Doctor Strange 2 Wraps Filming This Week, Confirms Kevin Feige
Marvel Studios chief, Kevin Feige, confirms Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness wraps filming this week. Benedict Cumberbatch’s original Doctor Strange solo film hit theaters back in 2016. Despite the success of the film, it took several years for the sequel to get off the ground, and even then it hit some snags. Scott Derrickson exited Doctor Strange 2 a few months before production was scheduled to begin, leading to Sam Raimi replacing him as the sequel’s director. Production was then delayed due to COVID-19 and the film’s co-star, Elizabeth Olsen, needing to wrap up WandaVision first.
It wasn’t until late 2020 that Doctor Strange 2 started filming in the UK, but Marvel has managed to keep a tight lid on the production. The main cast members who were joining Cumberbatch and Olsen were only announced in December during Disney’s Investor Day. This is where the returns of Chiwetel Ejiofor as Mordo, Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, and Benedict Wong as Wong were confirmed, along with the addition of Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez. Now a few months later, Doctor Strange 2 is nearing the end of production.
In a recent interview with The Undefeated, Feige confirmed that this is the final week of filming on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. He mentions that he is in London for the end of production and is wearing one of his traditional MCU hats, but this time it is a new one for the Doctor Strange sequel. Feige also gave a shoutout to Elizabeth Olsen who started working on the movie right after finishing WandaVision.
The total production time on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be a few months longer than Marvel’s usual schedule. This is likely due to filming in the middle of a pandemic, as the movie had to stop filming repeatedly due to COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns in the UK. Thankfully, there were no reports of the cast or crew getting sick. The most surprising part of this milestone is the realization of how little is known about the movie. There are only six confirmed cast members and Marvel is about to complete filming without a single set photo surfacing.
With so much secrecy surrounding Doctor Strange 2, it will be fascinating to see how long Marvel waits to share more. The movie isn’t coming out until March 2022 as of right now and there are still four MCU movies to come before it. Marvel Studios likely is in no rush to start the marketing campaign and show fans what the multiverse-filled film entails. There are surely some big surprises in store, and it also builds off of WandaVision, Loki, and Spider-Man: No Way Home. If Marvel is able to avoid any major leaks for the next few months, the first trailer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has the potential to really surprise fans once it arrives.