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'Doctor Strange' Sequel Loses Director Scott Derrickson Over 'Creative Differences'

Marvel is parting ways with director Scott Derrickson, who was slated to helm the upcoming movie Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Scott directed the first Doctor Strange movie, which opened in theaters in 2016 to both critical and commercial success. The film grossed nearly $680 million around the world and star Benedict Cumberbatch reprised the role in Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame.

“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,” Marvel said in a statement to Variety.

The movie will begin production in May and Marvel does not expect for the production schedule to be delayed due to the change in directors. The studio is currently searching for a replacement and Scott will remain on the project as an executive producer.

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Benedict Cumberbatch & Elizabeth Olsen Announce 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' at Comic-Con 2019!

A new Doctor Strange movie is in the works!

Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen hit the stage at the Marvel panel at the 2019 Comic-Con on Saturday (July 20) to announce the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

“We are going to make the first scary MCU film,” director Scott Derrickson shared about the movie.

Also during the panel, Elizabeth was joined by co-stars Paul Bettany and Teyonah Parris as they announced their Scarlett Witch series WandaVision heading to Disney+ in spring 2021.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
is scheduled to hit theaters on May 7, 2021.

Make sure you check out Marvel’s Phase Four FULL release slate here!

FYI: Elizabeth is wearing an Alexander McQueen dress. Teyonah is wearing a Zimmermann top and A.L.C. shorts.

10+ pictures inside of the stars at Comic-ConMore Here! »

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'Doctor Strange' Sequel Is Happening, Director Confirmed!

A sequel to the 2016 movie Doctor Strange is in the works and the film’s director Scott Derrickson has signed on to direct the next installment!

Disney and Marvel have not yet officially confirmed the project, but THR reports that a release date of May 2021 is being eyed.

The studio is currently searching for someone to write the script and production will likely begin in spring 2020 if the proposed timeline holds.

Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, and Rachel McAdams are expected to return for the sequel. We can’t wait!

Tilda Swinton Releases Emails with Margaret Cho About Whitewashing of 'Doctor Strange'

When Tilda Swinton was involved in a whitewashing controversy over her character The Ancient One in Doctor Strange, the Oscar-winning actress confided in Margaret Cho over email to try and understand the public’s perception. Now, their email conversation has been published online with her permission.

Tilda released the emails after Margaret said in a podcast that they got into “kind of a fight about why the part should not have gone to her.”

“Basically, it ended with her saying, ‘Well, I’m producing a movie with Steven Yeun starring,” Margaret said on the TigerBelly podcast.

Tilda‘s rep sent the full exchange to Jezebel with the following statement: “Since you asked for a response to a story you published today about the substance and tone of a correspondence between Margaret Cho and Tilda Swinton, Tilda offers you the entire unedited and only conversation she has ever had with Margaret – with her gratitude for the opportunity to clarify and with all good wishes to all.”

Margaret spoke out about the release of the emails. “Asian actors should play Asian roles,” she told EW. “I believe my emails stand on their own and should be taken for the spirit in which they were intended. I am grateful that the debate has now entered the national discussion and remain a huge fan of Tilda‘s.”

Click through the slideshow to read each of the emails…

'Doctor Strange' Wins Box Office, 'Arrival' Opens Strong

Benedict Cumberbatch‘s Doctor Strange has won the weekend box office once again with a whopping $43 million earned for the second weekend in a row!

The film has earned a domestic total of $153 million in its two weekends at the box office, Variety reports.

Coming in at number two is the Justin Timberlake film Trolls with an estimated $35 million earned this weekend.

Amy Adams‘ film Arrival placed in the third spot this weekend, earning $24 million in the opening weekend!

Rounding out the top five are Almost Christmas with $15.6 million and Hacksaw Ridge with $10.8 million, respectively.

'Doctor Strange' Easily Tops Box Office With $85 Million Debut!

Benedict Cumberbatch‘s new film Doctor Strange brought in a whopping $85 million, making it the No. 1 movie this weekend!

According to THR, the new Marvel film earned an additional $118.7 million overseas this weekend as well.

Coming in second was the new animated film Trolls, starring the voices of Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick, which earned $45.6 million in its first outing.

Taking the No. 3 spot was Andrew Garfield and Teresa Palmer‘s new movie Hacksaw Ridge, directed by Mel Gibson, which debuted to $14.8 million.

Rounding out the top five were Boo! A Madea Halloween and Inferno, which earned $7.8 and $6.2 million, respectively.

Meanwhile, Loving, which stars Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga as an interracial couple, impressed with an average of $48,750 per theater in Los Angeles and New York.