Deadlineis reporting that Xochitl Gomez is joining the cast of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Benedict Cumberbatch returns in the title role with Sam Raimi taking over as director. Marvel Studios has not commented on the casting.
It is expected that Benedict Wong and Chiwetel Ejiofor will also return to their roles for the sequel. New to the film will be Elizabeth Olsen who will reprise her role as Scarlet Witch, aka Wanda Maximoff. That character will get the spotlight in the upcoming television series WandaVision which will tie into the Doctor Strange sequel.
Due to Gomez’s ethnicity, age, and the fact that the film has to do with the multiverse, speculation is Gomez will play America Chavez. Speculation is fueled further by Chavez being a member of the Young Avengers, a team that Scarlet Witch’s kids are a part of as well. Those characters are expected to debut on WandaVision. Chavez is an extra-dimensional character who can hop through dimensions, has super strength, and flight as part of her powers.
Xochitl Gomez most recently starred as Dawn Schafer in The Baby-Sitters Club television series. She’s appeared in numerous shorts and on television shows with 19 credits so far.
With COVID-19 closing down theaters, Disney has been forced to shift the release dates of numerous films, impacting the future of Marvel Studios as well.
The movie studio has announced that Black Widow will now arrive on November 6, 2020, while The Eternals will be released on February 12, 2021.
What’s interesting is this signals Disney’s expectations that things will be somewhat back to normal in November. The earliest film on their new release schedule is in June 2020 and many areas haven’t predicted issues into May.
It is also pulling the film Artemis Fowl from theaters and it will debut exclusively on Disney+ in the future.
More “comic” films under the Disney umbrella have been pushed. The King’s Man which is a 20th Century Studios film will release in September 2020. That film is a spin-off of Kingsman based on the comic series. Empty Man, another 20th Century Studios film based on the BOOM! Studios‘ series, will be released on August 7, 2020.
Below are all of the named comic related releases below:
Empty Man (20th Century Studios)—August 7, 2020
The King’s Man (20th Century Studios)—September 18, 2020
Black Widow (Marvel Studios)—November 6, 2020
The Eternals (Marvel Studios)—February 12, 2021
Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Marvel Studios)—May 7, 2021
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Marvel Studios)—November 5, 2021
Nimona (20th Century Studios)—January 14, 2022
Thor: Love and Thunder (Marvel Studios)—February 18, 2022
Scott Derrickson won’t be directing Marvel Studios‘ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Marvel confirmed the departure citing “creative differences.” It was a mutual decision. Derrickson will remain on as an executive producer.
Marvel Studios and Scott Derrickson have amicably parted ways on ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ due to creative differences. We remain grateful to Scott for his contributions to the MCU.
Derrickson also released a statement via Twitter:
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.
The film was to begin production in May and there’s not expected to be delays for shooting. A search for a replacement director is underway.
The film company has had issues when it comes to directors having multiple leave projects, or not even start, due to “creative differences.” In 2014 Edgar Wright stepped down from helming Ant-Man after years in development. Joss Whedon seems to have had a more amicable split after Avengers: Age of Ultron and Tweeted support to Wright hinting at his own negative experience which he’s talked a little about. Ava DuVernay was in talks to direct Black Panther but passed because “she couldn’t make it her own.” DuVernay is now playing in DC Comics/Warner Bros. sandbox on multiple projects.
The first Doctor Strange was released in 2016 and earned $677.7 million worldwide.
Hey, kids. The dust settled on San Diego Comic-Con a couple of weeks back, and we had quite the earthquake of Marvel Studios news. I’m going to take a bit of a look at what we know about Phase 4 and just prognosticate on what we might get.
Generally, since 2014, every time there’s a film, we get at least one assortment associated with it. Typically, we’ve been getting something on the order of one Spidey assortment per year, one Avenger assortment (more or less), and others influenced by what’s on-screen. Examples include the Cap-centric Mandroid group of 2014, GOTG waves in 2014 and 2017, Doctor Strange in 2016, and so on. With that set-up place, let’s look at what’s coming, beginning in 2020.
Phase 4 was introduced with the idea that it will include both the films AND the Disney+ series. Films slated are Black Widow, The Eternals, Shang-Chi and the Legend the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, andThor: Love and Thunder, while the Disney+ series are The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, What If? (animated),Loki, and Hawkeye. I’m also going to note that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. wraps up next year, too, while Cloak and Daggercontinues on FreeForm and Ghost Riderand Helstromjoin Runawayson Hulu (though it’s questionable at this point if ANY of those canonically belong to the MCU. That’s a debate for another time).
It’s interesting to note that a lot of potential figures for
items above have been covered in recent years or will be soon. There’s a
classic comic-style Shang-Chi coming in a Spidey wave. Cloak and Dagger hit in
a Spidey wave last year. The Mighty Thor (Jane), Loki, and Valkyrie were
covered in the sole Ragnarok wave,
with Loki and Valkyrie getting other versions in recent Avengers product (a
Wal-Mart exclusive two-pack in Loki’s case). David Harbour is playing Red
Guardian in Black Widow, and the
comic version of RG appeared in the 2016 Cap wave. MCU Scarlet Witch and Vision
were in a TRU exclusive two-pack more than a year ago, and other versions of
both have found their way into other waves. Both MCU Falcon and Winter Soldier
were in a Target exclusive two-pack last year, and Hawkeye’s Ronin persona was
in this year’s second Endgame
assortment. That’s a lot, right?
Again, purely speculating, it seems likely that Black Widow will bring us a couple of Natashas (yeah, we’ve had some recently, too, but she’s the lead), Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova, Rachel Weisz’s Iron Maiden, and some form of Taskmaster (yeah, there have been 2 others in the last 3 years, but still). I’m going to publicly hope right now that, movie appearance or not, the BAF is Ursa Major. That would be very appropriate and very awesome.
The Eternals, to me, is wide open. I figure we’ll get a nice round-up of the mains, like Ikarus, Thena, Ajak, Gilgamesh, and the rest. Similarly, Shang-Chi will obviously get us an MCU version of the lead and the first “real” Mandarin. It would be cool to see a classic comic Mandarin, too. Lots of room to move there.
For Doctor Strange, well, it’s a bit harder. We have recent
Wandas and Doctor Voodoo (who is rumored to appear). However, if they do
introduced the rumored Clea and Nightmare, they could do them, the Doc, Wong
(still not a Legend!), maybe a Damian Hellstrom (nod to the series) and get a
cool assortment with an appropriate supernatural BAF. I actually think Thor: Love & Thunder has it the
hardest, as ALL of the announced leads have had multiple figures in the past
couple of years. That’s to say that they might not lean in hard; hell, they
never did the Warriors Three, and I want a comic-style Volstagg BAF.
I would like to see TV’s Agents
of S.H.I.E.L.D. get some love before they go. Seven seasons, and no Quake?
Or Agent May? Even if this turns into an exclusive boxed set repurposing
Coulson and using Everett Ross parts for Fitz, etc, it would be great to see
before they retire.
All right, kids, that’s just some initial speculation. What
do you hope to see happen out of these various projects? Peggy as Cap? A new
Kate Bishop? A new US Agent? Talk to us.