be in theaters on May 7, 2021.