For someone under a lot of pressure to finish Winds of Winter, George R.R. Martin sure has a lot of time to update on his blog. Just recently, the celebrity author has written his praises for Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness which just hit Disney+.
Martin wrote on his blog:
“Sam Raimi has always been one of my favorite directors. And Dr. Strange has always been one of my favorite Marvel characters. And this version of Dr. Strange, slipping through portals into surreal dimensions full of floaty things and alternate realities, was the Doctor I fell in love with, way way way back when world was young (and so was I). They even gave us CLEA! I love Clea!”
Martin also goes on to write about his experience meeting Steve Ditko at the first-ever comic-con, and how he geeked out about Doctor Strange:
“Seeing this movie brought back a cherished memory, of the day I attended the world’s first comicon, in 1964 in Greenwich Village. I was fifteen years old. The whole con was held in one small room in some sort of union hall, with hucksters selling old comics from cardboard boxes along one wall, and the speakers at a podium in the front. Fabulous Flo Steinberg turned up.. and so did Steve Ditko. It might well have been the only comicon he ever attended… but I got to talk to him, and tell him how much I loved his art. Especially on Dr. Strange. Ditko was reserved, maybe a bit shy, but genial enough. He told me that Dr. Strange was his favorite as well. Yes, even more than Spider-Man.”
Martin also goes on to say that the film ‘woke the sleeping Marvel fanboy in me’, which is great since there was a lot of criticism thrown at the film for hardcore Marvel stans.
Admittedly, I was one of the fans who didn’t think they leaned on the Multiverse concept hard enough, but the movie does feel very much like a Raimi film which I thought was the most enjoyable part of the experience.
We don’t know when we’ll see Doctor Strange next, but I am hoping we get a redemption arc for Scarlet Witch. Catch Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness now available on Disney+.