Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness the darkest, most terrifying, and gory Marvel film to date. Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness drops in theaters this Friday, May 6th. The film is the sequel to the first Doctor Strange film and is part of Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlett Witch, this sequel is dark, gory, and way more violent than anything audiences have ever seen come out of Marvel Studios. Check out all the details in my parents guide movie review.
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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Parents Guide
In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: Dr Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) casts a forbidden spell that opens a portal to the multiverse. However, a threat emerges that may be too big for his team to handle.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Age Appropriate Parents Guide
Let’s take a look at what parents need to know before letting their kids view Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness.
Language: Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness contains some strong language, with some profanity used throughout. Lookout words include: sh*t, a**, g-d d*mn, sucks, and the phrase “son of a b…” but viewers do not hear the phrase completed, nor the word b*tch.
Mature Content: The film’s biggest warning for parents, other than the language, is the violent content shown. This Marvel film is probably the most violent, dark, bloody, and gory of any Marvel film to date. Audiences will see characters die violently, dead bodies, and characters being murdered in disturbing ways, such as falling to their death and landing on an iron gate and being sliced in half with a shield.
Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness has Sam Raimi’s signature “horror” style all over it. It is terrifying, dark, savage, and never lets up from start to finish. The way that Raimi is able to mix his love of dark magic and horror into a superhero film must have been a dream come true for the Evil Dead director, and it shows. Raimi delivers a different and disturbing film, which seems to be his forte, while not being afraid to upset or make viewers squirm in their seats with the graphic fight sequences, and it worked seamlessly in the film. It would seem that Raimi and the Doctor Strange franchise were a match made in dark magic paradise, with its obscure plot points, remarkable CGI, and hard-core battles. And speaking of Raimi’s previous work on the Evil Dead films, look out for the many Evil Dead Easter Eggs in Doctor Strange that Raimi has gifted viewers with!
Speaking of surprise Easter eggs, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness have many surprises and cameos that are sure to excite audiences. The trailers leading up to the film’s release reveal a few of the cameos viewers will see, but there are plenty more to look out for. With so many surprise appearances, one may be led to believe it may be overkill, but in fact, most seem to work, and the others, well, they are just a whole lot of fun.
Benedict Cumberbatch continues to get better and better as Doctor Strange, but it is Elizabeth Olsen who dominates every scene she graces. As many viewers witnessed in Disney+’s WandaVision, Marvel’s Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe lies heavily on Wanda/Scarlet Witch’s loss and trauma. Wanda’s gaping wound is what keeps viewers rooting for her even in her darkest moments. She brilliantly weaves in Scarlet Witch’s vulnerability, hurt, and anger to create the complexity that we saw a glimpse of in WandaVision and delved into more so in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. The newcomer to the MCU, Xochitl Gomez, who plays America Chavez in the film, was unfortunately the weak link in the ensemble cast. This was mostly due to the writing, as her character was under-developed and lacked much of her backstory, resulting in viewers not fully investing in her outcome, even during the most climatic moments in the movie.
All in all, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness is a fun and action-packed film from start to finish. Its 2-hour runtime flies by, and not a second is wasted, keeping viewers locked in from start to finish. We should all expect great things from this series in the future, as it just keeps getting better.