What Did You Think of “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”? (My Thoughts)

I enjoyed Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and I’ll talk about why below. However, a day after seeing it, I’m still trying to figure out exactly what the movie adds that wasn’t already in the MCU.

I’m specifically referring to the What If and Loki shows (which, like Into the Spider-Verse, established the existence of alternate universes) and the latest Spider-Man movie, in which characters from other universes cross over into ours. Throughout the entirety of Doctor Strange 2, I was thinking, “This is cool, but haven’t we already seen this?”

That isn’t to say that big things don’t happen in the movie; spoilers below!

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Perhaps it isn’t entirely the first time that we’ve seen a hero turn into a villain, but it was interesting to see that twist from the Scarlet Witch. In general, I think Marvel does a good job of giving villains interesting motivations (not just “let’s take over the world!”), and Wanda’s motivation added to the fact that we’ve rooted for her for so long, not against her, made it even more interesting.

Even though it isn’t a new concept for the MCU, I do like seeing alternate universes. There’s a really cool scene where Doctor Strange and America Chavez pop through dozens of worlds. It’s very similar to a scene in What If. Also, I like the world they ended up in–everyone wears hats there!

The movie introduces some new characters (or at least actors who might play those characters in the future), including America Chavez, Reed Richards, and Benedict Cumberbatch’s ponytail. It was fun to see Professor X again, albeit briefly.

Last, I thought the musical duel was really cool. I’d like to see more Marvel battles that go beyond punching and more punching.

What were your favorite elements of the movie? How do you think it progresses the overall story of the MCU? Or is it okay sometimes for a Marvel movie to just stand on its own?

7 thoughts on “What Did You Think of “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”? (My Thoughts)”

  1. I’ll copy my response on Twitter here:

    I think most if not all Marvel movies and series after End Game were about those characters self searching themselves and trying to find and come to terms with who they are.

    If you forget about the villain plot and just focus on Dr Strange journey from the start of the movie to the end…

    He start not happy and still tormented by lost love and still the one who “needs to hold the knife”.
    He seems to end happy and free from those thoughts, he earned new powers and new understandings of himself and the multiverse.
    Those are things that will surely come into play in the future.

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  2. I am kinda in the middle on this one. I did enjoy parts of it, but the 1st act didn’t do much for me. I agree that it does not add much to the MCU, but it does basically complete Wanda’s arc, which I guess was needed at some point.

    To be honest, I just watched “Everything, Everywhere, All at Once” a few weeks ago – and it is a far superior multiverse movie (and so much more). To be honest, I feel like it’s a once-in-a-decade sort of movie like Mad Max or the Matrix in my mind. Too many cool ideas packed into one movie!

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      • Absolutely! I think one of the things I liked about Dr. Strange was that he had to use necromancy to win…a type of magic that is often frowned upon. I did not see that coming (along with who ended up being the villain!)

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  3. Not only did we get to see Scarlet Witch become the villian, also the Illuminate and most of the cast, from a certain point of view. What did you think of Marvel’s interpretation of what dreams are?

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  4. I think the film suffers largely because the D+ series have proven that a longer format for more complex storytelling works much better than a two hour film. As a result, Multiverse of Madness feels way too jammed with too many characters for them to actually pull off a movie that engages us with said characters. I had the same complaint about the latest Spiderman movie. There are just too many characters and too much story to fit into a single movie.

    I hope that Disney and Marvel continue to explore the longer format which has worked so well for Moon Knight, Wandavision, et al.

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