Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Story: Okay, so we’re all on the same page with the MC universe, right? Magic, monsters, multiverses, time travel, yada yada? Paramount. Because after everything that Doctor Strange, Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch and your friendly neighbor Spider-Man have been doing recently, there seems to be some craziness in every universe. It’s time to jump into the universe, do other things here at 616 and meet all sorts of new people that our gang asks for help or needs help to overcome. Do you want more? I’m sorry; Kevin Feigie is sitting in my neck and makes sure that I don’t screw anything up. I can feel his breath… how does he do it? (And seriously, go into this one with all the MCU 411 you had before, but as blindly as possible, to enjoy Maxi (moff).)

Genre I would Put it in: Crazy Sequels that Prepare You for a CHANGE OF THINGS
Release Date: 2022
Remake, Sequel, Based on or Original: Based on Marvel comic characters. Part of the MCU.

I have to say: if there’s one thing I can tell you about this movie, and believe me, there are a lot of things I really shouldn’t, it’s that this movie should really be called Scarlet Witch and the Mountain of Trouble. Because although the doctor’s name is omitted in the title, it is his buddy Avenger who has most of the character arc in this movie. And yes, before you watch the madness, you should be aware of your WandaVision and Disney Channel knowledge to get the maximum reward when things go crazy.

Because oh my friends and oh my enemies, director Sam Raimi absolutely goes off the chain here. And it’s pretty glorious when he does it. Yes, the hard work is required while the dominoes are being set up… but when they start to explode, they bleed, blink, disappear, fall. Damn them. It’s a lot of fun. Fair warning to my weak-hearted friends; even though all the talk of “This is terrible, Marvel is terrible”? My horror dog Tuchas has not seen anything really scary. But how did my soul beat its feet out of pure disgust years ago? I may be too numb to blood, gore and scary stuff for MCU horror-Lite to come to me. But the most sensitive creatures could get scared if Sam becomes a full-fledged Raimi. (And yes, keep an eye out for that chin. He’s here. Of course he’s here. And that’s all the spoiler you’ll get from me.)

There are also a lot of funny cameos here, so make sure you have your scream of joy voice ready. There are [EDITED] and [CLASSIFIED], not to mention the big reveal when [A CHARACTER] sees that [NOT TODAY]… Well, I’m sure you understand the picture. Feigie is definitely setting things up, and it will be interesting to see where this story is going in general and which artists will be present for future films. I’m really excited about the opportunity to see [NEE] and [SIKE] on screen together, and oh hi, [STOP, DENISE] and [THIS GAG IS GETTING OLD] would be fun on screen too.

Do I have some nits to pick up? Of course I do. Heartless, do you remember? The plot is a bit messy, even for the crazy story that is offered. The dialogue can be a little too simple and almost silly here and there. And many introduced characters are present only for a moment or two. I am glad that you did not exceed your greeting, but I wish we had seen a little more before these special characters left the stage. But I love the little things, such as the way a certain character wears a denim jacket with “Amour is Amour” on his denim jacket. Try to get that out of the movie for China! (Who am I kidding; you’ve probably already done it. UGH.) The chemistry between the established characters and the newly introduced characters is right, so I’d like to see some of these MCU newcomers back on the big screen. And although the CGI is a little less than the great Kirby-like Ragnarok or the trippy OG Strange, I think it’s cable-worthy rather than price-worthy, there are moments when it’s absolutely stunning. Grab a huge popcorn and enough drink so that your mouth does not turn into a salt desert (see #Protip), and enjoy. This is the beginning of a new post-apocalyptic multiplex summer. And I missed him.

 

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