Benedict Cumberbatch reveals real reason behind Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ ‘significant’ reshoots


Earlier this month, it was reported that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is under a reshoot schedule. The Hollywood Reporter reported that the film is undergoing ‘significant’ reshoots. Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays the titular role in the Marvel film, has shared more details about the reshoot schedule. 

A sequel to 2016 film, Doctor Strange, Benedict Cumberbatch and the team began shooting for the film when the Covid-19 induced lockdown had eased. The actor, in a recent interview, said that there were a few scenes that they were either dissatisfied with or couldn’t shoot due to the pandemic. 

Speaking with Empire, the actor said, “We’re in the middle of reshoots. We’re working incredibly hard to make a schedule work to realise the full potential of the film – bits that we want to do better but also bits that were just impossible to do on the day because of logistics, COVID etc.” 

He added, “We were so delayed in production, because of that. Luckily, not during production too much. Although everything is just a little slower.” 

A source had told THR that the reshoot schedule includes ‘additional photography’ and ‘reshoots.’ The shoot is spread across six weeks. “They’re here until the end of the year. That’s like a whole other movie,” the source informed the outlet. 

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is helmed by Sam Raimi, who directed Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man, while Loki’s writer Michael Waldron is the writer behind the film. It was previously being directed by Scott Derrickson. Speaking about the replacement with THR, Benedict said, “I was sad to hear about it, but that was not my decision. I completely respected the studio’s decision, and it was done very amicably. The grown-ups called and just talked me through it. And that was that.” 

Before Doctor Strange 2, Benedict will be seen in Spider-Man: No Way Home, alongside Tom Holland this December.  

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