I tend not to post much about Marvel these days as it’s of increasingly less interest to me personally, but two stories are worth mentioning [the second will follow]. During Marvel’s San Diego Comic-Con panel, it was revealed that the Doctor Strange sequel will be the first ever MCU horror film. The title, which has echoes of one of John Carpenter’s finest [if underappreciated] movies, was announced as Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness and will play up “the gothic, the horror,” explained director Scott Derrickson, who’s already directed several horror films including The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Sinister. The sequel will apparently lead Benedict Cumberbatch’s hero to “dark and damaging places”, though he will have company in Elizabeth Olsen, who will reprise her role as Scarlet Witch.
Derrickson’s track record so far is decent but unspectacular, while the first Doctor Strange effort had some incredible visuals but not much else of note. I feel that, if the second film is going for horror, it needs to jettison much of that smarmy Marvel humour that seemed really intrusive in the first one. But we shall see…..
The release date is May 7, 2021.