Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is currently in full swing, with wild new stories arriving on both the small and silvers screens. The next of the upcoming Marvel movies releasing in theaters is Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which looks like a wild ride. Now Doctor Strange 2’s writer has explained the “danger” of creating a story across the multiverse.
While information about the contents of Doctor Strange 2 is limited, the footage has shown that the leading characters will be confronted with variants of themselves and others. The narrative possibilities seem endless, with writer Michael Waldron tasked with crafting the blockbuster’s story. And he recently explained to SFX Magazine the dangers of playing with such high concepts. In Waldron’s words,
He’s got a point. The multiverse comes with seemingly endless possibilities, but one has to be specific when crafting an entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So while the multiverse is being ripped open in Doctor Strange 2, Michael Waldron and company were careful to keep the story focused on protagonists like the title character and Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch.
The stakes for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness are super high, as Sam Raimi’s horror-infused MCU debut will serve as a sequel to Doctor Strange, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and WandaVision (which fans still have questions about). Additionally, a new Marvel hero is being introduced in the form of Xochitl Gomez’s America Chavez. While the story could easily end up being convoluted, Michael Waldron took special care to not let the multiverse make the mysterious sequel into a movie without stakes.
Later in that same interview, Michael Waldron further shared the complications that accompany using the multiverse in a movie like Doctor Strange 2. It looks like the highly anticipated blockbuster will be a deep dive into the pysche of both Wanda and Strange, with the two Avengers even sharing the same dialogue in recent trailers. As Waldron put it,
Is it May yet? Clearly those involved with Doctor Strange 2 were doing some very specific work on the upcoming sequel. Sam Raimi ran a tight ship, with no major spoilers being leaked during the movie’s extended filming process. And there’s no telling how the characters will be changed as a result of their multiversal adventure.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is currently expected to hit theaters on May 7th, and is making tons of money in pre-sale tickets. In the meantime, check out the 2022 movie release dates to plan your next movie experience.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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