One of the more interesting comments earlier this year during the unveiling of Marvel Studios’ ‘Phase 4’ line-up of films and shows was the announcement of “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness”.
While the 2016 first film was a trippy tale into the mystical, Marvel’s chief Kevin Feige indicated that the sequel would be the first “horror film” of the MCU, which fits in with reports that Nightmare will be the main villain.
Speaking at the New York Film Academy this week, Feige has backtracked on that a bit saying while it has horrifying sequences it’s not an outright horror film. Think more along the lines of classic 1980s Amblin blockbuster titles:
“Multiverse of Madness is the greatest title we’ve ever come up with, by the way, which is one thing that’s exciting about it. I wouldn’t necessarily say that’s a horror film, but … it’ll be a big MCU film with scary sequences in it.
I mean, there are horrifying sequences in Raiders that I as a little kid would [cover my eyes] when their faces melted. Or Temple of Doom, of course, or Gremlins, or Poltergeist. These are the movies that invented the PG-13 rating, by the way. They were PG and then they were like, ‘We need another [rating].’
But that’s fun. It’s fun to be scared in that way, and not a horrific, torturous way, but a way that is legitimately scary – because Scott Derrickson is quite good at that – but scary in the service of an exhilarating emotion.”
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” opens in cinemas on May 7th 2021.