When it was revealed last month that Scott Derrickson would be stepping down as director of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, it was the first time in a while we had heard about a major creative clash between Marvel and a filmmaker. Rumours immediately began to swirl about Marvel not being comfortable with the darker vision for this sequel and the assumption was that they would be replacing Derrickson with a studio-friendly “jobber”. Now this week, however, we have a surprising development on that front: it looks like Sam Raimi is the director that will be replacing him. Well played, Marvel. Hit the jump for more info.
According to THR, Sam Raimi is in talks to direct Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. It would mark his return to Marvel comic book movies after a decade away, having helmed three Spider-Man movies for Sony throughout most of the 2000s. Scott Derrickson will remain on board as an executive producer.
It is a bit surprising that Raimi would be interested given the troubles he had with Spider-Man 3, but obviously it is a different studio and a different character as well. His last movie behind the camera was Oz the Great and Powerful back in 2013 but he has quite a few other projects currently in development across multiple genres. It would seem that the opportunity to mix his love of horror and comic books was something he simply could not turn down. Are you excited to see Sam Raimi take on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness?