The screenwriter of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Michael Waldron confided in the characters who inspired him for the continuation of the adventures of the Supreme Sorcerer directed by Sam Raimi.
In full promotion of the Loki series on Disney +, showrunner Michael Waldron, also screenwriter of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, told Variety that after Scott Derrickson left, he and Sam Raimi, who directed the feature film , had to resume writing the sequel to the film brought by Benedict Cumberbatch to zero.
In January 2020, Marvel ousted director Scott Derrickson and screenwriter C. Robert Cargill, who were supposed to be working on the Doctor Strange sequel. The screenwriter will specify thereafter that their beginning of scenario had been refused without even having been read by the studio. Three weeks later, Marvel announced that Sam Raimi was returning to directing the sequel.
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Michael Waldron, who had just finished writing Loki, was then hired to write the screenplay for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The latter confided to Vanity Fair: “I knew I wanted to stay with the family. Felt like Loki was in a great place and couldn’t wait for the next challenge. “
And it was a big challenge: “I only had 2 months to write the sequel to Doctor Strange. But COVID has arrived and we’re only filming now in November. So I spent my 2020 year on Zoom with Sam Raimi. Not too bad“.
Indiana Jones with a cape
Waldron goes on to talk about the characters who inspired him for the writing of this feature film which, let us remember, could finally formalize that the MCU is a multiverse bringing together several parallel worlds. He assures : “Stephen Strange is Indiana Jones with a cape in my opinion.
He’s a hero who can take a hit. This is what made the hero played by Harrison Ford so great. These guys get their butt kicked. Watch Stephen Strange in the first movie. He gets really beaten up but he’s still very competent.“
The latter adds that he was also inspired by the chef and television host Anthony Bourdain (who died in 2018).
“As a neurosurgeon and wizard, Strange is an elitist while Anthony Bourdain was a common man, but he had this intense intellect. It always felt like he could eviscerate anyone with his words at any time. It was the first ingredient in Doctor Strange’s character.. “
The screenwriter then specifies that the feature film will have the touch of Sam Raimi’s films: “I can tell you it’s a very Sam Raimi movie. It’s incredibly exciting visually. I think the movie will be unlike anything you’ve seen in the MCU before“.
The feature film will mark Sam Raimi’s return to Marvel filmmaking 14 years after Spider-Man 3.
Scheduled in our theaters on March 23, 2022, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set to tie in with the events of WandaVision, Loki (available June 9 on Dinsey +) and Spider-Man: No Way Home, in our theaters on December 15, 2021. .
Next meeting with Marvel: “Black Widow”, July 7th