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‘Multiverse of Madness’ Is a Great Next Step in Doctor Strange’s Story

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.

(This is a longread.)

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I Finished My Marvel Marathon!

A little over two months ago I began my marathon heading to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and that meant I had a LOT to watch.

It began with the animated X-Men series which I watched all the way until about halfway through Season 3. That was an interesting ride with a lot of storylines that were quite fascinating, specifically the Phoenix storylines with Jean Grey. That was intense.

Then I got into the X-Men movies while tackling the MCU films I needed to watch too. That was a lot to finish but it was a super fun ride.

It was my first time watching all of the X-Men movies in a marathon fashion so it definitely provided quite the perspective. Such as the rebooted X-Men movies starting with First Class are way better than the first three X-Men films. Michael Fassbender’s Magneto is the undoubted MVP of those films, from his mesmerizing swagger to his constantly tragic storyline, Magneto is my favorite X-Men character and I don’t think that’s ever going to change.

X-Men: Days of Future Past and First Class were really fun but surprisingly X-Men: Apocalypse, despite its flaws, had me quite invested this time around. Magneto’s story is so heartbreaking in that movie.

It was, however, the final four installments in my marathon that were an utter blast to watch.

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I’m So Excited for Tomorrow’s Episode of ‘Moon Knight’!

When the critics watched the first four episodes of Moon Knight the consensus was that episodes 1 and 4 were the best, with Episode 4 being the best of the series so far. And that actually makes a lot of sense considering the narrative structures of these Disney+ series.

WandaVision‘s fifth episode was absolutely outstanding with Wanda showing us more of her villainous side, Vision beginning to break free of her control, and that jaw-dropping plot twist of Evan Peters’ Quicksilver arriving to pretend to be her brother. It was undoubtedly the most surprising episode in the series and also my second favorite episode just behind the saddening penultimate episode.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier‘s fourth episode was stellar. From involving a fight scene featuring the Dora Milaje to that gobsmacking ending where John Walker took a man’s head off with the Captain America shield. It was, without a doubt, the best episode in the series.

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Analyzing the Teaser Trailer for ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’

Well, the teaser trailer is here and that means it’s time to start theorizing about what this movie could be about to show us as well as the potential storyline taking place in Doctor Strange’s latest trippy adventure. Enjoy!

The teaser trailer starts off by having Doctor Strange echo the words he told Peter Parker: “The multiverse is a concept about which we know frighteningly little.”

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The first shot we see of Doctor Strange is here in the broken watch that Christine gave to him as a present. This shot reminds me of a scene from What If…? where we see Doctor Strange lamenting Christine as he holds the Eye of Agamotto.

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One thing What If…? made very clear was Doctor Strange’s love for Dr. Palmer and despite things not working out between them in Doctor Strange it doesn’t mean that he’s forgotten her.

Will Christine be a partial driving force of this movie? It’s very possible.

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The Top Ten Post-Credit Scenes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

I haven’t done of these ranking posts in a while but after watching Ant-Man the other day and seeing the film’s second post-credits scene (which is the scene from Civil War when Falcon mentions recruiting Ant-Man) I got serious chills and a yearning to write this post. So, here we are, trying to rank ten out of many awesome post-credit scenes. Here we go.

10. Is Steve Rogers Still Alive?-What If…?

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I may be in the minority here when I say that What If…? is one of the best entries in the entire MCU but I, personally, loved every second of it. The animation was gorgeous, perfectly illustrating the characters to make them feel almost lifelike, most of the actual actors were able to voice their characters which, of course, added extra depth to the story, and each week’s episode surprised me more than the last.

For this to be Marvel Studios’ first venture into animation they did a remarkable job.

And to end off the season we got another wonderful tease, that being Steve Rogers’ potential survival into next season. Will he be evil like Bucky or will the story take a different turn? Whatever the case, I’m excited to see what happens next for Captain Carter’s story.

9. Thanos’ Debut-The Avengers

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Nine years ago a movie came out called The Avengers. It was an unprecedented achievement as it brought together six of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and shattered the box-office with its engaging story and iconic moments. The experiment that was the Marvel Cinematic Universe had paid off and from there it’s been quite the ride ever since.

But Kevin Feige had something greater in mind. An endgame that would lead to the highest-grossing film of all time thanks to a certain purple villain whose name would end up sending chills down the spine of any avid MCU fan; Thanos.

His first appearance in the MCU is small as he performs an out-of-character evil grin and simply side-eyes the camera with foreboding music playing in the background but for loyal comic book fans, they understood exactly what was coming. I, however, did not but after watching Infinity War I understood what the hype was about.

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Where Does ‘Eternals’ Rank in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

It’s time to see where Eternals lands. Oh, and because I forgot, let’s see where I end up ranking What If…? as well. Enjoy!

30. The Incredible Hulk

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Eternals isn’t the worst MCU film. This is. It’s so bad, it’s not on Disney+.

29. Thor

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It’s got one of the best-acted scenes in the franchise between Tom Hiddleston and Anthony Hopkins when Loki’s birthright is revealed but…that’s the only great thing about this movie.

28. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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There’s too much hollering, the jokes aren’t as funny, Ego is an okay villain, Yondu’s death is corny, and Gamora gets sidetracked for this story a bit. The only thing that keeps me coming back is how gorgeous this movie is.

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