Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the MCU unlocks the Multiverse and pushes its boundaries further than ever before. The movie is by far the most highly-anticipated MCU project of the year! We journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies, travels the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront a mysterious new enemy. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Michael Stühlbarg, and Rachel McAdams.
The multiverse of Madness is a Sam Raimi movie, the first horror film in the MCU. Sam Raimi’s horror filmmaking style is like a roller coaster. In other words, there are plenty of twists and turns with escalating terror and tranquility. As the movie progresses, Madness explodes into a mix of frights, shock, and humor. Only a director like Sam Raimi can create a balance between horror and humor with such enthusiasm and effectiveness.
I appreciated how Doctor Strange 2 took some bold risks with the plot. Thanks to the multiverse, anything is possible. There are some great easter eggs for comic book fans to nerd out on, and this story certainly did an excellent job of pushing the MCU to its limit. I loved how they dealt with the hypocrisy of the decisions made between Wanda and Doctor Strange. Both characters had to reconcile with their past and future decision-making which made their stories a bit more fascinating.
A huge reason why the horror in Doctor Strange 2 works so well is thanks to Elizabeth Olsen’s portrayal of Wanda. Olsen gave an exceptional performance as the Scarlet Witch, especially given the complexity of her character’s struggles. What is amazing about her character is that she will scare you when she wants to be scary. When she’s in pain you empathize with her. It’s fair to say that she pretty much steals the movie. She certainly had the most memorable scenes.
Benedict Cumberbatch had an exceptional performance as Doctor Strange and seamlessly shifted into different roles whenever needed. It was great to see more screen time for Rachel Adams and loved Doctor Strange emotional moments with her.
Xochitl Gomez, who played America Chavez. Gomez brought a level of charm and heart to the role that made her character very likable.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was a thrilling adventure of wild imagination that became next-level MCU. This was the MCU’s first true horror film, and Sam Raimi left his definitive stamp on it.
Olsen and Cumberbatch were a perfect combination to make this movie shine with a kick-ass narrative with a bunch of surprises to blow your mind!
However, it should be noted that this film’s horror elements are not recommended for small children.
As a refresher you may want to see Doctor Strange (2016), Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, WandaVision on Disney+, and What If…? on Disney + before watching the movie.
PG -13 (Violence, Language, Horror)
Not suitable for small children.