‘Multiverse of Madness’ is a wild ride

A comic book movie that’ll have everyone impressed.



Benedict Cumberbatch in “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” (2022).

Kai Arellano, Staff Writer

Marvel Studios’s “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is another fun and experimental foray into the superhero cannon. In the film, Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) has to deal with the consequences of opening up portals into the multiverse from  “Spider-Man: No Way Home.” As he battles with the monsters in the multiverse, he also meets America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), a multiverse-hopping girl who brings him across the multiverse to meet more variations of himself while on the run from the possessed and angry Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), who has become the Scarlet Witch.

The film is directed by Sam Raimi and you see a lot of his creative influences in the execution. You not only see excellent camera work and entertaining action sequences but you also get to see multiple perspectives from the characters when they jump through the different universes. Rotating angles, sharp cuts and spinning movements make this movie more enjoyable and interactive like a roller coaster— a huge difference from the rest of Marvel’s catalog.

Raimi even puts a horror twist in this movie, some of the influence seemingly coming from his horror movie series “The Evil Dead.” He made the Scarlet Witch more of a horror villain that the characters have to run from, with plenty of jump scares in the mix. Even when you think it’s safe, the Scarlet Witch always finds a way to catch up to surprise the characters and audience.

With this movie being inspired by the comics, it seems that the film would be the most exciting for the knowledgeable comic book fans, as Raimi adds new unseen characters into the universe. The movie features some unexpected cameos that people will come to instantly recognize along with an appearance of a huge comic book powerhouse. The movie has a lot of easter eggs and small little finds that any comic book fan would love to analyze and find throughout the movie.

With the introduction of the multiverse, it’s meant to open up new stories and introduce more into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s not going to have any huge stakes that may cause this universe to be destroyed or be put into permanent jeopardy, instead it just expands upon the character Doctor Strange and adds the possibility of more superheroes into the MCU. Anyone can go grab a family member, a friend or a significant other and go watch this on the biggest screen you can find, because this movie is a ride you’ll most definitely enjoy.