Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ cast may have grown, as a significant member of the Inhumans will allegedly participate in the future film. According to rumors, Black Bolt, the leader of the Inhumans and one of Doctor Strange’s associate Illuminati members in the comics, will appear in Multiverse of Madness. Anson Mount played the role in the short-lived Inhumans Television show, which may or may not be canon to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Black Bolt might not be the only Illuminati member who may appear in Multiverse of Madness; according to rumors, Mister Fantastic of the Fantastic Four will also appear, and allegedly leaked concept design depicts a conversation between Doctor Strange and Professor X of the X-Men.
Although Multiverse of Madness is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it is expected to provide a more horror-centric tone than other Marvel films, which co-writer Michael Waldron credits to the COVID-19 epidemic. “COVID just gave me and director Sam Raimi more time to make it our own thing,” Waldron said. “It’s cool, I’m glad that there was the chance to maybe push it in a slightly scarier direction, just because Sam does that so well.”
Raimi explained why he opted to direct Multiverse of Madness considering Spider-Man 3’s mediocre reviews. “I didn’t know that I could face it again because it was so awful, having been the director of Spider-Man 3,” Raimi said in September. “The Internet was getting revved up and people disliked that movie and they sure let me know about it. So, it was difficult to take back on. But then, I found out that there was an opening on Doctor Strange 2. My agent called me and said, ‘They’re looking for a director at Marvel for this movie and your name came up. Would you be interested?’ And I thought, ‘I wonder if I could still do it.’ They’re really demanding, those types of pictures. And I felt, ‘Well, that’s reason enough.”
In addition to the current speculation, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings director Simu Liu recently denied reports that he will appear in Multiverse of Madness, saying, “Even if I were in that movie, which I’m not, there is no way in hell that I would ever say it out loud. That’s all I can really say, right?”