It looks like there is another reason why it's called Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Benedict Wong has just revealed that he had to shoot several versions of certain scenes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe sequel.
We already know that Doctor Strange 2 will explore the multiverse and possibly introduce different versions of established MCU characters. After all, we got to see several Variants of the God of Mischief in Loki as well as a version of Kang the Conqueror called He Who Remains.
Not surprisingly, the multiverse also means different versions of a scene and Wong confirmed he had to juggle his schedule because director Sam Raimi chose to film multiple versions of some scenes in Doctor Strange 2.
"I think it should be called Doctor Strange and the Multi-schedule," Wong joked at the premiere of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. "You know, with the amount of... Honestly, we literally didn't know... Sometimes you'd have, like, three versions of doing various different scenes, COVID-permitting. So yeah, we're nearly there, we're nearly finished."
This shouldn't be a huge surprise since Marvel likes to keep its secrets even from the cast of the films. Although there's a possibility that multiple versions were shot to keep the stars from leaking certain information, it makes more sense with Doctor Strange 2 considering that it directly tackles the multiverse itself.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will also star Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorceror Supreme, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch, Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo, and Xochitl Gomez will debut as America Chavez. The sequel is scheduled for release on March 25, 2022.
Wong returns as Wong in Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings, which just had its red carpet premiere. The film hits theaters on September 3, 2021.