‘Multiverse Of Madness’ Reviews Hail Film As MCU’s First Scary Film

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  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits theaters Friday, May 6.
  • The film was screened for critics and journalists on Monday evening.
  • Early reactions to the Sam Raimi project are hailing the film as the MCU’s first horror film.

The first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie of 2022 — Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – was screened for critics and reporters on Monday night, and early reviews for the film are hailing the project as the MCU’s first legitimately scary film.

Personally, I felt that Multiverse of Madness looks a lot like both a Sam Raimi movie and a day in the life of the Sorcerer Supreme. It’s the perfected MCU formula: despite the franchise/multiversal implications and revelations, the film is very self-contained and focused on its own story and style.

Multiverse of Madness also does an amazing job of figuring out what makes Doctor Strange so cool and capitalizes on those powers and flaws, in terms of visuals, plot, and thematics. It mixes classic MCU elements with superhero sequel arcs and legitimate horror tropes.

As for the horror in the film: did it hit any home runs? I’m not so sure. But did it take big swings? Absolutely. As for the Multiverse, unlike No Way Home, the reveals don’t feel like the backbone of the plot, but rather the icing on the cake of a pure Doctor Strange story.

Reviews and critics’ reactions Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnessdirected by Spider Man filmmaker Sam Raimi and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Michael Stuhlbarg and Rachel McAdams, is set to hit theaters in the United States on Friday, May 6.

Multiverse of Madness will be the first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie of 2022, followed by Thor: Love and Thunder July 8 then Black Panther: Wakanda Forever the 11th of November. There are also a host of TV series on Disney+ – such as Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel, She-Hulkand season 2 of What if…? This year.

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