Jade Bartlett is onboard to write Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The film will be part of Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is set for release in 2021, after Black Widow, The Eternals, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
What Do We Know About The Doctor Strange Sequel?
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Little is known about the upcoming Doctor Strange film, that will see star Benedict Cumberbatch reprising the titular role. Director Scott Derrickson will also be returning to explore the darker side of this Marvel title. The madness in the title may be literal, as this will be the first MCU film to cross over into the horror genre. Rumors abound that Nightmare will appear in the film as the primary villain.
Back in 2017, Derrickson spoke to IGN about his desire to see the Nightmare Realm in a Doctor Strange movie.
“I really like the character of Nightmare and the concept that the Nightmare Realm is a dimension… That’s early – that’s like the first Strange tale. I think that’s in the introductory episode of Doctor Strange, and I always loved that.”
Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch will also appear in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The Disney+ show WandaVision will reportedly lead directly into the events of the Doctor Strange sequel. This is the first time that a movie in the MCU that will directly tie into a television series. The Marvel shows on Netflix such as Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil, and Iron Fist never tied into the MCU. All of those shows were cancelled when Disney reclaimed the rights to those characters, although they are not expected to reappear on Disney+ anytime soon. It is highly likely that other MCU movies in Phase Four will tie into the planned Disney+ shows. So fans can likely expect to see more crossover between the big screen and the silver screen in the future.
A New Voice In The MCU: Jade Bartlett Will Write Doctor Strange
Bartlett is a new voice in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and in the world of cinema in general. Her script Miller’s Girl appeared on the 2016 Black List for unproduced screenplays. The script has since been optioned by Lionsgate’s production company Good Universe. Bartlett has also been tapped to adapt the Chloé Esposito novel Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know. However, none of these projects have been released yet. It is hard to say what Bartlett’s take on Doctor Strange will be without any of her material to draw from. It does seem like she is an up and coming force in Hollywood, so only time will tell what she will bring to the table.
Notably, the addition of Bartlett to the roster of MCU writers makes Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness only the second film in the MCU to be written by a woman. Anna Boden and Geneva Robertson-Dworet have writing credits on Captain Marvel. If Jade Bartlett remains the sole writer on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, that would mark another first for the MCU.
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