Director Sam Raimi was taken aback by the Illuminati scenario in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, according to screenwriter Michael Waldron.
Director Sam Raimi was stunned by the Illuminati death scenes, according to screenwriter Michael Waldron of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Although the multiverse has already appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in films such as Loki and December’s massively successful Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness takes the notion to a whole new level. Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) battles Wanda, or Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), after she launches on a murderous, universe-hopping mission to reconnect with her two children by any means.
Marvel’s Illuminati make its long-awaited MCU debut partway through the film, when Strange and America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) go to Earth-838, the subject of several rumours before to the film’s release. Mordo is played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, Reed Richards is played by John Krasinski, Captain Marvel is played by Lashana Lynch, Captain Carter is played by Hayley Atwell, Black Bolt is played by Anson Mount, and Professor X is played by Patrick Stewart. Scarlet Witch enters and dispatches each and every member of the Illuminati in shocking, brutal way, giving fans barely enough time to comprehend the entertaining cameos.
Waldron admits in a new interview with IndieWire that his dramatic selections surrounding the killings of Illuminati members even surprised the film’s director. Waldron explains that he included horrible fatalities in the book because Raimi, who is famed for his horror films, was attached to direct. Waldron continues, “I feel they got away with such horrific killings in the end because of Raimi’s involvement.” See what Waldron has to say below:
Raimi is best known for his work directing the original Spider-Man trilogy with Tobey Maguire, but he is also known for films like The Evil Dead, Crimewave, Army of Darkness, and other horror (or horror-adjacent) films. Raimi’s distinct filmmaking style usually combines horror and comedy, including grisly shock moments akin to the Illuminati deaths in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. While Raimi is used to startling, brutal killings in his films, the Illuminati deaths appear to have caught him off guard because they are adored, fan-favorite characters in a family-friendly MCU picture.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ Illuminati segment was a stunning and ingenious inversion of audience demand for superhero movie cameos. The deaths were not only unexpected, but their horrific nature sparked a discussion among fans, with many claiming that the Doctor Strange sequel was too violent for its PG-13 certification. While many aspects of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will continue to be debated by fans, the film appears to have allowed Raimi to fully embrace his horror roots, with Marvel’s freedom surprising even him.