Sam Raimi he has often included several nods to his previous works over the years, especially in the last Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. After all, he often chooses Bruce Campbell to appear in his most important projects. In the case of MOM, he played a food vendor on whom Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) puts a curse where the man punches himself in the face until the final scene of the credits. Sam Raimi unveiled a curious anecdote dating back to his Greek mythology-inspired TV shows of the mid-1990s in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and the spinoff Xena: Warrior Princess. Just Xena appears in Doctor Strange 2.
During the scene where Strange finds himself on Earth-838 where the Illuminati reign, there is a statue in their structure that Raimi himself has confirmed to be Xena. Star Lucy Lawless is married to one of her frequent collaborative partners, Rob Tapert, who co-executive produced with Raimi on the series that ran for six seasons from 1995 to 2001. The actress recognized the Easter Egg on Twitter, writing. “OHMIGOSH. Then it happened! @DrStrange #Xena #homeWithCovid #Surprise! ” Xena also played Renée O’Connor as her traveling companion Gabrielle, Ted Raimi as comedian recurring Joxer and Kevin Smith as Ares, the god of war. Lawless has also appeared in other Raimi projects such as the STARZ Ash vs Evil Dead series.
Doctor Strange 2
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, written by Michael Waldron (Rick & Morty, Loki) and directed by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man), stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Stephen Strange / Doctor Strange), Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch). In addition to Chiwetel Ejiofor (Karl Mordo), Benedict Wong (Wong), Rachel McAdams (Christine Palmer), Xochitl Gomez (America Chavez) and Adam Hugill (Rintrah). The film is currently available on Disney +.