Doctor Strange's sequel Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has lost Scott Derrickson as a director. Derrickson officially exited the movie on Thursday, saying that the decision was influenced by "creative differences." Marvel Studios has not yet found a replacement for Derrickson on the film which is on their release schedule for May of 2021, meaning that there is a possibility that titles move around in favor of finding a new director for the Doctor Strange sequel and giving them a proper amount of time to create the movie, although reports claim there will be no shifting as Marvel searches for a new director. Derrickson released a comment on the subject on social media.
"Marvel and I have mutually agreed to part ways on Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness due to creative differences," Derrickson said in a tweet. "I am thankful for our collaboration and will remain on as EP."
See the tweet from Derrickson below.
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.— N O S ⋊ Ɔ I ᴚ ᴚ Ǝ ᗡ ⊥ ⊥ O Ɔ S (@scottderrickson) January 10, 2020
Marvel Studios also commented on the subject: “Marvel Studios and Scott Derrickson have amicably parted ways on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness due to creative differences,” the studio said in a statement, adding, “We remain grateful to Scott for his contributions to the MCU.” Derrickson previously directed the first Doctor Strange movie in 2017.
According to Variety's original report, there will be no delay in the release of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Upcoming Marvel Studios projects include Black Widow on May 1, 2020, The Eternals on November 6, 2020, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on February 12, 2021, WandaVision in spring 2021, Loki in spring 2021, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on May 7, 2021, Spider-Man 3 on July 16, 2021, What If? In summer 2021, Hawkeye in fall 2021, Thor: Love and Thunder on November 5, 2021, and Black Panther 2 on May 6, 2022. Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, and She-Hulk are also in the works for Disney+.