Sam Raimi on Spider-Man 2’s Doctor Strange Reference
The Internet came under fire a few months ago when Tobey Maguire announced that Spider-Man trilogy helmer Sam Raimi would return to the comic book world for Doctor Strange in Multiverse of Madness, and few fans may recall that the director referred to the wizard in a movie. Now the director has officially on record said this for the first time.
While talking to Raimi for his upcoming Quibi anthology horror series, 50 States of Fright, ComingSoon.net reflected on the scene in which J.K. Simmons’ J. Jonah Jameson and Ted Raimi’s Ted Hoffman discuss possible names for Dr. Octopus. Before finalizing the name, Hoffman offers Dr. Strange, to which Jameson says that it has already been taken.
“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,” Raimi said. “He was so original, but when we had that moment in Spider-Man 2, I had no idea that I would be making a Doctor Strange movie, so it was amusing to me that coincidentally that line was in the movie. I wish we had the foresight to know that I was supposed to be working on the project.”
Benedict Cumberbatch will be seen again as Stephen Strange, with Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch. Olsen’s upcoming Disney+ series, WandaVision, will also tie into the sequel. Also, Marvel’s Kevin Feige has confirmed that the Loki series will be linked to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness too. Filming was initially supposed to begin in May but has been pushed to June.
The film has recently hired Loki’s chief writer Michael Waldron to rewrite the script by Jade Bartlett and is in talks with Spider-Man’s Sam Raimi to take over the project, much to the delight of fans and Derrickson.
Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, and Benedict Wong are yet to confirm its sequel. However, they are all likely to return.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is supposed to release in theaters on November 5, 2021.
The initial eight episodes of the horror anthology series by Sam Raimi, 50 States of Fright, can be streamed on Quibi.