Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness

Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness is a pleasant step back from Marvel’s usual path, even if there are plenty of flaws in it. The big question is, where can a film universe go if it reached its climax years ago? The Marvel cinema world has crowned its action with the last two Avengers movies and hasn’t found much since. I think we will leave the Eternals as well, the legend of Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings also did not bring the expected level and few remember the Black Widow with a good heart.

Sony was able to create a memorable one, at least based on revenue and fan feedback. For me, however, the Spider-Man: No way home has become an unavoidable classic, it has made the most of being a fanboy. Doctor Strange took the stage in 2016 and has since appeared as a supporting character in major films, but his own story only now, Doctor Strange continues in the ranks of the madness of madness.

We go after the Spider-Man spell that went wrong, when the doc is tormented by all sorts of nightmares. In these, he escapes with a teen named America Chavez who is able to open portals between multiverses. This ability is needed by a powerful witch who will do anything to get it. So much for the story, but as a prelude it is worth noting that the last of the previous Marvel movies is Spider-Man and the series is WandaVision and maybe even What if …? it doesn’t hurt if it’s not unknown to us.


And I would immediately refute what I have read in most criticisms: Doctor Strange is not horror in the multiverse of madness! Whoever claims this is also the age of X-Men 2 and the Avengers: Ultron, as there were so many “scary” scenes in it, too. The fact is, however, that the film shows the handprints of Sam Raimi. It confidently takes the characters in the direction dreamed of by the script, even if that’s not the path most of us wanted to see.

It’s hard to take on the stomach of the fact that a protagonist in his own film isn’t really just beaten by someone who doesn’t go for it. Well, here Doc Strange falls short of almost everyone, not once. This is also strange because although he is no longer the post of the Supreme Mage, even the Ancient Mage said anno that Strange is more powerful than anyone. We can’t see anything of that here, which is quite a disappointment.

His counterpoint is Scarlet Witch, who in turn has such a strong character that almost no one can fight him. Even in comics, he was perhaps the strongest mutant and even being of the Marvel universe, but he became even more powerful here. There are plenty of problems with motivation as well, but it wouldn’t be too elegant to raise this in a film like this. We’re already used to the illogical as well, so the one-time viewer is already immune to it.


What makes Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness a movie to watch, though, is the sight. Although the unique, psychedelic spectacle seen in the first part is only partially included in the sequel, it is still possible to learn that we are looking at one of the independent stories of the doc. And while the characters have become quite faint, they still show that the two protagonists have explicitly enjoyed filming.

And of course there are the pop-in actors who are disappointing overall. There are (and still are) many opportunities to open up multiverses, but unfortunately they have only been partially exploited. Overall, though, you can book Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness as a mediocre piece, which is spectacular but silly. And based on the first extra scene, another classic character enters the life of the doc. The question is whether this is explained in a standalone third film or incorporated into a Revenge story. 7/10


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Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness (Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness)
dubbed, American fantasy, action movie, 126 minutes, 2022
Not recommended for under 16s!

Director: Sam Raimi
Screenwriter: Michael Waldron
Producer: Kevin Feige
Cinematography: John Mathieson

Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Stephen Strange)
Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch)
Xochitl Gomez (America Chavez)
Rachel McAdams (Dr. Christine Palmer)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (Mordo)
Benedict Wong (Wong)


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