Dr. Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness Is Depressing

Multiverse Of Madness

Multiverse Of Madness Plot

The Multiverse of Madness is Dr. Stephen Strange’s latest outing, America Chavez appears from a different universe and needs the help of Dr. Strange and Wong (the sorcerer supreme) to stop impending danger that threatens not only one universe but several others.

Characters/ Roast

Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) in his second film feels pretty watered-down after fixing his mistake in the universe (616) from Spiderman’s issue. He watches the woman he loves (Rachel McAdams) get married to another man then has to protect the young heroine in the making, America Chavez, who has demons chasing her. A lot of male heroes with their name in the title have been on babysitting duty lately. Not to mention every multiverse counterpart of Dr. Strange he has encountered ended up dying or was already dead. Yet Dr. Strange is a “major threat” to all universes.

Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) is a complete baddie in this movie, this is her WandaVision spin off. She went through all kinds of trouble, even wrecking the Sanctum, just to get at America Chavez. She gave me a Maleficent vibe, her reasoning for wanting to be in the alternate universe by taking her power killing her in the process didn’t make sense. Even Wong brought that up in the movie. By that time, she was already gone. All of the damage and destruction we thought we were going to get from Evil Dr. Strange was really Scarlet Witch. She was putting everyone in a body bag, she fought so hard just to be a single mother.

America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) is from another universe and is the only version of herself. She can punch star-shaped holes into different realities. She has two mothers and is an LGBTQ+ character. How did you get the name America if it didn’t exist in her original reality? How was her ability discovered by the Scarlet Witch? A lot of unanswered questions for a lackluster character.

Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) literally did nothing but introduce us to The Illuminati, then to top it off, he’s not the original Mordo, he’s the alternate universe Mordo where he is the sorcerer supreme.

Multiverse of Madness Spoiler Warning/ Roast

The Illuminati make an appearance in the movie featuring Monica Rambeau as Captain Marvel, Captain Carter, Black Bolt, Mordo, Mr. Fantastic, and Professor X. With that roll call and the hype that was built up for it, they literally got demolished by Scarlet Witch. I wondered why Black Panther wasnt on the team then was thankful they didnt include him.

Mr. Fantastic bragged about Black Bolt’s ability only for his mouth to be removed (like Neo from The Matrix) and his brain to explode. How it happened, I don’t know.

Thoughts

With Sam Raimi taking on this project, I knew it would be different. The movie is full of occult and symbolic metaphors, such as the book of life and the book of death, or the fact that Strange was semi-Jesus in this movie, making wine and raising the dead. The colors in the different universes were amazing, but the movie felt depressing. It was hard to leave the theater feeling inspired and wowed, when half the people got destroyed. The trailer made it seem like all the movies where they breached the multiverse tied into this one, when it didn’t. The trailer made it seem like the Illuminati had a warrant out for Dr. Strange. Due to tampering with the multiverse and the zombie/evil version being a major threat. (Not the case) This movie pulled a Suicide Squad and made a witch the villain. Superior Iron Man with Tom Cruise apparently is a rumor because he wasn’t in this. It was a smart move not to have the Black Panther be in this version of the Illuminati due to obvious reasons. The ending credits scene wasn’t special either, just sat there to see Bruce Campbell.

This movie is a 5 out of 10

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