Multiverse of Madness Review

Kaya Whittaker, Editor

The long awaited sequel to the highly appraised Doctor Strange (2016) came out on 5 May 2022.  Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness took an approach never seen before in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it didn’t turn out the way directors and fans alike had hoped. Spoilers ahead.

Directed by Sam Raimi, famous in the Marvel world for his Spider-man movies, Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness is the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to have extreme horror elements. Wanda’s appearance throughout the film is similar to that of Carrie from Carrie, directed by Brian De Palma. Even the way she walks as she chases Doctor Strange and America Chavez gives the audience chills down their spines. The gore involved in the many deaths breaks the norm for what is usually allowed in a PG-13 movie. This was a huge shock to fans, who are used to seeing less brutal deaths, or at least brutal deaths being offscreen. 

However, while the horror features seemed to be a hit with most viewers, the movie lacked severely in other aspects. The plot line was very hard to follow, and it was difficult to see the point in it at all. It’s understood that this movie was meant to introduce multiverse-traveler America Chavez into the MCU, but the writers failed to explain why we should even care about her in the first place. They just threw her into the film and sort of hoped the audience would love her character enough to get over the plot holes. 

Surprisingly, the acting was also below average, especially for a Marvel movie. While people should cut Xochitl Gomez, actress for America Chavez, some slack, seeing as she was fifteen years old during the filming of Multiverse of Madness, her acting was still subpar. Gomez played her role to the best of her ability, but that role had some huge shoes to fill, and she unfortunately just came up short. Hopefully, this movie can be a learning experience for the young actress, and she will only go up in skill from here.

All things considered, the Doctor Strange sequel came as a slight disappointment to some, and a huge one to others. This movie was hyped up so much, and for it to have a sketchy plot line, unusual directing, and poorly acted characters was a massive let down. 

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