Ever since Scott Derrickson left Doctor Strange 2, Marvel Studios have been in a position they don’t see themselves in, finding a replacement.
However, it seems as Kevin Feige has found their number one choice for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in the man who shaped the modern superhero blockbuster, Sam Raimi.
According to Variety, both parties are in talks.
Raimi directed two of the greatest superhero and best Spider-Man movies in the early 2000s. They’re so iconic; Marvel Studios have had issues trying to match what the filmmaker did 15 years ago.
As well as the Marvel movies, Raimi is a legend in the horror genre due to his Evil Dead trilogy, Drag Me To Hell and as a producer of the remake of 2013’s Evil Dead, Poltergeist and Don’t Breathe.
If this happens, it would be a massive coup for Feige and Marvel Studios as they usually bring in go for upcoming talent like the Russo Brothers, Taika Waititi and Eternals director Chloe Zhao.
However, I think this is the wrong choice for both as there’s a reason why Feige goes for emerging talent as they’re better suited to fit into his vision. While Raimi, as you’ve seen, is a seasoned pro and would have his ideas that might not match during production.
Similar to previous director Derrickson, who wanted to make the first horror MCU movie, but could’ve been looking towards more of an R rating instead of a PG-13. This could be the one issue that stops it.
So if they went with Raimi, I could see him departing again due to creative differences.
Benedict Cumberbatch will be reprising his role as the Sorcerer Supreme in his first solo adventure since the original film in 2016 and last appeared in Avengers: Endgame. Both Chiwetel Ejiofor and Benedict Wong are expecting to also return.
They’ll be joined by Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch as, according to Feige, her storyline from the upcoming Disney+ series WandaVision will link into Doctor Strange 2.
One person not returning is Rachel McAdams’ character, Christine Palmer.