Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Review – Welcome to the Messy but Mesmerizing Multiversal Madness

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

With Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, director Sam Raimi makes his return to the superhero realm. Only this time, he gets to also play in the horror genre that he made a name for himself all those years ago. Before directing Spider-Man, Sam Raimi made a name for himself in the horror genre with the cult classic Evil Dead series. If you’re a fan of those films, then you’ll recognize Sam Raimi’s touch all over this film.

First of all, as promised all those years ago at Comic-ConMultiverse of Madness is Marvel’s first horror film. Sam Raimi’s horror filmmaking style is kind of like a roller coaster. In other words, there are plenty of twists and turns with escalating terror and tranquility. As the movie progresses, Madness explodes into a visceral mixture of frights, shock, and humor. Only a director like Sam Raimi can create a tonal balance between horror and humor with such gusto and effectiveness. 

However, when dealing with something as vast as the multiverse, that roller coaster style can lead to a few messy storytelling moments. Because not only is Madness telling Doctor Strange’s story, but it also deals with Wanda and America Chavez’s story. Everyone’s storylines serve numerous purposes, but they never seem to be pushing towards the same goal. In some ways, it’s reminiscent of the early days of Marvel Studios. If you remember, some of the earlier films would heavily reference the future of the MCU (ie Avengers) instead of focusing solely on the film’s central storyline. Although the references will forever be enjoyable and exciting, they should never overshadow what the film is about. 


Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is the best Sam Raimi movie in years. It’s a multiversal adventure complete with humor, thrills, and campiness that only Sam Raimi can effectively bring it all together.


Nevertheless, the performances by Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, and newcomer Xochitl Gomez are electrifying from start to finish. As Strange, Cumberbatch is solid as always. He brings a heart and humanity to the role that you haven’t quite seen yet in any of the other Marvel films he’s been in. Elizabeth Olsen is an absolute scene-stealer as Wanda. The way she evolves from where we last saw her in WandaVision to Madness is surprisingly fun. Xochitl Gomez brings a lot of pluckiness and heart to America Chavez. She’s the soul of the movie.

Overall, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is the best Sam Raimi movie in years. It’s a multiversal adventure complete with humor, thrills, and campiness that only Sam Raimi can effectively bring to life. Unfortunately, the movie is also cluttered with a wide array of varying storylines. While some storylines should complement each other, they end up overshadowing each other instead. Nevertheless, that is only a small bump in the road for the amount of entertainment you’ll find in your journey through the multiverse. With Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Sam Raimi is ready to reintroduce himself to the world as one of the premier directors working in Hollywood today.

Rating: 4/5 atoms

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits theaters on May 6th.

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