Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness UK release date, age rating & parents guide latest

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness UK release date, age rating and parents guide

It’s nearly time for the Sorcerer Supreme to take centre stage once again with the Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness UK release date coming in early 2022 (details below). To get up to speed, here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film, including the story synopsis, cast and the latest on the age rating, parents guide and runtime.

While the film follows on from the events of Doctor Strange back in 2016, a lot has already happened for Steve with the impact of Avengers Endgame and the post credits tease at the end of Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. There also more to come for the characters to set things up for the Multiverse of Madness with the calamitous spell casting at the heart of the Spider-Man No Way Home story.

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The general synopsis for Doctor Strange 2 is that he’s been continuing his research with the Time Stone, but gets interrupted by a former friend that is now an enemy and the result is that he somehow unleashes an unspeakable evil. It’s a bit on the cryptic side, but we think that might be because Marvel is trying to keep things quiet with Spider-Man No Way Home still to release on the big screen.

However, the enemy is almost certainly going to be Karl Mordo and not Spider-Man with Tom Holland nowhere to be seen in the cast list for the film.

Cast

Obviously, Benedict Cumberbatch (1917) will be back in the lead role as Stephen Strange and this time he’ll be joined by Elizabeth Olsen (Godzilla) as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlett Witch. Benedict Wong (Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings), Rachel McAdams (Midnight in Paris) and Chiwetel Ejiofer (12 Years A Slave) return to their roles as Wong, surgeon Christine Palmer and Karl Mordo. The cast for the 2nd film also includes newcomer, Xochitl Gomez, as America Chavez (AKA Miss America).

UK release date

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The MCU schedule has been backed up pretty significantly by the Covid-19 pandemic, so the Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness UK release date has been delayed. It was initially due to come out in May 2021 and then in November 2021, but it has now been confirmed for Friday the 25th March 2022, so it’ll be one of the big films out around the Easter holidays.

At the moment, there isn’t anything else due out on the same weekend, but there’s still plenty of time to go for more films to be announced.

The only competition that it currently has is The Batman, which is due out at the beginning of March 2022, so by the time the DS 2 hits the big screen it should have had its run at the box office leaving the number 1 spot to the next chapter in the MCU.

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With the March 2022 release, it should then be come out on DVD, Blu-ray and digital in the UK towards the end of July 2022 or maybe into August, which will give it a crack at summer home entertainment sales. There are no details as of yet in terms of when it will stream though.

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Age rating and parents guide

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) won’t announce the UK age rating for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness until a couple of weeks ahead of the release date, but there’s a lot to learn from the first film. It was given a certificate of 12A, which is pretty standard for Marvel films these days – both Shang Chi and Black Widow were classified 12s – so it should be a similar case for the sequel.

Parents guide notes are likely to include fantasy violence, which is again the norm, and threat with the talk of an unspeakable evil being released. However, even if you look at the most horrifying monsters to grace Marvel films – creatures like Dormamu fromt eh first film and the Dweller-in-the-Darkness from Shang Chi – they’re never really all that scary, but you can use them as a barometer for DS 2.

We’ll update you with more details on the film as they get confirmed. You can also check out our movie news section to keep tabs on the latest upcoming films, or visit the Marvel website at https://www.marvel.com.

Runtime

As with the age rating, the runtime for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be confirmed when we get a little closer to the release date. However, for an estimate you can go off the first film, which was five minutes shy of the 2 hour mark. Shang Chi was 2 hours and 12 minutes and Black Widow was 2 hours and 14 minutes, so if you split the difference you won’t be too far off the mark.