From one big Marvel franchise to another.

Marvel is looking to close a deal with Spider-Man director Sam Raimi for him to director the May 2021 supernatural sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, following original director Scott Derrickson’s departure.

Derrickson will remain on board as an executive producer.

The sequel was first announced at last summer’s San Diego Comic-Con, with Derrickson revealing that the follow-up is set to “be the first scary MCU film.” It was also announced that Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch is set to join Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange in the new film, with the events of the Disney+ WandaVision series feeding into The Multiverse of Madness.

Raimi is no stranger to Marvel properties as he directed the Spider-Man franchise that began in 2002 and starred Tobey Maguire as the titular hero. The trilogy of films made around a $2.5 billion worldwide gross.

Production is expected to start in May of this year, with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness set for release on May 7th, 2021.

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