Doctor Strange 2’s Elizabeth Olsen Reveals Why She ‘Loves’ Working With Sam Raimi

Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Endgame

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe has become a behemoth force in the entertainment industry over the past decade of filmmaking, and its showing no signs of slowing down. Fans are eager to see how the franchise moves on without its OG stars like Iron Man and Captain America, and it looks like a number of heroes will have expanded roles in Phase Four and beyond. Chief among them is Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch, who is starring in WandaVision on Disney+ before appearing in Doctor Strange in the Mutiverse of Madness. While production on the sequel recently paused, Olsen is already sharing why she loves working with Raimi.

Sam Raimi's involvement in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has helped buoy anticipation for the mysterious blockbuster, especially given his work in both horror and the original Spider-Man trilogy. While the contents of the sequel are still being kept under wraps, Elizabeth Olsen recently spoke about what it was like working with the iconic director on her fifth Marvel movie, saying:

I love Sam Raimi. He's a lovely person and I really enjoy our playfulness together of just kind of allowing ourselves to discover new things. He's a great energy and a very specific filmmaker and loves playing with his camera. It's been fun.

Well, this is definitely exciting. Because if the cast and crew of Doctor Strange's sequel are having fun on set, it'll hopefully translate to particularly successful film project. And the filming process will likely continue for longer than anticipated, as the set is currently paused since hospitals in the U.K. are at capacity.

Elizabeth Olsen's comments to Collider come from her recent interview about Disney+'s WandaVision. Eventually the conversation turned to her next role in the MCU, especially since Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has the potential to be Scarlet Witch's biggest movie appearance. After all, she only previously was seen in massive projects that included all of The Avengers.

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The concrete information about Doctor Strange's sequel might be limited, but the title itself seems to indicate that Sam Raimi and company will be playing with some high concepts. The multiverse has the potential to greatly expand the overall MCU, with some fan theories hoping that it might include the entrance of Deadpool or mutants in general.

At the point of writing this story, Scarlet Witch and Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange haven't actually any screen time in the MCU. While they both fought in in the final battle against Thanos and were present at Tony's Avengers: Endgame funeral, the two magic member of The Avengers haven't been able to unite their powers. That is, until The Multiverse of Madness hits.

Like Scarlet Witch, Doctor Strange is also gearing up to be a more important player in the overall MCU. Benedict Cumberbatch is set to appear in the mysterious Spider-Man 3 movie, seemingly serving as Peter Parker's new mentor. And with that movie containing actors from previous franchises, fans assume the multiverse will come to into play.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is currently expected to hit theaters March 25th, 2022. In the meantime, check out our 2021 release list to plan your next movie experience.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Graduated with degrees theater and literature from Ramapo College of New Jersey. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid. He's particularly proud of covering horror franchises like Scream and Halloween, as well as movie musicals like West Side Story. Favorite interviews include Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more.