the strange doctor the sequel got off to a rocky start. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was first announced with returning director Scott Derrickson in December 2018, but he later dropped the project, supposedly over creative differences with Marvel. Then the studio lured Sam Raimi into the superhero world as a replacement for Derrickson, but then the pandemic hit, causing a series of delays. (This movie was originally slated to hit theaters in May 2021.) There’s also been talk of a lot of reshoots, though those tend to happen sometimes with MCU movies, so who knows how big or serious they were.
In the end, the film was finished and released this week. Early screenings from critics this week, and critics who saw it were generally very positive about the film. Most were extremely excited about Raimi returning to do a superhero movie for the first time since 2007, and many said his style shines through throughout the film. Some of the less positive reviews called the movie “chaotic” and others said the way it combines different MCU stories was “frustrating.”
Here is a fairly representative sample of the first Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness review on Twitter:
Here is the official synopsis of the film:
With the film, the MCU is unlocking the multiverse and pushing its boundaries further than ever before. Fans will journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to face a mysterious new adversary.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness opens exclusively in theaters on Friday, May 6. Look for ScreenCrush’s review of the movie — and tons of videos about it — later this week.
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