Sam Raimi's Marvel Movies Reaction Teases Doctor Strange 2's Quality
With Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Sam Raimi returns to the superhero genre, although the Spider-Man filmmaker has only watched four MCU flicks.
Doctor Strange 2 is not Sam Raimi and Kevin Feige's first collaboration. Feige was an uncredited associate producer on Spider-Man and then an executive producer on Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3, both of which were directed by Sam Raimi. Kevin Feige, the figurehead behind the most successful franchise in Hollywood history, got the opportunity to work with a creative who undoubtedly influenced him early in his career two decades later.
During the marketing for Doctor Strange 2, Sam Raimi claimed that he had only watched Iron Man, The Avengers, Black Panther, and Doctor Strange from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While Raimi was enthusiastic about the project, he said in another interview with AMC Theaters that he had a "little overdose" on superhero movies after directing three of his own. If the Spider-Man experience was taxing enough for him to avoid watching subsequent Marvel films for many years, then Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness must have been a fantastic pitch. Not only that, but for Sam Raimi to return to a superhero film after Spider-Man 3, which was plagued by studio interference, the experience offered by Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios must have been thrilling.
The news that Sam Raimi might take over as director of Doctor Strange 2 from Scott Derrickson was unexpected. Raimi had not done a superhero film in almost a decade, and there was no indication that he would do it again. Furthermore, the filmmaker has a very authorial filmmaking approach, which may make it difficult for him to fit into the already well-oiled MCU machine. Despite this, Raimi appears to have gotten along swimmingly with Marvel Studios, and Doctor Strange 2 is shaping up to be one of the franchise's largest and boldest pictures to date, both in terms of scope and plot.
One of Raimi's most well-known problems in the production of superhero films was balancing all of the numerous narratives in Spider-Man 3, since the studio insisted on include Venom despite the director's initial ideas. If that kind of studio influence and the desire for particular characters to appear had been an obvious issue in the early stages of Doctor Strange 2, Raimi would most likely not have accepted the job.
Sam Raimi directing a Marvel Cinematic Universe film is still unusual, which is why Doctor Strange 2 appears to be so exciting. Balancing the vastness of the Multiverse with Doctor Strange's plot will be difficult, especially given Elizabeth Olsen's Wanda Maximoff, as well as new characters like America Chavez and other Multiverse versions the MCU heroes may encounter along the road, will all be important characters in the film. It's too early to tell if Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be as memorable as Raimi's previous four Marvel flicks, but all signals point to a positive outcome for the director's much awaited return to the genre.