From the page of Marvel Comics comes the highly anticipated sequel Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness.
While Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange has appeared in the likes of the last two Avengers movies and Spider-Man: No Way Home, it has been a long six years since his first solo feature.
But now Marvel’s sorcerer is back to deal with the small matter of reality caving in on itself. No pressure.
But just when is Doctor Strange 2 released, who joins Cumberbatch in the cast, and what is it all about?
Here is everything you need to know…
When is Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness released in the UK?
The sequel will be arriving UK cinemas on Thursday, May 5 2022 – a full day earlier than the US.
It has however had its release banned by several countries – including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Qatar – over the inclusion of an LGBT+ character.
Commenting on the ban, Cumberbatch expressed his disappointment, saying that it ‘feels truly out of step with everything that we’ve experienced as a species, let alone where we’re at globally as a culture.’
‘It’s difficult not to become emotional about it, to be honest. But it is, I’m afraid, an expected disappointment’ added the Oscar-nominated actor.
‘We’ve come to know from those repressive regimes that their lack of tolerance is exclusionary to people who deserve to be not only included but celebrated for who they are, and made to feel a part of a society and a culture and not punished for their sexuality.’
Who is in the cast?
Cumberbatch of course returns as Doctor Stephen Strange, the ex-surgeon who has become a master of the mystic arts and has vowed to protect reality from over-worldly forces.
Other cast members returning from the first movie include Benedict Wong as Strange’s friend and mentor Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor as colleague-turned-enemy Karl Mondo, and Rachel McAdams as a surgeon and Strange’s former love interest Christine Palmer.
Elizabeth Olsen is joining the action this time by reprising her Avengers role of Wanda Maximoff – aka Scarlett Witch – last seen obtaining a startling new set of powers in the Disney Plus series WandaVision.
New to the Marvel Cinematic Universe Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez, a teenager who possess the power to travel across dimensions by punching through doorways.
Fans are also eager to see if Patrick Stewart will be returning to the world of Marvel, as the latest trailer hinted at his possible return as Charles Xavier, leader of the X-Men.
What is the plot?
As with any Marvel release, many details have been kept tightly under wraps, but we do know that Strange will be dealing with the consequences of his actions following the universe-ripping events of Spider-Man: No Way Home.
The official plot synopsis reads:
‘In Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse Of Madness, the MCU unlocks the Multiverse and pushes its boundaries further than ever before. Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies both old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront a mysterious new adversary.’
The film is directed by Sam Raimi, the filmmaker behind The Evil dead trilogy and the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man films.
Is there a trailer?
There sure is, and it certainly puts the madness in the title, as Strange is seen battling not only giant creatures but also multiple versions of himself – while Wanda looks to be on a path of destruction.
What is the runtime and rating?
The film has a runtime of 126 minutes – two hours and six minutes – and has been rated 12A by the British Board of Film Classification.
It has been given a 12A certificate for ‘moderate horror, violence, threat, injury detail’.