it is intended to be the sequel to
(2016) and the 28th film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
The film is directed by Sam Raimi, written by Michael Waldron, and stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange,
alongside Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Rachel McAdams. In the film,
Strange and his allies travel into the multiverse to face a mysterious new adversary.
director and co-writer Scott Derrickson had plans for a sequel by October 2016. He signed to return as director in December 2018,
when Cumberbatch was confirmed to return. The film's title was announced in July 2019 along with Olsen's involvement,
while Jade Halley Bartlett was hired to write the film that October. Derrickson stepped down as director in January 2020, citing creative differences,
with Waldron and Raimi joining the next month and starting over. Filming began in November 2020 in London but was put on hold in January 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
is scheduled to premiere in Hollywood on May 2, 2022, and will be released in the United States on May 6, as part of Phase Four of the MCU.