Fans were shocked to find out that Scott Derrickson had left Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and Marvel Studios is currently scrambling to look for a replacement. What’s interesting is, they may have found another horror expert who also has experience helming a Marvel film.
According to Variety, Spider-Man director Sam Raimi is currently in talks to take over the Doctor Strange sequel. Derrickson himself is still attached as executive producer for the movie, with production set to start in May. Hopefully Raimi has enough time to get himself acquainted with Derrickson’s original plans. We wouldn’t want another The Rise of Skywalker in our hands.
If anything, Raimi kind of predicted his work on Doctor Strange back with Spider-Man 2. In one scene, J. Jonah Jameson is trying to find a “villain” name for Doctor Octopus, and one of the names pitched is “Doctor Strange”, to which Jameson denies because “it’s taken.”
Sam Raimi has been on the Doctor Strange train since 2004! pic.twitter.com/k7mavphIzJ
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We don’t know exactly why Derrickson left the project, but some suspect that he wanted to make it scarier than the usual Marvel film. Raimi himself had worked on horror before he started on Spider-Man, but hopefully he could come up with some good compromise with the studio. Fans are already excited to see him come to the MCU, but I would still love to see him bring his own creative flair to the project.
For now, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is still set to come out May 7, 2021.