Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is an intriguing entry in the massive Phase 4 slate of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Based on the film's title, it's clear that the narrative will further explore the concept of the multiverse, but the reason behind the madness element has yet to be uncovered.
Production for the film hasn't started, but several behind-the-scenes details have already emerged online. The sequel is still set to film in various locations such as New York and Norway, while Doctor Strange actor Benedict Cumberbatch is already hard at work when it comes to learning his lines for the film.
Now, a new rumor has surfaced, and it offers an important update about the film's production timeline.
Insider Charles Murphy of Murphy's Multiverse shared that production on Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness will start in the U.K. this November.
WHAT THIS MEANS
Phase 4 of the MCU has been hounded by numerous production delays and shifts in release dates, and the Doctor Strange sequel is no stranger to those instances. Originally, the film was supposed to premiere on November 5, 2021, but another shift moved it ahead to March 25, 2022. With filming rumored to begin this November, it seems that the sequel will have a lot of production time on their hands to make it to the current March release timeline.
Murphy did point out in his report that "it's possible" that Multiverse of Madness will slide back into its original November release date, but this is pure speculation at this point. In a way, this makes sense since this could be the reason why Marvel Studios is fast-tracking filming for sequel. However, there's also a chance that Multiverse of Madness director Sam Raimi needs more production time since it will tackle an entirely different narrative as well as balancing a plethora of characters.
Regardless, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has the potential to change the MCU in many ways, and the imminent start of filming for the sequel should serve as the first positive sign of exciting things ahead.