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Doctor Strange 2: Why Did Scott Derrickson Leave The Sequel?

The upcoming Doctor Strange 2 is soon to be released. The movie is set in the multiverse whose gates were accidentally opened by Doctor Strange in Spider-Man: No Way Home. The movie is the sequel to Doctor Strange movie and the 28th film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Through the trailer of the upcoming movie, it is evident that Doctor Strange is set to fight unknown villains from the multiverse.

The first movie was directed by Scott Derrickson, and he signed to direct the sequel in December 2018. But then he stepped down as the director and was replaced by Sam Raimi. It was cited that he left because of the creative differences. The original co-writer of Multiverse of Madness confirmed the reason for Scott Derrickson’s leaving.

C. Robert Cargill talked about Scott Derrickson leaving Doctor Strange 2

Though C. Robert Cargill and Scott Derrickson did not get the chance to write the official draft of Doctor Strange 2. But he does know why the director of the original film left. The two were working together on developing a horror film, titled The Black Phone. Also, it was Scott Derrickson‘s next work as a director. C. Robert Cargill, in an interview with CinemaBlend, revealed the reason for the director’s departure. He said that the studio and the director wanted two different movies. And Derrickson was interested in The Black Phone and did not want to compromise with his vision.

C. Robert Cargill talked about Scott Derrickson leaving Doctor Strange 2
Scott Derrickson left Doctor Strange 2

He said, “It was creative differences. [Scott Derrickson] wanted to do one movie, and Marvel wanted to do another movie. So he sat there and said, ‘Well sh*t, I’ve got this great script that I wrote with Cargill, and I’m really proud of.’ … It came down to Scott, and Scott’s like, ‘Well, I can make this movie that I’m compromising what I wanted to do one, or I could make The Black Phone,’ and he goes, ‘You know, I want to make a movie with Cargill. I’m gonna go make The Black Phone.’ It was, as he said publicly, it was a hard choice to leave Strange behind, but it made it easier than he had a movie that he was looking forward to.”

Sam Raimi is directing Doctor Strange 2
Sam Raimi directed Doctor Strange 2

According to certain fans, there were some noticeable differences in ideas going on between Scott Derrickson and Kevin Feige during the Comic-Con 2019. When the movie was announced Derrickson called it the first horror movie of MCU. But Kevin Feige referred to it as PG-13.

Release Date and Cast of Doctor Strange 2

Release Date and Cast of Doctor Strange 2
Bendict Cumberbatch is coming back as Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set to be released on May 6, 2022. The sequel is directed by Sam Raimi, with Benedict Cumberbatch returning to play the role of Doctor Strange and his multiverse variants. Along with Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff or Scarlet Witch. Chiwetel Ejiofer will be returning as Baron Karl Mordo, Benedict Wong as Wong, and Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer.

Others in the movie include Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez, Michael Stuhlbarg as Nicodemus West, and Patrick Stewart as Professor X. The first teaser of the film was released as the post-credit in Spider-Man: No Way Home and the fans are excited to watch the adventure of the Sorceror Supreme across the multiverse.

Related: Doctor Strange 2: Every Character Confirmed & Rumored to Appear

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