IT’S OFFICIAL! Cult favourite director, and one of the originators of the comic book movie, the master director himself, Sam Raimi is returning to Marvel and is stepping into the MCU to take on directing duties for the much anticipated sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness! And this is news that definitely has us excited.
Raimi’s involvement has been a long held rumor circling every corner of the internet and now we can confirm that he’s officially on board to direct following the parting of Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson who left over creative differences related to the film’s horror elements that Marvel Studios want to explore this time around.
For long-time comic book movie fans, the involvement of Raimi is an incredibly joyous event, as this is a man who revolutionized what a comic book movie could be in the early 2000s with his involvement and work on the original Spider-Man trilogy that starred Tobey Maguire and Kirsteen Dunst.
Raimi’s involvement in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was confirmed by ComingSoon.net, and while promoting his new anthology horror series, 50 States of Fright, Raimi delved into his love for the source material for Doctor Strange, and how he even made reference to this if Spider-Man 2.
“I loved Doctor Strange as a kid, but he was always after Spider-Man and Batman for me, he was probably at number five for me of great comic book characters,” Raimi described. “He was so original, but when we had that moment in Spider-Man 2 I had no idea that we would ever be making a Doctor Strange movie, so it was really funny to me that coincidentally that line was in the movie. I gotta say I wish we had the foresight to know that I was going to be involved in the project.”
The original Doctor Strange film brought in some amazing mystical elements, and going forward Marvel is looking to amp up the horror qualities of the film, and Raimi, with his creation of seminal cult horror movie The Evil Dead, will likely bring out some great moments with this.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will arrive in cinemas on November 5, 2021.
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