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Spider-Man director Sam Raimi is in talks to direct Doctor Strange 2

By Tim Augustin - on 7 Feb 2020, 4:07pm

Spider-Man director Sam Raimi is in talks to direct Doctor Strange 2

What even is the Multiverse of Madness?

Sam Raimi returns to the world of Marvel superheroes?

Spider-Man (2002) director Sam Raimi is currently in talks with Marvel Studios to direct Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, according to Variety. He would replace the Doctor Strange sequel’s original director, Scott Derrickson. 

The film is scheduled to begin production in May, so Marvel Studios is going to want to lock down a new director pretty quickly to stick to that date. Sam Raimi is a fantastic choice to replace Derrickson as well, as the latter wanted to make the movie more horror-centric than its prequel. 

Derrickson eventually departed the film due to ‘creative differences’, but Raimi’s history of producing great horror movies and arguably kicking off the golden age of superhero movies gives him an edge here. Raimi has directed the Spider-Man trilogy, as well as the Evil Dead trilogy (minus the 2013 reboot). He hasn’t directed a film since 2013’s Oz the Great and Powerful, however. 

Sam Raimi, director of the first Spider-Man trilogy.

Variety notes that while most of Doctor Strange’s cast are expected to return, Rachel McAdams will not return to play Strange’s medical colleague, Christine Palmer. Elizabeth Olsen has been confirmed to appear in the film as Scarlet Witch however, so at least there’s that. 

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will only hit cinemas on May 7, 2021. In the meantime, you’ll have to make do with Black Widow, The Eternals and Marvel’s upcoming TV shows