Sam Raimi Talks Returning to Marvel for ‘Doctor Strange 2’ after his ‘Spider-Man 3’ Failure
In a surprise move for Disney and Marvel Studios, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness sought an established name with previous experience working on one of the industry’s biggest characters; Sam Raimi talks Marvel Return and his Spider-Man 3 failure.
Many will know Sam Raimi from his work directing one of the first blockbusters to usher in the Superhero film genre; with his work directing the Spider-Man trilogy earning praise and reverence for his faithful adaptation.
It has been 14 years since Raimi debut the final film of that trilogy, Spider-Man 3, to the world; a debut that was met with immense criticism from a fan base who adored the director’s previous works.
Spider-Man, and the follow-up Spider-Man 2, were deep studies into the humanity of these larger-than-life characters; whose inner turmoil and darkness contrasted the selflessness required to embark on the pursuit of heroism, or encouraged the often reluctant pull to villainy.
They were character films that sought to explore Peter Parker, Norman Osborne, and Otto Octavious in ways Stan Lee and Marvel comics had thoroughly done since the creation of the character.
Spider-Man 3, however, was not of the same ilk as its predecessors; the film seemed too formulaic, too quirky, too off-brand, but most of all, unlike much of what Raimi produced in his previous two entries.
The esteemed director spoke to Collider, stating, “I didn’t think I would be doing another superhero movie.”
Raimi continued, “I didn’t know that I could face it again because it was so awful, having been the director of Spider-Man 3. The internet was getting revved up and people disliked that movie and they sure let me know about it. So, it was difficult to take back on.”
Sam Raimi Returning to Marvel for Doctor Strange 2 is the filmmaker’s first time back in the director’s chair since 2013; when he replaced Scott Derrickson on Oz the Great and Powerful due to creative differences with the studio.
“I found out that there was an opening on Doctor Strange 2. My agent called me and said, ‘They’re looking for a direct at Marvel for this movie and your name came up. Would you be interested?'”
Raimi continued, “They left the character in a great place. I didn’t think I would be doing another superhero movie. It just happened.”
Despite the public disdain for Spider-Man 3, Kevin Feige worked on a producer for Raimi’s two previous Spider-Man triumphs; with the Marvel head’s adoration for Raimi well documented, it was only a matter of time before the two collaborated on an MCU project.
The producer told Rotten Tomatoes, “Everything we do at Marvel Studios is from the point of view of the audience, and how do we make the audience feel one way, or how do we evoke an emotion out of an audience? I really feel like i learned that from watching Sam on the theSpider-Man movies.”
Fiege concluded that the directors presence on the Doctor Strange sequel will allow him to, “put his Sam Raimi stamp on Doctor Strange, on the Multiverse, on Marvel.”
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