Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is hoping to land Spider-Man director Sam Raimi for the superhero sequel.
Sam Raimi’s original Spider-Man trilogy has long been held as a gold standard of comic book movie-making by fans and critics alike.
However, since the final movie in his Spider-Man trilogy was released in 2007, director Sam Raimi has been relatively quiet on the directing front, releasing only two feature films — neither of which even came close to the comic book movie genre.
That may be changing soon, as Variety has reported that Sam Raimi is currently in talks with the MCU to direct the Doctor Strange sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
If the talks succeed, Raimi would replace original Doctor Strange 2 director Scott Derrickson, the director of the first film who recently left the project due to creative differences, though remains as a producer on the project.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will see the return of Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular Sorcerer Supreme, Benedict Wong as Wong, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as fellow-sorcerer-turned-nemisis Karl Mordo. Rachel McAdams, however, will not return as Christine Palmer.
As confirmed by Kevin Feige earlier this year, Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff — aka Scarlet Witch — will make an appearance in the sequel film in a storyline that will connect with her Disney+ series WandaVision, which debuts in December.
Unlike many recent MCU directors who directed smaller budgeted films or were mostly known for their work in television, Sam Raimi will join the MCU’s rank of directors with 15 films under his belt, including the wildly popular Spider-Man trilogy. While the final film in that trilogy didn’t achieve the same heights as the first two, Sam Raimi is still widely respected among fans and directors.
Since the end of that trilogy in 2007, Raimi has directed the 2009 horror film Drag Me to Hell and Disney’s The Wizard of Oz prequel Oz the Great and Powerful in 2013, which had a close to $200 million budget.
This pedigree would make him the most established filmmaker to potentially join Marvel Studios since Kenneth Branagh and Joe Johnston directed the original Thor and Captain America, respectively.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be released in theaters on May 7, 2021.