‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’: Sam Raimi Doesn’t Know if Filming Is Complete, Will Marvel Delay the Release Date Again?

Partly due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Marvel delayed many of its future projects in the past couple of years. Now, fans worry that the studio may push back the release date for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness again, thanks to the director’s comments.

Benedict Cumberbatch. whose film 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' has a release date of May 6, wears a black suit over a white button-up shirt.
Benedict Cumberbatch | Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

The release date of ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ is currently May 6

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was originally going to release on May 7, 2021, but Marvel pushed it back to Nov. 5 because of the pandemic. Then, the studio delayed it again to March 25, 2022, when they rescheduled the premiere of Spider-Man: No Way Home to Dec. 17, 2021. Initially, the Doctor Strange sequel was to take place after the third Spider-Man movie.

The release date of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness moved again to May 6, 2022, when Marvel pushed back all of its Phase 4 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As of the writing of this article, the movie is set to premiere on that date.

However, in this ever-changing world and the pandemic still very much a factor, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Marvel postponed the Doctor Strange sequel one more time.

Sam Raimi is unsure if filming is complete

According to Variety, director Sam Raimi doesn’t know if production is complete on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

“I wish I knew the answer to that question,” Raimi shared. “I think we’re done, but we just cut everything. We’re just starting to test the picture, and we’ll find out if there’s anything that’s got to be picked up. If something’s unclear or another improvement I can make in this short amount of time left, I’ll do it. One thing I know about the Marvel team is they won’t stop. They’ll keep pushing it until it’s as close to being great as it could.”

He added, “Marvel’s been a great team to work with. I think that was a not-surprising surprise. I’ve been super-supported by the whole Marvel operations, starting at the top with Kevin Feige, and working all the way down to the crews that they work with. [They’re] super professional and have supported me every step of the way.”

With only a little more than three months until the scheduled release date of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, fans fear that Marvel will delay the film again if there are more reshoots. Hopefully, that’s not the case, though. The world has waited long enough for the sequel.

Everything we know about the ‘Doctor Strange’ sequel besides the release date

The Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff, Benedict Wong as Wong, Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo, and Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez.

The movie follows the events of WandaVision and Spider-Man: No Way Home as Doctor Strange deals with multiversal threats. And the first trailer shows the sorcerer reaching out to Wanda for help. Plus, it teases an evil Doctor Strange variant.

The official premise reads, “In Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the MCU unlocks the Multiverse and pushes its boundaries further than ever before. Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies both old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront a mysterious new adversary.”

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