evil Dead actor Bruce Campbell spoke about his cameo in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and the film’s subtle reference to the iconic horror-comedy franchise.
In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the titular wizard and America Chavez have a short but hilarious exchange with Campbell’s character, a street vendor named Pizza Poppa, which ends with Doctor Strange enchanting the man’s hand to continuously punch him in the face. Conceptually, this moment mirrors the scene of Evil Dead 2 where Campbell’s Ash battles his own hand possessed by Deadite and Campbell explained how he came together to Multiverse of Madness in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
“I think it was always in the base scene,” Campbell said. “We had to figure out what to do and how Doctor Strange would defeat him. The idea was that he was just an obnoxious guy and Doctor Strange had to teach him a lesson – which he of course does. The day , we figured it out. , did it in the workshop, blocked it and shot the damn thing.”
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness premiering in theaters May 6 and directed by Sam Raimi, creator of the evil Dead film franchise, which stars Campbell as Ash Williams. In total there are four evil Dead franchise films, starting with diabolical death (nineteen eighty one), Evil Dead 2 (1987), army of darkness (1992) and evil Dead (2013). Raimi has spoken openly about his excitement at contributing to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first foray into the horror genre.
“I was able to take these horror films that I made in my youth and [use] what I had learned from them building sequences of suspense, titillating the audience,” Raimi said at a recent press conference. Evil Dead 2, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness pays homage to several other horror movies. This includes visual references to the 2002sthe ring1985 The day of the Dead1980s the brilliant and 1976 Carrie.
Even though the horror elements in the strange doctor sequel breaks the typical tone of an MCU title, Benedict Cumberbatch’s titular character’s origins actually date back to the horror genre. In fact, Doctor Strange was heavily inspired by legendary actor Vincent Prince, who starred in many horror classics, including Fly (1958) and The Abominable Dr Phibes (1971).
Evil Dead 2 is available on Prime Video, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is currently playing in theaters.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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