Tilda Swinton and Benedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange

Scott Derrickson, director of Marvel Studio’s Doctor Strange, is stepping down as director of the franchise’s sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Marvel and I have mutually agreed to part ways on Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness due to creative differences,” Derrickson tweets. He goes on to say he will remain an executive producer of the film.

Derrickson’s Twitter bio has been updated to reflect this change, now claiming he is known as the writer and director of “The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister, Doctor Strange, and not the upcoming Doctor Strange: In The Multiverse of Madness.”

Fans on Twitter are not happy about the move, with many hot takes taking shots at Marvel President Kevin Feige.


Derrickson directed and co-wrote the first Doctor Strange film in 2016. The Marvel film was a box office smash, grossing more than $677 million worldwide and providing key support to phase three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Benedict Cumberbatch returns as the titular doctor who is called upon to explore the multiverse that is “the next step in the evolution of the MCU,” according to a statement from Feige at Brazil’s Comic Con Experience. Elizabeth Olsen is set to appear in the film as her MCU character Scarlet Witch, as well.

The sequel is slated for release next year on May 7.

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