Sam Raimi In Talks To Direct Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

It looks as though Sam Raimi might make his MCU debut as he is reported to be taking over as director for the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Variety reports that the 2002 Spider-Man trilogy and Evil Dead director could be taking over after original director Scott Derrickson departed the project “due to creative differences”.

Sam Raimi

If Raimi were to actually come on board to salvage the Doctor Strange sequel starring Benedict Cumberbatch, there are a couple of reasons as to why he’s arguably the best man for the job. Well, we’ve already mentioned them.

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Firstly, having created and directed the Evil Dead series, where the 60-year-old’s horror expertise is in line with the “scary” element of this film, as quoted by the outgoing Derrickson. Additionally, this won’t be his first Marvel movie stint, having worked on the Spider-Man IP with Tobey Maguire as the titular wall-crawler back in 2002 – 2007. As such, fans should have plenty of reason to still be hyped for the upcoming sequel.

Benedict Cumberbatch will return as the Sorcerer Supreme, alongside Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One and Benedict Wong as Wong. Joining them will be Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, whose upcoming Disney+ show WandaVision will be a direct tie-in to Multiverse of Madness.

Three new characters in Clea, Jericho Drumm and Namor the Sub-Mariner have been teased, though Marvel Studios hasn’t confirmed their presence nor any actors have been attached to them as of yet.

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is still on schedule to release in theatres globally on 7 May 2021.


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