Why Are Marvel Fans Freaking Out Over Sam Raimi Directing ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverss of Madness’?

Sam Raimi is officially the new director of Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. It has been a month since Marvel parted ways with director Scott Derrickson over creative differences. Given how Raimi has experience in making superhero flicks and horror movies, it’s no wonder why fans are freaking out about him directing Benedict Cumberbatch’s next stand-alone film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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New ‘Doctor Strange 2’ director Sam Raimi | L. Cohen/WireImage

Raimi joins the MCU

Marvel has officially confirmed that Raimi will be directing Doctor Strange 2, which is due out in theaters in May of 2021. The studio has not revealed a lot of details about the plot of the film, but it is expected to be Marvel’s first foray into the horror genre.

With Derrickson leaving the project, Raimi is probably the best fit for the movie. Not only has Raimi’s The Evil Dead gained cult-like status among fans, but he also directed the Spider-Man trilogy in the early 2000s starring Tobey Maguire.

Although Raimi may be the perfect fit, there are some concerns about the film. For starters, Raimi is coming in late in the development of the movie, which might limit his imprint on the project. We have no doubt that Raimi will improve things, but most of the big scenes have probably already been worked out.

Secondly, We Got This Covered reports that Derrickson left because Marvel wanted too much control over the movie’s tone. It is possible that Raimi toes the line with the studio in order to get another project down the road, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens on that front.

Marvel fans freak out over Raimi’s hiring

Reservations aside, fans have been freaking out over Raimi helming Doctor Strange 2. Taking to social media, the decision to hire Raimi has been overwhelmingly approved by Marvel fans, who cannot wait to see what he can bring to the table.

“If the news is true then Doctor Strange 2 is now back to being my most anticipated MCU film,” one fan wrote.

Apart from bringing his style to the film, fans are very excited about which actors Raimi will bring with him. There has been a lot of talk about Bruce Campbell and Ted Raimi making an appearance, though nothing official has been confirmed.

There have also been rumors about appearances from other superheroes in the MCU, including the likes of Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), and Spider-Man (Tom Holland).

While we wait for the official word, there is another actor fans would love to see reunite with Raimi on the big screens.

Will Maguire appear in ‘Doctor Strange 2’?

There are still a lot of questions surrounding Doctor Strange 2, especially with Raimi now at the helm. But inside sources claim that Raimi is very interested in casting Maguire for a part.

Raimi has a long history of recycling actors, so bringing Maguire back wouldn’t be totally out of the question. And with the film exploring elements of the multiverse, it is possible that Maguire reprises his version of Spider-Man, albeit in an alternate universe.

That said, Maguire was also rumored to be appearing in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, but that did not happen. Producers were apparently worried that bringing Maguire on board would confuse fans and decided to go in a different direction.

Maguire has not commented on the rumors surrounding his appearance in Doctor Strange 2.

Rachel McAdams leaves ‘Multiverse of Madness’

While it is exciting to see Raimi take over, Doctor Strange 2 lost another important actor.  Following Derrickson’s surprise exit, Rachel McAdams has officially left the sequel as well.

In Doctor Strange, McAdams played the part of Dr. Christine Palmer, who was a love interest for Strange and supported him throughout his recovery. We do not know how McAdam’s exit will impact the script, but it is definitely sad to see her go.

Palmer has not opened up about her departure, though sources say that she did not want to be a part of the movie without Derrickson. Hopefully, the actress will return to the franchise at some point down the road, especially with Strange playing such an important part in the MCU.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is scheduled to open in theaters on May 5, 2021.