Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is a 2022 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Doctor Strange. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is the sequel to Doctor Strange (2016) and the 28th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
Directed by Sam Raimi, best known for the original Evil Dead franchise and the first Spider-Man movie trilogy, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is a glorious combination of the horror and superhero genres, that builds on the characterisations of Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Wanda Maximoff/Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) developed in a slew of MCU movies and recent streaming TV series.
As is typical of recent MCU fare, the movie introduces a young superhero in the form of the teenaged America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), who has the ability to move independently within the multiverse. Clearly, the MCU is moving towards establishing the Young Avengers before too long. Also prominent in the storyline is current Sorcerer Supreme Wong (Benedict Wong) and Strange’s estranged lover Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdam).
Following on from the Wandavision series, the premise of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness involves Wanda’s quest to be reunited with her twin sons by stealing America’s power for herself, so that she can move to an alternate universe where they exist – remember that in Wandavision, Wanda had used her hex magic to create them. Obviously, Doctor Strange and company stand in the way of Wanda’s ambitions.
MCU fans will absolutely love this comic-book faithful superhero movie, not least for the exciting cameos virally discussed on the internet for some time now. But along with that comic book vibe, Raimi has added a horror movie edge with gore and violence galore, not quite expected for a Disney movie, let alone a MCU one.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is a superhero blockbuster with drama, horror, tragedy and pathos that everybody will enjoy. Of course, do not miss the mid-credits surprise that will have the comic book fans screaming hysterically! Highly recommended.
Now showing in cinemas.
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