Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness well and truly lives up to its name.It’s an assault of ideas that can be overwhelming but, if your mind is willing to bend with the multiverse, you’ll leave the cinema with a different appreciation of what a …
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness well and truly lives up to its name.
It's an assault of ideas that can be overwhelming but, if your mind is willing to bend with the multiverse, you'll leave the cinema with a different appreciation of what a Marvel movie can be.
Without spoiling anything, there's a sequence midway through the film that is worth the price of admission alone.
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It is sure to surprise, shock and delight fans and I would happily pay full price to see that one scene again on the big screen.
The movie picks up sometime after Spider-Man: No Way Home (which receives a token mention) but directly deals with the consequences of the Disney+ series WandaVision.
If you haven't watched the series, Wanda's story has taken a dramatic turn. She's been reading the book of the damned and is hellbent on seeing her children again.
Doctor Strange crosses paths with a young America Chavez, who has the power to travel between universes and leads Stephen to confront alternate versions of himself and the consequences of ruthless, egotistical and selfish decisions.
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Sam Raimi, who famously directed the original Spider-Man trilogy, manages to keep these complex ideas grounded while introducing horror tropes from his days on Evil Dead.
Multiverse of Madness doesn't look or feel like any Marvel movie that's come before it but moves at the company's now trademark pace.
So much happens in this film that it's hard to think back and break it down scene-by-scene.
Trailers teased a villainous Wanda but they don't prepare you for the power (or violence) on display.
Time travel proved such a success in Avengers Endgame that Marvel hasn't hesitated to introduce concepts like multiple timelines, other universes and witchcraft that may not otherwise gel with the mainstream.
Part of me wonders if the MCU is moving a little fast for audiences that fell in love with an original Avengers team that featured five humans – including one Hulk – and Thor.
The Hawkeye and Falcon and the Winter Soldier series have helped keep Earth in focus, but in the midst of a mystical Moon Knight, Wandavision, Loki and Shang-Chi, plus the cosmic influence in Eternals and the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder; it's a lot to digest.
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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness isn't afraid to push those boundaries further.
The MCU is only two movies into playing with alternate universes (plus What If…?) and while Spider-Man: No Way Home felt like a culmination of 20 years of cinema, the payoff in Doctor Strange was both incredible and (somehow) cheap.
For years we've wondered how the X-Men and others will be worked into the MCU. And while Multiverse of Madness is happy to give fans a taste, it isn't the answer.
The CGI didn't look as good as I'd expect on-screen (here's looking at you, giant tentacle monster and the third eye on Doctor Strange's forehead), which wasn't helped early by the first act's vibrant colour grading or an at-times cheesy script.
The MCU often pokes fun at itself while repeating language used in the comics, but there are some truly awful lines of dialogue late in the movie that stand out like a sore thumb.
In spite of that, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness delivers.
On a quest to quell his ego, Stephen Strange asks himself, "Are you happy?"
Most fans who do the same will leave the cinema saying, "Yes."
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is in cinemas now.
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