The sequel to Doctor Strange got off to a bumpy start. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was originally confirmed in December 2018 with returning filmmaker Scott Derrickson, however, he soon walked out due to creative disputes with Marvel. The company subsequently enticed Sam Raimi back into the realm of superheroes as Derrickson’s successor, but the epidemic caused a series of delays. (This film was initially scheduled to be in cinemas in May 2021.) Although considerable reshoots have been said to have taken place, it’s not clear how extensive or serious they were.
Finally, the film’s production wrapped up and its release is getting closer. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness had its first round of critics screenings this week, and the reactions were overwhelmingly positive. Having Raimi back in a superhero movie for the first time since 2007 was a huge draw for many, many have praised the film for retaining Raimi’s signature flair throughout. Some of the less favorable reviews referred to the film as “chaotic,” while others lamented the film’s “frustrating” approach of combining many MCU tales.
Here are some of the early Twitter responses to Doctor Strange 2:
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, being billed as the first Marvel Cinematic Universe horror film, marks the return of Cumberbatch, who resumes his role as Dr. Stephen Strange. The Scarlet Witch, played by Elizabeth Olsen, who is fresh off of having WandaVision success, will accompany the Sorcerer Supreme this time around. The events of the sequel are supposed to be intertwined with those of WandaVision, Loki, and Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Doctor Strange 2 is set to swoop into cinemas on May 6.