Marvel Boss: Sam Raimi will make ‘Doctor Strange’ darker
Let’s face it: if a filmmaker can create Marvel’s first “horror” movie, it’s Sam Raimi.
Raimi not only has the horror chops – as the creator of the Wrong Death the universe and the director of the 90s Dark man and 2009 Dragged Me AT Hell– but he also kicked off the dominance of Marvel’s superheroes by leading the first Spider–Man 2002-2007 trilogy.
And, in a recent interview, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said the acclaimed director combines both worlds with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and by affixing the “Sam Raimi stamp on Doctor Strange. “
Feige said everything that is done at Marvel Studios is “from the perspective of the audience or how to evoke emotion in an audience,” according to a report on movieweb.com. “I really feel like I learned this from watching Sam on the Spider–Man movies.”
And now, Feige continued, “being in a position where Sam is back in the Marvel Universe and working for us on Doctor Strange, it’s pretty remarkable and comes full circle for me personally. It’s just exciting to see Sam working again and to see him put his Sam Raimi seal on Doctor Strange, on the Multiverse and on Marvel.
Feige added that for those who know what this stamp is, “they can be very excited. And for people who don’t know yet, I can’t wait for them to see this movie, to be blown away and say, “What else did he do? and immerse yourself in Sam Raimi’s filmography, which is one of the best of all time.
Screenwriter Michael Waldron said the original Doctor Strange has a ‘creepy’ about it, adding that “I’m glad there was a chance to push (the sequel) in a slightly scarier direction. Just because Sam does it so well.”
Elizabeth Olsen, who stars as the Scarlet Witch alongside Benedict Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange, echoed those sentiments, saying the film would explore the “feeling of constant fear and thrill and mistakes” for which the genre horror is famous.
“It’s a very scary movie,” Olsen said. “It’s old Sam Raimi. They’re trying to make the scariest Marvel movie.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness– set to hit theaters on March 25, 2022 – is directed by Raimi from a script by Waldron and Jade Bartlett. The film also stars Benedict Wong as Wong, Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Mordo and Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez.
Doctor Strange’s Marvel Comics character – created by writer / editor Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko (the same team that brought Spider-Man to life) – first appeared in Strange Tales No. 110 in 1963.
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