Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is only a few days away now and it seems like we’ve been gearing up for this since, well, the Marvel Cinematic Universe first started. By all accounts, this is exactly why comic book movies get made in the first place, a chance to see all different characters and all different versions of characters sharing the screen together at the same time. It’s setting up to be one of the biggest productions the studio has ever put on and could reset (or jumpstart) the MCU in a way that will have long-term ramifications. Some industry folks and fans got a chance at a first screening of the film early this week. To say the reactions were positive would be a complete understatement.
Marvel put out a limited premiere of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on Monday night for a select group of viewers. Though the review embargo is still on for the film, some of those folks took to Twitter to voice their opinions about the movie. In short, it’s all madness but apparently in the best possible way. The early accounts trended overwhelmingly in the “awesome” direction with many lauding the film for its scope and also how it trended towards horror in a way the MCU really hasn’t done up until now. This looks like it nailed things on a couple of different fronts. Check out just some of the reactions for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Again, these are only some of the early reactions to the movie, but almost all of them are trending in this direction. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is likely headed for a very solid critical reaction once the embargo is lifted (Wednesday) and the movie is already tracking to have one of the biggest opening weekends ever. While it’s unlikely to hit the Spider-Man: No Way Home heights, which isn’t crazy considering the latter movie was a true record-breaker, it could be one of the better Marvel movies in some time that didn’t have Avengers in the title.
Director Sam Raimi had a heavy lift in this movie, bringing on the Multiverse in a way that had really only been teased up until now with Loki and then the aforementioned No Way Home. Those movies controlled the timeline so to speak, introducing us to the concept with having it get totally out of hand. It looks like that is what happened in Doctor Strange 2 with Benedict Cumberbatch’s titular character going basically all-out and meeting all kinds of new MCU characters or variants of existing ones (including himself) along the way. Some of those are known like Patrick Stewart’s Professor X, Xochitl Gomez’s America Chavez, and Hayley Atwell’s Captain Carter as well as returns from Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlett Witch and Benedict Wong’s Wong. Those are only a smattering of what’s in store. There are rumors of all kinds of other cameos as well.
It won’t be long now until we can see for ourselves. The movie is set to release worldwide on Friday, May 6th and finally, a lot of questions will be answered. It’s great to know, from these early accounts, that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will have been well worth the wait.