When Doctor Stranger is announced at Multiverse of Madness, the sequel is said to be Marvel Studio’s first horror movie. Scott Derrickson, who directed the first Doctor Strange, was expected to return to his roots for horror and deliver a comic book film that goes a long way in fear. Now, according to Marvel President Kevin Feige, sequel isn’t exactly a horror movie.
The terror is not enough
During a question and answer session at NYFA, Feige said the movie is scary, but don’t expect a horror movie house with comics. Here is Feige’s comment on the sequel (via Collider):
I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s a horror movie, but it’s, as Scott Derrickson, our director, put it, it’s going to be a great MCU movie with scary sequels to it.
Derrickson has emerged as a director with long-range horror films such as Emily Rose’s Exorcism and Sinister. Both were great successes, and most importantly, scary as hell. A similar setting setting for a comic book movie might be a new twist on a comic book movie, but unfortunately, Doctor Strange’s horror is not.
The classic references
Fate does not say that the film is not without moments of horror, however. Like some classic 80s movies, Derrickson won’t be afraid to scare children here or there in Doctor Strange’s next adventure:
The way I did when I was a kid in the 80’s, Spielberg did a great job. I mean, there are scary sequences on Raiders that I as a kid would cover when their faces were melted. Or the Temple of Doom, of course, or Gremlins, or Poltergeist. These are the films that were rated PG-13, incidentally. It’s fun to be scared this way and not a scary, torturous way, but a way that is legitimately scary, because Scott Derrickson is great at it, but scary at the service of an exciting emotion.
Hopefully, some horror cases can help Doctor Strange have a stronger identity as a character in the MCU. The more enjoyable the first movie was, parts of the origin story played the biggest hits of the MCU. It was a well-known comic book movie, despite its fine recordings and tracks, and it wasn’t quite that stand alone. There is room for more curious, experimental and strange, which is not exactly Marvel’s trademark.
New characters that become weird
Doctor Stephen Strange is not the only MCU hero starring in his next solo film. Feige has confirmed Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and other highlights from the MCU will appear below:
The next Doctor Strange movie, for example, features some new MCU characters that will make their debut in that movie that you wouldn’t expect or guess who it is, but we found a cool way to work because we wanted to make a certain type movie and there was a character we always wanted to do something with who would really fit in there.
The Evolution of Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange came out only three years ago, but with all of Marvel’s sequels and events to the Avengers, it feels like it was more than that. During this time, Doctor Strange has become more popular, funny and even cooler, thanks to The Avengers films.
After these films, he got to take more flight as a character. Next up, now that it’s Doctor Strange and with its thickness, we hope that Derrickson can continue playing and quickly reach all the horror and curiosity hidden in the multiverse.
Doctor Strange at the Multiverse of Madness opens in theaters on May 7, 2021.