Disney have made some revisions to their usually well thought out Marvel release plans. Obviously, these are anything but usual times. Sam Raimi‘s Doctor Strange sequel – Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness – has been moved from its original November 2021 release to March 25, 2022.
Reports indicate that the studio simply didn’t feel confident about starting production on the film in June as planned.
That means that the original order this next phase of Marvel films was scheduled to arrive has changed, as Thor: Love And Thunder – which has only been moved up a week to February 11, 2022, Valentine’s Day weekend – will now arrive before the Doctor Strange sequel. How this will alter which long-term storylines Marvel will develop in each film will have to be figured out, obviously.
Benedict Cumberbatch will reprise his role as the title character in Raimi’s film, and he’ll be joined by Elizabeth Olsen‘s Scarlet Witch, as well as old pals Wong and Mordo, played by Benedict Wong and Chiwetel Ejiofor, respectively. Rachel McAdams, who played the female lead in the first film, is not expected to return for the sequel.
Chris Hemsworth will return as the God of Thunder while Taika Waititi is also returning to direct. Tessa Thompson‘s Valkyrie and Natalie Portman‘s Jane Foster, who is expected to take on the Thor mantle in this film, return, while Christian Bale is on board in an unknown role.
We’ll wait and see if any other major films get delayed. Christopher Nolan‘s Tenet – currently scheduled for Friday, July 17 – is the next major blockbuster set to arrive, and has steadfastly held on to that date for now.