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Doctor Strange Brings Dark Magic To Marvel

May 5th, 2022Doctor Strange Brings Dark Magic To Marvel


It hasn’t been that long since audience members saw Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) on screen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The sorcerer tried to help Spider-Man with an identity crisis in SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME, and now deals with some of the repercussions of that decision in DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS. The movie continues a Phase Four of Marvel films that will also feature new stories for Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) and the Guardians of the Galaxy. But first, let’s get you prepped for the movie magic with a spoiler-free take on DOCTOR STRANGE.

Doctor Strange Is Marvel’s First Horror Movie

Not in a “slashers and serial killers” kind of way. But with director Sam Raimi (SPIDER-MAN, EVIL DEAD) at the helm, DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS doesn’t shy away from monster effects, supernatural scares, and real threats of danger. Strange has always opened the door to the macabre and the mysterious in the Marvel Comics, so Raimi is being accurate when he pits our hero against one-eyed monsters or demons from beyond. It’s a bold new step for the comic franchise, and one that sets the stage for more horror, with the upcoming movie, BLADE, on the way.

Doctor Strange Really Expands Marvel’s Universe

In fact, DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS builds heavily on the concept of the Multiverse that was introduced in SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME. By agreeing to help a young girl named America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), Strange and Wong (Benedict Wong) begin to hop through the Multiverse, showing alternate realities that mirror our own, but sometimes with major differences. Strange must figure out how to master Chavez’s ability to travel the Multiverse if he has any hope of bringing balance to the universe.

Elizabeth Olsen Steals The Show

So many Marvel movies are team-up films, and similar to how Doctor Strange appeared in Spider-Man’s last film, Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) carries heavy emotional weight throughout DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS. Wanda seeks the comfort of her children -- if you aren't already caught up, you may want to watch Disney+'s "WandaVision" series before checking out the new DOCTOR STRANGE movie. When she learns about the existence of the Multiverse, she dreams of a reality where she can live happily with a normal family. But few things are normal in the MCU, and Olsen gets a number of opportunities to really shine once again in a very complicated role.

In general, DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS delivers a solid Marvel chapter that closes off a few important plot threads from previous stories, while expanding the scope of the MCU so that it now can begin exploring the complications that can come with parallel universes and alternate versions of the heroes we have grown to love. The sequel is dark and funny, mysterious and scary, and delivers everything fans would want out of a Doctor Strange sequel.


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