The Spider-Man director could make a sensational return to the Marvel Universe for the horror-themed sequel
Okay, add this to the “I did not see this one coming” pile. Just weeks after Doctor Strange director Scott Derickson relinquished his directorial duties on the sequel, Future of the Force understands that Sam Raimi, director of the original Spider-Man trilogy is in talks to make a sensational return to the Marvel Universe for ‘Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness‘.
Variety is reporting that Raimi is “in talks” to bring his Marvel and horror genre experience to the table and help steer home what is expected to be the MCU’s first-ever horror-themed adventure. Production on the sequel is expected to begin in May, so we can expect to hear something concrete in the coming weeks, but if Raimi is indeed appointed, Marvel fans will be delighted.
Raimi’s work on the original Spider-Man trilogy is still highly regarded by SpiderVerse fans and the notion of him returning to the fold to deliver an MCU horror movie is a tantalising prospect. Thankfully, Scott Derrickson has remained attached to the project in an executive producer capacity which is welcome news. After all, it was Derrickson who pushed for the sequel to follow the original Doctor Strange comic books and delve into the darker aspects of the Marvel Universe.
“When I came and talked to (Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige) about doing a sequel, I said, ‘I don’t want to do just another sequel. If I’m going to do it, it needs to go into the territory that drew me into the Doctor Strange comics in the first place’ – which is how they dipped into the gothic and the horror and the horrific,” Derrickson said at San Diego Comic-Con last summer. “And we’re going to make the first scary MCU movie.”
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige also hinted that the sequel will feature the debut of several Marvel characters new to the MCU.
“The next Doctor Strange film, for instance, features some new MCU characters which will be making their debut in that movie. You won’t expect or won’t guess who it is but we found a cool way to make it work because we want to make a particular type of movie there. And there was a character who we always wanted to do something with who will fit really well there”
This sounds pretty damn cool to me. Say what you will about Raimi, but he has a proven track record in delivering these darker-toned stories which makes him the perfect man for the job. The Spider-Man 3 sized blot on his record is more attributed to studio interference than Raimi’s creative process and his return to the fold is way overdue. Should he make a welcome return to the Marvel Universe we can all look forward to one hell of a movie.
Joining Benedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness will be Benedict Wong who reprises his role as Wong and Elizabeth Olson who will reprise her iconic MCU role as Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff. One glaring omission from the cast, however, is Rachel McAdams who was expected to reprise her role as Christine Palmer, but we understand that she will not be returning for this darker adventure.
Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness will hit multiplexes on May 1st 2021.
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