Doctor Strange 2 concept art
Doctor Strange 2 concept art

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness fan poster recreates Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead in the MCU. Released in 2016, Doctor Strange finally introduced its titular character to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role. Directed by Scott Derrickson, the film went on to gross $677 million at the worldwide box office, making it a modest hit by Marvel movie standards.

After the release of that introductory film in 2016, the character of Doctor Strange of course went on to play a big role in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. With the MCU now ready to enter a new phase, Cumberbatch’s Strange will be back in another standalone film officially entitled Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. And to make sure Strange’s multiverse achieves a true level of madness, Disney and Marvel have enlisted famed Spider-Man director Raimi to take the helm.

Of course, before Raimi became a blockbuster director with Spider-Man, he was renowned as a cult filmmaker who helped shape the modern horror movie with his 1980s classics The Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2. In honor of Raimi’s dual career as a horror master and a crafter of exciting superhero films, fan artist spdrmnkyxxiii created a poster that plunges Doctor Strange into the nightmare world of Evil Dead. See the image in the space below:

A Doctor Strange 2 poster that pays homage to Raimi’s Evil Dead history is in fact quite appropriate, as the movie will reportedly skew toward horror tone-wise. Besides the news of Raimi’s involvement, which the director recently confirmed, it’s been revealed that the second Doctor Strange film will also star Scarlet Witch actress Elizabeth Olsen and will tie in with the upcoming Disney+ show WandaVision. Of course, ever since Raimi got involved with the Strange sequel, fans have been wondering if the director’s frequent collaborator Bruce Campbell would score a role in the movie. It seems appropriate that with Raimi headed to the MCU, he would bring his long-time partner Campbell with him.

It remains to be seen if Raimi and Campbell will in fact be reunited on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, just as it remains to be seen how far Raimi will bend the movie toward horror in his treatment. A horror angle does seem like a great idea given the already weird and wizardly nature of the Doctor Strange character, and the whole “Multiverse of Madness” title does suggest something Lovecraftian is in the offing. It seems a fair bet that the movie will give Raimi a chance to once again flex the horror muscles he developed back in the ‘80s when he was helping change the game for fright flicks with his cult movie classics.