The horror community pricked up its ears earlier this year at the news that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness would be Marvel’s first horror film. But our excitement might have been premature. During a recent talk at the New York Film Academy, Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios and Chief Creative Officer of Marvel, clarified that the sequel isn’t exactly a horror flick.
“I wouldn’t necessarily say that’s a horror film,” Feige said. “But… as Scott Derrickson our director pitched it, it’ll be a big MCU film with scary sequences in it.”
Feige went on to reference films like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom, and Gremlins which, while not exactly horror films, always made him cover his eyes as a kid growing up in the 1980s.
“It’s fun to be scared in that way,” he said. “Not a horrific, torturous way, but a way that is legitimately scary—because Scott Derrickson is quite good at that—but scary in the service of an exhilarating emotion.”
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be released in our universe on May 7th, 2021.
Words: Samantha McLaren (@themeatispeople)