Marvel fans are about to be extremely disappointed as director Scott Derrickson has left Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. With the film slated for a 2021 release, the news couldn't come at a worse time, though we're sure Marvel Studios will find a way to cope with the loss. As it stands, this is pretty disappointing news since Derrickson did such a good job with the original Doctor Strange film, which had some of the best visuals we'll ever see in the MCU.
Variety broke the news about Derrickson leaving the Doctor Strange sequel, with the director himself confirming the report, claiming that he and Marvel mutually agreed to part ways due to the always vague excuse of "creative differences." Derrickson actually went out of his way to thank Marvel Studios for the work they've done together, before stating that he will remain on the film as an Executive Producer.
No news yet on who will possibly replace Derrickson, though we're going to assume that Marvel Studios will want to get someone familiar with horror since they said this movie would be the first MCU horror film. We'll have to wait and see if they get someone who can step up and we're sure Derrickson's presence will be there, with him being an EP and all that.
This isn't the first time Marvel Studios has lost a director due to "creative differences." Edgar Wright was supposed to direct the first Ant-Man movie but was later replaced. Future Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins was supposed to helm Thor: The Dark World but was relieved of her duties due to, you guessed it, creative differences.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is due for release on May 5, 2021.