Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness actor Bruce Campbell, a staple of Sam Raimi’s films, has spoken about Marvel’s extensive reshoot process on the project.
Fans of Sam Raimi, the director on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, will know that Raimi and Bruce Campbell are frequent collaborators. Campbell played the lead role of Ash in Raimi’s Evil Dead series and would later cameo in all three of Raimi’s Spider-Man films, appearing as a wrestling announcer, a theater usher and a waiter throughout the trilogy. Plans were also made for Campbell to cameo as Mysterio in Spider-Man 4, before the film was cancelled. The role would ultimately be played on screen by Jake Gyllenhaal in 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home.
While it has been confirmed that Bruce Campbell has filmed a part for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, details of the cameo role have been kept under wraps. Given the film’s exploration of the multiverse and Tobey Maguire’s recent return in Spider-Man: No Way Home, which laid some groundwork for Multiverse of Madness, it’s possible Campbell’s return could be tied to his appearances in the Spider-Man franchise. However, the actor apparently isn’t sure whether his role will make the final cut. Speaking to Game Informer recently, Campbell talked about the heavy reshoots involved on a Marvel Studios project like the Doctor Strange sequel:
“The Marvel guys, they make eight of these movies at the same time, so they’re always updating storylines. So, my buddy Sam [Raimi] has had to add scenes that [Marvel] told him he had to shoot, and he’s removed scenes that no longer apply. So until May rolls around I don’t think Benedict Cumberbatch even knows if he’s in this movie or not.”
Given the intricately interconnected nature of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s not surprising that reshoots are such an important part of the process. It’s also a reflection of Marvel’s dedication to making each film as good as it can be. However, fans of Sam Raimi and of Bruce Campbell’s cameos in his work will surely be hoping that Campbell made the cut in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Here is the synopsis for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness:
The MCU unlocks the Multiverse and pushes its boundaries further than ever before. Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies both old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront a mysterious new adversary.
Directed by Sam Raimi from a script written by Michael Waldron, the Marvel movie stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, with Michael Stuhlbarg, Rachel McAdams, and Patrick Stewart.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits theaters on May 6, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the upcoming Marvel film, and subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.