‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ First Reactions

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” officially concluded its world premiere and the first reactions for the new entry in the wonder Cinematic Universe is pouring in online, with movie journalists calling the long-awaited sequel everything from a film that “goes completely horror” to “a mixed bag.” One thing almost everyone seems to agree on is that it’s nice to see Sam Raimi back in the director’s chair.

Benedict Cumberbatch takes over the title role in “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”, directed by Raimi. The film picks up after the events of “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” in which Stephen Strange changed the face of reality by opening up the multiverse. Now Strange is forced to team up with allies old and new as he ventures across the multiverse to face a new foe. The film stars Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Michael Stuhlbarg and Rachel McAdams.

Variety Awards editor Clayton Davis said Marvel fans “finally got their horror movie,” teasing a bit of body horror involving facial displacement.

critical and Variety Contributor Courtney Howard called MCU newcomer Xochitl Gomez a “scene stealer.”

Gizmodo and io9’s Germain Lussier capped off his praise, saying the film is “extremely disjointed, partly on purpose, so it doesn’t always work,” before pointing out the “huge surprises” it holds.

In Review Online, Matt Lynch was pretty harsh in his reviews, praising Raimi’s contributions but calling the MCU entry a “generally incoherent-looking crummy slog.”

Critic Alex McLevy wrote that the film’s strongest aspect is Sam Raimi’s direction, implying that it contrasts with Marvel’s usual house style.

Drew Taylor of The Wrap called the sequel “totally crazy and insane”, adding that it was “by far the scariest MCU entry yet”.

Critic Karl Delossantos particularly liked Olsen’s performance as Scarlet Witch, suggesting it might be time for an Oscar campaign.

Brian Tallerico, editor of RogerEbert.com, kept his apathy simple when writing “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Mehness.”

For Marvel movie fans, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is a highly anticipated event, not only for the MCU twists it has in store (see all the talk surrounding the Illuminati’s inclusion) but also because it marks Raimi’s first. superhero movie since he completed his “Spider-Man” trilogy.

“Marvel allowed me complete creative freedom,” Raimi recently said. rolling stone. “However, it had to follow so many things in Marvel lore, [so] even though I had complete freedom, the previous movies and where Marvel wants to go in the future really led the way in an incredibly specific way. Within these parameters, I have the freedom, but I have to tell the story of these characters in a way that fits all the properties simultaneously.

“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” opens in theaters nationwide on May 6.

Check out a handful of early reactions for the latest MCU tentpole in the articles below:

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