Benedict Cumberbatch Praises Sam Raimi’s Direction on Doctor Strange 2
Over the last couple of years, we’ve heard several horror stories about what can happen when a director doesn’t get along with his (or her) cast while making a movie. Nine times out of ten, on-set clashes like these ultimately cause the quality of the final product to suffer. But thankfully, this doesn’t seem to be happening on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. While chatting with Collider, Benedict Cumberbatch briefly discussed what it was like to work with director Sam Raimi on the upcoming sequel. And it sounds like Raimi is going out of his way to make sure that everyone involved with the production feels valued.
Doctor Strange 2 marks Raimi’s return to the superhero genre after concluding his original Spider-Man trilogy in 2007. Surprisingly, he’s only directed two other movies since then. But Cumberbatch insists that Raimi hasn’t lost his touch.
“Sam [is] amazing,” said Cumberbatch. “He’s so collaborative. God, he comes with the baggage of an icon. He’s an incredible force, especially in this genre. But he’s so humble, he’s so nice, he’s so appreciative, you really wanna serve him. And boy, when he’s happy, you know you’ve done something right. He’s so good at getting you there and getting it there. It’s been a very, very collaborative process, this one.”
Marvel has been tight-lipped about the nature of the sequel’s plot. Although given its connection to WandaVision, we suspect it involves the Darkhold in some way. Regardless, Cumberbatch promises that it will have a much different feel than its predecessor because they’ve gotten Stephen Strange’s origin out of the way and don’t have to worry as much about set up a large-scale MCU crossover.
“Our origin stories, I guess, and obviously the beasts that were the Avengers films to be a part of were a thrill,” added Cumberbatch. “But you’re kind of just along for the ride. You do the best with what you’ve already got given to do. The second time around, there’s a bit more of, ‘So, what do you want to do, and how do we go about solving this?’ So it feels very creative. Scarily so, sometimes.”
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness opens on March 25, 2022.
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