AceShowbiz - Filmmaker Sam Raimi has finally confirmed he's onboard to direct the upcoming sequel, "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness".
Raimi, who helmed Tobey Maguire's original "Spider-Man" trilogy, has long been rumoured to be involved with the project, and told website ComingSoon.net he finds it "very funny" how he's ended up working on the movie following a particularly prophetic line in 2004's "Spider-Man 2".
In the film, J.K. Simmons' character J. Jonah Jameson is trying to come up with a catchy name for Dr. Otto Octavius, and one of the suggestions is Doctor Strange.
"That's pretty good," Jameson says. "But it's taken!"
"When we had that moment in Spider-Man 2, I had no idea that we would ever be making a Doctor Strange movie," Raimi told the publication. "It was really funny to me that coincidentally that line was in the movie."
"I wish we had the foresight to know that I was going to be involved in the project."
Explaining his attraction to the Marvel franchise, he added, "I loved Doctor Strange as a kid, but he was always after Spider-Man and Batman for me... He was probably at number five for me of great comic book characters. He was so original."
"Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" hits theatres on November 5, 2021