Doctor Strange helmer Scott Derrickson and Marvel have parted ways on the sequel, ‘The Multiverse of Madness’, to the Benedict Cumberbatch lead film.

Marvel has used that most beloved phrase of “creative differences” to explain Derrickson’s departure from the film. Although no longer at the helm, he will remain as an executive producer on the follow-up.

A statement released by the studio said:

“Marvel Studios and Scott Derrickson have amicably parted ways on ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ due to creative differences…We remain grateful to Scott for his contributions to the MCU.”

Derrickson went on to clarify the decision was mutual via his Twitter account.

Marvel and I have mutually agreed to part ways on ‘Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness’ due to creative differences,” Derrickson tweeted. “I am thankful for our collaboration and will remain on as EP.”

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Benedict Cumberbatch will return as Stephen Strange, the good doctor-turned-master of the mystic arts, as will Benedict Wong, who plays his right-hand man, Wong. Rachael McAdams, who played Stephen Strange’s love interest, is thought to be returning as well.

The film will begin production in May and there are not expected to be any delays when it comes to shooting. The search for a replacement is currently underway.

‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ is scheduled for release on May 7, 2021.

The fourteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) was released in 2016 and directed by Derrickson, who also co-wrote it with Jon Spaihts and C. Robert Cargill. As well as Cumberbatch, Wong and McAdams the film starred Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo,  Michael Stuhlbarg as Nicodemus West, Benjamin Bratt as Jonathan Pangborn, Scott Adkins as Lucian, Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius, and Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One. In ‘Doctor Strange’, surgeon Stephen Strange learns the mystic arts after a career-ending car accident.

The film grossed over $677 million worldwide, and was met with praise for its visuals and cast, but also received criticism for the title character’s origin story.