Doctor Strange: why Sam Raimi agreed to return to the world of superheroes

“I didn’t think I could do it, because it had been so hard being the director of Spider-Man 3.”

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, of Sam raimi, arrives in theaters in March 2022, and it is eagerly awaited by fans of superhero films, both the creator ofevil Dead has marked the public thanks to its Spiderman. The first two opuses were released in 2002 and 2004, at least. The third installment, on screens in 2007, received a frosty reception, which distanced the director from the character, and from superhero films in general. After this critical failure (in theaters, Spider-Man 3 performed well with $ 894 million in revenue), Sam Raimi returned to his first love, horror films, including To hell (2009) or a remake ofevil Dead that he produced, then he filmed the blockbuster The fantastic world of Oz, which no longer had anything to do with Marvel. Hence the great surprise of the public when he was announced at the helm of Doctor Strange 2, succeeding Scott Derrickson.

“I actually didn’t think I could do it, confesses Raimi this week to Collider. Because it had been very hard to be the director of Spider-Man 3. The internet was exploding and people who didn’t like the movie made sure to let me know. It was difficult to get back behind the camera. Until I found out that there was a place for me on Doctor Strange 2. My agent called me to say: ‘Marvel is looking for a director for this film and your name has been mentioned, would you be interested? ‘ So I wondered if I would still be able to do it. These are films that demand a lot. Then I said to myself that I had to stop thinking: I’ve always loved the character of Doctor Strange. It wasn’t my favorite, but it was in my best. I thought Scott did an amazing job on the first one. So I said: ‘Yes’. They had left the character in an interesting position to explore. Still, I never thought I’d do a superhero movie again. It happened, that’s all. “

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