While it’s true that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will have some scary moments, it’s not safe to call it the first horror movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This, according to Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, who recently discussed what we can expect from the sequel, in terms of tone. Expect big things.
When the movie was initially announced over the summer during San Diego Comic-Con, director Scott Derrickson made comments that revealed he will be leaning on his horror sensibilities. While it’s true that Derrickson’s skills as a horror filmmaker will come into play, Kevin Feige explained in a recent interview that Doctor Strange 2 is going to be a big entry into the MCU that just so happens to have frightening moments in it, while drawing comparisons to some beloved classics. Here’s what he had to say.
“Multiverse of Madness is the greatest title we’ve ever come up with, by the way, which is one thing that’s exciting about it. I wouldn’t necessarily say that’s a horror film, but… it’ll be a big MCU film with scary sequences in it… I mean, there are horrifying sequences in Raiders that I as a little kid would [cover my eyes] when their faces melted. Or Temple of Doom, of course, or Gremlins, or Poltergeist. These are the movies that invented the PG-13 rating, by the way. They were PG and then they were like, ‘We need another [rating].’ But that’s fun. It’s fun to be scared in that way, and not a horrific, torturous way, but a way that is legitimately scary, because Scott Derrickson is quite good at that, but scary in the service of an exhilarating emotion.”
Scott Derrickson, before directing Doctor Strange, helmed horror movies like Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose. So it would make sense to have him lean on those sensibilities. Especially with a character such as Stephen Strange who can play around in various dimensions that contain untold horrors.
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