“Multiverse of Madness” is new in theaters and stars Dr. Strange and Sorcerer Supreme Wong (Benedict Wong), who enter the multiverse after finding America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) in the middle of a battle with a monstrous creature. America has the rare ability to jump between universes, and Wanda Maximoff – aka Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) – is behind the monsters trying to extract the young teenager’s immense powers. It’s a move that could prove fatal for the multiverse if Strange’s fellow Avengers succeed.
Since No Way Home and Multiverse of Madness were in production concurrently at one point, Sam Raimi said there was a lot of collaboration between the two films to ensure the Doctor Strange sequel aligned was with the plot of the latest “Spider-Man” chapter. The main point of contact for Raimi was his screenwriter, who had to implement many changes during filming.
“We had a big Zoom meeting together, but afterwards our writer Michael Waldron spoke to their team often to keep up with the changes they were making,” Raimi Looper said in an exclusive interview. “Yes, Dr. Strange first experiences the multiverse in ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home,’ and we needed to know, beginning with [with] That movie, what did it know about the multiverse? What lessons had he learned from your film? Did he remember the multiverse at all? That’s a lot of things that we really needed to be clear about in order not to let the fans down.”
While Multiverse of Madness takes cues from No Way Home, Marvel Studios also allowed Raimi to bring his horror directing expertise to the film, which explains why part of the new Doctor Strange adventure is reminiscent of his cult classic film Evil Dead II.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, starring Rachel McAdams and Chiwetel Ejiofor, is in theaters now.