Talk about news that no one ever saw coming! According to a new report from Variety, the director of the original Spider-Man trilogy, Sam Raimi is in talks to direct Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Former Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson parted ways with Marvel Studios over what he called “creative differences”. Although he’s no longer directing the film, Derrickson is still on board as a producer of the film. Sam Raimi hasn’t touched a comic book film since his original Spider-Man trilogy which helped pave the way for what modern comic book movies have become today. Despite the critical failure of Spider-Man 3, Raimi is highly respected and praised for his astonishing filmmaking.
16 years later, Spider-Man 2 is still Sam Raimi’s most praised Spider-Man to date. Despite the success of the double reboots Spider-Man has gotten since. Marvel Studios has had a knack for hiring mostly indie/unknown directors to helm some of their biggest box office blockbusters and have not had a director of this stature since 2011 in Kenneth Branagh and Joe Johnston who directed Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger respectively.
Marvel has yet to make any official announcement on Sam Raimi taking over the director’s chair for Doctor Strange 2, but with Raimi’s horror roots (The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, and Army of Darkness), and his stylistic filmmaking, he’s sure to bring something fresh, new and distinct to the MCU if and when he helms this movie.