Sam Raimi has confirmed his involvement in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
“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. 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.”
Per Screen Rant:
After some differences surfaced between director Scott Derrickson and Marvel Studios, Derrickson left Doctor Strange 2, leaving Marvel to find someone to replace him.
Not too long after Derrickson’s exit, it was reported that Sam Raimi was in talks to direct Doctor Strange 2 instead. While Raimi got his start with horror movies, he is best known for his work on Sony’s original Spider-Man trilogy starring Tobey Maguire. The first two films in the franchise (and Spider-Man 2‘s Doctor Strange reference) gave Marvel fans plenty of confidence that Raimi is the perfect person to direct Doctor Strange 2, if a deal closed. Even though Marvel Studios has yet to confirm his involvement, Raimi has done so himself.
At this point, it is not entirely clear what story Raimi will tell in Doctor Strange 2, however. Marvel has confirmed that Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) will play a major role in the sequel, with Wong (Benedict Wong) and Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) expected to return alongside Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). But, there are also reports of many other magical characters who will pop up in the sequel, and lingering rumors point to Nightmare being the villain. With Raimi confirming his involvement, hopefully it won’t be too long before more details about Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness become known.