Feb
05
2020

The Turn of the Wheel: Sam Raimi in talks to direct DOCTOR STRANGE 2.

I’ll allow it.

Sam Raimi, who helped launch the modern superhero movie with 2002’s “Spider-Man,” is in talks to direct “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” for Marvel Studios, Variety has learned.

Raimi replaces original director Scott Derrickson, who Variety reported on Jan. 9 had officially departed the project due to creative differences. Derrickson will remain as an executive producer. Raimi, meanwhile, will need to get up to speed before the film’s scheduled production start date in May.

Via GeekTyrant. Raimi is not the grandfather of the MCU, but he’s definitely at least a collateral ancestor: his SPIDER-MAN informs a lot of what came after. Plus, and this is very important: Bruce Campbell, call your office. You might have to go wear a suit in the MCU after all*.

Moe Lane

PS: HAIL TO THE KING, BABY.

*No, seriously: this is a thing.

5 Comments

  • Phil Smith says:

    Seen on twitter: Bruce as Uncle Ben. Love it.

  • jeboyle says:

    I’ll pay to see this. I have a weak spot for the people at Renaissance Films anyway, but Sam Raimi does great work if the studio doesn’t get in the way.

    • Moe_Lane says:

      Disney/Marvel has had a remarkably light hand lately. They let Taika Waititi (huh. Spelled it right on the first try) just run with it, after all. I think that they just want to make sure that the directors put in some stuff to be hooks and callbacks for later movies, which isn’t actually a bad strategy for a sprawling shared universe where people just handwave away pesky contradictions.

      • nicklevi86 says:

        I feel like “contradictions” are irrelevant when re-weaving the Fabric of the Universe on the daily is Strange’s entire shtick.

      • acat says:

        Movie franchises have, like TV franchises, lived and died by consistency ..
        .
        trope: Cousin Oliver Syndrome
        .
        Comic books have never – or rarely – invested in this idea .. sometimes bothering with thinly woven retcons, sometimes not even doing that.
        .
        The MCU seems to be following the comic book model, not the movie/TV model .. which is healthy. Movies are, after all, a product of their time and place.
        .
        Mew

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