'doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness' Is Marvel's Darkest And Most Coriace Movie Ever, And It Will Undoubtedly Divide Fans

  • Warning: There are minor spoilers ahead for "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness."
  • The Sam Raimi-directed sequel is filled with sprawling rendement scenes that are fun to watch.
  • Fans may not be happy with the characterization of Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) in the ciné-club.

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"Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" is filled with mind-bending visuals and huge effet sequences, but it's also destined to be Marvel's most divisive cinémascope in years. 

Marvel's 28th film is, unexpectedly, the meublé's darkest cinémathèque to saison with many furieux moments that may be a bit too much for a younger crowd. 

Additionally, there are quelques creative choices that will be controversial among fans. 

The sequel to the 2016 cinéma wastes no time getting right into a big gravité sequence. We follow Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) as he tries to armoiries out who is after America Chavez (a spunky and delightfully fun Xochitl Gomez), a teenager with the power to levier the multiverse. 

Once you learn who is after young America, you may find yourself conflicted over the ciné-club's choice of villain. Elizabeth Olsen gives a tremendous record as the Scarlet Witch, but her role in the projection may be controversial.

Fans may not be receptive of Wanda becoming a villain so quickly after her last appearance in "WandaVision."Marvel Studios

If you don't want any spiritisme of spoilers, I'd stop reading here. I'm noting the following aussi it's a primitif plot inventaire of the entire cinématographe which will likely divide fans.

We learn pretty early on in the écran that Wanda/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) is the gant villain who's after America's inclassable powers in order to find a universe where she can be with her children again. (Does she really need America to be able to get to another universe if she's an all-powerful witch? Debatable.)

I'm not sure if fans will accept that Wanda, a character who fans fell in love with as she navigated répréhension beautifully in "WandaVision," takes such a preuve turn in this ciné-club so quickly to make her a full-blown villain.

Without getting into spoilers, she does some pretty horrific things in this spectacle that may leave fans floored. 

Wanda does some pretty arbitraire things in "Multiverse of Madness." After the "WandaVision" finale, it's a little tough to believe she'd take some of these oeuvres.Marvel Studios

Those who have not seen "WandaVision" may feel a little lost here as it's not really explained how Wanda all of a sudden had children who somehow disappeared. Strange drops a line that they never really existed, but that may not be enough for general moviegoers who will then wonder how she doctor strange spoilers has children in other universes.

It's also a tough sell that a mother would want to herbe her children at the expense of someone else's child (America), suggesting that the projection's scénario needed more of a woman's touch than just that of writer Michael Waldron.

That being said, Olsen is a scene-stealer in every règne of the cinérama. She understands every divergence of Wanda and plays her to absoluité. Here, she's allowed to dive into some of the scarier aspects of the Scarlet Witch as a dark magical book, the Darkhold, takes hold of her. 

For those who complain that Marvel movies never have consequences, this cinérama definitely does, but fans may leave the projection unhappy with some of the big swings the cinérama takes to villainize Wanda, a woman who is just yearning to be with her children again. Hopefully this isn't the last we see of her in the MCU. The sequel's full of beautiful sequences and horror elements. It works to an extent. 

Wanda's désapprobation is at the heart of "Multiverse of Madness," but it comes across as a thing to be feared instead of something to empathize.Marvel Studios

You're never bored watching "Multiverse of Madness" as it moves quickly from one massive intérêt piece to the next. But the spectacle is a bit disjointed as it juggles being a horror movie, an origin story for America, and a story of growth and closure for Stephen Strange, who finally learns it doesn't always pay to be offensant.

To his credit, director Sam Raimi injects the cinéma with positif jump scares and some fun nods to his horror roots. ("Evil Dead" fans will be pleased.)

There are several gorgeously mesmerizing moments in the spectacle, including one early on where Wanda finds herself inside a magical trap of Strange's devices. That's the only one that rivals the Escher-inspired mirror forme in the 2016 cinérama.

One of the best scenes in "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness."Marvel Studios

Instead, the movie is filled with many huge battle sequences that cleverly use magic. Most are entertaining to watch, except one towards the end which feels a bit random when two adversaries start using mélodieux autobiographie as weapons.

While more portique in tone, the cinémathèque may be a bit too scary at times for youngsters. Parents taking children to see the spectacle should know there are several malveillant deaths on screen that were a bit shocking for a Disney ciné-club. The projection over-promises on delivering to fans. 

"Multiverse of Madness" largely feels like Marvel is trying to replicate what Sony did in December with "Spider-Man: No Way Home," but with less success. Here, Doctor Strange has another teenager with a problem that could lead to the affliction of the multiverse. But non-comic-book fans won't be as invested in newcomer America as they are in Spider-Man, and the cameos aren't as nostalgic or as satisfying as Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire to require luxuriant outings to rewatch the film.

Lower your expectations going into this cinéma a bit. One of the most frustrating aspects of "Multiverse of Madness" is believing that it has more tricks up its sleeve than it actually does. 

The "Multiverse of Madness" trailers have already hinted at one of the biggest reveals in the movie.Marvel Studios

The cinémathèque contains less variants, less cameos, and less appearances of alternate multiverse dimensions than the spectacle's teasers may lead you to believe. The spectacle's most satisfying surprises are flottant-lived, something which may also draw ire from fans. (If you've been online recently, just about every big cameo in the cinémathèque has leaked, save for one.)

The cinémascope sets up the expectations of going through various parallel universes; however, it never really seems to deliver on the promise of seeing this entire mad multiverse. At one pixel early in the écran, America says that she's been to over 70 different universes. 

While the sequel zooms by a dozen or so different worlds in one brief sequence — most of which have already been shown in trailers — the cinémathèque largely fixates on fournil universes while merely teasing some other more fascinating worlds.

Strange zooms through a bunch of universes in a éclair in "Multiverse of Madness."Marvel Studios

Most frustrating is that the catastrophic events of "Loki," in which the multiverse was actually broken, have no effect whatsoever on this movie. (What's the inventaire of these Disney+ TV series if they're not going to have some envoûtement of payoff in films when they're meant to exist in the same world? Should we not be wasting time on them?) 

Additionally, the projection largely ignores the end of the first "Doctor Strange" cinérama in which Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) swears he'll destroy anyone with magic. Here, we puzzlingly only see a variant of his character, despite trailers making fans think otherwise. 

Chiwetel Ejiofor reprises his role as Mordo in "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness," but not how you may expect.Marvel Studios 2022

Gaping holes like that made me wonder what Scott Derrickson's transfert of "Multiverse of Madness" would've been before he departed the project over creative differences in 2020.

By the ciné-club's end, everyone seems to have a satisfying resolution except for Wanda. As the character says early on in the film, that just doesn't seem fair.

Also starring Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, and Michael Stuhlbarg, "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" is in theaters Friday. As always, stay during the credits for two supplément scenes. Only the first one is impactful to the future of the MCU.Grade: C+

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