Less than a week after director Scott Derrickson announced his departure from Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness, new details for the film have emerged via Backstage.
The site which posts casting and production details for various film, television, and stage projects released a synopsis which details the return of a familiar character.
“After the events of Avengers: Endgame, Dr. Stephen Strange continues his research on the Time Stone. But an old friend-turned-enemy puts an end to his plans and causes Strange to unleash unspeakable evil.”
The “old friend-turned-enemy” likely means the return of Baron Mordo (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor). Last we saw Mordo was in the post-credits scene for the first Doctor Strange film where confronts Jonathan Pangborn (played by Benjamin Bratt) and takes away his magic, explaining he is doing so because there are “too many sorcerers”.
Marvel Studios is currently on the search for a new director to take over, as the studio has confirmed that the film will move forward as scheduled with production starting in May.
Benedict Cumberbatch will return as the sorcerer supreme, along with Benedict Wong, as Wong, and Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch as her Disney+ series WandaVision will lead directly into Multiverse of Madness. It is unknown who the main villain is at this time but reports surfaced that Doctor Strange villain Nightmare would cause havoc in WandaVision, so it’s possible he could carry over into Multiverse of Madness.
The film was written by Jade Bartlett, who wrote a draft of the upcoming horror film The Turning for Universal Pictures. Marvel Studios CCO Kevin Feige will produce.
Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness hits theaters on May 7, 2021.