The coronavirus pandemic has been a terrible world event that we won't fully recover from for a long time. In the world’s tiniest case of “hey, look on the bright side", the pandemic has helped Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was planned to release three days from now. However, due to the coronavirus, production was pushed back. Thankfully, the movie’s massive delay seems to have helped a lot.
Doctor Strange 2 was completely rewritten
In an interview with Vanity Fair, head writer Michael Waldron revealed that the film has been completely rewritten. Waldron explains that the departure of Scott Derrickson and the hiring of Sam Raimi called for an entirely new movie. The writer was only given two months to pen a new story. He said:
“How do we just make a movie in two months? But COVID quickly descended upon us. We’re not shooting now until November. So I got to spend my 2020 on Zooms with Sam Raimi. Not too bad."
In the interview, Waldron acknowledged the strong foundations left over from Scott Derrickson’s version. However, the writer also explains that Raimi and him started the new version “from scratch". Some of the original drafts ideas may still be there, but this is a new film.
Stephen Strange is the MCU's Indiana Jones
After explaining the writing process for Doctor Strange 2, Waldron explained what he wanted out of the character. The writer pictures Strange as the MCU's Indiana Jones, but super powered. Waldron said:
“He's Indiana Jones in a cloak to me. He's a hero who can take a punch. That's what made those Harrison Ford heroes so great. Those guys get their asses kicked. Look at Stephen Strange in the first movie. He's really getting beat up but he's very capable and everything. I can tell you that it's a ride...very Sam Raimi. The film is incredibly visually thrilling. John Mathieson our DP, who shot Gladiator and Logan — I think the look of it is going to be unlike anything you've seen in the MCU before."
Waldron does have a very strong image of the Marvel hero in his mind for the upcoming movie. With the writer's love for the character paired with legendary director Sam Raimi, this could be a Marvel film for the ages. Unfortunately, the movie is still quite a ways out at the time of writing.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will release in cinemas on March 25th,2022.