Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ★★★½

Marvel's genre-bending foray into infinity is but a fleeting glance.

Buckle up as Doctor Strange and company are about to take you across earths in different universes to prevent a multiversal threat. Going ahead to that attention-grabbing interdimensional travel, there was one remarkable montage featured: jumping through a series of universes varying in appearances and atmospheres (think of Into the Spider-verse).

Director Raimi once again opens a portal to his iconic directorial work of mixing genres in one picture. This time adapting comic book storylines while deliberately throwing horror-esque elements into it. Such narrative structure, combined with mind-bending visual effects and a killer score, feasibly overwhelms.

Sadly the same can't quite be said with the exploration of its world. With the vast array of multiple possibilities, it has shown incredibly little of the fabrics of reality that the characters (even cameos) struggle to hold the loose thread together. What could've been a window to a greater expansion of the saga's lore took a downstep from fully developing the promised madness. Make no mistake, it has been a wild ride of multiversity, and something about it somehow sets it apart from a typical MCU fest. For one, it's a Doctor Strange movie but Olsen's Scarlet Witch is the showstopper of a motherly villian—even though her motivation is highly questionable.

Multiverse of Madness (2022) ventures into a daring and blastful visual galore composed of striking set pieces only to fall under a cyclical spell as it ends.

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