Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)

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Directed by Sam Raimi

Written by Michael Waldron

Based on characters by Marvel Comics

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Michael Stuhlbarg, & Rachel McAdams

Cameos by Bruce Campbell, Patrick Stewart, Hayley Atwell, Lashana Lynch, Anson Mount, & John Krasinski

Release Date: May 6, 2022

Running Time: 2hr 6min

Rating: PG13

Dr. Stephen Strange (Cumberbatch) protects America Chavez (Gomez), a teenager capable of traveling the multiverse, from Wanda Maximoff (Olsen). From there, they travel to various worlds, encountering alternate versions of familiar faces, plus some fun cameos.

The film premiered at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on May 2, 2022, and was released in the United States on May 6, as part of Phase Four of the MCU. The film received praise for Raimi’s direction, the visuals, and Olsen’s performance, while criticism was mostly directed towards the plot. It grossed over $953 million worldwide, making it the second-highest-grossing film of 2022.

It’s Marvel, I am definitely going to see this. And if you’re into Marvel movies you should see it too. Seriously, I personally have yet to be disappointed by their entires. I’m not expecting every film in this to be genre altering or make some bold statement about real world events, I am first and foremost expecting a fun superhero movie. And I got that!

Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen are as usual great as Strange and Wanda, bringing plenty more depth and pathos to the characters. Like any decent Marvel villain, it’s not just a simple case of them being evil, there’s motivation behind their scheme that threatens to destroy all reality as we know it.

The rest of the cast does a solid job, with Xochitl Gomez bringing an adorkable quality to America Chavez. Some feel the character isn’t given a lot, and I can see that, but I still really enjoyed her performance and I’m sure she’ll get more development in future installments (which you know there will be).

I was so happy when I heard Sam Raimi was attached to direct an MCU entry. He was integral to the revival of the superhero movie in the early 2000s, thanks to his 2 banger Spider-Man adaptations (even the third has some merits), plus a damn good filmmaker! The man knows how to film unsettling moments, set a moody atmosphere, plus set up some crazy ass camera angles. There’s also his wicked sense of humor, of which there’s a decent amount.

So yes, see this movie! End of review!

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