“Doctor Strange and the multiverse of madness”: overhyped and underdeveloped


Image taken from Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki. Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness hit box offices on May 6, 2022.

Maia Voegel, Reporter

On Friday, May 6, “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness” hit the box office. This was by far the most anticipated film of the year. Marvel started to hype this film up after the release of “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” where the protagonist of “Multiverse of Madness,” Doctor Strange, played a crucial role in helping Spider-Man in “No Way Home.” In “Multiverse of Madness,” Doctor Strange is confronted with a theme proposed within “No Way Home: the Multiverse.” 

(Warning: possible spoilers ahead)

In the beginning of the film, a new character to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is introduced. Her name is America Chavez, played by Xochitl Gomez, and she is the crucial character in this film because of her abilities. She is being hunted by many monsters and people including the portrayed villain of the film Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen. Doctor Strange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) and Wong (played by Benedict Wong), the sorcerer supreme, play crucial roles in protecting Chavez from those who are after her. 

Personally, I thought that this film was good to the Doctor Strange storyline, but felt as though it was overhyped on the MCU storylines’ end. I thought that many of the characters that any Marvel fan loves and values like Loki, Spider-Man and many others were going to be within the film because of the word “multiverse” being in the title, but sadly, they were left out. The film felt more like a Doctor Strange film than a MCU film because of where they left Doctor Strange in “Spider-Man: No Way Home.” Marvel has also been teasing the multiverse since the release of “Loki” on Disney+ in June of 2021. 

I felt that Wanda is always at a disadvantage and never gets the happy ending she deserves. I love Wanda and Scarlet Witch because of actor Elizabeth Olsen, and just because of her tragic storyline within the MCU. First, she was orphaned as a child, then she lost her brother in the events of “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” She finally created her own happy ending in the events of “WandaVision,” but also set things right because that is who she is. Now, all she wants is her children back and she is the villain because of what she is willing to do to accomplish that. For me, I respect it because I know that my mother would go to the same lengths for me. However, I like that she is being given so much character development and the chance for that character development to happen, and I am excited to see what comes next for her. 

This is just my personal opinion, but looking at it respectively, “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness” is a great film. The special effects are spectacular. The storylines make sense for the characters that are present. I am very excited to see what is next for Chavez. I think that it is a great film and any Doctor Strange fan will really enjoy it. I just felt that the film itself was hyped up to have more “Multiverse” content than it contained. I would definitely go see it again if given the chance. 

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