Director Sam Raimi confirmed his involvement in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
In 2016, Marvel Studios explored a new corner of the MCU with the release of director Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange. While Scott Derrickson was initially announced as the director for the sequel, titled Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, it was later announced he will no longer helm the project due to creative differences with Marvel.
Afterward, it was reported that Spider-Man director Sam Raimi was in talks to direct the Doctor Strange sequel, though has been no official word on the matter from Marvel since then. Now, Sam Raimi himself confirmed his involvement in the sequel to ComingSoon.net while discussing the reference to the character in Spider-Man 2:
“I loved Doctor Strange as a kid, but he was always after Spider-Man and Batman for me, he was probably at number five for me of great comic book characters. He was so original, but when we had that moment in Spider-Man 2 I had no idea that we would ever be making a Doctor Strange movie, so it was really funny to me that coincidentally that line was in the movie. I gotta say I wish we had the foresight to know that I was going to be involved in the project.”
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Details on The Multiverse of Madness are currently limited, though it is said to feature horror elements. Furthermore, the Disney Plus mini-series WandaVision will also serve as the lead-in to the sequel.
Scott Derrickson is still attached to The Multiverse of Madness as an executive producer, with Sam Raimi in talks to direct from a script written by Michael Waldron. The sequel will star Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, and Elizabeth Olsen.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is scheduled to be released in theaters on November 5.