Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ★★★★

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

Marvel Cinematic Universe (Phase 4) Film 28

"This time it's going to take more than killing me to kill me!"
"I love you. I love you in every universe..."

While attending the wedding of his former love, Doctor Stephen Strange is thrust into a battle in which he meets a young woman named America Chavez. A woman who can transverse the multiverse and has powers so massive that she is being hunted by a familiar person who wants to return to their perfect life. A life that was destroyed. America's powers are the way to achieve that goal. Friends and foes draw blurred lines as Doctor Strange and his allies attempt to save and maintain the reality that humanity knows and loves in the face of insurmountable odds.

In the first ten seconds of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness the viewer is heaved into bad ass action, and it's at that point that I had the biggest smile you can imagine. That smile stayed glued on my face for two hours and five minutes. I fucking love the Marvel Cinematic Universe and I am not ashamed to admit it.

Benedict Cumberbatch is by far my favorite current British actors, and one of my top 10 overall, and the same goes for the Doctor Strange character in regard to MCU heroes. Fucking WONG IS A FUCKING BOSS NOW too as the new Sorcerer Supreme. Fucking awesome to see Benedict Wong kicking ass. What other film displays two Benedicts kicking ass together? I'll wait for an answer in the comments. This review is all about repeating myself when it comes to kicking ass.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness presents two of Marvel's most powerful Earthborn beings at odds resulting in a film that reveals just how incredibly powerful Wanda Maximoff aka The Scarlet Witch truly is. One of the most interesting sometime hero / many times villains in Marvel Comics. Some have tried to label this as a film that flirts with the fringes of the horror genre, but that's certainly not the case. Horror is a genre this is often misunderstood, so I understand why some people would come to that conclusion, but in reality this is just a damn good plot with supernatural elements. That same formula is what makes some of the best horror films but they don't carry the same weight as a film from Marvel Studios.

I know many people like myself have seen all twenty-seven MCU films before this one, and that's ok, but I recommend seeing the Wandavision series before attempting to tackle this, even if you haven't seen anything else. It makes the plot so much better. You can't have a Sam Raimi directed film without the legend himself Bruce Campbell making a cameo, even if he is only the pizzaball man. Aside from Professor X, The Illuminati fucking sucks from it's rankings to it's cast. Black Bolt might be the dumbest superhero in the MCU and this version of Captain Marvel is even worse than Brie Larson. Then there is that weird version of Captain America, that did exist in the comics but is one of the frauds who aren't Steve Rodgers that most people hate in that role, even if they like them outside of it. I count myself among those people. There is only one real Captain America and his name is Steve Rogers. This made watching all of those frauds get massacred a pleasure for me.

Some people call this a Marvel horror film but god damn I promise you it's not. It is science fiction to the core though and there is a bit of a supernatural slant in there. I do understand why those people may make the horror connection though, as this film is a lot like the original The Terminator or Alien. Hell it even has shades of Friday the 13th or Halloween as the unstoppable force keeps pursuing it's target. Similar in some ways but ultimately different when taking the antagonist into context from the previous twenty-plus films.

This is one film in the MCU in which you just can't go in blind. You need to understand the plot of earlier films. It gets complicated enough to the point where I really like that fact that the subtitles specified what universe each character was from. It also displayed Elizabeth Olsen's best performance in her career thus far, even rivaling the great Benedict Cumberbatch, and that's big praise. This film RULES!!!!


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