Director Sam Raimi has recently confirmed his involvement with Marvel’s Doctor Strange sequel Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness. It’s certainly interesting since the filmmaker made a cheeky reference to Strange in Spider-Man 2.
With Raimi seemingly set for the film his old friend Bruce Campbell, who cameos in all three of Sam’s Spider-Man films is seemingly sniffing around for a role for Doctor Strange 2 as mentions wanting to play a villain in the film on his Twitter page.
CAMPBELL: “Huh. Surely, there must be SOME character to challenge the good Doctor…”
Huh. Surely, there must be SOME character to challenge the good Doctor… https://t.co/1ZTpfoE3te
— Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) April 15, 2020
There has always been a fun fan theory that Bruce Campbell was secretly playing Mephisto in those original Spider-Man films, which could explain him playing different roles each time and Peter arguably not recognizing him. The villain is a cosmic version of Satan that appeared in Spider-Man: One More Day from 2007, the Campbell/Mephisto theory predating that comic though.
A second fan theory was that he was being set up as Mysterio in Spider-Man 4, but Bruce seemingly debunked that last year while speaking with CinemaBlend.
CAMPBELL: “Boy is that… that’s a really popular rumor. That one is just, ‘Oh my God, what about Mysterio?’ Thanks for telling me, Internet! I never got a call from Sam going, ‘If only if I had done part four, you would have been Mysterio!’ No.”
Mephisto and Nightmare could be the villains of the film, however, Baron Mordo is the only confirmed baddie at this point. There is also the possibility that Dormammu or Shuma-Gorath could come into play as well with the Multiverse angle, plenty of villains from outside of Earth that could become antagonists in the film.
Despite the previous talk of using Nightmare as the main villain in the sequel that hasn’t been confirmed by Marvel Studios and without director Scott Derrickson working on the film, it’s unknown if he actually got his way concerning the villain as he left the project over “creative differences”.
Are you excited to see Sam Raimi tackle Doctor Strange?