Elisabeth Olsen says Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange sequel is scarier than the Indiana Jones movies following comparisons by screenwriter Michael Waldron.
Elisabeth Olsen has said that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be scarier than Indiana Jones. Olsen will return as Scarlet Witch in the new movie following her turn in Disney+ original series, WandaVision. The sequel to 2016’s Doctor Strange is set to be released in theaters in March 2022 following setbacks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Olsen’s comments come after the screenwriter of the Doctor Strange sequel, Michael Waldron, compared Stephen Strange to Anthony Bourdain and Indiana Jones. The character played by Benedict Cumberbatch will return to the MCU in Spider-Man: No Way Home following appearances in Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame, leaving audiences eager to see his next stand-alone movie.
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Talking to Vanity Fair, Olsen responded to Michael Waldron’s comparisons by insisting the new Doctor Strange will be “more than a glossy Indiana Jones movie.” While Waldron described Stephen Strange as “Indiana Jones in a cloak,” Olsen insists that the Marvel superhero “has a darker thing going on.” Her description is more in keeping with Sam Raimi’s directorial style, having directed the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man trilogy, which was murkier than the MCU version starring Tom Holland. Read what Olsen said below:
I think it’s scarier than Indiana Jones. I think it definitely feels more Sam Raimi than that. So maybe that was the goal, but it definitely became something darker I think. … Yeah, not like [Raimi’s] western [work] … Yes, the horror genre feeling of constant fear and thrill and misleads and playing with camera, playing with how the perspective of the depth of field in order to make the audience feel more anxious … I think it’s more than like a glossy Indiana Jones movie. Which I love Indiana Jones, but I feel like it has a darker thing going on.
The description Olsen gives of the second Doctor Strange movie suggests that director Sam Raimi might be taking the film in a different direction to Waldron’s script. This seems unsurprising coming from the man who made the Evil Dead movies, and his horror movie roots are bound to influence the style of the new Doctor Strange. Waldron, on the other hand, is a screenwriter for Rick and Morty and the new Disney+ Loki series, whose style is more comedic and genre-bending than previous contributors to the MCU. From Olsen’s interview, it sounds like the final film will be more tense and scary than the light-hearted Indiana Jones franchise Waldron cites as an influence.
Olsen is no stranger to the darker, more twisted side of the MCU having most recently appeared as Scarlet Witch in spin-off series, WandaVision. Her character’s dramatic transformation at the end of the show has left fans eager to see where her character arc goes next, with the more sinister characterization lending itself to the scarier Doctor Strange movie she describes. Whatever Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ends up being, it seems it won’t be like anything fans have seen before.
Source: Vanity Fair
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