Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness will require “significant” reshoots to tell its story of multiple realities and emotional distress.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the production will be mounting a six-week shoot of six-day weeks soon. The production block is said to be both reshoots and additional photography — yes, there is a difference — with THR’s sources calling it both a significant amount of filming and nothing out of the ordinary for a Marvel production. Indeed, some of the crew being assembled already worked on extra filming for both Spider-Man: No Way Home and next year’s Moon Knight series.
Nevertheless, six weeks is a lot of extra filming.
Directed by Sam Raimi from a script by Loki’s Michael Waldron, the film seems to be taking the place of an Avengers film as it draws in idea from WandaVision, Loki, and (presumably) No Way Home. Elizabeth Olsen is even set to star alongside Benedict Cumberbatch.
It was also set to be Marvel’s first out-and-out horror picture under its initial director, Doctor Strange‘s Scott Derrickson. He left early on over creative differences, and Raimi’s appointment suggested a horror element would survive into the final film.
The reshoots are part of an ongoing change in Marvel’s scheduling. Last month, the film moved from a March 2022 date to May 6th as part of an overall restructuring of the 2022 releases and some of the 2023 plans. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is also facing some production woes as star Letitia Wright is allegedly reticent to take a COVID-19 vaccine. Due to current immigration rules, the actor cannot re-enter the US unless vaccinated. She left the country in September to recuperate from an accident on set in Boston.
THR notes the mood around Multiverse is still positive, which will hopefully yield a good film. Although, it is worth noting Marvel’s plans to release three films a year may turn out to be an over-extension if mitigating plagues and long reshoots continue to be factors in their movie-making process.