Back in November I posted a cryptic post about Multiverse of Madness regarding a cameo that Marvel was hoping to make happen, and since it hasn’t come out from anyone since then; I’ve decided to clarify what and who the cameo was going to be.
Marvel made an overture to Affleck and his people offering him a very very tiny (probably less than a minute) cameo as Matt Murdock in Multiverse of Madness. The idea was to sort of peek into that universe and close the door on that version of the character, and after seeing how they gave Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man closure in No Way Home; the concept makes sense. However as I said back in November, Marvel wasn’t expecting him to sign on for it as they felt he was too loyal to Warner Brothers and he’s in The Flash, which is a similar multiverse story. I do not know if he actually declined or not, just that the overture was made in the hopes he would do it.
Of course the Twitter regulars who live to debunk stories that they didn’t break will probably put out a debunk on this, which then be deleted in the off-chance this actually ended up happening. Like I said in November, I don’t expect it to happen, but it would’ve been nice to see his Matt Murdock one more time as he did a great job as Daredevil back the 2000s.
For everyone doubting that Spider-Man 3 will be dipping its feet into the multiverse after last week’s Jamie Foxx news, here’s a huge clue that the movie will have ties to the Doctor Strange sequel.
The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Benedict Cumberbatch will be appearing in Spider-Man 3 as Doctor Strange, and the role will be a mentor one similar to Tony Stark’s previous role with Peter Parker.
Rumors say that whatever Wanda does in WandaVision will cause chaos with the multiverse, setting up a shockwave across the MCU that will affect future movies. As Spider-Man 3 is releasing between WandaVision and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness it makes sense that Spidey will be dealing with the aftershock of whatever Wanda does, and then having Stephen Strange show up would be a good way to lead into the Doctor Strange sequel.
With all of the focus on the Disney+ Marvel Studios series that have resumed production with more starting soon, the movies haven’t been getting much attention. But that will probably change later this month as it appears that’s when Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will begin filming.
In and interview with Watchtime India, Benedict Cumberbatch says they’re in production and will begin later this month into the beginning of next:
“I’m in pre-production with the second “Dr Strange” film, which is very exciting. We will start filming in late October or early November.”
Previous reports have said that the Doctor Strange sequel will film in London and at Pinewood Studios. Recently it was reported that ILM would be building a Stagecraft set (or Volume) at Pinewood UK, but that wouldn’t be done until March. It was believed that would be used for Doctor Strange, but if they begin filming the movie this month it’s probably for something else.
Long ago, before even Blade and the first X-Men movie ushered Marvel to the big screen, the comic magazine Wizard would do fan-casts for imagined live-action movies of Marvel comics. One of the most common, and popular, castings was Tom Cruise as Iron Man. That almost became a reality in 1998 when Cruise wanted to produce and star in an Iron Man movie. Obviously, history turned out differently in this universe, but what about in another?
We’ve already heard how Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness would feature alternate versions of existing MCU heroes from other universe, but now comes a rumor of a pretty cool idea. According to Daniel Richtman, Marvel is toying with the idea of doing some high-profile cameos in the film; and one of those is apparently having an Iron Man from an alternate universe and have him played by Tom Cruise.
Of course this would only be a cameo, as it’d be pretty crazy to bring back Iron Man in the 616 MCU universe and have him be played by Tom Cruise, but it’d be a very cool nod to all of those past fan-casts and that 1998 Iron Man production that never happened.
Today Sony announced more release date shifts due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, and one of them affected another Marvel movie.
Spider-Man 3, which was originally going to open next July, has been delayed to November 5, 2021. That’s the same day that Marvel Studios was releasing Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. So due to that Marvel has delayed the Doctor Strange sequel to March 25, 2022.
Right now it’s not known if this is the last release date shift that’ll happen. It’s possible Marvel is expecting theaters to remain closed through the end of the year and they could be shifting everything again; or this could just be Doctor Strange and Spider-Man moving.
I thought we knew this already, but with the coronavirus pandemic going on any small bit of news gets broadcast across the internet like it’s never been heard before. Despite cancelling convention appearances due to “filming” Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness over the last couple of months, everyone on the Internet today is acting shocked and surprised that Sam Raimi says he’s working on the movie.
That’s what he told to a roundtable conversation with journalists, and ComicBook.com grabbed this quote from him:
“I loved Doctor Strange as a kid, but he was always after Spider-Man and Batman for me, he was probably at number five for me of great comic book characters,” Raimi said. “He was so original, but when we had that moment in Spider-Man 2 I had no idea that we would ever be making a Doctor Strange movie, so it was really funny to me that coincidentally that line was in the movie. I gotta say I wish we had the foresight to know that I was going to be involved in the project.”
I’m sure once filming begins later in the year and someone gets a set photo of him filming the movie we’ll go through this all over a gain with even more confirmations that Sam Raimi is actually making the new Doctor Strange movie.
The coronavirus pandemic has thrown Hollywood into chaos, delaying or stopping production, but we know things at Marvel Studios have continued remotely where possible. Just the other day one of the VFX houses on Eternals confirmed they were still working on post-production, and now there’s news on next May’s big release.
Variety has an article today about the production chaos, and says that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now scheduled to begin filming in June:
The biggest film in pre-production that has yet to move its start date is Marvel’s “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” Pre-production has continued remotely on the superhero film, and sources say it is still on track to start shooting in June.
Originally Multiverse in Madness was expected to begin filming in May, so this is only a one-month delay. If that movie is expected to begin filming in June it’s possible the other movies and shows that were halted, such as Shang-Chi and Falcon and the Winter Soldier, could start back up again in the summer as well.
A few weeks ago, Hollywood Trades reported that Sam Raimi was in talks to take over for Scott Derrickson to direct Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. As it happens on the internet, people don’t want to believe anything until there’s “official” word, but now there’s evidence that he has signed on to direct the Doctor Strange sequel.
Sam Raimi was scheduled to be a guest of the Monster Mania Con in the middle of March (the 13th-15th) and his appearance has been cancelled due to filming:
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has been reported to begin filming in early May in London, but if Raimi has to drop out of a convention appearance in the middle of March it likely means it’s due to him preparing to shoot the movie. Meaning this could be confirmation that he’s signed on to the sequel.
Yesterday Marvel fans went insane with the news that Evil Dead, Darkman, and Spider-Man director Sam Raimi might direct Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Today, Scott Derrickson has responded via a Tweet that’s very supportive of Raimi taking over:
As you might remember, Derrickson will remain on the movie as an Executive Producer; and I think most fans agree with him that Raimi would be a perfect choice to make the next Doctor Strange movie.
In an announcement that’s sure to drive one MCU-hating fandom on social media absolutely insane, the director for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness may have been found and he’s no stranger to superhero movies.
According to Variety, Sam Raimi is in talks to direct the sequel.
As movie fans know, Raimi is no stranger to the horror genre, and him directing Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is the perfect combination of his superhero and horror backgrounds. This is the perfect choice to the sequel so we should all hope it works out.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is still expected to begin filming in May.