Doctor Strange And Multiverse Of Madness: A Blend Of Horror And MCU

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is great at depicting the impossible wonders of other universes, while the most mundane details of our own universe hover stubbornly beyond its reach.


In Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the MCU unlocks the Multiverse and pushes its boundaries further than ever before. Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies both old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront a mysterious new adversary.

In the latest MCU film, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, there are lots and lots of similar callbacks and cameos. Makes sense: The plot sends the good Doctor (Benedict Cumberbatch), the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), and newcomer America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) tumbling through a kaleidoscopic series of alternate universes. What they see and experience along the way draws on characters and situations established in past Marvel films and broadcast television shows, in recent and current Disney+ streaming series, and in the fervent speculation of Marvel fans.

But something has changed — irrevocably, it seems.

The movie opens with a great action scene of 15 minutes that will make you feel reminiscent of Sam Raimi’s direction.

The movie has a horror tone to the movie. Sam Raimi also integrated some horror elements in Spider-man 2. This movie has a lot of horror movie tone sprinkled throughout the movie and it weirdly works. I think it works because we are going through different multiverses or realities, and sometimes it does not explains how or why things work, but it does. More horrible deaths are shown which is not typical for other MCU movies. The carnage in the movie is badass.

Elizabeth Olsen totally stole the show when it comes to acting, though benedict also gave an amazing performance.

But the film’s USP is its horror element. There is hardly any jump scares but the background score and the tenor perfectly bring out the terror of being chased by a ‘monster’. Let’s face it, in a superhero movie when the hero is saving the kid from the pursuing villain, it is almost like being chased by a monster in a creature feature. And that is what The Multiverse of Madness does very well. There are scenes that draw audible gasps in the auditorium and heighten the tension, making you feel for your protagonists’ safety.

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff in Marvel Studios’ DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

Marvel fans are gonna love all those fan-servicing, momentum-sapping cameos, but Raimi fans are going to find themselves liking the film more and more the longer it goes because the director seems most firmly in control later on…

The musical scores are also amazing and creatively interesting. In the end, Doctor Strange And Multiverse Of Madness was a bonkers batshit crazy multiverse good time but doesn’t always stick the landing on things and some moments are like aimlessly going places.

When I left the movie, I enjoyed that though there are some cheesy dialogue moments. There are moments that stand out.

Most of the time I had a pretty good time with the movie, It’s when Sam Raimi injects his horror element into the MCU that’s when I thought this movie was in top shape. I don’t even care it doesn’t fit with the other MCU movies, that’s where the movie is at its best.

What Raimi has done with his contribution, however, is constructed not another roller coaster but one hell of a haunted house, one fueled by an abundance of eccentric.

In the hands of director Sam Raimi, Multiverse of Madness is a marvelously assured balancing act of bizarre weirdness and affecting human drama.


I think this is the first time that the style of a very unique director is truly seen in a Marvel film. Sam Raimi imprints in it some of the horror he has been known for.

And sometimes it also felt like a campy horror movie, The multiverse in the end detracts with confusing messy story elements more than it adds.

For me, I thought this movie was a great time, no alcohol was required.

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