SPIDER-MAN Director Sam Raimi Confirms He Will Helm DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS

SPIDER-MAN Director Sam Raimi Confirms He Will Helm DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS

Sam Raimi has confirmed reports that he's set to take the helm of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, while also reflecting on that "Doctor Strange" Easter Egg from 2004's Spider-Man 2...

Shortly after it was revealed that Scott Derrickson had walked away from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness over "creative differences," we learned from the trades that Marvel Studios was eyeing Sam Raimi to take charge of the sequel. While it did already sound like a done deal, the filmmaker himself has now confirmed that he'll be in the director's chair. 

During a recent interview with ComingSoon.net, Raimi mentioned working on the movie, and reflected on the Spider-Man 2 Easter Egg which actually referenced the Sorcerer Supreme. 

"I loved Doctor Strange as a kid, but he was always after Spider-Man and Batman for me, he was probably at number five for me of great comic book characters," the director explained. "He was so original, but when we had that moment in Spider-Man 2 I had no idea that we would ever be making a Doctor Strange movie, so it was really funny to me that coincidentally that line was in the movie.

"I gotta say I wish we had the foresight to know that I was going to be involved in the project," he concluded.

It's definitely good to know that Strange was in Raimi's top five as a kid, and it's fair to say that his love of the character will go a long way in making Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness a must-see. For those of you who may not remember, the Easter Egg he's referring to here came when Ted Raimi's Ted Hoffman suggests naming Otto Octavius "Doctor Strange."

J. Jonah Jameson was quick to point out that the name was taken, and fans are now hoping that the hero's trip through the Multiverse will take him to the world inhabited by Tobey Maguire's wall-crawler.

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alternate realities we want to see in Doctor Strange 2!


10. Marvel Zombies

Marvel-Zombies

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness won't be a full-blown horror movie, but it is expected to include elements of one. With that in mind, how cool would it be to be a visit to a world which has been ravaged by the Marvel Zombies?

If Nightmare is indeed the lead villain, then visiting a twisted universe like this one makes perfect sense. Plus, the likes of Captain America and Iron Man could return to the MCU without "retired" Avengers like Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. reprising the roles because, well, they're undead zombies!

Visually, this would be really cool, and unlike anything else we've ever seen in this shared world.

9. Thanos' New World

Thanos

Remember how at the end of Avengers: Endgame Thanos planned to use the Infinity Stones to create new universe where no one would remember what he had done? Well, while Iron Man's sacrifice managed to stop that from becoming the new norm, there must be at least one timeline where his plan came to fruition. 

Visiting an "idyllic" universe ruled over by the Mad Titan - who would no doubt viewed as a God - could be a lot of fun, and something that shows Strange what might have been had he not given Tony Stark that hint which resulted in him making the ultimate sacrifice.

Marvel Studios could take a reality like this to some truly twisted places, especially if we were to learn that what Thanos created wasn't the paradise he imagined. After all, as many fans have argued, surely even a universe with half as many inhabitants would eventually run into the same problems as the old one?
 

8. 2099

2099

The 2099 Universe is mostly known for Spider-Man, but there are plenty of interesting alternate takes on our favourite heroes and villains in that timeline, and who wouldn't want to see where the MCU is almost 80 years from now? 

Whether it's the new Hulk, Thor, or even Doom, it would be very cool getting a glimpse at the future. Yes, the highlight would obviously be seeing Spider-Man 2099, but Marvel Studios could easily reinvent this timeline to their own liking, and it would be a neat Easter Egg for comic book fans. 

Marvel Studios could even use this to drop some hints about the future of this shared world...
 

7. Old Man Logan

OML

We're happy to admit that the chances of us seeing Wolverine in a movie like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness are slim, but the Old Man Logan timeline isn't necessarily off the table.

Whether it's seeing that freaky version of The Hulk that Mark Millar and Steve McNiven came up with or a world where Earth's Mightiest Heroes were decimated by a massive team of villains, this bleak alternate future is one with plenty of potential...that James Mangold's Logan failed to explore. 

Honestly, though, we would definitely be hoping for at least a nod to Wolverine, even if it's a shadowy figure wearing the hat and coat the hero donned in the comic books. 
 

6. Sam Raimi's Spider-Man Universe

Raimi

Had Sam Raimi not replaced Scott Derrickson as the director of the Doctor Strange sequel, we wouldn't have even thought about suggesting this. However, with the Spider-Man trilogy helmer working on this film, there's surely no way we won't meet up with Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker again, right? 

Disney's deal with Sony Pictures means Spidey is going to appear in a future MCU movie, but who said it has to be the version of the web-slinger played by Tom Holland? 

Even if it's a cameo as brief as The Watchers in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, this would be nothing short of spectacular, and just like Brandon Routh's Superman in Crisis on Infinite Earths, we'd love to know what became of this Spider-Man after he beat Venom and Sandman in Spider-Man 3
 

5. Days Of Future Past

DOFP

Yes, this is another X-Men related future, and yes, we still don't know when those mutants will make their debut in the MCU! However, there's no reason this desolate future couldn't factor into this highly anticipated sequel in some way, shape, or form.

"Days of Future Past" received some representation in Bryan Singer's movie, but an argument could be made that it didn't really do this timeline justice. Strange landing on a world full of internment camps, only to find himself surrounded by massive robot Sentinels, would be a cool nod that fans of the source material would definitely be able to get on board with. 

Plus, if Strange gains some prior knowledge of what could become of mutants in the MCU, that automatically gives the Sorcerer Supreme a potentially very exciting role in their emergence. 
 

4. Earth-616

Avengers

There are a lot of fun suggestions here but, honestly, this one would be a dream come true. 

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is a huge comic book fan, and seeing Strange arrive on an Earth strikingly similar to his own, albeit with some key differences would be epic. Marvel Studios would have to pull out all the stops in terms of cameos, but just imagine seeing Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, and more in their classic costumes!

Strange bursting into Avengers Mansion and facing off with the team would be a moment that could even rival that spectacular illusion sequence in last year's Spider-Man: Far From Home
 

3. Otherworld

Otherworld

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is already looking like a very busy movie, but if Sam Raimi can find room for one more, than we would definitely be 100% on board with that. 

Otherworld is the subconscious of the British Isles, and a small otherdimensional planetary body which is the home of all magic. With that in mind, it's definitely somewhere the Sorcerer Supreme should visit, and him meeting Captain Britain would be a long-overdue, much appreciated surprise.

It might be hard to squeeze in, but Otherworld and Captain Britain would be effective additions.
 

2. DC Extended Universe

Flash

This is total wishful thinking, but stick with us a second! The Marvel Comics Universe frequently finds tongue in cheek ways to reference their Distinguished Competition (and vice versa), so Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness could potentially do the same. 

Sadly, we're not expecting someone like Grant Gustin to show up as the Flash, but Strange could very easily reference coming face to face with a Caped Crusader, Man of Steel, and Scarlet Speedster. 

This is by no means essential, but it would be a blast, and something that would both take full advantage of the premise of alternate Earths and give comic book fans a moment to talk a lot about. 
 

1. Spider-Verse

Spider-Verse

This is admittedly unlikely, but assuming we're going to take a trip through the Multiverse, is it really outside the ream of possibility that the Sorcerer Supreme could pass by the Spider-Verse? 

Even if it's a blink and you'll miss it shot of Benedict Cumberbatch becoming an animated character as he passes by a countless number of different realities, it would be incredibly rewarding for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness to pay homage to this Oscar-winning animated adventure.

Plus, we're pretty sure Sony would be happy with some free promotion ahead of the sequel! 
 

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