'Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness' Will Be Scariest Marvel Movie Yet
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Elizabeth Olsen, who plays the Scarlet Witch in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has revealed that the "scariest Marvel movie" is coming - and it is Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness.
In WandaVision, it initially looks like Wanda and Vision are trapped somewhere in suburbia, living out wacky storylines as part of a sitcom following the couple's odd yet loveable dynamic. However, with each decade of television that passes, transforming the sets and the costumes of the two heroes, it becomes clear that something or someone is holding the residents of Westview hostage. Ultimately, Wanda banishes the evil lurking within the town, perseveres with her own trauma, loses the people she loves the most, and fulfils her destiny as the Scarlet Witch. The final scene is a pivotal one with Wanda hiding out in a remote location while studying the Darkhold, a tome with infinite knowledge on the Dark Dimension.
Scarlet Witch will continue to develop her "ownership of what makes her unique and the accountability of her life experience" in Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness, and recently, Olsen was able to shed a little light on the movie. "It's a very scary movie. It's like old Sam Raimi," explained the actress in a virtual Q&A hosted by the New York Film Academy. "He's trying to create the scariest Marvel movie." In 2020, Raimi replaced Scott Derrickson following a dispute over the creative direction of the second Doctor Strange movie, and filming took place in London, Somerset and Surrey in the United Kingdom, finishing in April 2021.
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As well as working on the Spider-Man series, Raimi also has credits on The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, The Gift and Drag Me To Hell, so it's likely that Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness will be influenced by these movies. Details on the story itself are light on the ground, but it is known that Dr Strange's research on the Time Stone is interrupted by a "friend-turned-enemy," which inadvertently leads to a behemothic evil being unleashed. Furthermore, it is taking place after the events of Loki, and the show's head writer Michael Waldron has penned the script to the movie. This may open up opportunities for the concepts introduced in the show following the trickster god - like the Time Variance Authority, the Time Keepers and variants - to reappear in Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness.
That might cause a "too many cooks" situation, so don't quote me on that prediction. The best scary movies are those that are tightly sprung and ones that you simply cannot tear your attention away from. According to Kevin Feige, the plot to the Doctor Strange sequel is a "wonderful combination of very dedicated coordination, and chaos," and Waldron said that Raimi's arrival on the project allowed the two of them to emphasise a "slightly scarier direction" as Raimi "does that [genre] so well." Hold onto your hats, then, when Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness releases on March 25th, 2022.