“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” First Reactions Rejoice at Sam Raimi Bringing Weirdness & Horror to the MCU

The first reactions to director Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness are pouring in, and we’ve got the multidimensional lowdown for you here. Raimi, of course, helped kickstart the entirely new approach to capturing superheroes on the big screen with his phenomenal Spider-Man trilogy at the turn of the century. Those films lead the way for Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, which further cemented the deeper, darker, more serious approach. Now Raimi’s back and he took the reigns on Marvel’s oddest, most mystical character, and critics are saying he was the right man for the job. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is being called deeply strange, a straight-up horror film at times, and 100% Raimi. That’s a great thing.

In the Multiverse of Madness finds Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) tasked with corraling the very multiverse he helped unleashed during the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home. Strange will need allies, like Wong (Benedict Wong), Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), and newcomer America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), better known as Young Avenger Miss America. He’ll need all the help he can get considering one of the bad guys he’ll be facing off against is himself.

Coming in for specific praise are Raimi, for making In the Multiverse of Madness a true Raimi film, while still handling all the MCU connective tissue to the larger universe. Elizabeth Olsen’s performance as a bristling Wanda, still smarting from the events in WandaVision, is getting raves as well. And then a lot of the refrains are just rejoicing at seeing Sam Raimi get to be Sam Raimi in a big-time Marvel film. What’s not to get excited for here?

So let’s go to the critics and take a magical mystery tour around Twitter.

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Featured image: Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange, Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez, and Rachel McAdams as Dr. Christine Palmer in Marvel Studios’ DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.


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