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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Review, MCU most anticipated movie of this year

Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen try to weave a spell on Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) fans.

Marvel Studios has been attempting to venture into uncharted ground with the start of Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They're not just experimenting with new characters, but they're also bringing back some old favourites. One such intriguing example is Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Doctor Strange 2).

Benedict Cumberbatch reprises his role as the masked superhero, while Wanda Maximoff takes on a new identity as the Scarlett Witch in the sequel to the 2016 blockbuster. Wanda, embracing her witchy alter-ego, has the Darkhold at her fingertips, and her motivations are openly disapproved of by Strange, Wong (Benedict Wong), and others. While dealing with Wanda, Strange also transitions from battling one 'child' in Spider-Man: No Way Home — Tom Holland's Peter Parker — to another America Chavez in Spider-Man: No Way Home (Xochitl Gomez).

The United States of America is a doorway to the multiverse. Strange must defend her from people attempting to take her abilities, even if she has no idea how powerful she is. In order to safeguard her, they travel through other dimensions, encountering various Stranges and dealing with their fair share of mystic drama.

Multiverse of Madness succeeds in opening multiple new portals for Marvel Studios, but the monster does not last long. The initial half-hour of Doctor Strange 2 succeeds in setting up the film – striving to build up an epic fight — but as it travels across different realities, it becomes lost in its own multiverse. Christine Palmer's (Rachel McAdams) storyline felt a little contrived.

The scenes start to drag and you want to use the skip button. However, Sam Raimi, who is in his element, gathers the parts and rushes towards the finale. With Wanda, Strange, and America in the centre, the filmmaker, best known for horror flicks such as Evil Dead and Drag Me to Hell, offers three remarkable moments. I was all for the filmmaker breaking the boundaries of Marvel movies by displaying two of our favourite superheroes in the most terrifying way imaginable.

Even as Strange, Sam releases his style and pushes Benedict out of his comfort zone during the Zombie Strange and Sinister Strange subplots. In 2016, Benedict made Stephen Strange his own in the film Dr. Strange. 

With Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Benedict has sealed the deal that no one could play Strange better than him, regardless of the Strange version. The sequences between Dr. Strange and Sinister Strange are particularly memorable. Elizabeth, on the other hand, gave Benedict a run for his money as the Scarlett Witch on film.

Elizabeth's quiet yet strong performance encourages you to retain your focus on her in multiple encounters with Benedict. She effortlessly transports you into Wanda and Scarlett's internal conflict, one scene at a moment, while also making you wonder if she actually deserves a chance to love. In the meanwhile, Xochitl Gomez was a good match for Benedict, although she was readily predicted in sequences where Benedict pairs up with Rachel McAdams.

Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness

Both Black Widow and Scarlett Witch have proven that they are capable of bringing the world to its knees if they so want, but Marvel has been giving them nothing else to munch on. As we get into MCU Phase 4, I hope this improves.

The Multiverse of Madness, starring Doctor Strange, is not your typical Marvel film. While it would be a delight for fans who have been waiting for Sam Raimi to return and try his hand in the new MCU environment, it may not appeal to aficionados of the previous MCU approach. Elizabeth and Benedict shine when they succumb to Sam Raimi's vision. They are the reasons why the film is worth seeing.

Doctor Strange 2's advance ticket sales had surpassed those of Spider-Man: No Way Home, which had been a box office hit in India. Given that Doctor Strange films aren't as successful as Spider-Man or Avengers films, industry insiders believe that the film's opening day numbers will be similar to those of those films.