Review: ‘Doctor Strange in Multiverse of Madness’ is a disappointing sequel

Isabelle Blasdel, Editor

As a longtime Marvel fan, the excitement of sitting in the movie theater waiting for the next movie in the MCU to begin is normally the highlight of my night and the topic of my conversations for the next week.

Unfortunately, “Doctor Strange in Multiverse of Madness” fell far short of my expectations. 

With a boring plot, the movie easily became forgettable. The whole movie’s purpose was useless other than to be a bridge between the first and possible third movie to come. 

With as many twists and turns that Marvel added to the plot, the audience quickly became lost with what was happening and why it was happening. Many scenes were pointless and added nothing of importance to the plot or the MCU as a whole.

Though the plot was mediocre at best, the cinematography and effects by the video crew came through to at least keep my eyes open during the 2-hour movie. With the bright colors and abstract filming techniques, the multiverse easily came to life with the perfect image of what I was imagining in my head. 

Alongside the cinematography, Elizabeth Olsen’s acting as Wanda Maximoff, also better known as the Scarlet Witch, was as always impeccable. Olsen’s acting style was entertaining even though the plot was terrible.

Olsen was not the only good character in the movie. Benedict Wong, who plays Wong in both of the “Doctor Strange” films, executed his role and provided comedic relief throughout the film.

Going in, I was expecting Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Doctor Strange, acting to be top-notch just like it was before. Unfortunately, my hopes were too high again, and I was disappointed in the result. Though I do not blame this on Cumberbatch, who tried his hardest to act with the mess of a script he was given. 

This was the same with sixteen-year-old actress Xochitl Gomez, who plays the new Marvel superhero America Chavez. Her acting was incredible, especially considering her young age, but once again the scriptwriters nd plots destroyed whatever goodness there was. 

Without the cinematography and Olsen and Wong’s performance, I would have nothing good to say about this unfortunate mishap of a Marvel movie.

Marvel fans expect disappointment but look forward to the next movies that will hopefully be better.