Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is the latest film in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, serving as a sequel to the first film in 2016. As a sequel to one of the series’ best standalone films, director Sam Raimi (“Spider-Man” trilogy, “Evil Dead”) has risen to the occasion to deliver a long-awaited sequel and another entertaining film in the franchise.
Taking place chronologically after the events of last year’s smash hit “Spider-Man: No Way Home”, Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) must deal with the consequences of unleashing the multiverse. Crossing paths with a young woman named America Chavez (franchise newcomer Xochitl Gomez) who can pass through the many incarnations of the Marvel Universe (including a myriad of other characters who shall not be spoiled here), the two must contend with threats ranging from the Baron Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) to the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) across a mind-bending 126 minutes.
After previous director Scott Derrickson left the sequel’s development due to creative differences (though he still maintains executive producer credit), Raimi has proven to be a worthy choice to approach the film. As someone who previously directed the blockbuster “Spider-Man” trilogy and horror films such as his “Evil Dead” trilogy, he’s able to further build on the blueprint for future films from Marvel Studios while also infusing this one with his own unique flavor.
Raimi’s background in horror incorporates a mixture of nightmarish visuals and dark comedy with a script from Michael Waldron. A wide array of parallel universes are brought to life with music from accomplished composer Danny Elfman and camera work from award-nominated cinematographer John Mathieson.
With the film making a record $187 million in its opening weekend alone, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is a great start to the summer movie season, and easily recommended in this universe and countless others.
Directed by Sam Raimi (Based on characters created by Marvel Comics)
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Xochitl Gomez, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong and Chiwetel Ejiofor