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SDCC 2022 Interview: Bruce Campbell On Evil Dead & The MCU

Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi have been an iconic duo since 1981’s The Evil Dead, which kicked off a supernatural horror franchise that lives on to this day. It’s only fitting, then, that they come full circle in another major franchise, with Campbell finally taking a role in the MCU as a breakout character Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: Pizza Poppa.

The role seemed like another Campbell cameo in a Raimi film, but it has far-reaching consequences, if the veteran actor’s three-picture deal with Marvel Studios is anything to go by. It also has ignited the fanbase, resulting in a Marvel Legends figure being commissioned and a game of whack-a-mole that delighted passersby at this year’s Comic-Con.

Related: How Doctor Strange 2 Saved A Missed No Way Home Opportunity (For Raimi)

Speaking of San Diego Comic-Con, Screen Rant had the chance to speak to Campbell there about his roles in both impressive franchises, his long-standing friendship with Raimi, and what’s to come in Evil Dead Rise – on which he serves as executive producer.

Screen Rant: Not only has the Evil Dead franchise been going on for so long, but now you’ve added the MCU!

Was Sam Raimi directing a part of that?

Have you played Pop-a-Poppa with yourself?

But do you want more small parts in the MCU? Pizza Poppa is only one universe, there could be more…

Exactly! What do you think he’s doing in the others?

What went into even just playing the building blocks? How did you approach that?

You’ve obviously worked with Sam Raimi for so long. How have you kept that partnership building?

Now, with Evil Dead—I know you’ve said before that you were done, but you’re still on for the game.

Could you see Ash played by other people?

Have you had any memorable experiences this weekend, reflecting back on what you mean to people?

What’s next for you?

A twisted tale of two estranged sisters whose reunion is cut short by the rise of flesh-possessing demons, thrusting them into a primal battle for survival as they face the most nightmarish version of family imaginable.

Catch our other MCU interviews from San Diego Comic-Con, including ones with the casts of Ant-Man and The Wasp: QuantumaniaGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. as well as our previous interviews with Xochitl Gomez and Elisabeth Olsen for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Next: What Make Is Ashs’ Iconic Chainsaw In Evil Dead?

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now available on Digital, 4K, Blu-ray and DVD. Meanwhile, Evil Dead Rise will be out later this year.

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