“Doctor Strange 2” hit theatres this Friday, 06 May 2022. In a nutshell, fans who loved it are raving about the horror element entering the Marvel Universe. Those who didn’t, are half-scared what lies ahead for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
Similar to his mentor role in Spider-Man: No Way Home, in Doctor Strange 2, Steven Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) quickly finds himself battling antagonists to protect a young, powered person. But now, instead of Peter Parker (Tom Holland), it’s America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), who can travel through the multiverse! Directed by Sam Raimi, Doctor Strange 2 is a wild ride, complete with mass murder, multiverse hopping, and many, many highly anticipated cameos.
Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), now fully embracing her identity as the Scarlet Witch, craves America’s power—the ability to travel between multiverses by punching portals anywhere she likes. When we first meet America, she’s tormented by her past. America fears her own abilities, a fact Wanda wants to exploit. While initially, Wanda seems like the only one who can help protect America from the demons pursuing her, it’s not long before we realize it has been Wanda who has launched those demons onto America. Wanda’s endgame, as it was in WandaVision, is all about her children.
This isn’t a typical Marvel movie, but a Sam Raimi directorial venture. Given his extraordinary vision when it comes to horror, no one is a better choice than Raimi to direct MCU’s first horror heavy film. However, the narrative structure is packed choc-o-bloc with little breathing space for the characters or the audience. Similarly, the much-publicised horror aspects make way for visually stunning sequences, but not up to Marvel Studios’ standards. What Doctor Strange 2 gets right is Elizabeth *freaking* Olsen! So much so, that she completely overshadows Benedict Cumberbatch, a feat hard to achieve.