The Marvel Cinematic Universe was able to introduce the concept of the multiverse through the Ancient One's introduction to Stephen Strange back in 2016. With Marvel Studios' recently announced film slate, the MCU is set to explore that multiverse further, with all the horror that entails, and likely with the Sorcerer Supreme himself leading that exploration in the sequel film, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Kevin Feige, Benedict Cumberbatch and director Scott Derrickson appeared on stage to talk about the upcoming film at the Marvel Studios panel at SDCC. While they avoided giving away specific details, they did leave fans with some indication of what to expect. Derrickson described it as possessing a "psychedelic weirdness," adding, "We're gonna' make the first scary MCU movie."
It's too early to tell what that means, though Cumberbatch, who stars as the titular Doctor Strange, did clarify that the sequel would "maintain the integrity of humor with the twist of horror that will have people gripped." He explained that Doctor Strange will "be facing unexpected things, he'll be in the position of the audience with not knowing what's coming at him." He concluded saying, "We're going back to trying to destroy him, I think."
The 23 films that currently comprise the MCU have touched upon a number of genres aside from the obvious action-drama. They have had coming-of-age films like Spider-Man: Homecoming, hints of romance with characters like Captain America and Peggy Carter and a lot of comedy with films such as Thor: Ragnarok. Marvel Studios has thus far never tackled a project that was part horror film, though there is certainly a lot of potential within the multiverse. After all, as CBR recently reported, in the new What If...!? Disney+ series, Marvel may introduce zombies.
Directed by Scott Derrickson, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen. The film hits theaters on May 7, 2021.