Ahhh, the old “creative differences” eh?  Covers a multitude of Hollywood sins, arguments and other reasons.  However when Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson exited the sequel it was a surprise.

Shortly after this came the rumors that an earlier player in the Marvel sandpit was going to be returning to the fold.  Sam Raimi.

Marvel never officially confirmed Raimi’s involvement with the movie and Marvel.Com still lists Derrickson as the director, but Raimi himself has now confirmed the news.

Speaking on a conference call with ComicBook.com Raimi was asked about the scene in his film Spider-Man 2 that name-drops Doctor Strange. The director the opened up:

“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, but when we had that moment in Spider-Man 2 I had no idea that we would ever be making a Doctor Strange movie, so it was really funny to me that coincidentally that line was in the movie. I gotta say I wish we had the foresight to know that I was going to be involved in the project.”

Derrickson has shown class through all of this. Not dishing any dirt on anyone involved and then on Twitter giving his support to the choice, saying:

“I’ve worked with Sam Raimi. One of the nicest people I’ve known in the film business, and as a director, a true living legend. What a great choice to take over Doctor Strange.”

Like everything in the world right now, COVID19 has impacted production on the Doctor Strange sequel.  It was due to lens within the next few weeks but the whole of Phase 4 of the MCU has been pushed back.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was previously set to arrive in May of 2021 and is now scheduled to hit theaters November 5, 2021.  According to rumor, it requires WandaVision to land on Disney+ first as it has close links.

Other rumors include the return of the Time Stone and Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Baron Karl Mordo.