MOVIE NEWS – Sam Raimi, best known for the iconic horror film The Evil Dead, has started an interesting collaboration with Marvel for the next Doctor Strange.
In an interview with Fandango, Raimi made a surprising statement, saying that the sequel to Doctor Strange would be the first film in the Marvel universe to “have a horror element”. The idea for Doctor Strange to be a Marvel movie with horror-like vibes in the Multiverse of Madness came from Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios. And who would be a better choice for the job than Sam Raimi?
“I think what [Kevin] meant from my perspective was that this film has a little bit of a horror flavour. I think when the original director Scott Derrickson and Kevin were promoting the coming of Doctor Strange in the Madness multiverse, they said it was going to be the first Marvel superhero movie to have a horror element. I hope I’m not misquoting them. But even after Scott left the film due to creative differences, that was still the brief – to make the first Marvel film with a horror element. So, I stayed true to their original statement.”
The sequel expanded on Feige’s comments and gave a taste of what the upcoming film has in store:
“I think that’s what Kevin had in mind, because it’s spooky in some places and scary in others. You don’t know what you’re going to find in the multiverse. There’s tension and darkness in that unknown. It’s a tool to stir up fear in the audience. Plus, Doctor Strange in the comics has always dealt with universes and dimensions that were quite spooky, so we tried to bring some of that into this film.”
This eeriness was foreshadowed in the marketing for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and the latest footage gives us another insight into what’s in store: zombies, monsters and an evil, three-eyed Doctor Strange. The consequences of their actions could well destroy the fabric of reality.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is expected to have an opening weekend of up to $200 million. After the success of Spider-Man: No Way Home, Marvel Studios was expected to come up with another big hit. The sequel is expected to open with more than twice the box office of the first Doctor Strange film. When Spider-Man: No Way Home came out, most estimates were for a first weekend gross of around $150 million. Turns out, the film was severely underestimated. Although Doctor Strange 2 is projected to open higher than Tom Holland’s third Spider-Man movie, the appeal of the latest Marvel film may have been underestimated. Rumours and speculation have flooded the internet in the run-up to the launch, with fans trying to guess what to expect from the new instalment of the MCU.
Doctor Strange is set in the multiverse of madness that was introduced in the Disney+ series Loki and Spider-Man: No Way Home, takes the idea of the multiverse extended in the Spider-Man franchise. So far, all we know is that several versions of Strange, Wong, Christine Palmer and Wanda Maximoff will appear, but rumours of more are rife, with Professor X of the X-Men (Patrick Stewart), the superior Iron Man (Tom Cruise), Mr. Fantastic, Deadpool and many others all being talked about for the fourth phase of the MCU. In the Multiverse of Madness trailers, Wanda appeared as both an ally and foe to Strange and Wong, and according to what seems to be reliable information, the events of the film will have repercussions throughout the MCU, so it’s likely that the next Doctor Strange won’t have a happy ending.