Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is a Scarlett Witch movie.
After delays and losing its original director, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is coming to theaters. We last saw Doctor Strange in Spider-Man: No Way Home, where he cast a botched dangerous spell to protect Peter Parker, which opened up the multiverse. Now, Strange has to deal with his multiverse problems.
In Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” the MCU unlocks the Multiverse and pushes its boundaries further than ever before. Doctor Strange will journey into the unknown with the help of mystical allies, both old and new. He will have to traverse the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront a mysterious new adversary.
This sequel was not the Doctor Strange movie I was expecting. I figured there would be direct repercussions from his actions in Spider-Man: No Way Home, but it was not part of the plot or barely mentioned, to my surprise. Initially, this movie was supposed to come out before No Way Home. But unfortunately, with delays and losing director Scott Derrickson, everything was going against it. Marvel Studious decided to enlist Sam Raimi as the film’s new director, a pleasant surprise.
Raimi’s unique and iconic style of filming stands out on-screen.
It was great to see his horror skills, love, and understanding of New York City utilized. The beginning of this film gave me Tobey Maguire Spider-Man vibes, which first introduced Raimi to the superhero genre. Plenty of heart and emotion plays throughout against a light horror backdrop. I wish they went all out on the scares, but this is the most gore and horror in an MCU film to date.
This movie suffered from severe pacing issues and was 30 minutes too short as it only lasted 2 hours and 5 minutes. I preferred a more fast-paced film that took us deeper into the Multiverse. Unfortunately, this film barely touches the surface and leaves us with more questions than answers. Also, the “Main Villain” was a total disappointment to me, as I wanted a more grand antagonist from a face we had not seen before.
The most outstanding addition to this film is the introduction of American Chavez. She is a multiverse traveling hero played by Xochitl Gomez. In addition, there is plenty of fan service, such as the inclusion of the superhero society, the Illuminati. However, the scenes surrounding the secret group may be the most exciting part of the film. I hope those featured heroes make a return in a future movie. For those wanting a direct follow-up to WandaVision, this is it.
I give Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness 3.5 out of 5 stars. However, this film does make me wary of the direction Marvel Studios is going. They took two steps forward, then three steps back. Make sure to stick around for 2 post-credit scenes.