Sam Raimi not only directed Multiverse of Madness to be a horror and action film, but also a romantic one between Christine and Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is the scary movie we thought it would be, maybe a little more. Not just in terms of action and horror, the movie even took a step ahead in terms of romantic relationships. From “I love you 3000” to “I love you in every universe”, we have come a long way.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was a complete package
The Evil Dead director, Sam Raimi made all the time and hype worthwhile, directing a perfect blend of action, adventure, horror, and love. The movie had blood, superheroes being brutally killed, and obviously some fantastic cameos.
The movie had a lot of multiverse travel, especially after the character of America Chavez was introduced. Not just Doctor Strange puked when he travelled through so many universes, we were on that verge too. But, as the movie proceeded and we had the hook of it, it started making more sense and the story began to unravel.
The character development of Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch and the smooth-shifting of her role from Witch to Wanda in different universes was incredibly portrayed. But, at the end of the day, The Scarlet Witch was the main antagonist and undoubtedly Doctor Strange was the protagonist, with Chavez and Wong playing an incredible role of having his back.
If we are reviewing the movie and taking everything into account, the witty conversations between Wong and Stephen were keeping the tone of the movie balanced, not letting it become just another horror movie.
The movie had a pinch of love too
Another thing that kept the balance of the Doctor Strange sequel was a pinch of love. And, when Doctor Stephen Strange is there he can’t exist without mentioning or meeting Dr Christine Palmer or Christie (Rachel McAdams).
She actually played a decisive factor when Stephen wanted the “Book of Vishanti”. Though they were not able to take it and use it as before they could do that, Scarlet Witch threw them into some other universe, when Chavez opened the multiverse portals.
Finally, on some other Earth, when Stephen met the damned Doctor Strange with the Darkhold he figured out a way to save America. He threw the damned Strange out of the window, with his third eye still open, and tried to begin the process of dream walking with Darkhold.
He summoned his dead in another universe with the Darkhold and this is when Christie held on to him and fought those evil spirits too. She stood beside Stephen and made sure he saved America Chavez. And, this is what led to another romantic moment between Doctor Strange and Christine, “I love you in every universe,” he said.
Now, when there is a story, action, horror, and love too, what’s left? Cameos!
No Marvel movie is complete without some fantastic cameos.
The Illuminati is finally revealed
We knew when the multiverse doors will open, anyone and everyone can enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The biggest cameos came in when the Illuminati was introduced. Starting with Mordo being the Sorcerer Supreme on Earth-838, he took Stephen in front of the Illuminati to be punished for risking the security of the universe.
The audience in the theatre was glad to see Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter a.k.a Captain Carter. She was the first avenger on that Earth. Then, the audience was even more overjoyed when they saw John Krasinski’s Reed Richards a.k.a Mr Fantastic making his MCU debut.
The audience literally went on their feet when Patrick Stewart’s Professor Charles Xavier came in on his yellow hoverchair. The other characters included Teyonah Parris’s Monica Rambeau a.k.a Captain Marvel and Anson Mount’s Black Bolt.
The short-lived happiness
The good part is that Fantastic Four and X-Men are finally a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But, the sad part is these cameos were extremely short-lived and ended in the most unexpected way possible.
All the Illuminati members introduced except Mordo, were brutally killed by the Scarlet Witch. And, the most painful of them all was the death of Charles, the way she snapped his neck while he was trying to set his consciousness of Wanda free from that universe.
Though the entire thing was cursory, now at least we know that these characters and franchises are officially in the MCU. Maybe these characters would have died on Earth-838, but they are still alive in other universes.
The mid-credit and the post-credit scene
The movie ended on the note where the Stephen Strange of our world now has a third eye. This is the outcome of him using the Darkhold and playing with the spirits of the damned. Though, he panicked at the ending of the movie but completely embraced it in the mid-credit scenes.
In that mid-credit scene, Charlize Theron’s Clea appears to tell Doctor Strange how his actions have resulted in an incursion and he will have to come with her unless he is scared. So, Doctor Strange goes with her through the portal, into the dark dimension. It must be known that Clea serves closely to Dormammu and will probably be Stephen’s love interest in the future.
This entire sum up is not exactly the end of Doctor Strange’s sequel but could be a start to an entirely different dimension for the MCU. The movie closed with a post-credit scene when the man who Stephen left punching himself for three weeks finally stopped.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is currently streaming in theatres.