Filming for the Doctor Strange sequel began several weeks ago, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen already filming scenes together by the time Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige spoke at Disney's Investor Day presentation. While the pandemic has only gotten worse in the U.K., production for this film and The Batman were given a reprieve. Despite this, filming for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was halted regardless.
However, that hasn't stopped Elizabeth Olsen from praising director Sam Raimi or teasing the connections WandaVision will have with the Doctor Strange sequel. Olsen has continued to praise Raimi in a recent interview and how informed she was on the script for the film compared to past productions in the MCU.
In an interview with Collider, Elizabeth Olsen was asked about the script for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and whether she was only given parts of it like for Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
Olsen says that it was more of an evolving process with her only discovering that she was in the Doctor Strange sequel before finishing filming WandaVision during the pandemic:
“We always are changing, right? Because we’re always giving notes and they are very kind to welcome opinions and thoughts, and so it’s always an evolution even while you’re filming. We definitely have a script, but when I was told I would be in it, I had no idea what it was gonna be. I just knew I was gonna be in Doctor Strange 2. And it wasn’t only until before we even went back to finish WandaVision during the pandemic that I found out what I am doing in Doctor Strange 2."
However, Olsen spins this lack of knowledge as a positive, saying that “it's kind of nice to not know” and that she puts her trust in everyone around her until she brings herself into the fold:
"But it’s kind of nice to not know! You just kind of trust everyone and then you bring your experience of the character to it and people welcome changes once you become more involved.”
Olsen was also asked more about Sam Raimi's unique filmmaking style from his other works like Evil Dead and whether that would be felt in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Olsen went on to enthusiastically describe Raimi's “use of camera” during her time shooting with the director:
“He’s an incredible person to work with. He’s just such a unique human and I just think it’s fun getting to work with someone with such specific goals. And I love his use of camera and it’s definitely a use of camera that I’m not used to at all. So I guess that might answer your question!”
WHAT THIS MEANS
It's nice to know that Elizabeth Olsen is pretty laid back when it comes to being informed on the finer details of when and where Wanda will show up next in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not to mention the amount of trust Olsen seems to put in those in charge, describing the process as more collaborative once she's finally included. As for her praise of Raimi once again, it's encouraging to hear that his filming style will be apparent in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Raimi is often associated with Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man films, but the director is also well known for his work in horror, which is likely what caused Marvel Studios to approach him. However, Raimi's typical filmmaking style of quick camera motion and perspective shoots has been apparent in almost all of his work and seems to be the same for Doctor Strange's second outing.