As an MCU fan, this week has been an absolute feast.
First off, a couple of days ago, this new official look at Thor: Love and Thunder revealed better looks at the two women who will most likely steal the show in MCU’s next film, Thor: Love and Thunder.
Tessa Thompson returns for her third MCU appearance as King Valkyrie and yes, she looks like royalty.
Next to her is Natalie Portman who has very much been transformed by the Marvel regimen and become freaking Mighty Thor. I mean look at her! This multiversal version of Padme would’ve given Anakin something to think about if he tried to turn against her.
And in the bottom-right corner is, supposedly, our first human version of Bast, the Panther Goddess who granted the Wakandans the power of the Black Panther. If that is her, she looks absolutely stunning.
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.