The 1 Mistake That Could Ruin ‘Doctor Strange 2’ Before Filming Even Starts

by Jeremy Spirogis
Benedict Cumberbatch on the red carpet

Doctor Strange within the Multiverse of Madness gained’t come out for greater than a yr but, however indicators are that insanity has already set in on the manufacturing. Has Marvel bitten off greater than they might chew with this sequel?

The departure of director Scott Derrickson has already troubled the undertaking, however the film might have extra issues than an empty director’s chair. It has to juggle so many characters and so many storylines that it dangers turning into bloated even earlier than cameras begin rolling.

Help wished: New ‘Strange’ director

Benedict Cumberbatch on the red carpet
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Doctor Strange within the Multiverse of Madness appeared to be swinging for the fences from the beginning simply by having “multiverse” within the title. Although Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse had handled the idea very efficiently, the MCU hasn’t actually delved into the idea outdoors of a pink herring in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Then we heard that the Disney+ collection WandaVision was supposed to steer straight into the film. 

Then in January got here the information that Derrickson had parted firm with Marvel over “creative differences.” Just what these variations are will not be recognized, however there had been hypothesis that Derrickson, whose earlier work included The Exorcism of Emily Rose, wished to make the sequel extra like a horror film, and that was greater than the PG-13-minded Marvel was keen to attempt.  

The departure was reportedly amicable, but it surely was nonetheless troubling, particularly contemplating there was no announcement that the May 2021 date is being pushed again. Marvel is reportedly in talks with Sam Raimi, the director of the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man films, to take the helm.

Is the multiverse an excessive amount of for audiences?

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Having the phrase “multiverse” within the title means that Marvel is making an attempt to stretch right here. For a very long time, multiverses had existed within the comics, however they had been thought-about too advanced and doubtlessly complicated for the films to attempt. Now that CGI makes nearly something doable, at the very least visually, we’ve been seeing multiverses pop up extra typically. 

The Arrowverse on CW, notably with the introduction of  The Flash, proved that multiverses couldn’t solely be carried out, they might be carried out repeatedly. Most of the DC superhero exhibits happen on completely different Earths, and their crossover exhibits lean arduous into the multiverse idea. The newest model, Crisis on Infinite Earths, was so formidable, it cleaned and drew once more the multiverses of the exhibits. 

The Marvel world performed with this idea so nicely that Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse featured not solely movie noir, anime and pig Spider-Men, but it surely additionally gained the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

Spider-Man: Far From Home mentioned that its villain Mysterio was from the multiverse, however that turned out to be a ruse, though future Marvel movies like The Eternals recommend the studio is leaning extra towards phenomenal cosmic powers.

That suggests introducing a variety of ideas and characters, and which may be the basis drawback of the Doctor Strange sequel. 

Doctor Strange and the surplus of story

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According to Screen Rant, Multiverse of Madness stood to juggle a variety of materials. There are rumors the movie will introduce America Chavez of the Young Avengers and the sorcerer Brother Voodoo. Another doable new character is  Nightmare, lord of the Dream Dimension. And on prime of all that, Scarlet Witch and WandaVision won’t solely tie into the film, however so will Loki

And none of that even takes under consideration the characters Doctor Strange was coping with within the first film. The phrase “overstuffed” has been utilized to many a comic book e book movie, notably the Batman films and titles similar to Spider-Man 3 and Amazing Spider-Man 2. Conventional knowledge says a film wants just one robust villain, however these films are juggling a number of.

Of course, that is all hypothesis. Marvel Studios is nothing if not an environment friendly machine, and a couple of particular person has remarked {that a} director departure will not be an enormous deal since Kevin Feige’s imaginative and prescient actually holds sway. It will likely be fascinating to see how he rights the ship of the multiverse in order that it’s not fairly so mad. 

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