There is little doubt that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was truly a Sam Raimi movie with all the Sam Raimi flavor. Fans have enjoyed searching for big Easter eggs like that awesome Bruce Campbell cameo. However, the Marvel Cinematic Universe flick also had a subtle Raimi reference that Kevin Feige initially opposed but the filmmaker insisted on keeping the "corny" scene in his movie!
In Doctor Strange 2, there is a quick sequence where Stephen Strange and Baron Mordo get into a stare down similar to The Quick and the Dead. It's something that has been featured in some Sam Raimi films and in the director's commentary, Raimi revealed that Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige had wanted to remove it from the final cut.
"I think Kevin thought maybe it was a little corny, and he wanted to cut it out. But I said, 'Please, Kevin, let me have that.' He went, 'Okay, fine. Have your corny stuff.' It was very, very kind of him, generous," Raimi said.
It's a cool story considering that Kevin Feige could have insisted on the scene's removal. However, we're happy to know that Marvel Studios wanted to give Sam Raimi his creative freedom and leave his own mark on the film. With that in mind, we're hoping that future MCU filmmakers will get the same freedom with their projects.
Sam Raimi is the second director of what would eventually become Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Scott Derrickson, who had worked on the first movie, was initially set to helm the second film but ultimately departed due to creative differences. That's when Marvel hired Raimi to direct the project.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is currently available on Disney+. The Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD will be released on July 26, 2022.