Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is experiencing a massive shift right now, as it was already confirmed that all of the upcoming movie releases have landed new release dates. One of the films, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, is now set to premiere on November 5, 2021. The movie already had its fair share of madness in recent months. Last January, it was reported that Scott Derrickson vacated his role as the film's director but will remain as an executive producer on the project. Since then, it has been reported that Sam Raimi, the director of the original Spider-Man trilogy, is expected to helm the director's chair while Loki showrunner Michael Waldron has been tapped to do the rewrites for the sequel. Even if Derrickson already stepped away from the sequel's directing chair, a new reveal from him might give clues as to who was being targeted for a potential role in the Doctor Strange sequel.
Based on a birthday greeting that was tweeted by Derrickson recently, he revealed that he "talked about the multiverse" over dinner last year with Netflix's Orange is the New Black star Natasha Lyonne. This seemingly points to how the actress was considered for a role in the Doctor Strange sequel prior to Derrickson's exit from the project. The full tweet can be viewed below:
For those unaware, Lyonne played the role of Nicky Nichols in Orange is the New Black which earned her an Emmy nomination. Lyonne also stars in Netflix's Russian Doll where she is also a co-creator and producer. On top of that, she has also starred in films such as Ad Astra and Honey Boy.
WHAT THIS MEANS
There have been speculations of several characters that are set to appear in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness such as the likes of Clea, Brother Voodoo, and America Chavez. With so many characters that are rumored to appear, one of them could be played by a well-acclaimed actress like Lyonne. For all we know, the tweet could mean nothing but a birthday greeting. However, the addition of the word "multiverse" seems to indicate that it was something more. It's unknown if Lyonne actually met with Marvel Studios regarding a role in the sequel, but this could very well fuel speculations down the line once the project gets closer to filming. Since it has been rumored that Marvel Studios is targeting the month of September as a potential return for production for the upcoming films, the crew has a lot of time in their hands to add Lyonne to the cast to join Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen for a multiverse-sized adventure.