Doctor Strange 2 will be scarier because Sam Raimi replaced the original director Scott Derrickson, according to Michael Waldron. It’s been five years since Dr. Strange’s first solo outing in 2016, and Benedict Cumberbatch will be returning to his role as the Sorcerer Supreme in the 2022 sequel, officially titled Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The long layoff between films is, of course, due to the coronavirus pandemic along with a few other speed bumps that slowed down development.
Scott Derrickson, who wrote and directed the first film, was set to return for the sequel, but left the project early on due to creative differences. Marvel then brought the Spider-Man trilogy director and horror aficionado Sam Raimi on board to go along with Michael Waldron as head writer, who now serves the same role on Loki. Along with the return of its titular surgeon-turned-sorcerer, Doctor Strange 2 will catch up with Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch after the events of WandaVision, though it is currently unclear how she will tie into the sequel’s plot.