“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.
Good ! Marvel fans finally got their horror movie. #DoctorStrangeInTheMultiverseOfMadness is a dark and wildly imaginative creation from the twisted and brilliant mind of Sam Raimi. I dug the hell out of it. Study your comic book knowledge… Superhero fans will lose their minds! pic.twitter.com/TkwwInCz4W
— Clayton Davis – Stick with 🇺🇦 (@ByClaytonDavis) May 3, 2022
critical and Variety Contributor Courtney Howard called MCU newcomer Xochitl Gomez a “scene stealer.”
#DoctorStrange is filled with hugely entertaining sequences, heavy characters, and kaleidoscopic, trippy visuals. Xochitl Gomez is a scene stealer. Elizabeth Olsen is the owner. Benedict Cumberbatch, superb. Doubles as a good entry point for Beginners Horror. At Raimi’s signature. pic.twitter.com/0S6tF9dP9h
— Courtney Howard (@Lulamaybelle) May 3, 2022
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.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is the weirdest, grossest Marvel movie yet. It’s extremely disjointed, partly on purpose, so it doesn’t always work but the horror, and especially Wanda, works incredibly well. And wow. What huge surprises. pic.twitter.com/HwZUZ4Nygw
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) May 3, 2022
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.”
A little fun Raimi shtick in this crummy slog that looks mostly incoherent.
— Matt Lynch (@colonelmortimer) May 3, 2022
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.
My thoughts on #DoctorStrange 2 mainly concern my joy at the direction of Sam Raimi. It’s fun and not at all an indictment of Marvel’s assembly line, is it?
—Alex McLevy (@alexm247) May 3, 2022
Drew Taylor of The Wrap called the sequel “totally crazy and insane”, adding that it was “by far the scariest MCU entry yet”.
#DoctorStrange is totally insane and insane. It’s 100% a Sam Raimi movie (which is highly rated), hands down the scariest MCU entry yet. Go find out as little as possible. Your journey through the multiverse will be much more enjoyable. 🌀 pic.twitter.com/YgbMhi1k3e
— Drew Taylor (@DrewTailored) May 3, 2022
Critic Karl Delossantos particularly liked Olsen’s performance as Scarlet Witch, suggesting it might be time for an Oscar campaign.
Don’t worry, Sam Raimi fans. DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS goes full horror – scary jumps, body horror and a handful of fiendish kills. It fits into the MCU but has Raimi’s deranged creepy campy groovy DNA throughout. Launch Elizabeth Olsen’s Oscar campaign. pic.twitter.com/jIVheGQfoY
— Karl Delossantos 🔜 Cannes (@karl_delo) May 3, 2022
Brian Tallerico, editor of RogerEbert.com, kept his apathy simple when writing “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Mehness.”
Doctor Strange in the Mehness Multiverse
Back to work on my review…
— Brian Tallerico (@Brian_Tallerico) May 3, 2022
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:
I won’t stop thinking about #DoctorStrangeInTheMultiverseOfMadness for a long time!! (Not to mention the nightmares about some of these visuals)
Bottom line: Raimi was perfect, more Cumberbatch & McAdams is better, Xochitl Gomez is a STAR & Elizabeth Olsen rules 🌟 pic.twitter.com/leT0zKSuOn
— Angelique Jackson (@angelique814) May 3, 2022
Elizabeth Olsen steals the show in #DoctorStrange, one of the bloodiest and goriest MCU movies to date. There are a few moments that will really shock you in an otherwise solid and CG-heavy Marvel movie.
— Jordan Moreau (@jordanmoreau_) May 3, 2022
#DoctorStrange #MultiverseOfMadness is a show but this Marvel centerpiece is a mixed bag. Kicking off the summer movie season, the sequel delivers rich visuals and a pretzel-esq narrative, throwing in some nice surprises. Raimi embracing his horror roots is a welcome and bold victory. pic.twitter.com/E7PpUY0NJ3
—Simon Thompson (@ShowbizSimon) May 3, 2022
I enjoyed the ambition the most #DoctorStrange is. How it swings for the fences and how it’s lighter on the humor and leans more into the bad of it all. This is where Raimi really has fun. Ultimately a film about being pulled into darkness and the struggle to keep it from engulfing us pic.twitter.com/wiwkw5yKjm
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) May 3, 2022
It’s the MCU formula perfected IMO: despite the franchise/multiversal implications and revelations, the film is very self-contained and focused on its own story and style. pic.twitter.com/OTNhBbGpbI
— Eric Italiano (@ericitaIiano) May 3, 2022
#DoctorStrange: MARVEL HAS MADE A HORROR FILM! It’s bizarre, scary and deserves the title “Multiverse of Madness”. If you were the least bit afraid this movie wouldn’t feel like Sam Raimi enough, never fear! I can’t imagine a more Sam Raimi MCU movie. My genre-loving heart is bursting right now. pic.twitter.com/9we5vMpXhy
— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) May 3, 2022