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Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness
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"Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness" is an upcoming sequel to "Doctor Strange" (2016), and is currently scheduled to be released in 2021. It will star Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange and Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch.

Scott Derrickson (director of the first Doctor Strange movie) was originally going to direct the sequel as well, but recently left the project due to creative differences. Variety is now reporting that Sam Raimi is in talks to replace him.

Sam Raimi in Talks to Direct ‘Doctor Strange 2’ (EXCLUSIVE) - Variety

Scott Derrickson posted the following message on Twitter, seemingly confirming that Raimi will likely be the director:
 
Quote:I’ve worked with Sam Raimi. One of the nicest people I’ve known in the film business, and as a director, a true living legend. What a great choice to take over Doctor Strange.

Personally, this news makes me excited. Raimi's unique style and legendary accomplishments in both the superhero and horror genres make him a unique fit for a Doctor Strange movie.

Also, does anyone else remember this?

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Raimi would've been an excellent choice for a Doctor Strange film — over fifteen years ago. Frankly, I think he's a has-been who hasn't made a decent film since Spider-Man 2. Even if he was still firing on all cylinders, I can't imagine he'd be allowed to infuse his style into any entry in the Marvel Homogenized Universe.
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He's only made three movies since Spider-Man 2. Granted, Spider-Man 3 was pretty bad, but Drag Me to Hell was great, and Oz the Great and Powerful which he didn't write and the direction wasn't the issue with the film. He also wrote the fantastic pilot for Ash vs Evil Dead.
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(02-13-2020, 09:54 AM)asterixsmeagol Wrote: He's only made three movies since Spider-Man 2. Granted, Spider-Man 3 was pretty bad, but Drag Me to Hell was great, and Oz the Great and Powerful which he didn't write and the direction wasn't the issue with the film. He also wrote the fantastic pilot for Ash vs Evil Dead.

Also, "Spider-Man 3" is such a mess mostly (if not entirely) due to studio interference. Raimi had the movie planned out (Sandman and the Vulture were going to break out of jail together, and Sandman was going to be sympathetic while the Vulture was going to be more evil and have a corrupting influence on him), but Avi Arad decided to make him put Venom (a villain that Raimi wasn't very familiar with and didn't care for) into the movie. Worse yet, Arad waited until pretty late in the process to do this, meaning that the script had to be rewritten in a hurry. Still, as flawed and messy as the movie is, some of its scenes are truly great. I would even argue that its best scenes are better than the best scenes of any post-Raimi Spider-Man movie.

As for "Oz the Great and Powerful", Raimi's direction was very good. Its flaws come mostly from miscasting (just Mila Kunis in my opinion, although some people would argue James Franco as well) and writing (the Wicked Witch of the West's origin story is a bit rushed). I think that the latter might even be due to editing, as there were scenes showing Evanora's gradual brainwashing and manipulation of Theodora that were cut for pacing. Those scenes might have made all the difference story-wise. Even with its flaws, the movie is miles better than any of Tim Burton's work for the same studio (Disney).
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I strongly disliked Drag Me to Hell. But different strokes for different folks, as they say.
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Sam Raimi has confirmed that he is directing "Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness".

In an interview with ComingSoon, he stated the following:
 
Quote:"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."

Exclusive: Sam Raimi on Spider-Man 2 Doctor Strange Reference - ComingSoon
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I really hope they go all the way with making this Strange a horror movie, there's not much tying me to this series anymore. Bringing Sam Raimi on is a good sign, fingers crossed for some whacky camera tricks
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Marvel has so far been very resistant to going full genre with their obviously genre characters.  Their pre-Avengers films were probably the most specific visions, with the first Thor looking and feeling very different to Incredible Hulk, and that to Captain America, etc.  You could argue that they've pretty much all been dragged to center and modeled after Iron Man/The Avengers since then.  

I would hope they feel comfortable enough to at least experiment a little bit though.  I'd love to see Shang-Chi lean more towards a heavy Martial Arts film, Eternals go into more hard sci-fi, Dr. Strange into horror, etc.  Sadly, it looks like we'll never get a real Viking Asgardian blood and metal Thor film, though.
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