Bait and Switch have become the preferred method for selling a Disney-produced film.
For those of you that thought you were going into the theater to watch the sequel to “Doctor Strange“, you are mistaken. This is a Scarlett Witch movie starring America Chavez and guest-starring Doctor Strange.
Because people can’t get over their meth addiction that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, here we go with the latest installment of the longest-running cinematic soap opera in history.
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” takes place some point after a Disney+ special you were required to watch to understand what is happening here. America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) and an alternate version of Stephen Strange are chased by a demon in the space between universes while searching for the Book of Vishanti. Strange is killed and Chavez opens up the multiverse sending her to the universe of our version of Doctor Strange. Strange rescue Chavez from an octopus demon and learns that she is being hunted because she has the power to travel through the multiverse.
Strange then talks to Wanda Maximoff, he discovers that she was the one behind the attacks all along. 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. Strange refuses to give up Chavez and Wanda decides to go to war across the multiverse as a means of getting her way putting everyone in danger.
Let’s get the positives out of the way.
The special effects team spend a lot of hours making this film a visual thrill ride and they should be commended for their work.
If I hadn’t seen the movie “Everything Everywhere All at Once” just weeks before this film was released, maybe I would have had a much better reaction to it but there is no excuse for a film with 12% of the budget of this movie doing a FAR superior job at creating and understanding the multiverse than Disney does.
“Doctor Strange 2” falls into the exact same catalog as countless MCU films before it, not good enough to be great, and not bad enough to be terrible. When your titled characters become money-making machines, there is no need to be better than mediocre and that is what the MCU has become.
Not to mention, it is difficult to look past the disturbing moral trend of attempting to prop up Scarlett Witch as a sympathetic character as she is mass murdering everyone on screen for completely selfish reasons.
The word was the original filmmakers wanted to turn this film into a Rated R horror movie but Disney wouldn’t allow it because they are too busy trying to groom children with their programming. Once again, a much better movie gets blasted before it ever sees the light of day because the studio has become the screenwriters and the director virtually killing creativity in the industry.
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” falls in line with the majority of MCU films before it, you won’t care to watch it again after you see it once and Disney gets their money.