Deadline is reporting that Rachel McAdams has been tapped to return for the Doctor Strange sequel as Christine Palmer, putting an end to speculation surrounding the character’s involvement in the film. Variety previously reported that McAdams would not return to the role.
The MCU isn’t known for how well it handles superheroic romances, with the exception of a handful o them so it wasn’t surprising to initially hear that McAdams wasn’t returning. With a scale as massive as the Multiverse, it was pretty hard to imagine how Doctor Strange’s romance with Christine would fit. Add to that the speculation on the possibility of a new female lead character like Clea popping up. Whatever the case is now that Sam Raimi has taken over the movie, it’s clear they got McAdams back for a good reason.