Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (opens in new tab) is looking set to be one very strange movie (I'll see myself out). Not only will our eponymous Avenger be dealing with multiple universes, but he'll be going up against former ally-turned-nemesis, Baron Mordo, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor (opens in new tab). Plus, the whole thing will be directed by Sam Raimi, a veteran of the superhero genre who helmed the original Spider-Man trilogy.
While promoting The Old Guard (opens in new tab) – a Netflix movie about immortal beings who protect the Earth though have become somewhat disheartened by the state of the world – GamesRadar+ asked Ejiofor about working with Raimi on the Doctor Strange sequel during a roundtable interview.
"I love Sam Raimi, so I'm very excited that he's making a film, the second Doctor Strange," Ejiofor said. "He brings to anything he does, a wealth of imagination and passion. In this genre, he's just one of the seminal figures. I remember seeing Darkman when I was a kid. It was beyond, it's so amazing.
"So I think he has an incredible mind and I think he's really able to bring that mind into his storytelling in a really unique way, and it's very suited to the world that's been created by Doctor Strange, and I'm very excited to see what he does with that world."
While the comments do not go into plot specifics, there's no denying that Raimi sounds like the perfect fit for the wonderfully weird world that we only glimpsed at in Scott Derickson's original movie. Previously, Raimi told GamesRadar+ (opens in new tab) of directing the sequel: "I loved Doctor Strange as a kid. He was always after Spider-Man and Batman for me. He was probably number five for me for great comic book characters. He was so original.
"When we had that moment (opens in new tab) in the [second] Spider-Man movie, I had no idea we’d be making a Doctor Strange movie. So it was really funny to me also, coincidentally that line was in the first Spider-Man movie… I wish I had the foresight to know I was going to be involved in the project!"
The Doctor Strange sequel will be part of Marvel Phase 4 (opens in new tab). For more MCU goodness, check out our pieces below. Meanwhile, The Old Guard reaches Netflix on July 10.