The Marvel Cinematic Universe can be counted on to deliver many things with each entry. Action, adventure, drama, sci-fi, fantasy, comedy, all are part of Marvel Studios’ MCU stew. One thing the franchise doesn’t normally incorporate is horror though.

While there have been a handful of creepy, startling, or unsettling scenes in the MCU, the franchise rarely goes for scares. However, that looks to be the official mission statement of May 7th, 2021 sequel Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

As reported by Variety, Scott Derrickson, director of both Doctor Strange and its follow-up, billed Multiverse of Madness as the MCU’s first horror film. Derrickson says Benedict Cumberbatch’s sorcerer will find himself in “dark and damaging places.”

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What exactly this means for Doctor Strange 2 is unclear, as Marvel isn’t being forthcoming about the plot, as usual. Still, the Doctor Strange comics have delved into straight-up horror many times, so Derrickson’s words are encouraging and intriguing.

Interestingly, co-starring alongside Cumberbatch will be Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch. Her powers are also perfect for a superhero horror story, and one can only imagine what nightmarish realm these two reality warping characters might end up in.

Derrickson is of course imminently qualified to direct Marvel’s first MCU horror film, as he previously helmed Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose. Here’s hoping both this and the new Blade film are a feast for the senses of eager horror devotees.