Everything you need to know about Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Image: PA)
Get email updates with the day’s biggest stories
Invalid EmailSomething went wrong, please try again later.Sign upWe use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time.More infoThank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy notice
We would like a return to Kamar-Taj sometime soon!
The second instalment of Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is on its way, with his most recent cinematic appearances occurring in the epic Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
The first solo outing for Strange saw the arrogant surgeon lose his expert skills when his hands were injured in a car crash, prompting him to see out the mystical healing powers of the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) – but discovered some wonderful abilities in the process.
Now some of his old friends threaten to become new enemies in the upcoming sequel Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which will see former Spider-Man trilogy director Sam Raimi take over the reins from Scott Derrickson.
So, here's everything you need to know about the upcoming Doctor Strange sequel.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness UK release date
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be released in cinemas on March 25, 2022.
Doctor Strange will return
Biggest WandaVision fan theories and subtle clues – from Quicksilver to demonic evil
Spider-Man 3 sees Tom Holland 'team up with predecessors and Daredevil in multiverse'
It was previously set for a release of May 2021 and was later delayed to November 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, as the crisis has continued, it has been delayed once again.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness cast
Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange
The Sherlock star is back as the former surgeon and sorcerer supreme.
The character will also be appearing in the upcoming untitled sequel to Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff
Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff in Marvel Studios' WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+.
(Image: Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios)
The Avenger has been confirmed as joining Strange for the new film.
The film is directly connected to the events of Disney+ series WandaVision, which saw Wanda use her powers to warm reality.
Benedict Wong as Wong
Benedict Wong will be back as Wong
(Image: MARVEL STUDIOS)
Strange's most trusted advisor and sidekick will be back by his side after the first film and each of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
Rachel McAdams as Dr. Christine Palmer
Rachel McAdams as Dr. Christine Palmer in Doctor Strange
The Mean Girls actress reprises her role as the surgeon and love interest of Doctor Stephen Strange.
There had been uncertainty over McAdams reprisal but she was confirmed to be in the film in December last year.
Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo
Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo in Doctor Strange
The Oscar-nominee is highly likely to return considering how the first film set him up to turn against his former ally Strange in a major way.
Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez
The Baby Sitters Club star Gomez will star as the super-powered young woman known as America Chavez.
In the comics, Chavez is an alien from the dimension known as Utopian Parallel, a reality outside of time.
She goes on to join the central Marvel universe and adopts the moniker Miss America, later joining the team called the Young Avengers.
She is also a lesbian and one of the most prominent LGBTQ superheroes.
It is unlikely we will see returns for Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius, after he died last time.
Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One in Doctor Strange.
(Image: Marvel Studios)
She may have died in the first film but we could see Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, as she also made a comeback in Avengers: Endgame.
Scott Derrickson had also said he would like to explore a larger role for Benjamin Bratt as Jonathan Pangborn, whose magical ability to walk after being disabled was taken away by Mordo.
We could also see a return for Strange's old colleague/rival with Michael Sthulbarg as Dr. Nicodemus West, as the pair clashed with sorcery in the comics and we may see life carry on for Christine in the hospital.
It is also unknown if Cumberbatch will reprise his other role as the demonic villain Dormammu.
Additionally, previous director Derrickson had said he would like to explore the characters of Wong's father and sorcerer Hamir the Hermit, and the ruler of the Dream Dimension in Marvel Comics known as Nightmare, while screenwriter Jon Spaihts was also keen to bring in the sorceress and romantic interest of Strange known as Clea.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness plot
The film is set following the events of Avengers: Endgame and the recent Disney Plus series WandaVision.
With Wanda Maximoff set to play a major role in the film, will she be Strange's foe or enemy?
According to Backstage, the film's synopsis reads: "After the events of Avengers: Endgame, Dr Stephen Strange continues his research on the Time Stone.
"But an old friend-turned-enemy puts an end to his plans and causes Strange to unleash unspeakable evil."
Former allies: Mordo and Strange
(Image: Dumfries And Galloway Standard)
How to watch Marvel films in order, MCU timeline, and where to watch them
Elsewhere, a major conflict was set up between Strange and former ally Karl Mordo in the conclusion of the first film as they disagreed on their approach to sorcery and the actions of The Ancient One.
The post-credits scene saw Karl Mordo remove the magic enabling Jonathan Pangborn to walk as he declared there would be "No More Sorcerers".
Will Strange be able to stop him?
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is released in cinemas on March 25, 2022.
What do you want from a Doctor Strange sequel? Let us know in the comments below.