In perhaps the most surprising Marvel casting twist of the last week — and there sure have been a lot of them — Rachel McAdams is reportedly returning for the Doctor Strange sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
According to Deadline, the actor has closed a deal to return, ending years of speculation about her status in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the first film, McAdams played Dr. Christine Palmer, the most underdeveloped love interest in the entire MCU (and that’s saying something!). Come to think of it, even the romantic element was underbaked, but anyone feeling any sort of affection for Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) in that film seems impossible. Perhaps Strange will visit a reality where Dr. Palmer doesn’t think he’s a total jerk.
To be directed by Sam Raimi, the film will see Cumberbatch back as the Sorcerer Supreme with Benedict Wong presumably returning as fellow sorcerer Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor as probable villain Mordo, and Elizabeth Olsen as the Scarlet Witch. Since the film will be set after her starring role in WandaVision and Cumberbatch’s appearance in the third MCU Spider-Man movie, one assumes the plot will revolve around the magic-users recent discoveries about alternate realities.
Which makes us wonder where they will find the time to develop Dr. Palmer.
Xochitl Gomez is also attached, but is unclear who she will play in the film, which will wrap-up the MCU’s fourth phase. Currently, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set for release on March 25th, 2022 — but as with all release date during the pandemic, this could change.