Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)

I’m a big fan of director Sam Raimi, especially his earlier movies. I love Darkman, Evil Dead II, The Quick and the Dead, Spider-Man and the brilliant Spider-Man 2. I’d heard this film was flawed but I still wanted to see it. I mean, I’m a huge comic book fan, too. I’m also an eternal (foolish) optimist who is a sucker for some fancy visuals.

Wakizashi’s Thoughts

Yes, this film is flawed. The basic plot premise is ridiculous. It shows obvious signs of its reported 50~80% of reshoots. But you know what? I enjoyed it. There, I’ve said it. Unleash your rotten tomatoes. I have been honing my ninja skills for the last twenty years, so I’ll probably dodge most of them in slo-mo Matrix style.

I went in with fairly low expectations and came out smiling. People seem to be forgetting what this is: a comic book movie. I went looking for magical battles between sorcerers and a mad-as-hell Scarlet Witch and that’s exactly what I got. There are some spectacular on-screen depictions of magical moments that could be ripped right off a comic book page. And I was happy with that. Easily pleased? Perhaps.


There are also some truly eye-opening Sam Raimi moments in here. One example is a genuinely creepy visual scene depicting the villain slowly emerging from a polished shield upside-down and on all fours, a bit like Sadako crawling out of your TV screen. Another scene shows two of the heroes fleeing through universe after universe, one universe a cubist’s nightmare, another where everything is made of coloured paint. I wish there were more scenes like these and wonder how many have been swept up off the cutting room floor, as they say.


Here is a comment I just posted on dear old Film Authority’s REVIEW of the film. It’s a nice summation of my thoughts:

“I went for Sam Raimi and enjoyed what Sam Raimi was left in the film. I do wonder how much Sam Raimi was left on the cutting room floor though, especially after hearing talk of between 50% to 80% of the film being reshot. And didn’t it feel like it! This is said to be due to the success of Spidey: No Way Home and all the “cameos.” I think it’s also due to the big title card in the credits: “A Kevin Feige Production.” If only he’d retired after Endgame. Ah well, perhaps he did in Universe 666. No wait, that’s our universe, isn’t it? I’d give it 4 stars for the Raimi moments and 2 for the film.”

Here is a link to a 90-minute discussion and review of the film I did on my YouTube channel yesterday. It’s *Spoiler-Free* for the first 40 minutes.

Discussion / Review of Doctor Strange 2 with Salty Texas C

Thanks for reading!

-Wakizashi, *Listening to the Danny Elfman score to the Movie as I type this. It’s very good, very Elfman*

17 thoughts on “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)

  1. I want to watch this, only for Sam Raimi. However, after watching Moon Knight, the ending of these Marvel productions are turning me away from them. It’s like wonderful storytelling and character development, finished with a CGI slug fest. I know that’s what superheroes are about, but it’s getting a bit repetitive now.

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  2. I have to admit, I’m tired, tired of the interconnected bigness of it. Tell some standalone stories and stop trying to force everyone to watch EVERYTHING.

    I’m not bitter about the franchise going the route it has (unlike Star Wars) but that definitely has more to do with me being a casual comic fan and not a dedicated one.

    After Justice League succeeded in releasing the Snyder cut, I definitely see a possibility for a Raimi cut 🙂

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  3. I did enjoy Dr Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, despite some of the inconstancies in the plot. It was certainly. a visual spectacle and I like some of the horror tones Rami brought to the film. I hope they ease up on the multiverse and crossover aspects moving forward in the MCU though from here.

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  4. Forewarned is forearmed, as they say. I’m still considering whether or not to see this in the cinema – for some reason, Maverick seems much more appealing than another MCU, Cumberbatch or not 😉 But I guess it’s mostly the superhero fatigue speaking 😉 Glad you liked it, Wakizashi!

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    • I’m tempted by Maverick, too. Cumberbatch, Olsen and Wong are all very good and the Raimi moments are pretty awesome. But yes, we need a long break from superhero movies. And I’m a big comic book fan saying this. 😖

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      • I moved on to manga, to be honest 😉 I still like to read a Western comic book from time to time, but somehow the Japanese sensibilities, over-the-top as they are, just suit me better now 😀

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  5. Glad to see you enjoyed it. I was a late comer to Doctor Strange in comic form but I really enjoyed some of his stories back in the day, and I like the idea of this one having that slight horror vibe. I remember when I first watched Sadako crawling out of that TV with all those jerky motions and that long hair mostly hiding the face. I was hooked! 🙂

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    • Most of the YouTube channels I regularly watch are screaming how “bad” this movie is. Sometimes I think they are expecting The Godfather. I just enjoyed the Sam Raimi moments and the cool magical battles. Plus the two leads were very compelling.


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