Things have been running incredibly smoothly over the last few months for the MCU and its productions, with everything seeming to be running on schedule and no real personnel problems in front of the camera or behind it. That unfortunately changes today in regards to one of the more highly anticipated movies of Marvel’s Phase 4. According to a new report from Variety.com, Scott Derrickson will be vacating his role as the director of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, although the decision does appear to be mutual between him and the Marvel Studios. He released a statement on his Twitter account just moments ago, also reiterating that he will remain attached to the project as an executive producer.
Marvel and I have mutually agreed to part ways on Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness due to creative differences. I am thankful for our collaboration and will remain on as EP.
— N O S ⋊ Ɔ I ᴚ ᴚ Ǝ ᗡ ⊥ ⊥ O Ɔ S (@scottderrickson) January 10, 2020
This news is obviously shocking news considering Derrickson’s self-professed love for the Doctor Strange character along with the success of his first venture with Marvel. The original Doctor Strange earned rave reviews from fans and critics alike, most notably for the groundbreaking visual effects it utilized, and earned nearly $678 million at the global box office. Perhaps he wanted to push the movie more into the horror genre than Disney and Marvel were comfortable with, or it could have been for other reasons, but regardless, the search now begins for the film’s replacement as director although no delays are expected for production or release. The sequel expected to begin production this May, bringing back Benedict Cumberbatch as the sorcerer supreme and Benedict Wong as Wong, also bringing Elizabeth Olsen into the cast as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlett Witch, with a scheduled worldwide release on May 7, 2021.
Who do you think should take over as the director of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness?