Sam Raimi Didn’t Watch ‘WandaVision’ Before Making ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’
With the latest MCU entry currently dominating the box office, it is rather surprising that- by his own admission- Sam Raimi didn’t watch WandaVision before making Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
It is not hyperbole to state that the newest Doctor Strange sequel was going up against what is probably the most anticipated audience have been for an MCU film.
Sharing the same level of expectation that surrounded the record-breaking Spider-Man: No Way Home, it was that film’s immense success that added even more burden to the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Billed as the summer epic set to conclude the MCU’s multiversal story arc that has remained a focal point of its lauded Phase Four, fans expected the unexpected, with only the promise of a thrilling film, unlike anything they’d ever seen from the MCU.
For the most part, audiences got what they wanted; a brutal and frightening film that truly travel through the endless and boundless expanse of the multiverse.
Although it was incredible, it was also deeply flawed but featured one of the strongest characters that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has ever produced.
With the film promotion and the inclusion of Wanda MAximoff’s Scarlet Witch, the series was set to be the first follow-up to the wildly successful series focused on the character; which means it must have been vital to the production of the film…right?
It apparently wasn’t, as- to his own surprising admission- Sam Raimi didn’t watch WandaVision prior to making Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Raimi stated, “I’m not really sure what the WandaVision schedule was or how it changed. I just know that halfway, or maybe three-quarters of the way into our writing process, Id first heard of this show they were doing and that we would have to follow it.”
Raimi continued, “Therefore, we had to really study what WandaVision was doing, so we could have a proper throughline and character-growth dynamic. I never even saw all of WandaVision; I’ve just seen key moments of some episodes that I was told directly impact our storyline.”
It is interesting, but it doesn’t warrant an attack on the director, as he was clear that focusing on following WandaVision was of vital importance to the Doctor STrange 2 team.
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