Yesterday I went and watched Multiverse of Madness again in theaters (IMAX, of course) to not only see the film featuring my favorite superhero of all time again but to grasp the story details a little bit better. And to my great surprise, I enjoyed the film even more!
My first viewing was a rollercoaster of emotions to absorb. From the shock of knowing that Wanda was the unapologetic villain of the movie to the roiling adventure that literally feels like it’s going nonstop for two hours straight. It was a lot to take in and I missed a lot.
So, with this second viewing, there were some things I enjoyed even more like the action sequences, of course, but most importantly, the emotional beats.
Since Doctor Strange, Stephen Strange has barely had any character development outside of his growing skill with his spellbook. To finally resume his arc by forcing him to literally face alternate versions of himself to better understand his place in the multiverse was simply brilliant.
In this post, I want to dive into the absolutely stellar character progression in this film and how it all came to be.
Okay, it’s been a few days since Multiverse of Madness took over theaters across the globe, shocking viewers with its chaotically fascinating storyline that is 100% a Doctor Strange flick directed by Sam Raimi. And since I already shared my thoughts on the film in a spoiler-free review on Thursday night it’s time to share my thoughts on all of those juicy spoilers. So, hang onto your butts, because we’re about to delve deep into spoiler territory.
For years Doctor Strange has been a supporting character helping to either save the world from a giant genocidal purple alien or aiding a teenager with a personal conundrum. But now we’ve finally been brought back into his world and whoa is his side of the universe a doozy.
Multiverse of Madness lives up to its title in every way possible because that is exactly what it is. Madness! With a two-hour and six-minute runtime, the film moves at a high-speed pace that is both exhilarating and at times, a tiny bit frustrating. The film jumps from scene to scene with relative cohesiveness, except for a few quickly edited moments that don’t quite blend together right.
The highlights of this film are undoubtedly Doctor Strange and Wanda who jockey for MVP of the movie on a quarterly basis. While Wanda Maximoff plays a major role in this film and shines in every scene she graces this is very much a Doctor Strange movie.
The story revolves around him and his place in the multiverse which is, surprisingly, quite controversial. Apparently, Doctor Strange is a guy who either can do a great deal of good or a great deal of harm. The question is, what will become of our Doctor Stephen Strange and what path is he forging for himself?
Newcomer Xochitl Gomez stars as America Chavez and unfortunately, I wasn’t a fan of her character. It’s rare for me to be a bit bummed about MCU casting but honestly, I almost wish the role had gone to someone else.
Unlike Tom Holland who brought such an instant likability to Peter Parker/Spider-Man Gomez doesn’t fully convince me as the powerful heroine. There were even moments where it felt like she was acting the way the script told her to instead of flowing into the character in a way that was lovable. I just hope she grows on me like Captain America did.
Does the movie have great action scenes? Yes. Yes, it does. There were a lot of moments where I was staring at the screen in pure awe thanks to the spectacle.
Is the movie scary? Very much so. My younger self would’ve been absolutely terrified but thankfully, I’m older and the horror was a bit tamer than I expected. But yes. Be prepared to stare at the screen terrified through a few scenes.
But most importantly, how was the movie? Multiverse of Madness is good, not great. Despite being a rather fascinating film that ultimately shines because it’s two hours of Benedict Cumberbatch being a great superhero there are some elements to the film that I can’t ignore. Like the lackluster humor which I was a bit surprised by considering how great Marvel Studios is with melding legitimately funny moments in the middle of these epic stories.
Like I said earlier, the editing was a bit disjointed at times. There were some moments that felt a tad bit corny. But overall, the film is a fantastic, totally Doctor Strange-ified ride that left me wanting more.
And if you decide to watch this film make sure you stick around for the post-credit scenes. They’re both really fun in their own ways.
I’ll give this movie 93 out of 100 and 4.5 out of 5 stars. What a thrill ride.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day.
Okay, it’s time to share my next five favorite posters. Enjoy!
15. Mr. Knight Gets a Poster
I love a good character poster and this one blew my mind. I’m still kind of in shock that we’re actually getting the Mr. Knight persona in Moon Knight. I barely know anything about the character but I do love his outfit and yes, Marvel Studios has brought it to life. I’m so excited.
14. The Beginning of Doctor Strange
The Doctor Strange movies have always had some of the best posters and this one, of course, is no exception. The colors, the fact that you can still see Cumberbatch’s face through his fingers, and the iconic window of the Sanctum Sanctorum acting as a backdrop is just the perfect layout for this remarkable poster. Marvel Studios really did cast the PERFECT person to play Doctor Strange.
13. Marc Spector is the Moon Knight
Simple yet brilliant, this poster’s supernatural vibe lets us know that this show will be entirely different than anything we’ve seen in the MCU before and that alone is worth getting excited about.
12. The Legacy of the Jedi
When this teaser poster first came out I remember staring at it for days for any clues it could provide about the film. It was a fascinatingly bold poster with so much thought put into it.
Its obvious connection to the poster for A New Hope made one realize that Rey was truly the next hope for a new generation of Jedi. Her lightsaber, changing from blue to purple to red made me wonder if this poster was hinting toward her turn to the dark side. Luke Skywalker didn’t exactly look benevolent, Kylo Ren would be an important figure in Rey’s story, and the striking red color made me instantly think of the Sith.
It was a lot to process but beyond all of the movie implications the poster was signaling, it’s also a beautiful poster as well.
11. The Avengers Have Assembled
Avengers: Infinity Warwas one heck of a movie and this poster made it very clear that we would get to see roughly every MCU superhero take a stand against one of the greatest movie villains of all time, Thanos. How the artists managed to fit every single character onto this poster without it ever feeling overstuffed is impressive enough as it is, and then the poster’s actually gorgeous too?!
When I first saw it my mind was blown and even now I still love to look at it.
So those are the next five posters to make my list. Now we’re about to get into my top 10 and I am very excited to share them with you.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a tremendous day.
In a little over 70 days, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be entering theaters. Yeah, we’re about ten and a half weeks away from the first MCU movie of the year and my excitement is building rapidly. With each new Marvel movie, I usually like to do a Marvel marathon. My last marathon was before Shang-Chi and I had decided to start the marathon seventeen days before the movie came out. That was a bad idea.
Trying to get through 20+ movies in just a little over two weeks was an absolute nightmare and I realized from there on I would have to really plan ahead of time to prepare myself for these marathons.
This time, ahead of Multiverse of Madness, I’m going to watch everything possibly related to the film and that means I’ve got to make a list. However, I decided to share that list with you all and the order I will be watching these movies (and shows) so…here’s my Marvel marathon.