Well, well, well, Marvel Studios president, Kevin Feige. You get all the praise, you get all the money, but now I know you aren’t a genius, but a thief!
Yesterday, February 5th, Sam Raimi was confirmed as being in talks to direct Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, an idea I’ve had for a long time. I first officially voiced this on record on January 9th at 6:43pm, 2020, which, very oddly, didn’t break as major news until January 10th. I guess that’s because I follow original Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson).
My original tweet, nearly an entire month ago reads as follows:
Hear me out… Sam Raimi should direct #DoctorStrangeInTheMultiverseOfMadness
— Who Watches The Nick Doll? (@LRM_Nick) January 10, 2020
As you can see, I’m the only possible person that could possibly come to the conclusion that Sam Raimi, a legend in both horror films and superhero films, would be a good fit for Marvel Studios’ first PG-13 Horror movie, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Raimi has a unique way of shooting superhero action: his tight zooms and zoom-outs always added intensity to the way his original live-action Spider-Man web-slinged (slung?), and history with horror including the Evil Dead trilogy, Darkman, that operation scene in Spider-Man 2, and Drag Me To Hell, there is no better man to direct Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. And there is NO WAY is it a coincidence Marvel Studios is trying to sign a deal with him. They are obviously following my tweets very closely and stealing my genius ideas. Maybe I’m the genius… and not Kevin Feige.
And by maybe, I mean definitely. Follow me down another rabbit hole.
I’ve written a column here on LRM Online for many years. The now-canceled column was known as Breaking Geek — the name would go on in the ongoing podcast, Breaking Geek Radio: The Podcast, the premiere podcast of LRMonline (enough self-congratulation and selling-out… but not really, there is much more to come).
I only bring us back in time to provide further evidence of Marvel Studios’ theft of my ideas… I pitched Falcon and the Winter Solder on LRM Online on November 3rd, 2017, with Disney+ not even being announced until a year and five days later on November 8th, 2018. And the show they stole from me, Falcon and the Winter Soldier wasn’t announced until April 2019. Here is the nearly two and a half-year-old pitch straight from my article, 5 Genres The Marvel Cinematic Universe Should Tackle Next!:
Some have called Thor: Ragnarok a buddy film, while others say it is also a road trip movie. I didn’t feel like it was much of either. Yes, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) team up and have some witty banter, but I’m more thinking more what the MCU version of Lethal Weapon or Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid would look like.
One of my favorite comics, the one I feel has the best buddy team, is Spider-Man/Deadpool, which unfortunately would never come to pass in the MCU due to the fact that Sony still has the rights to Spider-Man (even if they are willing to share… for now), and Deadpool is owned by Fox. But, I’ve already seen real potential in two characters who have had a wonderfully offbeat relationship in Captain America: Civil War.
The Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie) were absolutely hilarious together in Civil War. Whether it was Wilson refusing to adjust his seat so Bucky could have more leg room, the pair giving Captain America that look when he finally kisses Sharon Carter, or their bungled fight against Spider-Man in the airport scene, these two are quite the entertaining pair to watch.
Like any good buddy cop pairing, Falcon and Bucky are a bit mismatched, but also have great chemistry. In a post Avengers 4 world, for all we know Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) will be dead, and it will be time for a new Captain America. Both men have held the title of Captain America in the comics, so why not make them both Cap and call it Captains America? Or, leave them as Falcon and Winter Solider and still pair them together.
I don’t care which approach Marvel uses, but get these two Captain America sidekicks their own film, Marvel! Do it!
Yet, as any lawyer knows (I’ve been watching lots of True Crime on Netflix lately), I’ll need more evidence to prove this without a reason of a doubt. So, I have more examples of Marvel Studios stealing my billion-dollar ideas.
In the same article, I first pitched a horror version of Doctor Strange 2:
Marvel Studios’ competitors are all over this genre, so it’s time for the MCU to make the same venture. Fox is releasing New Mutants, Sony has Venom, and Spawn is coming from Todd McFarlane; all described as horror films.
Horror may be a trickier genre for the Disney owned MCU to pull off, as apparently R-rated films are a “no no.” But it doesn’t mean it can’t be done.
There are several routes Marvel can take to create a horror film. Doctor Strange 2 could easily be made darker, with a more horrific foe, some sort of supernatural force only the Sorcerer Supreme could take on. With Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofer) already set as the villain for the sequel, he could summon creatures from our nightmares from a darker dimension. So, though it couldn’t be rated R, the Doctor Strange franchise could at least take a darker, scarier path, making it the least family friendly franchise in the MCU, which would be refreshing.
Another option is to create a film set outside the Marvel Universe, a multiverse or “what if” type story, using the Marvel Zombies comic for direction. Marvel Zombies is a five-issue limited series from 2005, written by Robert Kirkman of Walking Dead fame. In this alternate universe, the world’s superhero population has been infected with a virus which, well, turns them into zombies. Changes would need to be made, as with any adaptation of a classic story in the MCU, making Marvel Zombies a viable option, should Marvel ever want to venture into alternate universes.
Guess what? Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now a”horror” film, What If…? is also happening on Disney+, including Marvel Zombies. I need a FAT Check!
As Anthony Mackie says after every shot:
Cut the check!
Rather than continue to the part of my column where I suggest a spy thriller Black Widow film — clearly the most original idea of all — I will instead tie into the introduction of this column, which involves my most recent Marvel suggestions and reveals the true-crime twist, that Kevin Feige ripped me off this very week.
On the podcast I co-created, Breaking Geek Radio: The Podcast, recorded Sunday and released Monday, I most recently expressed my interest in Sam Raimi directing Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Forgive me, I’m not too lazy to find the quote, I just want my podcast to get listens, so click here to enjoy the work of me, Branden Jones, and Tanya Watson with my stolen idea:
There. It’s clear to see. Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios are stealing from me. Me and my brilliant brain.
So, Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige, LRM Online‘s best lawyers will soon be in contact with you. Have a nice day.
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