By JENNIKA INGRAM | Reporter
Palisadian Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, hinted at revving up production and including plenty of cameos in the upcoming feature film, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.”
The superhero film, pushed due to COVID-19 restrictions, is anticipated to begin production again in November 2020 in the United Kingdom’s Pinewood Studios, according to The Insider.
The film, produced by Feige and originally set to release November 5, 2021, has an updated release date set for March 25, 2022, with Sam Raimi (“Spider-Man” trilogy) directing.
Doctor Strange is a fictional character in Marvel Comics, created by Steve Ditko and Stan Lee, who first appeared in 1963.
For those new to the Marvel Universe or unfamiliar with the story, Doctor Strange is described in the movie version as a self-centered New York surgeon who loses his ability to operate after a car crash severely damages his hands. When he searches the world as a wandering derelict, he encounters a healer in the Himalayas and learns to tap into powers to battle wrongdoers.
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” will serve as a sequel to 2016’s “Doctor Strange,” set after “Avengers: Endgame.”
Michael Waldron penned the screenplay, replacing Jade Bartlett. Michael Giacchino will compose the music. Other producers listed are Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso and Scott Derrickson.
The cast lineup includes Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Cumberbatch (playing the title role), Chiwetel Ejiofor and Benedict Wong. Rumors are swirling that James Franco, Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst may be recruited for cameos, with Raimi leading the effort, according to We Got This Covered.
Other reports shared Grace Randolph’s August Twitter feed that alleged Feige wants to fill the film with cameos.
Feige, who has been the president of Marvel Studios since 2007 and became chief creative officer in 2019, has been involved in bringing “Spider-Man,” “X-Men” and “Fantastic Four” to the big screen. He also has his hand in projects like the “Hulk” as an executive producer, and he was a producer on “Iron Man.”
Feige was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture for producing “Black Panther,” the first film in the Marvel Universe to win an Academy Award and starring the late Chadwick Boseman.
Feige was also a producer on “Avengers: Endgame,” which became the highest-grossing film of all time. It’s also been reported Feige is involved in a new Star Wars film for Lucasfilm Ltd.
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