Sam Raimi could be about to return to the world of superheroes as the acclaimed filmmaker is in talks with Marvel to direct Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The highly anticipated sequel was dealt a set back recently when original director Scott Derrickson exited the project. No specifics were revealed outside of "creative differences", but after a month of being without a director, Marvel might have just found the perfect fit.
Much like Derrickson, Raimi's background is in horror, but to a generation of fans, he will forever be known as the director of the original Spider-Man trilogy. While we all want to pretend the third one was a cheese dream, Spider-Man 2 still stands as one of the best superhero sequels of all time. Much like X-Men, Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy helped pave the way for superhero movies as we know them today. As it's called The Multiverse of Madness, I'm fully expecting Doctor Strange 2 to get super weird, trippy, and maybe even a little scary. I couldn't honestly think of a more suitable filmmaker to take this on, and Raimi has been absent from our screens for too long. He hasn't directed a feature film since 2013's Oz The Great and Powerful, and before that was his return to horror in 2009 with Drag Me To Hell.
We still don't know much about what Doctor Strange 2 will entail beyond the titular Multiverse of Madness. All we know for sure is that the Disney+ series WandaVision will link directly to the story in some way, and Elizabeth Olsen will be joining Benedict Cumberbatch in the movie. On a more disappointing note, according to Variety Rachael McAdams won't be back for the sequel as Christine Palmer. Also starring Benedict Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Elizabeth Olson, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is due out on May 7, 2021.