After Marvel Studios brings the anticipated debut of Eternals, the Multiverse will truly make its presence felt in the MCU's live-action realm. This endeavor will kick off in a big way with Tom Holland's Spider-Man: No Way Home before Benedict Cumberbatch takes the baton for 2022's Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
After Strange's intriguing role in the Spidey threequel, seemingly helping Peter with his identity problem, he will have to deal with the ramifications of the Multiverse taking center stage. With Benedict Wong's Wong and Elizabeth Olsen's Wanda Maximoff at his side to face those challenges, this movie has the chance to be one of the MCU's biggest movies ever in terms of scale alone.
This movie's plot was impressively kept under wraps during the filming process, which most recently ended with additional photography & reshoots in September as the team moves into post-production.
However, a new interview with the film's leading man indicates that there may still be more work to complete in that department.
Doctor Strange Sequel Still Shooting
In an appearance on Today, via Twitter user @DrStrangeUpdate, Benedict Cumberbatch revealed that Marvel Studios has reshoots planned for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness before the end of 2021.
When asked what he could say about his upcoming solo sequel, he praised director Sam Raimi's vision and teased incredible things to come in the sequel. Ever vigilant to keep the movie's secrets hidden, he confirmed that reshoots are planned for November and December:
"Very excited. Sam Raimi’s at the helm, so expect extraordinary things, and yeah, we’re in the middle of making it even better. We’ve got some reshoots coming up in November and December, and then it comes out in May, and I guess you’ll have to wait until then."
More Madness Planned in Strange Sequel Reshoots
With six months of shooting already in the books for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, fans certainly weren't expecting another round of reshoots after the work done in September. However, it's also common practice for Marvel Studios to have reshoots, and considering how big of a movie the Doctor Strange sequel is said to be, this should be nothing to fret over.
Most likely, this comes in concert with the recent schedule change for the film's release, which pushed the debut from March 25 to May 6, 2022. That extra six weeks may have given Marvel Studios the opportunity to schedule filming that it didn't think was possible with the earlier date, and it should give the team the chance to make the film as good as it can possibly be.
Considering how deeply this project connects to nearly half of the MCU's Phase 4 entries from 2021, most directly including the Spider-Man threequel and WandaVision, this film has the chance to have a serious impact on the franchise's future in-universe. Safe to say, Marvel wants to get its vision right, although it will be interesting to find out what comes from these reshoots once the movie takes the spotlight next year.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will debut in theaters on May 6, 2022.