Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is currently filming in the UK, and we could not get more excited than this. It is believed that the ongoing Disney+ series, WandaVision, will lead directly into Doctor Strange 2. Something under the table from the team at The Direct suggests Adam Hugill is joining the highly anticipated sequel. Not just that, but it’s said the 1917 star will be playing Rintrah, an interdimensional minotaur that has a skill set similar to that of Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). The character first appeared Doctor Strange #80, as he and his master Enitharmon — a dinosaur-like sorcerer — were tabbed with fixing a rip in the Cloak of Levitation. There has even been an instance where Strange was able to use his astral form in a bid to temporarily possess Rintrah during a scuffle.
The sequel to the very successful predecessor has started production in the UK and it will see the return of Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange as well as the return of the first movie’s Benedict Wong as Wong. During an interview with Collider, Wong confirmed that his character is coming back for Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness and teased some new details about the upcoming film. “I did tweet [former director] Scott [Derrickson] just to kind of confirm, ‘Am I in this?’ And he said yes, I am. So, that’s good to know. We’ll see what happens,” he said. When asked what he knew about the film before the big announcement at San Diego Comic-Con, Wong said, “I didn’t know the title, but I had a few little inklings.”
Doctor Strange 2 is a victim of production delays just like every other movie due to the current situation. Despite the unfortunate delays, this film has had fans extremely excited since its announcement at 2019’s San Diego Comic-Con. Mostly in part to the title’s confirmation that the multiverse will be playing a part in the future of Marvel Studios’ interwoven universe. Knowing that Spider-Man: No Way Home is connected to this film in some way. This will be over five years since the first Benedict Cumberbatch-led origin story, making it the longest gap between two franchise films in the MCU’s-13-year history.
Actor Bruce Campbell has teased his rumored appearance in the upcoming Doctor Strange sequel. He posted a photo on Twitter of the London skyline, teasing working in “working in a certain city, with a certain director on a certain movie with a certain actor.” This is a hint at the possible role he has in Multiverse of Madness. Campbell has recently worked with director Sam Raimi on Oz The Great and Powerful and the original Spider-Man trilogy.
Here’s his full Tweet:
Boy, it was a blast, working in a certain city, with a certain director on a certain movie with a certain actor – it sure was! pic.twitter.com/1q8pga0Miu
— Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) February 27, 2021
With the multiverse being one of the main plot points of this film, Campbell could realistically play anyone from any universe. With that being said, his role will likely be small as the aforementioned tweet indicated “it was a blast” to work on the project. As the film will continue shooting, this points to Campbell playing a fairly small role. An incredible call back to the original Tobey Maguire-led Spider-Man films would be if he returned as any of his three roles in those films. Campbell made cameo appearances in all three of Raimi’s Spider-Man films, first as the wrestling Ring Announcer, then as an aggravating usher, and finally as a French Maître D’. He also made an appearance in Raimi’s Oz The Great and Powerful as the Winkie Gatekeeper.
In addition to Wong and Cumberbatch, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness will also see the return of Elizabeth Olson. The star recently spoke to Vanity Fair’s Still Watching Podcast about going from WandaVision to the Doctor Strange sequel. It is believed that WandaVision will lead straight into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. It is still ambiguous as to how Marvel will make that happen, but if it does, it is going to be one of the many epic moments in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“I’m excited about the next thing… I just signed on because I liked the character, because of the comics, and I thought the Age of Ultron story was really powerful and fun, angsty and rebellious, and really an honorable story to tell,” she shared. “Now, it’s this completely new thing that it never was at the beginning. The transition from WandaVision to Doctor Strange 2, I just feel like it’s all so earned.”
In all likelihood, Campbell will play another small role in Raimi’s next big-budget film that will be separate from any previous appearances, but it’s easy to dream a little when Multiverse is literally part of the title. If Campbell does show up, fans will be able to find out on March 25, 2022, when Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits theaters.