Sam Raimi may have been listed as a screenwriter on his first nine feature films as director, but he has evidently slowed down his writing over the past three decades, receiving only two writing credits and one story in his last 11. However, Michael Waldron reveals that they were nicer than you might think when it came to hammering Doctor strange in the multiverse of madness.
Since the 28th installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe hit theaters, we’ve heard about Raimi’s significant visual, stylistic, character and narrative contributions to the film, but Waldron revealed to Murphy’s Multiverse that the script would not have it turned out the way it did without the two key creative players putting their heads firmly together.
“We were just sharing a brain, it seemed like in the end, because we worked so closely at such a strange and challenging time. And I was always trying to write through the lens that this is a Sam Raimi movie. When I wrote Dead Strange and Strange Possessing His Own Corpse, it looked exactly how I expected it to look, Sam style.
The demon souls, that was all Sam’s idea, it was Sam who gave it back to me and said, ‘Could we do this?’ and we built a logical scaffolding to do this really cool thing that I wanted to do. That. It was a great example of how we both work to bring each other’s ideas to life. Ultimately, because it’s Sam Raimi and he’s one of the best directors to ever do it, I felt so confident, I felt like I could write anything because he would make it look amazing.”
The collaboration process worked out pretty well for all parties in the end, even if Doctor strange in the multiverse of madness it regularly creaks under the weight of its own massive ambition.