Who Bruce Campbell Could Play in Doctor Strange 2

Bruce Campbell is slated to appear in Doctor Strange 2 in a mystery role. Here are all the theories on who he could play.

With fan-favorite director Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, The Evil Dead) slated to direct the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the internet has been ablaze with countless fan theories surrounding the plot and cast of the film – making it one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most-talked-about properties to date. While details about the actual storyline remain hazy, and with cryptic, visually-stunning teasers released to help keep voracious fans at bay, there’s one cast member in particular who seems to be generating lots of excitement from Marvel and Raimi fans alike.

Sam Raimi’s filmography has amassed such a loyal fan base that his films and collaborators have earned him a cult-like following. This mostly began with the original Evil Dead franchise from the 1980s, starring Bruce Campbell as leading man Ash Williams. This collaboration on The Evil Dead and its subsequent spinoffs sparked a longtime working relationship between Campbell and Raimi, spanning multiple decades of film – including Campbell having small cameos in all three Raimi-directed Spider-Man films in the early 2000s. Campbell has been slated to join Raimi once again, appearing in a yet-to-be-disclosed role in Multiverse of Madness. The mystery of his role has fans buzzing about who he could be playing this multiverse-spanning MCU film. Here are the main theories so far.

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Bruce Campbell Could Play a Variant of Stephen Strange

A mysterious new sorcerer supreme is teased on the cover to Death of Doctor Strange 4 by Kaare Andrews

The latest teaser for Multiverse of Madness revealed a brief glimpse of an alternate Manhattan-centered reality, in which an enormous statue of a clean-shaven Stephen Strange stood before the Sanctum Santorum. While at first appearing to be a monument of some kind to a fallen Strange who defended this reality from unknown cosmic horrors, fans began to wonder if this could be a shrine to a very-much-alive variant Stephen Strange who wears a clean-shaven face and slightly different cloak.

With the release of Funko Pop!’S official Multiverse of Madness figurines containing a figure very similar to this clean-shaven Strange and dressed in a similar costume to Doctor Strange’s original Marvel Comics suit, many fans are speculating that this may be the variant that merchandise has dubbed “Supreme Strange.” Raimi may go in a similar direction that the showrunners of Loki took with their Classic Loki variant towards the end of the season: an older actor dressed in more comic-accurate garb to represent “original” versions of these modern MCU heroes. Whether this Strange Variant would be friend or foe remains to be seen, but Campbell would be an excellent candidate either way.

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Will Bruce Campbell Appear as a Mysterio Variant?

Mystery for Film Spidey Villain ranks

Before the plans for Raimi’s Spider-Man 4 were slashed, there were rumors Campbell would be returning to the set of Tobey Maguire’s web-slinger for more than just a brief cameo appearance. Previously, Campbell has appeared in all prior Spider-Man films in small bit parts: the emcee of the first wrestling match Peter Parker fights in, the usher at MJ’s play in Spider-Man 2 and of course, the French maître d ‘in the final installment of the Raimi-directed trilogy.

Originally, rumors had swirled that Campbell would be joining the cast of Spider-Man 4 to play a version of Quentin Beck / Mysterio in the Raimi-verse, and though Campbell has reportedly denied that was ever to be his involvement in the film, it would be an interesting way to bring Campbell into the present-day MCU as well as being a nice callback to earlier Marvel films, reinforcing that nearly every Marvel film property is somewhat canon thanks to the existence of the multiverse.

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Will Ash Williams Make an Appearance in Multiverse of Madness?

Ash (Bruce Campbell) in Evil Dead 2

Though extremely unlikely considering the actor himself Tweeted about it on April Fool’s Day, it is worth mentioning that one of Campbell’s most famous roles, the hero Ash Williams of The Evil Dead franchise may make an appearance in Multiverse of Madness. The Evil Dead did spark Raimi and Campbell’s film collaboration, and it could be a unique moment to include a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Ash cameo. However, with it being so out of left field and with no real way of serving the plot of the Doctor Strange sequel, it does not seem likely. But if Stephen Strange is set to team up with America Chavez, Wanda Maximoff and other variants of himself, it may be cool to see a guy with a chainsaw arm thrown into that mix.

Bruce Campbell Might Be Established as a New MCU Watcher

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Before his passing in 2018, Stan Lee’s cameos were as much a part of the MCU as the superheroes he’d helped to create. Though initially, Lee’s cameos were meant to be funny Easter eggs for fans to enjoy, they quickly became one of the most highly-expected moments of the MCU, with director James Gunn even going so far as to imply Stan Lee was a Watcher – an inter-dimensional being tasked with watching over the countless universes within the multiverses – in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. This is a simple explanation for why Stan Lee is in so many Marvel films spanning across multiple timelines while also implying that there are other Watchers of the MCU.

With Marvel and Disney +’s What If …? releasing last year, the concept of the Watchers was elaborated upon even further as the series explored the multiverse. With Jeffrey Wright starring as The Watcher and an entire episode dedicated to a variant of Doctor Strange (who also seems to be in Multiverse of Madness), Campbell could be introduced as another Watcher. This could be a nice cameo without being too distracting to the integral plot of the film while also explaining why and how Campbell appeared as multiple characters in Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy.

Both Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi have remained tight-lipped about the extent of the actor’s role in Multiverse of Madness, though Campbell has said that the scenes he shot for the film included a “pretty cool part” with an iconic Marvel character. However, Multiverse of Madness has undergone several reshoots throughout the final part of the filming process, so it remains to be seen how much – if anything – of what Campbell shot for the film actually makes it into the final theatrical cut.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits theaters on May 6, 2022.

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