Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness isn’t strictly speaking a Doctor Strange film. Sure, Benedict Cumberbatch appears in it, in many roles as Doctor Strange. Here is everything you need to know about the movie Doctor Strange in The Multiverse of Madness. But before we start our article, don’t forget to subscribe to our website.
The new Marvel Cinematic Universe film, however, is focused on Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff and her grief at the loss of her children in Wanda Vision. Scarlet Witch might have been a better choice if a character’s name had to be in the title. However, everyone involved, including director Sam Raimi, writer Michael Waldron (Loki), Cumberbatch, and Rachel McAdams, who plays Strange’s former girlfriend Christine Palmer, tries their hardest to create something genuine and contribute to Strange’s emotional story.
But there’s no way to believe anything between Strange and Palmer because McAdams’ presence in the first Doctor Strange film was regarded as an afterthought. In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Waldron’s big concept for Strange is to ask if he’s happy. Although the former Sorcerer Supreme has rescued the world on several occasions, it has come at a terrible cost.
Of course, Maximoff has had to make greater sacrifices, as anybody who has seen Wanda Vision, or earlier MCU films starring Olsen, knows. Wanda Vision isn’t mandatory watching, but it does help you comprehend Maximoff’s current state of mind and how her storyline seems semi-reset in certain ways. The new Marvel film shows secret dimensions to what was supposed to be Maximoff’s moment of closure and future path.
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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, on the other hand, has a lot more on his mind. The word “multiverse” is actually in the title. The new Doctor Strange movie’s multiverse strategy relies on shocking us with different versions of the people we know — and beyond — without the nostalgia hook that allowed Spider-Man: No Way Home to bring back famous characters.
There are a lot of big cameos here, both expected and surprising, and we are sure not everyone will like how they’re handled. It effectively indicates that only the MCU’s main dimension — ultimately named Earth-616 on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness — is important, with all other Earths existing to serve it. To take a word from the film, some may call it a degradation of reality.
But it’s exactly the kind of thing a former Rick & Morty writer — in this case, Waldron — would come up with. You can literally do anything now since the MCU is made up of limitless universes with as many variations and takes on characters as there are. Assuming you have the cash, which Disney and Marvel Studios have enough of. It also helps that there are many Hollywood celebrities that are ready to join the MCU.
Almost every cameo in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is a long joke – it’s pandering, but it’s also willing to laugh at their expense — which is in keeping with previous installments. Marvel Studios has been teasing us throughout Phase Four of the MCU, with Evan Peters’ appearance on Wanda Vision as Pietro Maximoff proving to be a false herring and Vincent D’Onofrio reprising his role as Wilson Fisk/Kingpin from Daredevil on Hawkeye only to be murdered off.
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Waldron isn’t the only one who’s been set wild in a multiverse where everything is possible. Raimi’s Spider-Man universe had a more grounded look — which is now sort of retrospectively related to the MCU, but there are basically no boundaries here. The 62-year-old filmmaker rises beyond Waldron’s 35-year-old character arcs and fan service issues, pushing the MCU into areas it has previously avoided. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is nasty, violent, terrifying, and bizarro at different points. It’s bold and willing to go further than ever before into the mythos and visual techniques of some Doctor Strange comics.
At least one jump scare is included. There are a few body horror scenes in the film, the most notable of which sees Olsen squeezing herself out of a mirror, limbs and legs all twisted and out of position, until she straightens herself out. we are curious how blissfully clueless parents will react to them when their children bring them to the movies to see “that new Marvel movie.” And early on in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Strange and another character journey through several realities, including an animated one and one where everyone is painted.
Raimi, like Scott Derrickson on Doctor Strange before him, finds ways to keep the action moving. The highlight is combat that ingeniously and refreshingly riffs on background music. On the whole, we think the first film was more imaginative, but it helped that we were witnessing the Masters of the Mystic Arts for the first time.
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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness picks up after the events of No Way Home, with doctor strange meeting young America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez, from Netflix’s The Baby-Sitters Club), who reveals she can accidentally travel between worlds and that everyone wants her power. Strange then embarks on an interdimensional odyssey to defend her from those who wish to harm her. Chavez is more of a MacGuffin than a character.
As a result, Chavez lacks her own narrative; her growth at the conclusion feels forced, and the only true lesson she can take away from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is that adult superheroes are largely horrible.
That may be construed as the new Marvel film’s theme in various ways. That the heroes of the MCU are always a step or two away from going insane. That the abilities they have are far too great for them, and that they shouldn’t be trusted with them. Tony Stark/ Iron Man was correct, as Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness demonstrates. With the incorrect training, some of these heroes are so powerful that it’s hard for others to hold them in control.
Of course, there are major drawbacks to regulation, institutions can be corrupted as well, as Captain America: The Winter Soldier demonstrated — but in a world where strange powers abound and seismic catastrophes are common, perhaps some type of regulation is necessary.
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On Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, however, these concepts are never mentioned, let alone addressed. That is regrettable. More so because Strange is a significant part of the discourse, following his reckless behavior in “No Way Home”, when a sorcerer with so much power neglected to ask simple questions before delivering a teenager his brainwashed desire, which was hilarious.
In the Multiverse of Madness, Doctor Strange suggested that he would be met by his more evil counterparts, who had lost the plan. And there are hints throughout the film about how Doctor Strange is the biggest threat to the multiverse, but they appear to be leftovers from an earlier version of the film. Marvel, it turns out, lied about the plot. Because the movie is about something completely different.