“Doctor Strange 2 or How I Accidently Caused a Chain Reaction to the Multiverse and I Must Undo It.” I’m kidding, the actual title is “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” The second solo movie featuring The Sorcerer of Supreme is out in theaters. The latest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe or MCU for short earned positive reviews from critics, fans and movie goers alike. It’s currently making revenue at the box office.
Set after the events of “WandaVision,” “Loki” & “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” Doctor Strange seeks help from Wong, Scarlett Witch & America Chavez to prevent the multiverse from becoming worse while encountering alternate versions of himself and alternate versions of well-known individuals. Meanwhile, an antagonist threatens the fate of the multiverse.
This July, “Thor: Love and Thunder” will be released with Chris Hemsworth & Natalie Portman reprising their roles. All episodes of “Moon Knight” are available on Disney Plus. “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” will be released on November 11th, 2022. Sadly, Chadwick Boseman is no longer with us may he Rest in Peace. His co-stars Lupita Nyong’o Danai Gurira & Martin Freeman will carry the upcoming sequel.
Today’s review contains no SPOILERS. I’ll do my best not to spill the beans. Is it worth the wait? Let’s find out, shall we? Before you see Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, watch WandaVision, Loki’s first season, What If’s first season & Spider-Man: No Way Home. You’ll need to refresh your memory.
Open & Closed Aspects
Open: Cast Members from previous installments including Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor & Rachel McAdams all did an awesome job for their respective performances.
Fun Fact: Like Doctor Strange’s first movie, Rachel worked with Robert Downey Jr. & Benedict who portrayed Sherlock Holmes. By the way, Martin Freeman & Jude Law both played John Watson.
Newcomers to the MCU such as Xochitl Gomez and some new faces all did a great job for their respective performances.
Sam Raimi did an excellent job directing the movie. After a nine-year hiatus in movies, he did his extensive homework on the MCU’s characters and storylines. Sam is a lifelong Marvel fan. Especially, Spider-Man. Don’t forget he directed Tobey Maguire’ movies.
Although not attached as director due to creative differences, Scott Derrickson served as an executive producer. He was busy making “The Black Phone.”
Michael Waldron (Loki) wrote the script. He made sure to craft a cohesive storyline.
Action Sequences showcase Strange & Wanda’s powers, yet they managed to glue my eyes on the screen without looking at my phone.
Strange’s interactions with Wong, America, Scarlet Witch & Christine serves as the main highlight.
Cinematography felt stable. Dutch Angles were used effectively to create an uncomfortable atmosphere.
Due to Character Development from previous installments, Strange is less arrogant, taking full responsibility protecting his reality and the multiverse.
Danny Elfman (a member of Sam’s posse) orchestrated the music.
Visual Effects are superb. They deserve an Extra Point for giving me a trippy experience.
The Main Antagonist’s motivation is justified. I can’t tell you who it is, you’re gonna have to see for yourself.
For those who aren’t familiar with America Chavez in the comics, her back story was interesting.
According to Kevin Feige the movie is influenced by the early works of Steven Spielberg like “Jaws,” the “Indiana Jones” series, “Poltergeist” & “Gremlins.”
The sequel is a fantasy-horror taking cues from “The Evil Dead.” As you may know, Sam created the series that got him in show biz.
Scare Factor has some legit Nightmare Fuel. Thank goodness they don’t contain excessive Jump Scares. Jared Leto’s “Morbius” wishes he’s scary.
The Tone manages to balance between horror and appropriate humor. Sam has a knack for horror and comedy.
Sam’s good luck charm, Bruce Campbell makes a cameo appearance.
Patrick Stewart shows up. Guess who he plays?
The cameo appearances will make you scream like a girl. I on the other hand shouted, Hell yeah!” I’m giving this amazing moment Bonus Points for making me happy along with the audience cheering.
A Mid-Credits Scene sets up the next installment. A Post-Credits Scene is optional.
Closed: Without giving too much away, how the actual fudge did one character somehow managed to survive a fall?
The Final Verdict: A-
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is a slight improvement of Benedict Cumberbatch’s solo entry as The Sorcerer Supreme. Definitely worth the wait. If you’re excited to see Strange’s sequel, get off your butt and support Marvel Studios. I cannot wait for Thor: Love and Thunder. Which upcoming MCU movie are eager to see? Please leave a comment.