Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is a 2022 American superhero film based on marvel comics featuring the character doctor strange. The film is directed by Sam Raimi and stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo/Baron Mordo, Benedict Wong as Wong, Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez, with Michael Stuhlbarg as Nicodemus West and Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer.
STORY OF DOCTOR STRANGE
America Chavez and a version of Stephen Strange are chased by a demon in the space between universes while searching for the Book of Vishanti. That Strange is killed and Chavez accidentally creates a portal that transports herself and Strange’s corpse to Earth-616,[N 1] where that universe’s version of Strange rescues Chavez from another demon[N 2] with help from the Sorcerer Supreme, Wong. Chavez explains that the beings are hunting her because she has the power to travel through the multiverse.
Recognizing witchcraft runes, Strange consults Wanda Maximoff for help but realizes that she is responsible for the attacks. After acquiring the Darkhold and becoming the Scarlet Witch, Maximoff believes that controlling Chavez’s powers will allow her to reunite with Billy and Tommy, the children she created during her time in Westview.[N 3] When Strange refuses to surrender Chavez, Maximoff attacks Kamar-Taj, killing many sorcerers. Chavez accidentally transports herself and Strange to Earth-838 while Maximoff uses the Darkhold to “dreamwalk”, taking control of her Earth-838 counterpart, who lives a suburban life with her own Billy and Tommy. A surviving sorceress sacrifices herself to destroy the Darkhold and break the dreamwalk. Enraged, Maximoff forces Wong to lead her to Mount Wundagore, the source of the Darkhold‘s power, to reestablish the dreamwalk.
While searching for help, Strange and Chavez are apprehended by Earth-838’s Sorcerer Supreme, Karl Mordo, and brought before the Illuminati, a group consisting of Mordo, Peggy Carter, Blackagar Boltagon, Maria Rambeau, Reed Richards, and Charles Xavier. They explain that through reckless use of their universe’s Darkhold in an attempt to defeat Thanos, Earth-838’s Strange triggered a universe-destroying “incursion”. After defeating Thanos, the Illuminati executed their Strange to prevent him from causing more harm. Mordo believes that Earth-616’s Strange is similarly dangerous, but Maximoff reestablishes her dreamwalk at Mount Wundagore and arrives in her Earth-838 counterpart’s body before they can pass judgment. She kills all of the Illuminati except Mordo, whom Strange subdues before fleeing with Chavez. The two escape with help from the Earth-838 counterpart of Strange’s ex-fiancé, Christine Palmer, a scientist working with the Illuminati.
Strange, Chavez, and Palmer enter the space between universes to find the Book of Vishanti, which is the antithesis to the Darkhold, but Maximoff appears and destroys it. She then takes over Chavez’s mind, using her powers to send the others to an incursion-destroyed universe. Strange defeats the destroyed universe’s Strange, who has been corrupted by his universe’s Darkhold, and uses it to dreamwalk into the body of his deceased counterpart on Earth-616. With Wong’s help, Strange saves Chavez from Maximoff as she tries to take Chavez’s powers, and encourages Chavez to use her abilities. She transports Maximoff to Earth-838, where she sees Billy and Tommy recoil from her in fear while crying for their real mother. Realizing the error of her ways, Maximoff relents and uses her powers to bring down Mount Wundagore, simultaneously destroying all copies of the Darkhold throughout the multiverse and apparently sacrificing herself in the process. Chavez returns Strange and Palmer to their respective universes.
POST CRDEIT SCENE OF DOCTOR STRANGE
There are two credits scenes after the film’s finale. The first scene is a mid-credits stinger setting up more of what to expect from Doctor Strange in the future. We see Stephen walking down the street when he suddenly comes face-to-face with Clea, played by Charlize Theron. This marks Theron’s Marvel Cinematic Universe debut and serves as the live-action introduction to the Dark Dimension’s Sorcerer Supreme. Clea is also Dormammu’s niece in the comics, though it’s unclear if the MCU will hold to that or change it up. We know that Strange defeated Dormammu in the first film, and so as the two embark on a new adventure, we have to assume that either the villain has escaped or they’ll face an entirely new conflict. This scene will likely lead into Doctor Strange 3 or whenever we see Cumberbatch don the Cloak of Levitation once more.
IS THE MOVIE WORTH TO WATCH
This film was absolutely brilliant. Legendary Spider-man director Sam Raimi perfectly encapsulates the fate of Doctor Strange after No Way Home as well as Scarlet Witch in the Disney+ television series WandaVision. The multiverse depicted in this film is so intriguing that you will get lost within its expressiveness. Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen continue to mesmerize the MCU audience.
Their performances in this film are fantastic. Returning/supporting cast such as Benedict Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Christine Palmer, and more, including newcomer Xochitl Gomez, were also an absolute delight. The storyline, character development, visual effects, emotional depth, performance of the cast, and it’s pacing were executed to perfection. This is quite possibly the best MCU film released during Phase Four aside from No Way Home, Shang-Chi, and Black Widow.
OVERALL Great experience with some horror and some sadness, I personally love magic users and just magic in general so this movie was everything I had been waiting for. In terms of who carried it, the Scarlet Witch did for sure. Elizabeth Olsen found a way to make Wanda this scary character and as always owned her scenes ! Definitely a must watch movie.