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Scott Derrickson departs Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Doctor Strange

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SCOTT Derrickson has left Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness over creative differences.

Derrickson, who directed the original movie, had been set to return for the project for about a year and had, along with Marvel, said the story would be horror-tinged as well as connected to the upcoming Disney+ series WandaVision.

But posting on Twitter, Derrickson said: “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 sequel was due to start production in May but that is not expected to change. Benedict Cumberbatch is reprising his role as the master of the mystic arts while Jade Bartlett is still on board as writer.

The release date also remains set for May 7, 2021.

Speculation is mounting online that this could have been a bone of contention, as Derrickson had Tweeted in December that “studio release dates are the enemy of art”. It could be that he had been seeking more time.