Bruce Campell teases that the MCU may possibly see more of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ Pizza Poppa in future movies. Sam Raimi made his way to the Marvel Universe earlier this way by taking part in the Doctor Strange franchise, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange. Prior to joining the MCU, Raimi had helmed the original Spider-Man trilogy in the early 2000s, starring Tobey Maguire as the first big-screen take of the web-slinger.
While the two film series focused on different heroes respectively, they had one major and fun thing in common, and that is Bruce Campbell. For over a decade, Campbell and Raimi have collaborated frequently, from Spider-Man, Army of Darkness, Xena: Warrior Princess to Ash Vs. Evil. In the Maguire-starring films, Campbell appeared in comedic appearances, playing different characters throughout Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. For Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Campbell and Raimi got to reunite once again, with the actor showing up as a new character for a cameo gig, Pizza Poppa from Earth-838.
Even though Earth-838 had a massive invasion by the Scarlet Witch, leaving members of the Illuminati dead, Pizza Poppa still survived. However, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness may not be the last time the MCU sees him. In an interview with Inverse, Campbell talked about joining the MCU as Pizza Poppa and whether or not he is finished as the character. According to Campbell, “there’s just more to it,” strongly suggesting that Pizza Poppa will return in some form of fashion, sharing the following:”There’s just more to it. There’s a little more to the theme. They just sort of tightened it up for the actual movie. But the important thing to understand is that he might not just be a pizza vendor. That would be a big mistake on your part to assume that in any way whatsoever. Well, he’s in the universe now, isn’t he? That means he’s in every universe because these are all multi-layered universes. […] There would naturally be variants. […] Well, it’s a three-movie contract.”
The multiverse has been a massive component of the MCU throughout Phase 4, which has now officially been confirmed to be part of Marvel Studios’ ambitious Multiverse Saga, which will include Phases 5 and 6. While Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has grossed $954.6 million at the box office, there have not been any announcements for a Doctor Strange 3 film, nor has Raimi been confirmed to return for future Marvel films. However, Campbell could still appear in MCU films that aren’t directed by Raimi, especially if he has a multi-picture contract.
With the Multiverse at the center of Phases 4-6, it wouldn’t be shocking if Marvel Studios has Campbell appear as different Pizza Poppa doppelgangers, following Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. It will be in true MCU fashion if that is how they utilize Campbell’s contract. Since the Multiverse Saga will lead up to Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars, it would be a missed opportunity if Pizza Poppas of different Earths appear in the next Avengers movies. Until he is seen next, fans can relive Pizza Poppa’s appearance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.