Spoiler-free review of “Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”

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By Melanie Ibanez

One of Marvel’s most anticipated projects, “Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” came out on May 6 after being pushed back a year due to Covid. With an opening day revenue of 27 million dollars, the fans were clearly ready. 

This film brings in fan favorites Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olseen) and introduces the newest addition to the Marvel family America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez). This film is directed by Sam Raimi who was at the helm for the 2002 Tobey Maguire Spiderman Trilogy.

“Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” experiments with something that we have only seen in the prior film, “Spider-Man No Way Home.” The multiverse is the key component in this movie and the center of all of their problems as it brings magical beings and extraordinary creatures. The film follows Dr. Strange who is trying to control an unspeakable evil that has presented itself affecting the entire multiverse. 

In this film, Marvel explores the horror genre as they have never done before. It is far gorier and contains aspects of horror staying true to Raimi’s experience with films such as “The Evil Dead.” 

The extraordinary visual effects left audiences astounded, making the film feel more like a piece of art than a blockbuster film. The new monsters that were introduced in the trailers are examples of this. 

Cumberbatch and Olsen in particular have outdone themselves. They gave their characters more depth and showed emotions we have not seen in their characters in earlier movies.  

Most important before seeing the film will be to avoid spoilers. There are lots of cameos that you’ll want to experience in the theater and not on Twitter.