Marvel giveth — finally announcing that a Doctor Strange sequel is in the works and will be “the first scary MCU film” — and Marvel taketh away: Scott Derrickson, who directed the first movie, stepped down earlier this year due to “creative differences.”
But now Marvel giveth again: Sam Raimi, the man behind the original, Tobey Maguire-starring Spider-Man trilogy, is directing Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Raimi confirmed the good news himself.
First, a bit of context: Raimi makes the confirmation while discussing a particularly kismet joke in 2004’s Spider-Man 2. J. K. Simmons‘ J. Jonah Jameson is trying to come up with a catchy name for Dr. Otto Octavius. One suggestion: Doctor Strange. “That’s pretty good,” Jameson says. “But it’s taken!”
“When we had that moment in Spider-Man 2, I had no idea that we would ever be making a Doctor Strange movie,” he told Coming Soon. “It was really funny to me that coincidentally that line was in the movie. I wish we had the foresight to know that I was going to be involved in the project.”