There is a possibility that Marvel is interested in getting Sam Raimi back for Doctor Strange 3. Doctor Strange 3 hasn’t been greenlit yet. But because of the film’s ending implies that there is something more to happen. People are wondering what will happen with the third film, at the same time, who will be leading it.
Raimi was the director of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. But he wasn’t the initial choice for the sequel. The first Doctor Strange (2016) was directed by Scott Derrickson and was initially signed to return in the director’s chair second film in 2018. But he stepped down in 2020, prompting Marvel to look for a new director.
Sam Raimi is known for doing horror films such as The Evil Dead and Drag Me to Hell. He is also known for making Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man trilogy. He does seem to fit the bill for making horror and a Marvel film. Even though he hasn’t directed any film since 2013 with the last one being Oz the Great and the Powerful.
The Evil Dead director took the helm to direct the Doctor Strange sequel in February 2020. The movie had mixed reviews, especially when it was released after the very successful Spider-Man: No Way Home. Regardless, the film still was a box office hit, almost reaching that $1 billion mark.
Marvel Could Be Looking Into Sam Raimi To Return To Helm Doctor Strange 3
According to The Hot Mic Podcast co-host Jeff Sneider, says that Sam Raimi could potentially return for the third film. At the moment, this is purely speculation, but it is a hunch that seems to be going in that direction.
One has to think that the financial success of Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness is one major factor in that possibility. Raimi already made Spider-Man successful too. In other words, Raimi’s track record in making superhero films has been flawless in terms of box office numbers.
But Marvel’s track record hasn’t been flawless, especially with Phase 4 films and TV series. Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger has pointed out that the quantity of Marvel projects has affected the quality. And I do have to agree with Iger.
He has said in the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference just this March 9:
There are 7,000 characters, there are a lot more stories to tell. What we have to look at Marvel is not necessarily the volume of Marvel stories we’re telling but how many times we go back to the well on certain characters. Sequels typically work well for us. Do you need a third and a fourth, for instance, or is it time to turn to other characters?
While I do like MCU films and the more recent TV shows in general, I have to admit that the Phase 4 projects have been the weakest for me. And watching the movies lately made me wonder if I can actually wait for them to show up on streaming instead of me paying for a ticket.
So, Doctor Strange 3 might be a possibility, but we don’t know the future of Marvel at this time. Marvel is still strong, and it will definitely keep on going. But the number of films and TV shows could take a bit of a break. It’s possible that they are holding off any announcements because Iger is making Marvel Studios reevaluate their projects.
Sam Raimi could lead the third Doctor Strange Film
Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness happened at a strange time. Raimi was rushed to get the film done because Scott Derrickson left the project quite close to production. If the COVID-19 Pandemic didn’t happen, things could have even gotten worse for the Doctor Strange sequel.
Because of the pandemic, Raimi got an extension to plan out his film with writer Michael Waldron. But I do wonder if he had been given more time to work on it, would it have been better?
Regardless of whether there will be a Doctor Strange 3 or not, for sure, Marvel will try to further tell the story of Doctor Strange. It could be a solo movie, or he might be integrated with other films and TV projects, just like Hulk’s own personal journey.
Doctor Strange 3 with Sam Raimi would be wonderful to see, but I do hope that he does make it because he really wants to. If given free rein, his film could really shine. We’ve seen Spider-Man 2, and I, for one, still think that it’s one of the best superhero films of all time.
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