Whilst reshoots for films are a common practice, it looks like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is going through more than just the basic reshoots as sources are describing this as “significant”.
The Benedict Cumberbatch-starring sequel to Marvel Studios’ 2016 installment, which looks to also follow on from the events of the multiverse explored in Wandavision, Loki, and Spider-Man: No Way Home, has suffered from creative differences during its production, with Sam Raimi taking over the helm on this sequel.
The new shoot is currently taking place in Los Angeles, with both “additional photography” and “reshoots” happening. Whilst insiders are speculating how big this reshoot might be in terms of the scale of the MCU, the cast and crew – Cumberbatch included – are set to be working six days a week for a minimum of six weeks.
Several factors seem to be driving the reshoots, and they are not particularly due to the story. One insider reported that roughly two weeks will be dedicated to principal photography held over from the initial shoot, due to issues with scheduling and actors’ availabilities. Not only that, but the initial shoot took place in the UK over the span of a year due to the pandemic and faced many setbacks, particularly at the start of 2021 when a lockdown was announced.
This news does not come as a shock as Marvel recently announced a line-up of films that have been pushed back. Multiverse of Madness joins Thor: Love and Thunder, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, The Marvels, and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania as they will come to cinemas later than we expected.