When Scott Derrickson suddenly exited Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, it left the superhero sequel in a limbo only Sorcerer Supreme could appreciate. But not for too long; a month later word surfaced that Sam Raimi, no stranger to Marvel flicks, would be taking over. Then…nothing. Well, now that’s changed and confirmation comes from the best source of all: Sam Raimi himself.
Raimi has confirmed (via Comicbook.com) he will direct the Doctor Strange sequel, revealing the news to journalists while proving his Quibi series 50 States of Fright. It was Raimi’s trilogy of Spider-Man films in the 2000s that took the superhero movie genre to a true blockbuster level, with many seeing Spider-Man 2 as among the greatest of all-time. It was also in that movie where Raimi, quite coincidentally, had characters name-drop “Doctor Strange” while trying to figure out a villainous monicker for Doctor Octopus…
“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. 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.”
There have been rumors of a possible multiverse connection between Sony’s current Spider-Man movies, the MCU, and Raimi’s universe of Spidey films. If that holds true, Raimi would be the guy to explore it.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness opens November 5th 2021, having recently been delayed to the pandemic.
Coincidence? I think NOT. Sam Raimi foreshadowing his involvement in Doctor Strange 2 back in 2004’s Spider-Man 2. pic.twitter.com/p8WO2c51aS
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