Out of every Marvel Studios production thus far, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has suprisingly been the most turbulant. After Jade Bartlett was revealed as the writer for the film, she was replaced five months later by Michael Waldron, showrunner for Loki. Only one month ealier, before this new writer was hired, Scott Derrickson dropped out amicably as director due to creative differences with Marvel Studios.
Speculation ranged from them not allowing Derrickson to make the movie as scary as he wanted to not providing him enough time to prepare for shooting and pre-production.
Regardless, Marvel Studios was quick to act, soon entering talks and seemingly succeeding in wooing Sam Raimi to direct the Doctor Strange sequel. However, there was still concern about production being rushed or Sam Raimi being unable to have the time to establish the movie as his own, instead of being a last-minute hire.
The delay of production and the release of the film could be a blessing in disguise, since Sam Raimi will now have six months to fully make it his own.
Robert Stromberg will be acting as production designer for Sam Raimi's Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. This information comes from IMDB Pro, which Discussing Film discovered and shared on Twitter.
Stromberg has worked as a production designer in the industry for over a decade, working on the production for films like Avatar, Alice in Wonderland, The BFG, and Sam Raimi's own Oz the Great and Powerful. The collaboration between two on Oz - Raimi's most recent theatrical release - is likely why Stromberg was hired for this gig.
WHAT THIS MEANS
It was reported by Variety that production for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness could start in mid-May at the earliest, yet filming is certain to be delayed due to the virus as well as the postponement of the the film's release. Despite this, it's clear that Marvel Studios and Sam Raimi are continuing to work on pre-production for the movie.