Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has been filming in the United Kingdom, leading many to grow concerned over rising COVID cases in the country affecting the Marvel Studios production. Luckily, despite another U.K. lockdown, the project was given the go-ahead to continue filming in London.
The multiverse-traversing adventure brings characters together, old and new, such as Rachel McAdams' Christine Palmer, who returns from the first film, and Xochitl Gomez' reality-hopping America Chavez. Joining Benedict Cumberbatch as a co-lead is Elizabeth Olsen as the Scarlet Witch, who will be sure to solve, and possibly create, some magic-based mishaps for the Sorceror Supreme.
The film was originally set to be directed by Scott Derrickson, but was replaced by Spider-Man director Sam Raimi following creative differences. Derrickson has looked at the experience positively though, saying that he is happy with the decision that he made. The Doctor Strange director later opened up about his choice to leave, while praising Sam Raimi now being at the helm of the project.
Elizabeth Olsen recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote the imminent release of WandaVision, but the actress also had some news about the Doctor Strange sequel's production status...
In an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Elizabeth Olsen revealed that the London production of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has been temporarily halted.
Olsen states that since "hospitals are overwhelmed [in the U.K., they] can't go back to work until that calms down."
The full interview can be watched below:
WHAT THIS MEANS
With cases steadily rising in the United Kingdom, it is understandable that filming for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness would be forced to stop for the time being. Though it was previously stated that film and television production could continue in the UK despite lockdowns, it appears that studios are assessing the situation to ensure cast and crew safety above anything else.
The Doctor Strange sequel's release date is still just over a year away, giving ample time before the film has to release. Production began in November 2020, indicating that about 2 months of work has been completed. With still a good few months of filming left to go, hopefully Doctor Strange 2 can continue its production soon without too many more roadblocks.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness releases theatrically on March 25, 2022.