It feels like the last several Marvel Cinematic Universe projects like Loki, WandaVision and Moon Knight have just been appetizers before the big meal. With the release of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, fans get the major blockbuster film they’ve been waiting for. Read on for a review of Marvel’s Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness with minor spoilers!
Warning: This review contains minor spoilers.
In “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”, Dr. Steven Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) partners up with Wong (Benedict Wong) and the newly introduced character America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) to investigate who is sending demons after America. America has the power to open portals to the multiverse and something or someone is hunting her so they can harness that power.
Certain things motivate Marvel Cinematic Universe characters, for Wong, it’s a desire to protect the innocent, Dr. Strange is trying to right his wrongs but Wanda is different. Wanda is solely motivated by grief and loss. And THAT makes her much more dangerous than most of the MCU villains.
In WandaVision, Wanda had a taste of how content a family life can make her. She had to take over an entire town to achieve this, essentially torturing the residents by controlling their minds, but by the end, Wanda seems to accept the loss of Vision (again!) and her children.
By the time the Marvel film “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” arrives, Wanda is already set on being reunited with Billy and Tommy and if you get in her way, well don’t say she didn’t warn you.
With regard to the timing, this is one of the plot holes in this movie. We don’t know exactly why this movie takes place because at the end of WandaVision, Wanda seems content to spend her time learning more about her powers as the Scarlet Witch. But then she hears her children’s panicked calls for her.
I assume they call for her from a different multiverse and that’s her motivation for getting control of all of the multiverses but it’s jarring to see Wanda immediately introduced as a villain despite the ending of the series.
And speaking of WandaVision, I highly recommend watching that series before attempting to make sense of Wanda’s motivations in Dr. Strange.
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is one of the most violent films in the Marvel universe. It’s also one of the most fast-paced with the action starting in the first few seconds with rare breaks in between.
Because this is a Sam Raimi film we get zombies, tragic deaths and creepy villains. That’s all to say that this isn’t a film for kids. While I wouldn’t classify it as a horror film, there are enough creepy aspects that can make certain scenes scary for little kids.