Legendary director Sam Raimi is in talks with Marvel Studios to take over the upcoming sequel “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”…
Scott Derrickson is out and Sam Raimi is in.
On Wednesday it was revealed that Raimi was in talks with Marvel Studios to direct the upcoming sequel “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” after Derrickson left the project over the typical “creative differences” with the studio.
Raimi helped launch a new wave of superhero movies with 2002’s “Spider-Man” starring Toby Maguire and then followed that up with “Spider-Man 2” in 2004, which is widely regarded as one of the best films based on a comic book. He also directed “Spider-Man 3” but we’re going to try to forget about that.
Beyond his work on the “Spider-Man” films, Raimi is well known from his past in the horror genre including the “Evil Dead” franchise, which launched his career. In recent years, Raimi has been more involved in production than direction but he has worked on films such as “Drag Me to Hell” and “Oz: The Great and Powerful.”
Assuming a deal gets done, Raimi would take over the upcoming “Doctor Strange” sequel, which has been teased as Marvel’s first foray into horror, although probably a lot tamer than anything witnessed in the “Evil Dead” movies.
Benedict Cumberbatch is set to return for “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” as well as both Benedict Wong and Chiwetel Ejiofor, who starred in the original film. One name who won’t be back, however, is Rachel McAdams as she’s not expected to appear in the upcoming sequel.
Another famous face from Marvel will join the film as Elizabeth Olsen reprises her role as Wanda Maximoff. Olsen’s role in “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” will be set up in the Disney+ series “WandaVision,” which will be released in December. The “Doctor Strange” sequel then lands in theaters on May 7, 2021.