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Sam Raimi in talks to direct Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness

February 6th, 2020 by Marc Comments

Well now, isn’t this a thing?

We learned a few weeks back that director Scott Derrickson had left the MCU and directing Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness over ‘creative differences’.

While there’s no confirmation on what these differences were, it’s widely suspected that it was because Derrickson had made it widely known that he wanted to make the MCU’s first horror movie although Marvel boss Kevin Feige made it clear that he wasn’t on for that.

So, what did Marvel/Disney do? They got into talks with Sam Raimi, one of the greatest horror directors working today after creating The Evil Dead, Dragged to Hell and so much more.

However, to be fair, he also directed the Spider-man trilogy and, aside from the third instalment which screamed ‘studio interference’, it contains two of the best comic book movies ever made.

So this is a definite scoop for Marvel and will make it a must-see once it starts filming in May.

Oh, and it means we’ll likely see Bruce Campbell in the MCU!

We also know that while Benedict Cumberbatch is returning as the Sorcerer Supreme and Benedict Wong and Chiwetel Ejiofor are also expected to return, Rachel McAdams will not reprise her role as Dr Christine Palmer, which is a shame because while she was criminally underused in the first movie, she could have been a much bigger character in the sequel.

As for the plot, I’m hearing rumours that the Multiverse will see alternate reality versions of familiar characters from the MCU, similar to what The CW did recently with the Crisis On Infinite Earths events in their Arrowverse shows.

However, I’ve got to wondering.

We are also hearing that the Multiverse may be used to pull in the Sony movies such as Venom and the upcoming Morbius… so could we also see Raimi’s Spider-man – Tobey Maguire – appear in some form? There’s plenty of rumours that this could lead to a live-action Spider-verse adventure, to who knows? It probably won’t… but wouldn’t it be awesome?

On to of that I’m also hearing the movie will see the character America Chavez join the MCU. So, make of that what you will.

Let me hear all your thoughts, gang.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness opens on May 7th, 2021.

Meanwhile, in a wonderful bit of foreshadowing, here’s a cracking scene from Spider-man 2:

Sources: Variety,

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….