Last fall, there were reports that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was due to go through some significant reshoots in November and December before its release in theaters in the spring. No reshoots that unusual for blockbusters, and especially for Marvel, where the company’s ever-changing lineup of upcoming films and shows often requires patches to maintain proper continuity between all projects. So it’s not necessarily a cause for concern… but of course, until you see the final movie, you really don’t know anything.
Well, we haven’t seen the final movie yet (more on that tonight), but Multiverse of Madness director Sam Raimi spoke to rolling stone about the film, and he touched on the process of reshooting the film. He explained that Doctor Strange “Probably the most difficult film I have ever dealt with. Not just dealing with one character, or even five characters, but multiverse versions of those characters.»
Marvel also uses test screenings to gauge how well films work or don’t work, and Raimi said these screenings also inform the post-production process, where everything depends on…
… find out what is confusing in a complex picture like this, or find out what is no longer welcome. Recognize when something is going too slow, and even if it’s the right beat, the audience doesn’t need it. They can figure it out on their own, so what seemed like a logical step now becomes “Hmm. It slows us down. Let’s skip it and let the audience do the jump themselves.» But it’s also about acknowledging what they really enjoy and sometimes expanding on the things they really respond well to. It’s about recognizing what’s original in a painting and, when you get the chance, expanding on that.
I hope Raimi does another interview after the movie release where he tells us what worked and what didn’t, what he cut and what he expanded, because the audience really reacted to it. With a film this complex, it seems like there are a lot of things that could fall into any category that we won’t know about until Raimi or the Marvel team breaks it down.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness scheduled to open in theaters on Friday, May 6.
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