When “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” was first announced, it was given a release date of May 7, 2021. This meant the “Doctor Strange” sequel would arrive in the coveted first-weekend slot. end of May that movies like “The Avengers” and “Iron Man” had occupied in the past. However, like all MCU Phase Four properties, the best-laid plans for “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” release date would quickly go awry with the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. A month after the start of this health crisis that has brought an end to the global entertainment industry, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” would be given a new release date of November 5, 2021.
This ensured that this sequel would fall into the same first weekend of November slot that the original “Doctor Strange” episode called home. However, the pandemic did not end up ruining this blockbuster’s release plans, as “Multiverse of Madness” would later be postponed again to the March 25, 2022 slot. That spring release date, mirroring similar launches for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Captain Marvel”, would not last long as the feature film was once again delayed until its final release on May 6, 2022.
This debut would ensure that “Multiverse of Madness” would premiere almost exactly one year later than originally planned. Lengthy delays plagued the release of “Multiverse of Madness,” but that was par for the course for any big-budget title attempting to release in a world rocked by COVID-19.