“Multiverse of Madness” follows Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and the Sorcerer Supreme Wong (Benedict Wong) as they venture into the multiverse after encountering America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) during a street fight with an otherworldly creature. It turns out that America has the rare ability to travel across universes, which has attracted evil beings associated with Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), who are attempting to extract the young teenager’s powers .
While fans of the MCU may be surprised at how prominently “Multiverse of Madness” includes so many horror elements, Sam Raimi explained that Marvel President Kevin Feige teased the film’s “Evil Dead II”-like tone long before its release.
“When Kevin first announced the film, he said this was ‘Marvel’s first foray into the horror genre,’ and it is,” Raimi Looper said in an exclusive interview. “There are demons and Doctor Strange has some terrifying creatures to contend with, and Wanda has some scary things to confront as well. It’s the horror movie aspect that we wanted to bring in that he might be referring to.”
As in all of his previous films – including his Spider-Man trilogy – Multiverse of Madness features a memorable cameo by Bruce Campbell, reminiscent of Ash in Evil Dead II. That said, Raimi said there aren’t any special Evil Dead II Easter eggs in Multiverse of Madness — at least “not on purpose.”
“But because I’m the same guy who made this film, there will be some kind of resemblance,” Raimi said.
Written by Michael Waldron, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, starring Rachel McAdams and Chiwetel Ejiofor, is in theaters now.