While the hype is still going strong for Spider-Man: No Way Home, it seems like future MCU projects are going through changes of their own. According to new reports, Doctor Strange 2 (or otherwise officially known as Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness) is undergoing extensive reshoots, though it’s unclear why.
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will receive “significant reshoots” for six weeks until the end of the year. Star Benedict Cumberbatch and director Sam Raimi are currently working on these reshoots, though the nature of why they’re happening remains unclear.
According to sources, Raimi will direct the reshoots and Loki scribe Michael Waldron will write new material. One source states that there have been “bigger reshoots on other MCU movies”, while another contradicts this statement by saying “They’re here until the end of the year. That’s like a whole other movie.”
Some fans have speculated that the reshoots are happening to align Marvel Studios’ future plans for the MCU with the film, which could be an important entry that sets up the next phase on a grander scale. Others believe that Marvel and Disney are secretly working towards uniting the fractured universes of previous franchises with Doctor Strange 2, including finding a way to introduce Fox properties such as X-Men and Deadpool into the MCU.
Apparently, these reshoots are the primary reason why Marvel chose to delay their upcoming release schedule by a few months, though nothing concrete has come of this information yet.
Meanwhile, Doctor Strange will also appear in the upcoming Spider-Man: No Way Home, which is still slated to release this year. It will be the first film in the MCU that tackles the multiverse head-on.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness releases on 6 May 2022 exclusively in cinemas.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter