Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has been described as Marvel’s first horror movie. Initially set to be directed by Sinister director Scott Derrickson, the movie is now being hemmed by horror legend Sam Raimi. But will his version of Doctor Strange 2 still be the horror-filled blockbuster it was pitched as?
Doctor Strange 2 will please horror fans
In an interview with Empire Online, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige reiterated that Doctor Strange 2 will have a horror focus. After the movie’s original director was let go, many believed that the movie’s horror roots would be stripped out.
Feige states that's not the case. In the interview, the MCU boss explained that fans are expecting a certain type of movie. As Marvel doesn't want to disappoint its millions, if not billions, of fans, that initial horror pitch is still in effect.
“We want it to be a Sam Raimi movie,” Feige told the outlet. “We would give notes like, ‘This action is cool – you’re competing with Avengers and Spider-Man, no problem – but don’t forget the Sam Raimi parts.’”
Feige continued to explain that fans of Raimi's previous work will be pleased with the new film. The Marvel president said: “You will see just how Sam Raimi it is, in ways that will make fans of Evil Dead II very happy.”
A mature MCU movie
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is supposed to be one of the more mature movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While movies like Eternals have already introduced mature, thoughtful storylines into the franchise, Doctor Strange 2 is the first MCU flick to touch on horror.
While Feige claims that Marvel will please fans of The Evil Dead 2, it likely won't be exactly like the movie. For example, Evil Dead 2 was able to play in a massive sandbox unrestricted by age ratings and studio mandates.
Doctor Strange 2 may follow certain Evil Dead motifs, similar to Raimi’s Spider-Man 2. It might even feature a cameo from Evil Dead actor Bruce Campbell, which will certainly please fans of Raimi movies.
Whatever the case, it does look like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be an interesting entry in the MCU. However, there is still one question hanging around: Is it actually spooky?