The Delayed MCU Project That’s Disappointing Fans the Most
Like everything in the entertainment industry, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is finding themselves in a strange place right now. Productions are postponed, movie releases are on hold, and no one really knows when the wheels will begin turning again. But some things have fans more disappointed than others. One of the biggest disappointments to come out of the coronavirus pandemic? The Doctor Strange sequel being delayed by an entire year.
The ‘Doctor Strange’ sequel has been delayed to 2022
A sequel to the 2016 MCU film, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was originally slated to be released in May 2021. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the film’s release has since been rescheduled twice; most recently, the sequel was pushed back to (hopefully) March 2022.
While we don’t know much about what the plot of the film will be, we do know that it will closely tie in to the new Disney+ series WandaVision. WandaVision centers around Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) and is set following the events of Avengers: Endgame. WandaVision is scheduled to come out in December 2020. But since production halted in March, it has yet to be confirmed whether filming has finished, so it’s safe to assume that there’s a possibility of the series being bumped back, as well.
Fans are especially disappointed with the delay of ‘Doctor Strange 2’
In a recent thread on Reddit, MCU fans discussed their disappointment with having to wait even longer for a Doctor Strange sequel. Since his introduction to the universe in 2016, Dr. Stephen Strange has appeared in Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame, but always as a side character. Fans are especially excited about his return as the main character with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
One fan said, “Out of all the MCU delays ’cause of COVID, I am the most upset with having to wait for the Dr. Strange sequel. Especially with getting to see Stephen & Wanda’s dynamic.” Many others agreed and said that they were also the most excited for this sequel out of all the other upcoming MCU projects. One user even said the delay ruined their whole year.
We aren’t sure how Wanda’s story will tie in with Strange’s, but it’s clear that fans are looking forward to seeing their dynamic and how their stories will merge. Another exciting aspect is diving into the multiverse plots more — that always gives Marvel plenty to work with!
What other Marvel projects have been delayed?
MCU fans are used to getting new content more frequently than any other large franchise. Because of that, it’s leading to many frustrated fans as they have to adjust to all of these delays. The first MCU movie to be impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak was Black Widow, the prequel story about Natasha Romanoff’s iconic character. Black Widow was scheduled to be released in May 2020, but has since been pushed back to November, with hopes for a theatrical release.
Other projects that have been delayed include the new Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Venom 2, The Eternals, Morbius, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Thor: Love and Thunder, and Spider-Man 3. While the degree of delays varies — some have only been pushed back a couple of months, while others have been pushed back an entire year — it’s clear that the people calling the shots have their priorities in line. Focusing on the health of the cast and crew should be of utmost importance; we can all wait a little longer if it means getting a good show.