Sam Raimi Casually Confirms He Is Directing Doctor Strange Sequel

February seems like such a long time ago. It was then when the news came out that Sam Raimi could be on his way to Marvel Studios to helm the Doctor Strange sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The directing spot was available after it was vacated by Scott Derrickson due to creative differences. Some fans were excited about the return of the Spider-Man trilogy director. While others shared their opposite opinion.


Since then we hadn’t heard much about the open position as studios are not currently working. But that all changed during an interview with He was talking about his Quibi anthology horror series 50 States of Fright. During the conversation, they talked with him about his Doctor Strange reference in Spider-Man 2, when J.K. Simmons’ J. Jonah Jameson was talking about possible names for Otto Octavius’ villainous persona. One which was Doctor Strange, but noted that it had already been taken.

“I loved Doctor Strange as a kid, but he was always after Spider-Man and Batman for me, he was probably at number five for me of great comic book characters,” Raimi said. “He was so original, but when we had that moment in Spider-Man 2 I had no idea that we would ever be making a Doctor Strange movie, so it was really funny to me that coincidentally that line was in the movie. I gotta say I wish we had the foresight to know that I was going to be involved in the project.”

This is the first time that he had ever publically confirmed his involvement with the Doctor Strange sequel. I love how casually he drops the news. I wonder if it was on purpose or if they caught him reminiscing about his Spider-Man films.


Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will see Benedict Cumberbatch reprise his role as Stephen Strange. It will also include Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlett Witch. Her Disney+ series WandaVision will also tie into the film along with Loki‘s series. Others are expected to return to the sequel although they have not been confirmed.

Filming on the sequel was supposed to start in May. Due to the pandemic, they have moved pre-production to begin remotely in June.

Do you like the choice of director for the Doctor Strange sequel? Let us know in the comment section below!

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is currently scheduled to hit theaters on November 5th, 2021. You can catch Raimi’s latest anthology series 50 States of Fright on the new streaming app, Quibi.

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