Is Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness worth seeing in theaters? What surprises does it hold? Major SPOILERS ahead.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is finally in theaters. After seeing the project make $86 million on opening day, it is clear that it was a highly anticipated film. It wasn’t just the movie itself that Marvel Cinematic Universe fans were excited to see. There are two big reasons why this writer and others were excited.
First, there’s the return of Wanda Maximoff. After its Disney Plus debut in Wanda Vision people didn’t know what to expect from her. After all, she was studying dark magic and she was already more powerful than the Sorcerer Supreme. This meant that even Stephen Strange’s powers would pale in comparison.
Second, it’s possible that new Marvel Comics characters will appear. The previous two films introduced new heroes and villains to the MCU. Previews showed it was no different. Even with that, the question is it enough to pay to see it in the cinema? Allow this writer to give a full review of the movie and why you should see Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness before it leaves the theaters.
*** Warning! This article will contain major SPOILERS. If you don’t want to know the secrets of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, read no further. ***
First and foremost, Doctor Strange and America Chavez rocked. The pair didn’t hit it off right away, with America initially hesitant about Stephen Strange. It helps add some drama to the film because, after what America is going through in the opening, why would they trust any version of Stephen Strange? Eventually, the story becomes more than just America’s protection of Chavez. Both characters must learn to trust each other and their abilities.
None of this would have been done well without Benedict Cumberbatch and Xochitl Gomez working well together on screen. Their chemistry was superb. Gomez’s performance underscored that Marvel Studios has definitely cast the right person to play America Chavez. However, this writer hopes that this version of the character will eventually develop the American attitude from the comics.
You can’t talk about heroes without mentioning the Sorcerer Supreme. No, not Stephen Strange. After the “blip”, Wong became the Sorcerer Supreme, and he shows that he takes the job more seriously than Strange. Also, even with the responsibilities, Wong still finds a way to be a teacher.
Write this in stone. No comic book character has ever been scarier than Scarlet Witch. The way she attacked Thanos in Avengers: Endgame and putting fear in him was nothing compared to what we see in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The things Wanda does here show that she shouldn’t be disturbed. All of the powerful wizards couldn’t stop him. Doctor Strange couldn’t trap her. Not even being in different universes could take Wanda away from her goal of taking over the powers of America Chavez. She defeated everyone she faced.
Wanda was not fighting for power. Wanda was fighting for love. She wanted to be with her children again, even if it meant killing people and destroying the multiverse to do so. The funny thing is, she technically didn’t lose in the end. She is defeated because she sees what she has become.
the What if…? the story of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be spectacular. Marvel Studios could do an entire season on the decisions made in this film.
Doctor Strange in the Horrorverse
It may not have been Conspiracy or candy manor Nightmare on Elm Street and no one expected it. Nonetheless, Marvel Studios managed to pull off its first horror project. The first one strange doctor was trippy. It was easy to see how the sequel could get spooky. The hard part was adding horror elements while keeping it PG-13, but Marvel Studios made it easy.
The creative team did a good job doing it. They paid homage to horror movies throughout with terrifying imagery, like the scene of Wanda crawling through a reflection as the daughter of The ring – a scene created to blow fans away. There was also the scene with the villainous Stephen Strange where the setting was dark, depressing, and things could pop up out of nowhere.
Scary, but not a terrifying movie. A good first step. Brother Voodoo should be the go-to character when Marvel wants to take horror to the next level.
There’s a fine line between cheesy and amazing. It was amazing. Yes Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness isn’t nominated for a special effects award, this will confirm everything people have been saying about awards shows and their bias towards comics.
There has never been a film with CGI so beautiful. The magic effects sometimes looked bright and beautiful, then turned into something dark and eerie. The scene where the two Doctor Stranges face off was the best example of the creativity used in crafting some of the fight sequences. The two Sorcerer Supremes fought with musical notes playing music as they fought – it’s a scene this writer can’t wait to see again.
And then there was the Scarlet Witch. No matter how many times she used her powers, they were magnificent, especially when she fought against the Illuminati.
The multiverse of surprises
Speaking of the Illuminati, Marvel has hidden some of its secrets better than with previous films.
The arrival of Captain Carter (played by Hayley Atwell) and Professor Charles Xavier (Sir Patrick Stewart) were announced in trailers, but more surprises would come. The hidden surprises of Black Bolt (played by Anson Mount from the ABC series Inhumans) and Reed Richards (played by John Krasinski) were well done. Seeing Krasinski finally play Mr. Fantastic was amazing. This writer arose with joy for his appearance. He looked as perfect in the role as everyone thought he would be.
Lashana Lynch’s return as Captain Marvel of this earth was something few saw coming. Since it would have been enough to be in Carol Danvers’ shoes when the accident happened, it’s easy to see how she could have been Captain Marvel here.
And, of course, there’s Charlize Theron who appears at the end as Clea, which is just an awesome tease for what’s to come.
Note from Doctor Strange
There has been something of a mixed response to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in line. The backlash seems to come from non-comic book fans, while many of the people who liked it are comic book fans. There were a lot of allusions to Jonathan Hickman’s series New Avengers, The Fantastic Fourand Secret Wars. Something that many people may not have understood.
This writer anticipated Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness as soon as it was announced. The idea of the MCU traveling across the multiverse is exciting. The downside is that waiting for a project can leave the viewer disappointed. That said, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness did not disappoint.
Not only was it a great movie, but it’s one worth the cinematic experience. There are some parts that will feel different when watching this project on the big screen around movie and Marvel fans. This writer thinks jumping for 3D is a good idea too.
What do you think, readers? Have you seen Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness? If so, what did you think of it? Let us know in the comments below.