Sam Raimi is in talks to direct Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness following the previous departure of director Scott Derrickson, according to Variety.
The Hollywood trade reports production is scheduled to begin in May, necessitating a quick hiring for whoever takes the job.
Raimi is no stranger to superhero films, having directed the original Sony Spider-Man trilogy and there is a full circle quality to the partnership if it comes to pass. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige worked on all three films, and the trilogy's blockbuster success (along with the Bryan Singer X-Men films at Fox) were no doubt the catalyst for Marvel launching their own film studio.
Narratively such a pairing would call to mind the comic book connection between Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, who once helped Spider-Man magically conceal his secret identity after it was revealed to the world – as it recently was in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Also, both were created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.
And of course, there's the question of Sony's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which not only drew on story elements of Raimi's Spider-Man films, but also introduced its own version of a Multiverse - central in concept to the Doctor Strange sequel.
Marvel movie fans would likely well-receive Multiverse of Madness recognizing Raimi's films, and some groundwork has already been laid by J.K. Simmons by reprising his iconic role of J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is due out in theaters May 7, 2021.