Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness is already out in theaters. People are raving about the acting, Sam Raimi’s direction, and the overall horror feel of the film. During the press conference for the film, we got to dive a bit deeper into what the actors and actresses of the film had to say about making it. One common thread across everyone’s answers was Elizabeth Olsen‘s performance as Wanda/Scarlet Witch. Newcomer Xochitl Gomez, who plays America Chavez in the film, had the highest praise for Olsen.

Well, I mean, all of these people are great. [LAUGH] But in particular, I did look at Lizzie, you know, especially while she was acting, and getting ready to kind of do the scene, I would just kind of watch her, I swear, it’s not stalker like.

I mean, especially me as a young girl, I would, you know, constantly look up to her, and I realized how much like, you know, five minutes before a scene that’s kind of difficult, she would kind of get in that moment.  And I realized that, “Oh, well, if she’s doing it, I should probably do it, too.”

Xochitl Gomez on Elizabeth Olsen

Benedict Cumberbatch went on to agree with Gomez.

We were all doing the same thing. We were all mesmerized by Lizzie.

Benedict Cumberbatch on Elizabeth Olsen

Among other things, we also learned that Sam Raimi delved back into his catalog of films to those of his youth (Evil Dead series) for some of the horror and feel of Multiverse of Madness.

Sam Raimi Goes Way Back For Multiverse Of Madness

It was great.  When Kevin announced that this movie would be the first entry into the Marvel putting their toe into the world of horror, I was thrilled that he called me to come in and talk to about the possibility of directing the picture.  I was able to take those horror films that I made in my youth and what I had learned from them building suspense sequences, titillating the audience, gonna give them the scare now?  No.  Now, I’m gonna give it to them.  That’s stuff I was able to apply in the spooky sequences in this film.  So, it was very helpful.

Sam Raimi on Multiverse of Madness

We loved Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness here at THS, you can read our glowing review here. It’s got horror vibes, focuses on grief and how we deal with it, humanizes characters that are superhuman, and thrills while not overstaying its welcome.

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