Benedict Cumberbatch heaps praise on his Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness director Sam Raimi and describes the movie as bonkers. Though it is still several months and three movies away, Doctor Strange 2 is perhaps one of the most intriguing MCU projects on the release calendar. The film will plunge Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange into a new adventure, and all signs point to it being one of the scariest in the Marvel universe. With the season 1 finale of Loki blowing the multiverse wide open, Doctor Strange 2 will deal with the fallout of this game-changing development.
Even before Doctor Strange 2 began production last year, there was a great deal of intrigue surrounding the project. Title implications aside, the original plan was to have Scott Derrickson return to direct after helming the first Doctor Strange. However, he later departed over creative differences, and Sam Raimi was brought in as a replacement. The prospect of having the director of 2002’s Spider-Man and its subsequent movies working in the MCU is an exciting one for fans, and those involved with the movie have spoken highly of Raimi’s work.
That includes Cumberbatch now. Doctor Strange himself sat down recently with The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show (via The Direct) to promote his movie The Courier, and he had some interesting things to say about Doctor Strange 2. While he acknowledged he couldn’t get into specifics due to fear of spoilers, he did have some kind words to say about Raimi, calling him a “master of this genre.” Cumberbatch also hinted at how the title comes into play. He said:
“I will say, Sam Raimi is a master of this genre and yet his presence, his friendship, his directing, all of it, he was just really, really brilliant, and an amazing, amazing cast of returning regulars, and… that’s all I can say, cause that could get me into trouble. It’s pretty bonkers, I will say the clue is in the title, it is the Multiverse of Madness, it’s pretty far out.”
Doctor Strange 2 features several players from the first movie, including Benedict Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Rachel McAdams. For this installment, Doctor Strange will also be joining forces with Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), and, reportedly, Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Specific plot details beyond that are being kept tightly under wraps, though Cumberbatch’s role in this December’s Spider-Man: No Way Home could provide some clues. One thing is clear, though: It’s going to be an intense ride.
Superhero fans know Raimi best for his work on the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man movies, but it’s his horror roots that really appear to make him the best choice for Doctor Strange 2. As Cumberbatch said, he’s a master of the genre, and it’s anyone’s guess as to whether he means superhero or horror. Nevertheless, it’ll be very exciting to see how he applies his style to Doctor Strange 2. Between the scarier tone and multiverse-spanning adventure, this movie has the potential to be one of the most inventive in the MCU. Hopefully Raimi is taking full advantage of that.