Before the Marvel Cinematic Universe cemented the superhero genre, Sam Raimi was setting the stage with trilogy of Spider-Man movies. He offered audiences high-flying action, heartbreaking scenes of sacrifice, and a gleeful whimsy that sometimes veered into the ridiculous. Thirteen years later, this genre pioneer may be returning to superhero cinema as the helmer of the Doctor Strange sequel.
Variety reports Raimi is in talks to direct Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which Doctor Strange helmer Scott Derrickson ditched over “creative differences.”
On paper, Raimi seems an excellent choice to take on this particular branch of the MCU, which blends superhero stories with a darker, horror-influenced edge. Raimi not only made the Spider-Man Trilogy but also forged his reputation in horror, creating the iconic Evil Dead trilogy. However, Raimi’s reputation has been marred by the missteps of Spider-Man 3, which has become a laughing stock, and his last studio offering, the deeply terrible Oz the Great and Powerful.
So, what does Twitter have to say about Raimi’s potential return to Marvel movies? It’s a mixed bag!
"BREAKING: Sam Raimi to direct Doctor Strange 2"— 🦇 Raphael Bleu 🦇 (@SpinkyRB) February 6, 2020
Sam Raimi right now: pic.twitter.com/MVxeIsGcoC— 𝒜𝓂𝒶𝓃𝒹𝒶 ❄️✨ (@amandagabr1elle) February 6, 2020
You gotta remember, Feige worked with Sam Raimi on the original Spider-Man Trilogy and Sam complimented him and Marvel on the Spider-Man 3 audio commentary for allowing him the freedom to explore the darker side of Peter Parker. I think they’re on good terms— Will (@WilliamD1123) February 6, 2020
Coincidence? I think NOT. Sam Raimi foreshadowing his involvement in Doctor Strange 2 back in 2004’s Spider-Man 2. pic.twitter.com/p8WO2c51aS— 𝓪𝓁𝒾𝒶𝓈 (@itsjustanx) February 6, 2020
Me: "I'm done with the MCU, they should have called it quits with Endgame. I can't see myself ever getting excited about a Marvel movie again."— The Majesty of Cinema (@MajestyofCinema) February 6, 2020
*Marvel announce Sam Raimi is directing Doctor Strange 2*
Sam Raimi’s last movie Oz the Great and Powerful was a soulless corporate product that Sam Raimi STILL found a way to inject life and heart into. Even if Marvel doesn’t let him go full Raimi, I still think he can make something great out of Doctor Strange 2 pic.twitter.com/zJYqab7S5l— ⚡️Damian⚡️ (@DCFlashshill) February 6, 2020
Sam Raimi absolutely still has it—Drag Me to Hell is a modern classic, with an all-time great ending. He’s the perfect choice to do PG-13 right-up-to-the-edge horror.— Patrick Klepek (@patrickklepek) February 6, 2020
I’m so scared for doctor strange. Remember Sam raimi did most of the movies that destroyed the reputation of the superhero genre. This could be the first bad bad MCU movie.— borja (@borja43276269) February 6, 2020
Emm Cee Uu - "SaM rAiMi'S sPiDeR mAn wAs bAd"— Umashankar. (@USPfied) February 6, 2020
Sam Raimi to direct Doctor Strange Sequel.
Sam Raimi- pic.twitter.com/9UndkbF6LW
Sam Raimi directing Doctor Strange is a bad idea. pic.twitter.com/hClDzHJdXl— Ian Mondrick (@Ian_Face) February 6, 2020
Sam Raimi in talks to direct Dr Strange 2? Uh oh, you know what that might mean! Bruce Campbell in the MCU! pic.twitter.com/dMZznRYhf6— Army of Dorkness (@ArmyofDorkness_) February 6, 2020
I love that Bruce Campbell starts trending as soon as Raimi is announced as the Doctor Strange director pic.twitter.com/57ZupxdIJt— Adam (@NotSoEvilDead) February 6, 2020
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is slated to open May 7, 2021.
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