The sequel to the 2016 film Doctor Strange has been in the works for years, despite delays caused by director changes and the COVID-19 epidemic. Fans are anxious to see how Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness fits into the Marvel Cinematic Universe now that production has ended (MCU).

In an interview, Elizabeth Olsen, who will reprise her role as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch in the film, stated that Doctor Strange sequel director Sam Raimi wants the film to be the scariest of the more than two dozen MCU films.

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“It was really hard. Sam Raimi is lovely, and I got to learn a lot from him. It was odd going from WandaVision and bringing this character to a different film that felt more based in the Marvel films.
I felt like I was putting on old shoes…It’s a very scary movie. It’s old Sam Raimi. They’re trying to create the scariest Marvel movie. So there’s that!”

As one might anticipate, the MCU hasn’t done much with horror, thus Raimi’s assignment may not be too difficult to do. When Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige spoke about the picture in late 2019, he stated it didn’t exactly fall into the horror genre, but it will have some terrifying elements. That may have altered when Scott Derrickson, the director at the time of Feige’s remarks, stepped down and was eventually replaced by Raimi.

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Raimi is best known for creating the supernatural horror film series Evil Dead and directing the Spider-Man trilogy starring Tobey Maguire. The forthcoming Doctor Strange picture will be Raimi’s first since 2013’s Oz the Great and Powerful.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is slated to hit theaters on March 25, 2022 in the United States.