Sam Raimi launched the modern era of modern superhero movies with 2002’s Spider-Man. After almost two decades away from the genre, it appears he’s set to make his return. According to Variety, Raimi is currently in talks to take over as director for Marvel Studios on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Raimi will be stepping in for Scott Derrickson, who directed the original Doctor Strange film and was developing the sequel until he and the studio split ways due to creative differences. Derrickson will remain as an executive producer while Raimi gets caught up to speed before the film’s scheduled production start date in May.

Marvel had no comment.

Prior to his exit, Derrickson had stated his intentions to take the upcoming sequel into horror territory. Raimi’s hire seems to keep those intentions intact, seeing is how the filmmaker got his start in the genre with the cult classic The Evil Dead.

Aside from his horror roots, Raimi is well respected in Hollywood and has successfully made the transition over to become a savvy and efficient filmmaker within the studio space. Since the film’s release date has not changed in light of Derrickson’s departure, it makes sense why Marvel would reach out to Raimi.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is scheduled to open on May 7, 2021.

Marvel Studios’ next theatrical project, Black Widow, will open on May 1, followed by Eternals on Nov. 6, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on Feb. 12, 2021.

What do you make of this news? Do you think Sam Raimi is a good replacement for Derrickson? And does this impact your excitement for the project either positively or negatively? Sound off in the comments below and let me know your thoughts on the story! I for one am even more pumped to check this thing out!


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