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(Column) Rice: Just Another Gal from Casper – Watching ‘Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’

I'm a little late to the party, but I finally saw Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. 

Kate Rice


I’m a little late to the party, but I finally saw Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

I don’t know much about the actual origins of the characters/plotlines from the comics, but turn a comic into a movie or TV show and I am there. So, there are many out there who understand the Marvel Universe waaaaay better than me. But here’s my two cents:

I did enjoy this movie. But. It kinda plays out like a Frankenstein’s monster — a mash-up of a lot of other concepts I’ve seen before (whether in the Marvel Universe or other shows in general.)

Basically, Dr. Strange discovers the young girl he’s been dreaming about (in the dream, they’re fighting for their lives in some trippy psychedelic settings) is real, and she can roam the Multiverse (because, you know, just one version of the universe is never enough). In trying to help her learn to control that power, they end up traveling through the multiverse, fighting to save her from some initially unknown entity trying to steal her ability.

I’ve really enjoyed all of the recent Marvel movies, some more than others. This one’s no exception. It ranges from action to superhero flick to sci-fi to horror, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing…it’s just that all of those things together didn’t bring anything new to the Marvelverse.   

Again, the movie’s done well, and is definitely entertaining. But…where is the Marvel Universe heading? (Note: Comic folks may well know the answer — but this movie didn’t show me a definite path.)

I really like the characters, and some of their stories/journeys. I like that Stephen Strange, often described as “brilliant but arrogant,” has begun to let go of some of that arrogance in favor of care and compassion — but retains his brilliance and his sarcastic streak. I love that Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch is flawed, lethal and deeply emotional. And that America Chavez is so, so powerful, but also young, naïve, and good

There are also some fun surprises regarding characters and actors who pop up throughout the film. So, if you’re on the fence about watching this flick, I say go for it. Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen and Xochitl Gomez and is currently playing at Casper movie theaters.