Yesterday, Variety reported that Spider-Man trilogy director Sam Raimi was in talks with Marvel Studios to replace Scott Derrickson, who had exited Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness over creative differences. 

However, it seems that Raimi has been keen on the idea coming back to the Marvel fold for longer than we had previously thought. 

While Raimi was promoting his series Ash vs Evil Dead back in October 2015, he spoke with TheWeek (MCU’s Spider-Man was going to debut in Captain America: Civil War in 2016) and stated he’d be open to the idea of working in the world of Marvel again, if needed. 

He also acknowledged he “messed-up” with Spider-Man 3. 

But Raimi also regrets the way his own run with the Spider-Man character ended, and expressed interest in making another Spider-Man someday. “I messed up on the third one,” Raimi said. “I think they’re so complete now, Marvel. They probably don’t need me anymore. But if they needed me? I’d love to. It’s great to be wanted.”

Production on Doctor Strange 2 is said to be still on track to start in May at Pinewood Studios UK with a cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch as Strange, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda/Scarlet Witch, Benedict Wong as Wong, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Karl Mordo. 

With casting said to be underway, there is a good chance that Raimi has already signed on with Marvel and the wheels are in motion to round-out the cast. 

Scott Derrickson had previously stated on Twitter that he wanted to bring new characters such as Brother Voodoo, Clea, and Nightmare into the MCU with the sequel but those characters have yet to be officially confirmed by the studio. 

Kevin Feige announced not too long ago that both Disney+ series WandaVision and Loki would lead into Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness, which suggests both could tackle the Multiverse. 

There is also some neat ties to Raimi with upcoming comic book films based on Marvel Comics characters as The New Mutants’ cinematographer Peter Deming worked on Sam’s last two feature films and Shang-Chi’s cinematographer Bill Pope worked on Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3.

Disney has given the sequel a release date of May 7th, 2021. 

SOURCE: THE WEEK

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