Where and when will ‘Doctor Strange 2’ be available to stream?

The good news is that the Doctor Strange sequel Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is almost here, set to hit theaters on May 6th, 2022. Clocking in at a brisk 2 hours 6 minutes, the Benedict Cumberbatch-starring magical superhero romp is directed by the legendary Sam Raimi, with a script by Loki’s Michael Waldron. We’re excited to see the return of characters we love like Strange, Wong, and Wanda Maximoff, as well as meet characters we will love in the future like America Chavez.

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The bad news is that it’s still a tricky time for many people to go to theaters. So the next question to ask is whether Doctor Strange 2 will be on the Disney+ streaming service, and if so, when? While no formal announcement has been made as to when Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will arrive on Disney+, we can hazard a very good guess based on the studio’s track record.

Where and when will Doctor Strange 2 be available to stream?

All of the Disney-made Marvel Cinematic Universe movies are available to stream on Disney+, free of additional charge for subscribers. Unlike prior points in the pandemic, however, there will not be a simultaneous release online and in theaters. Disney generally gives its superhero movies a minimum of 45 days in theaters up to about 90 days before moving on to different release formats like DVD/Blu-ray, purchase on services like Amazon, and Disney+ streaming.

In the case of Eternals, one of the most recent high-profile Marvel movies, the film debuted on November 5th, 2021 and hit Disney+ on January 12, 2022. That’s about a 69-day spread from opening day to streaming. However, there are other factors that can impact when a Marvel movie appears Disney+; for example Spider-Man: No Way Home has other contractual obligations due to its Sony involvement, and it isn’t likely to be on Disney+ for more than 18 months after its theatrical debut.

Luckily, the Sony snafu isn’t an element of Doctor Strange 2. So if we go by Eternals, there’s a very good chance that Multiverse of Madness will be available on Disney+ by mid-July 2022. If Disney+ moves faster and uses the 45-day theater-run minimum, we could see the movie arrive on Disney+ as soon as June 20th, 2022.

Other factors could impact the speed of Doctor Strange 2’s release, like critical reception and box office, that we can’t predict yet. The studio will also take into account elements they can’t control at all, like possible COVID surges or audience trends. But if you can’t make it to theaters in May, at least this summer can be spent in the multiverse in the comfort of our homes.

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