Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will see Sam Raimi do his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut and return to directing after a long hiatus of nine years. Raimi is famous for directing diabolical death and its sequel in the 80s and later gained international fame and recognition for leading the Spider-Man Trilogy (2002-2007).
Through the Spider-Man movies, starring Tobey Maguire, Raimi revitalized the superhero genre, as well as the character’s presence in a live-action format. His approach to Spider-Man’s origins, where he comes of age in the first film, deals with moral conflicts in the second, and then battles much darker psychological demons in the third, made Raimi a visionary director. Raimi often creates a clunky aesthetic around his characters and uses cameras to add motion blurs and intercuts to give them a comic book vibe. This art-inspired style of directing has certainly made him the man he is, which seems to be something writer Michael Waldron has also achieved.
Waldron wrote the screenplay for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, working closely with Raimi to bring the project to fruition. The writer, in a recent interview with SFX Magazine (Going through ScreenRant) revealed that he was closely monitoring Spider-Man Trilogy prepare the writing process for Multiverse of Madness. Waldron said the films helped him understand Raimi’s directing style and incorporate elements that would suit his directing into the script.
[l] tried to identify his strengths, the things he really excels at, and figure out how I could write about that, the same way you would an actor.
Michael Waldron bears a huge responsibility
Waldron, who also wrote the Disney+ original Lokihas a huge responsibility to serve the needs of a global fanbase. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is a very pivotal MCU entry as it is what will pave the way for the future of the franchise which will have more crossover stories like that of Spider-Man: No Coming Home. But first, he chose to write it as a hardcore Sam Raimi film and studied the latter’s approach to the story and its characters. Waldron’s idea of writing a film inclusive of the director’s vision shows that he wants to make Multiverse of Madness a legacy of all previous Marvel movies while establishing as the origin story of the multiverse concept.
Sam Raimi returns to his already-hyped comic book roots Multiverse of Madness and knowing that Waldron has artistic elements taken from the Spider-Man Trilogy in the storyline makes it even more appealing. At Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy recently became even more prominent following Tobey Maguire’s appearance in No coming home, which gave some momentum to this remaining storyline. And now, Multiverse of Madness can do the X-Men Franchise canon, as referenced by Patrick Stewart’s cameo in the film.
The story of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is currently heavily copyrighted, but the trailers have created enough traction for its release. The film is set to be released on May 6, 2022. Directed by Sam Raimi and written by Michael Waldron, the film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Patrick Stewart.
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