Sam Raimi Teases Doctor Strange’s “Dark” Side Ahead of MCU Return

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By Bruce Wayne

The director of one of the latest additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has hinted at a darker dimension to Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange character. Despite mixed critical reviews, Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness undeniably delved into the sinister aspects of Stephen Strange and the mystic realm.

The Dark Themes Unveiled

Raimi, known for his background in horror, infused the sequel with a palpable sense of dread, exploring themes of heroism pushed to its limits. This ominous narrative thread ran through both Doctor Strange himself and the film’s antagonist, the Scarlet Witch, portrayed by Elizabeth Olsen.

Sam Raimi’s Insights

In The Art of Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness artbook, Sam Raimi shared intriguing insights into Doctor Strange’s complex character and why his “dark side” adds depth to the hero.

Discussing his 2022 MCU film, Raimi noted that Doctor Strange’s connection to the dark side is a vital element of his character’s appeal. He emphasized that despite being fundamentally good, Strange grapples with psychological issues, including arrogance and pride, making him a flawed hero. Raimi highlighted that Strange’s willingness to explore the supernatural, even in morally ambiguous ways, sets him apart from other well-intentioned magicians.

Raimi appreciates the internal conflict within Doctor Strange, labeling him a character at war with himself. He believes this inner struggle makes Strange highly relatable, despite his superhero status. According to Raimi, the film begins with Doctor Strange in a state of isolation and misery, still grappling with the consequences of his arrogance and devotion to his craft.

A Lonely Journey of Enlightenment

Throughout the film’s narrative, Raimi suggests that Doctor Strange will embark on a journey of self-discovery and enlightenment. He anticipates that Strange will learn to open up and evolve as a human being, shedding some of his inner darkness.

The Future of Doctor Strange

Following the startling events of Multiverse of Madness, the path forward for Doctor Strange remains uncertain. The film concluded with Doctor Strange embarking on a mysterious journey alongside Clea, portrayed by Charlize Theron.

Sam Raimi’s emphasis on embracing darkness as a fundamental theme in the movie could indicate a continued exploration of Doctor Strange’s complex character. While Marvel Studios has not officially confirmed Doctor Strange 3, it’s likely that the hero’s dark side will remain a focal point in future MCU installments.

In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, director Sam Raimi delved into the depths of Stephen Strange’s character, emphasizing his inner conflict and the allure of his dark side. As the MCU continues to evolve, fans can anticipate further exploration of Doctor Strange’s complex persona, making him a hero with both extraordinary powers and relatable flaws. The future of Doctor Strange promises to be as enigmatic as the multiverse he navigates.