Sam Raimi: ‘Doctor Strange 2’ Is Marvel’s First Horror Film

by Thomas Tuna

Take it from one of the masters: The upcoming Doctor Strange sequel will be scary.

Sam Raimi of The Evil Dead fame and director of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is on record as saying his sequel has an “element of horror” in it, according to a report on

Raimi–during a recent interview–said that when original director Scott Derrickson and Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige first promoted the film, “they said it was going to be the first Marvel super-hero film that had an element of horror to it.”

Even after Derrickson left the project (reportedly over creative differences), “that was still the mandate,” Raimi said. “To make the first Marvel film that had an element of horror. So, I kept true to their original statements.”

Raimi said the sequel is “spooky at times and scary at others. It’s unknown what you’ll find in the Multiverse. It’s within that unknown that suspense and darkness exist. A tool to titillate the audience’s fear.” Fans won’t have much longer to wait–the film lands in theaters May 6.

The sequel–helmed by Raimi and written by Michael Waldron (Loki)–stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange, Elizabeth Olsen as the Scarlet Witch, Benedict Wong as Wong, Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Mordo and Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez.

In the film, Strange uses a spell to “manipulate time and space and open the door to a mysterious madness called the Multiverse,” according to the logline. “To restore a world where everything is changing, Strange seeks help from his allies Wong and the Scarlet Witch.”

The Marvel Comics character of Dr. Stephen Strange–created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko–first appeared in Strange Tales No110 back in 1963.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.


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