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Marvel announces Doctor Strange sequel 'In the Multiverse of Madness' at SDCC

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Jul 20, 2019, 9:14 PM EDT

As widely expected, Marvel Studios confirmed during its Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday that a Doctor Strange sequel will be part of its next phase of movies, with star Benedict Cumberbatch returning alongside director Scott Derrickson.

Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige revealed the sequel's full title is Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and that it will arrive May 7, 2021. Derrickson then joined Feige onstage to confirm that we are in for something quite different this time around, something that embraces his roots as a horror filmmaker. 

"I don't want to do just another sequel, so if I'm gonna do it, I want to get into the territory that got me into Doctor Strange in the first place — the Gothic and the horrific," Derrickson said. "So we're gonna make the first scary MCU movie."

Then Cumberbatch took the stage and echoed Derrickson's desire to take on the horror aspects of the MCU and the magical realms in which Strange can travel, while also maintaining that Marvel sense of fun. 

Benedict Cumberbatch SDCC 2019 Doctor Strange Madness Multiverse

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"I'm really excited to be at the dawn of this project, and I think it's important to maintain the integrity and the humor but with this twist of horror," Cumberbatch said. 

Then Feige hit Hall H attendees with a big twist: Strange will be joined in this adventure by the Scarlet Witch herself, Wanda Maximoff, and the events of the film will tie directly into the new Disney+ series WandaVision. Feige has promised interconnectivity between the series and the films ever since Disney+ was announced, and it looks like we're really going to feel that with this film. WandaVision is expected to hit Disney+ in the spring of 2021, which means the connection between the two stories will be further emphasized by coordinated release dates. 

Sadly, we don't yet know what's become of characters like Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), or exactly what Strange and Wanda will face together. We do finally know, though, that Marvel's Sorcerer Supreme will get a solo movie again, nearly five years after making his debut. 

And right on time, here's the official logo. 

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