Evil Dead’s Bruce Campbell Recommends Sam Raimi For Fantastic 4 Reboot
The duo of Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi have been making movie magic since 1981 with the infamous horror film Evil Dead! Now Campbell is putting Raimi’s hat in the ring for the director of the upcoming Fantastic Four Reboot!
Coming off of the massive commercial success of Doctor Strange and The Multiverse of Madness Sam Raimi has shown that he still has the magic that ignited the Spider-man trilogy in the early 2000s. Originally Jon Watts, who directed all three of the MCU Spider-man films was chosen but has since exited the upcoming reboot.
Why not Sam Raimi himself? https://t.co/8BiNrKqdUe
— Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) June 2, 2022
Bruce Campbell’s first foray with Sam Raimi occurred at the beginning of Raimi’s legendary horror series Evil Dead. Playing the titular role of Ash Williams, Campbell has played the role of Ash in four separate films and a television series and has become one of the most legendary horror figures in modern cinema.
While Campbell surely has a great deal of bias when considering his relationship with Raimi, Raimi has more than enough credibility having directed the early 2000s Spider-man films, of which Spider-man 1 and 2 were both commercial and critical successes. This is in addition to the Evil Dead series and a plethora of other horror films.
Often straddling the lines between superhero films and horror, Raimi seemed to mix both horror and heroism in Multiverse of Madness, with many commenting on the ‘horror-centric’ design. Images of a Zombified Dr. Strange leaked early, and moviegoers were certainly left uneasy at the creepiness apparent in the film.
The true question is whether or not Raimi’s style of filmmaking would mesh well with The Fantastic Four. The Fantastic Four has suffered from several poor live-action adaptations over the years, with many falling short of grasping the interesting team and family dynamic that popularized the series within the comics.
Certainly, Raimi’s horror undertones would be appreciated in certain segments of the Fantastic Four. Perhaps when the crew suffers from the side-effects of the cosmic radiation they endure. However, Raimi is no one-trick pony, as he was capable of formulating an inspiring and compelling hero in Spider-man.
The character I would truly love to see Raimi’s take on is Victor Von Doom. Dr. Doom is one of Marvel’s most interesting and terrifying villains, having terrorized multiple heroes over his comic book lifetime. Doom’s origin as a sorcerer who attempted to save his mother by opening a portal to hell sounds like a perfect fit for Raimi.
Sam Raimi has proved himself multiple times over his career as a director and filmmaker. With Multiverse of Madness skyrocketing to massive success, and even the Fantastic Four’s Reed Richards making an appearance, Raimi certainly seems like a natural fit if he is willing to take the helm.
Whoever Marvel studios decide on is certainly in for a bumpy ride, as many fans are desperately waiting for a Fantastic Four film to enjoy! Bruce Campbell may certainly be on to something with naming Sam Raimi to direct it, regardless we cannot wait to see this film reboot!