Original Doctor Strange director, Scott Derrickson, would return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe for a future movie. Before directing 2016’s Doctor Strange, Derrickson’s filmography mostly consisted of horror films including The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister, and Deliver Us From Evil. In 2014, it was announced that Derrickson, along with Sinister co-writer C. Robert Cargill, would helm Benedict Cumberbatch’s MCU debut as the surgeon turned master of the mystic arts, Stephen Strange. In addition to Cumberbatch, the film starred Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelson, Benedict Wong, and Rachel McAdams.
On top of being an origin story for Stephen Strange, Phase 3’s Doctor Strange touched upon concepts like the Mirror Dimension, Dark Dimension, and, of course, the multiverse. Following its critical and commercial success, Derrickson was set to direct the sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, but left the project due to creative differences between him and Marvel Studios. Still, despite leaving the MCU, apparently Derrickson would be open to returning for a third film.
Derrickson recently opened up on Twitter about his willingness to return to the MCU. After a fan asked him if he’d ever consider returning to the Doctor Strange franchise, Derrickson reasserted his fond memories of working with Marvel. The director then confirmed he’d “absolutely do it again.” Check out his tweet below:
I loved working with Marvel and would absolutely do it again.
— N O S ⋊ Ɔ I ᴚ ᴚ Ǝ ᗡ ⊥ ⊥ O Ɔ S (@scottderrickson) December 29, 2021
Following Derrickson’s departure from Multiverse of Madness, Spider-Man movie icon and fellow horror aficionado Sam Raimi was brought in to replace him — a move Derrickson has more than supported by praising Raimi and his talents. In addition to Cumberbatch, the sequel will see McAdams, Wong, and Ejiofor will reprise their roles from the first Doctor Strange film. Joining them is Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch and Xochitl Gomez in her MCU debut as heroine America Chavez. With a script written by Loki creator Michael Waldron, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will pick up where WandaVision, Loki, and Spider-Man: No Way Home left off, and seemingly see Strange accidentally unleash an unspeakable evil. Production for the film wrapped last month and it is set to release in theaters this May.
During the premiere of Marvel’s What If…?’s season 1 on Disney+, Derrickson took to Twitter praising the episode “What If… Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands?” which essentially reworked the story of his original film. That episode introduced fans to Doctor Strange Supreme/Evil Doctor Strange, who appears to make the transition to live-action in the new trailer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. That being said, with more than one Strange roaming around the MCU, it’s clear the character will be around for a while. Derrickson is currently to set to direct a handful of movies including a sequel to Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, but countless fans would welcome his return to the MCU and Doctor Strange down the line.
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Source: Scott Derrickson/Twitter
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