Massive Marvel Cinematic Universe news broke last night as Scott Derrickson has quit directing Doctor Strange: In The Multiverse Of Madness.
Derrickson helmed the original film back in 2016 but is departing the sequel due to that wonderful excuse of “creative difference’ with Marvel Studio but will stay on board as executive producer.
This will mean nothing because he’s got the EP credit due to the fact he helped create both movies and I don’t see him having any involvement with Multiverse of Madness moving forward.
The filmmaker tweeted to confirm it shortly after Variety broke the news posting:
Marvel is still hoping the sequel, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch reprising in the title role alongside his fellow Avenger Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, will be released on May 7, 2021.
The question is if production will be delayed as it’s expected to begin in May.
In hindsight, we should’ve seen this coming from last year’s San Diego Comic-Con when the film was announced. When he said it was going to the first scary MCU movie bringing in gothic and horror elements from the comic, someone in the audience shouted: “Rated R” to which Kevin Feige quickly shout that idea down stating it’ll still be PG-13.
So if Marvel is going to stay in a horror route then it’s probably more of it having elements of the genre like Shazam or it could be PG-13 horror like New Mutants.
This is where the “creative difference” came from as Derrickson built his career in horror and possibly wanted to bring his creativity to this but Feige runs a well-oiled machine and does things his way.
It a shame this happened because of all the latest MCU announcements, Multiverse of Madness was the only interesting one and could’ve been something different from Marvel.
So what’s next? I think if the MCU chief likes New Mutants and wants to stay in the horror realm then the director of the horror superhero Fox movie Josh Boone will be in contention. Additionally, I wouldn’t be surprised if Jennifer Kent is also on the shortlist.
Kent is best known for her 2014 breakout horror The Babadook and got critical praise for The Nightingale, which came out last year.
As for Derrickson, if I was Walter Hamada and the folks at Warner Bros/DC I’d bring him in for a chat and pitch him the Aquaman spinoff The Trench, a body-horror focusing on the Atlantians turning into these evil creatures.
He can have fun going full horror and not have to worry about tieing it to Jason Momoa’s Aquaman.
On the other hand, could be the one to bring Justice League Dark finally onto the big screen.