It’s kind of ironic that Tobey Maguire played Peter Parker in Sam Raimi’s Spider Man trilogy, then co-starred with Doctor Strange in No Way Home and now Sam Raimi is directing Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. It’s come full circle. Doctor Strange 2 is about Stephen Strange traveling the multiverse to try to stop a new and old enemy for causing destruction. This is basically 50% MCU movie and 50% Sam Raimi movie.
Benedict Cumberbatch is still excellent as Stephen Strange and I like the dynamic between him and America Chavezplayed by Xochitl Gomez. The Illuminati members were also neat and I also really enjoyed seeing Patrick Stewart reprise his role as Charles Xavier. The real standout here however has to be Elizabeth Olsen is probably at her best here as Wanda. I thought it was surprising the see her being the villain since she redeemed herself but her motives are understandable and Elizabeth is having a lot of fun being the villain. I will admit Karl Mordo didn’t really have a purpose in the story and we don’t even see our universe’s Mordo. Still, that’s my only nitpick.
This movie is up there with Thor Ragnarok and the Gaurdians of the Galaxy movies as one of the visually best-looking movies in the MCU. As little as we of the other dimensions they were still awesome to look at especially the pain universe. I also have to give credit to Sam Raimi’s terrific directing. you can definitely see Sam Raimi’s footprint throughout especially during the gruesome moments. There’s a scene where Wanda kills all the Illuminati member that’s very creative and gruesome ways. The climax also has Stephen take over the body of a dead Stephen in order to fight Wanda that’s definitely cool. The best action scene has to be involving Doctor Strange fighting Sinister Strange with musical notes. It’s like something from a Fantasia sequel.
Funny enough, this movie came out near Mother’s Day and the main villain of this movie is a mother trying to reunite with her children. I don’t know if this was intentional or not but it is funny to think about. Doctor Strange 2 is better than the first one and much like Everything Everywhere All at Once this movie can be enjoyed in any dimension in the multiverse.
+Sam Raimi’s directing