Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it will be the sequel to Doctor Strange (2016) and the twenty-eighth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The film is directed by Sam Raimi from a screenplay by Michael Waldron, brings back Benedict Cumberbatch as the title character, and stars Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Rachel McAdams. In the film, Strange and his allies travel to the multiverse to face a mysterious new adversary.
Doctor Strange director and co-writer Scott Derrickson had plans for a sequel in October 2016. He signed on to return as director in December 2018, when Cumberbatch's return was confirmed. The film's title was announced in July 2019 along with Olsen's involvement, while Bartlett was hired to write the film in October. Derrickson stepped down as director in January 2020, citing creative differences.
The following month, Waldron joined the project and Raimi took over as director in April 2020. Filming began in November 2020 in London but was suspended in January 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Production resumed in March 2021 and was completed in mid-April in Somerset. Filming also took place in Surrey and Los Angeles.
Doctor Strange 2 is scheduled to be released in the United States on May 6, 2022, as part of Phase Four of the MCU.