Scott Derrickson, who directed the first Doctor Strange movie back in 2016, was originally attached to direct the sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. That’s no longer the case—but while we would have loved to see his vision for the project, we’re thrilled to hear that Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Drag Me to Hell) has been tapped to replace Derrickson at the helm.
While Kevin Fiege, president of Marvel Studios, recently clarified that the sequel isn’t “necessarily” a horror film, as was initially reported, he did emphasise that it will include horror elements. Sam Raimi is, of course, a master of the horror genre and a Marvel veteran, having directed the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man trilogy, so we can’t wait to see what he’ll conjure up.
Benedict Cumberbatch will return as Doctor Strange for the sequel, with Chiwetel Ejiofor and Benedict Wong expected to reprise their roles. The film will also feature Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is scheduled to arrive in a universe near you on May 7th, 2021.
Words: Samantha McLaren (@themeatispeople)