Sam Raimi almost refused to direct “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” because of his “Spider-Man 3” experience

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Sam Raimi is a well-known name among Marvel fans. A director who brought us the original trilogy about the fan-favorite web-slinger long before Marvel Cinematic Universe even existed.

The first two movies of the trilogy received critical acclaim and remained in the hearts of the fans as some of the best comic book movies ever made. But then, “Spider-Man 3” happened. The film received mixed reviews. And although some fans still loved it, there were plenty of those who called it inconsistent and inferior to the first two films. The blame was mostly put on Sony who was interfering in the creative work on the script and direction, which later resulted in Raimi leaving and cancelation of Spider-Man 4.

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That unpleasant experience obviously took a toll on Raimi who almost refused to direct the upcoming MCU movie “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” after Scott Derrickson, director of the first Doctor Strange movie left the sequel due to creative differences.

“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. But then, I found out that there was an opening on Doctor Strange 2. My agent called me and said, ‘They’re looking for a director at Marvel for this movie and your name came up. Would you be interested?’ And I thought, ‘I wonder if I could still do it.’ They’re really demanding, those types of pictures, and I felt, ‘Well, that’s reason enough.’”

Sam Raimi for Collider

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Hiring Raimi to replace Derrickson was well-received by fans. Especially considering that we’ll see Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange one more time before his own sequel, in “Spider-Man: No Way Home”, where we’ll also see Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus from Raimi’s “Spider-Man 2”. We’d say now that’s one intentional coincidence.

“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” will be released on March 25, 2022. Before that, we’ll see the titular character in “Spider-Man: No Way Home” on December 17, 2021.

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