The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic affected a lot of people and industries. The film and entertainment industry was hit hard, and many projects had to be put on hold or delayed. Marvel, for example, had to postpone several films in production or due for release.
One movie that was delayed was Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. It was pushed back again in 2021 due to more production issues and a rearrangement of the Marvel release schedule.
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Now, due to the comments of director Sam Raimi, Marvel fans are worried that the movie might get postponed again, especially when there are a few months left until its release date. Read on to find out what Raimi said and whether a delay is possible.
The Release Date Is Currently May 6th
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” was initially meant to be released on May 7th, 2021 but got delayed until November 5th because of the pandemic and the worldwide lockdowns.
However, Marvel then rearranged their release schedule and pushed up the release of “Spider-Man: No Way Home” to December 17th, 2021. The Dr. Strange movie was meant to be released before it, so many fans were confused about the timeline.
This caused another delay in the schedule of the Dr. Strange movie, and Marvel moved its premiere date to March 5th, 2022. Shortly after, they postponed all the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4, which put “Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” at a May 6th, 2022 premiere date.
However, as the date approaches, many fans have expressed concerns that with the pandemic still very active and the unclear statements of the director, Marvel might postpone the Dr. Strange movie once again.
Raimi Said Production Might Not Be Complete
During an interview with Variety, Raimi spoke about the movie, whether it’s ready for premier, and the possibility of it being delayed again. He also said he doesn’t know if the film’s production is finished.
Raimi said, “I wish I knew the answer to that question. I think we’re done, but we just cut everything. We’re just starting to test the picture, and we’ll find out if there’s anything that’s got to be picked up.”
“If something’s unclear or another improvement I can make in this short amount of time left, I’ll do it,” he continued, “One thing I know about the Marvel team is they won’t stop. They’ll keep pushing it until it’s as close to being great as it could.”
Raimi Also Said He Has Loved Working With Marvel
Raimi also gushed about Marvel, and he said, “Marvel’s been a great team to work with. I’ve been super-supported by the whole Marvel operations, starting at the top with Kevin Feige, and working all the way down to the crews that they work with. [They’re] super professional and have supported me every step of the way.”
With just a few months left until the May 6th premiere of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Raimi’s vague statements are extremely worrying to fans who hope there won’t be any more reshoots or production issues that might cause a delay.
What We Know About The Sequel So Far
A lot of information about “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” has been released, such as the cast and trailer. The cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch reprising his role as Dr. Stephen Strange, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff, Benedict Wong as Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo, and several others.
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The film’s trailer revealed that the film deals with the aftermath of the events of “SpiderMan: No Way Home” and WandaVision. In it, Doctor Strange deals with multiversal threats and reaches out to Wanda for help.
The official premise released by Marvel reads, “In Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the MCU unlocks the Multiverse and pushes its boundaries further than ever before. Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies both old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront a mysterious new adversary.”