Are you ready to hop onto Sam Raimi’s superhero-horror rollercoaster that is Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness? We pick up with Master of the Mystic Arts right where we left him after Spider-Man: No Way Home. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is attending the wedding of his soulmate, Dr. Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams). After flippantly lying, while answering her question, “Are you happy?” New York is attacked by a cephalopod-like demon who is after a new superhero, America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez).
Meanwhile, Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) is having a lousy day… life. Coming off the events of WandaVision, she desperately wants to live a fulfilling life with the children she created, Billy (Julian Hilliard) and Tommy (Jett Klyne), on the Disney+ series. This Wanda is the mother of Billy and Tommy in all the other multiverses but not this one (the 616). So Wanda plans to steal America’s power of dimension-hopping at will to be with her children.
“…plans to steal America’s power of dimension-hopping at will to be with her children.”
When Stephen helps America escape, they are thrown into another dimension. Wanda hunts them down by using the evil magic of the Darkhold to transport herself into the bodies of the Wandas in other universes. Now it’s up to Doctor Strange and America to foil Wanda’s plan and prevent her from absorbing all the magic of the Darkhold to become the most powerful being in the multiverse.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is a wild rollercoaster ride and reminds me of the days when I actively collected comic books. Raimi gives it his signature horror style while at the same time understanding that all these characters belong to the Walt Disney Company. It’s scary, but not the extreme horror you’d expect from the genre. The action moves fast and features an abundance of the sorcerer fights from the original Doctor Strange, Infinity War, and Spider-Man: No Way Home.
"…I got what I wanted from a superhero-horror film."