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(Pocket-lint) - Phase four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is well underway and seems to be all coming together with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, aka Doctor Strange 2, which is now available on Disney+.

The sequel features various plotlines from several recent Marvel productions, including Loki, WandaVision, What If...?, and Spider-Man: No Way Home. It almost seems as big as Endgame.

If you want to watch the movie, here is everything you need to know about Doctor Strange 2, including streaming release date details.

Doctor Strange 2: What you need to know

Timeline

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness takes place after the events of WandaVision and Spider-Man: No Way Home. So, around 2023. The movie is also technically after Loki, but that Disney+ show takes place in an alternate timeline from the main Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline. (Confused? No worries. See Pocket-lint's comprehensive guide on the MCU timeline.)

Synopsis

Below is Marvel's official synopsis for the sequel:

"In Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the MCU unlocks the Multiverse and pushes its boundaries further than ever before. Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies both old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront a mysterious new adversary."

Logline

Below is Marvel's official logline for the sequel:

"Dr Strange casts a forbidden spell that opens a portal to the multiverse. However, a threat emerges that may be too big for his team to handle."

Doctor Strange 2: Release date

  • Theatrical release date: 6 May 2022
  • Streaming release date: 22 June 2022

Cinemas

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness premiered in cinemas across the US and the UK on 6 May 2022. The sequel was originally due to release on 7 May 2021, but it was pushed back due to the pandemic. It was first delayed to 5 November 2021, then 25 March 2022, and finally 6 May 2022.

Streaming

The sequel to Doctor Strange became available to stream from 22 June 2022 - just over 45 days after it premiered in cinemas.

Keep in mind, that during the past two years, Disney has released a handful of other films on its video streaming service after their minimum 45-day theatrical release window ended.

Doctor Strange 2: Where to watch online

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is available on Disney+. In the US, Disney+ costs $7.99 per month, while in the UK it is £7.99 a month.

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Doctor Strange 2: Cast and crew

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is directed by Sam Raimi. The film's script has been written by Jade Bartlett and Loki writer Michael Waldron. Danny Elfman composed the score, and the cinematographer is John Mathieson. His previous credits include Gladiator, Logan, and X-Men: First Class.

Confirmed cast

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange, Master of the Mystic Arts and Sorcerer Supreme of Earth. Besides Cumberbatch, Doctor Strange the sequel will see the return of Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, reprising their roles from 2016's Doctor Strange.

In fact, expect a huge ensemble cast - comparable to any Avengers movie.

  • Benedict Cumberbatch will play Doctor Stephen Strange
  • Benedict Wong will play Strange's trusted friend Wong. 
  • Rachel McAdams will play Dr. Christine Palmer.
  • Elizabeth Olsen will play Wanda Maximoff/The Scarlet Witch
  • Xochitl Gomez will make her MCU debut as America Chavez

Doctor Strange 2: Trailers

There have been three trailers released so far for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

The first teaser - released in December 2021 - reveals the return of Elizabeth Olsen as the Scarlet Witch and the evil Doctor Strange from What If...?​​​​​​. The second trailer - released during Super Bowl 2022 - treated us with footage, including a shot of someone who appears to be Patrick Stewart reprising his role as Professor Charles Xavier from Fox's X-Men movies.

The third is a brief teaser that dropped during CinemaCon 2022.

Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness | Official Teaser

Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness | Official Trailer

Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness | Illuminati

Doctor Strange 2: How to catch up

You really should watch the original Doctor Strange, at a minimum, before going to see its sequel. If you care to watch a few more movies but don't have time for a full MCU re-watch, see our guide below:

For those of you who want to see how and when Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness fits into the entire MCU timeline, see this guide:

Writing by Maggie Tillman. Editing by Britta O'Boyle.