We’re waking up to some sad news for the Marvel Cinematic Universe this morning as Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has lost its director, Scott Derrickson.
Variety broke the story which was later confirmed by Derrickson himself on Twitter. The director of 2016’s Doctor Strange confirmed that he was exiting the project over “creative differences” with Marvel.
Marvel and I have mutually agreed to part ways on Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness due to creative differences. I am thankful for our collaboration and will remain on as EP.— N O S ⋊ Ɔ I ᴚ ᴚ Ǝ ᗡ ⊥ ⊥ O Ɔ S (@scottderrickson) January 10, 2020
Many will no doubt link this exit to Derrickson’s appearance at San Diego Comic Con in July. As Multiverse of Madness was unveiled, Derrickson appeared live on stage and confirmed that he would be adding a dose of horror to the sequel. This was quickly shot down by studio head Kevin Feige who interjected to say the film would remain PG-13.
Could a tug of war over the potential tone of the script be behind this change in director?
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set for a May 7, 2021 release date.