Doctor Strange successful the Multiverse of Madness hit theaters past Friday, with manager Sam Raimi returning to Marvel for the archetypal clip since his Spider-Man trilogy wrapped up successful 2007. An brushwood with caller leader America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) forces the erstwhile Sorcerer Supreme to measurement extracurricular the acquainted Marvel Cinematic Universe and research different realities, seeking assistance from chap Avenger Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) on the way.
"Even if the nominal leader of the movie feels a small lost, a beardown cardinal pursuit keeps the communicative moving and the premix of adventure, fearfulness and enactment is balanced with a swagger worthy of cocky superhero Doctor Strange himself," CNET's Rich Knightwell said in his review.
It's clip to spot however Doctor Stephen Strange's escapade successful the Multiverse of SPOILERS wraps up. We besides person a abstracted nonfiction diving into the post-credits scenes, if those intrigued you, a look astatine the Illuminati and a list of WTF questions the movie near america with.
Scarlet Witch, corrupted
Determined to reunite with her magically created sons Billy and Tommy aft losing them successful the WandaVision finale, Wanda Maximoff has taken America Chavez to her drafty Scarlet Witch temple astatine the apical of Mount Wundagore.
She's been corrupted by the Darkhold, a publication of forbidden magic, and starts casting a spell to bargain America's powerfulness to make portals betwixt realities -- which is simply a small mean, since it'll beryllium fatal for the caller hero.
However, doing truthful volition let Wanda to transverse into a world wherever her boys exist. Previously, she'd lone been capable to participate that beingness done acheronian magic known arsenic dream-walking, which allowed her to temporarily instrumentality implicit the assemblage of her counterpart connected Earth-838, interact with her sons and hunt our heroes.
It seems similar Sorcerer Supreme Wong (Benedict Wong) has been killed, since Wanda dropped him disconnected a cliff aft helium tried to halt her program to sacrifice America.
Strange and the Earth-838 variant of his ex-girlfriend Christine Palmer are trapped successful a world wherever Sinister Strange -- a warped mentation of him who tapped into that world's Darkhold -- caused an apocalyptic event.
They decision that world's Strange, leaving him impaled connected a fence, and MCU Strange uses the Darkhold to dream-walk into the corpse of Defender Strange -- a mentation of him who'd been killed portion helping America.
This forbidden enactment prompts the spirits of the damned to hunt Strange, but the undead leader manages to tame the wraiths and turns them into an awesome shadowy cloak -- I whitethorn request an enactment fig of this.
Since determination was nary mode being thrown disconnected a upland was going to termination Wong, helium manages to ascent backmost up to the temple conscionable arsenic his corpse-inhabiting pal arrives. They escaped America, who sends Wanda to Earth-838 and exposes her evil to that reality's Billy and Tommy.
Seeing however overmuch her full "demonic witch" vibe upsets the boys makes Wanda recognize the fearfulness she's wrought. Returning to the MCU, she tears down her temple, destroying the Darkhold successful each world and seemingly crushing herself. It's a bittersweet extremity for the erstwhile Avenger, who's truly had a pugnacious clip successful life.
A blessed ending?
Strange parts ways with Earth-838 Christine, admitting that helium ever loved her MCU counterpart. At magical temple Kamar-Taj, America learns the mystic arts -- presumably arsenic a means of controlling her world hopping abilities. Strange bows earlier Wong, seemingly accepting him arsenic the caller Sorcerer Supreme.
Strange fixes the fancy ticker Christine gave him connected 1 of their aboriginal dates, suggesting he's moving connected (at slightest I anticipation so, since she's married). Seemingly content, helium strolls on the New York City thoroughfare until a 3rd oculus sprouts successful the mediate of his forehead, confirming that he's been corrupted by the Darkhold.
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Is Wanda dead?
It definite looks similar Wanda mislaid her beingness arsenic she destroyed the temple and Darkholds crossed the multiverse, but her presumption arsenic a almighty magic wielder leaves the doorway unfastened for her instrumentality -- her unspeakable deeds could beryllium blamed connected the Darkhold corrupting her mind. WandaVision besides created the anticipation that her person Vision could travel back, and helium mightiness beryllium anxious to way her down.
Wanda's arc successful this movie echoes the comic communicative wherever grief implicit her lost, magically created sons caused her to make the House of M, an alternate world wherever mutants ruled, and the consequent Decimation, wherever she wiped the powers of astir of Earth's mutant population. She was yet redeemed, truthful her MCU counterpart could travel that path.
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Is Strange evil now?
No, the mid-credits country robs this cliffhanger of immoderate hostility by showing him strolling down the thoroughfare again and calmly opening his 3rd oculus erstwhile helium meets Clea.
We mightiness spot him grappling with the Darkhold's corruption successful a aboriginal quality though. It's unclear wherever he'll amusement up next, but Agatha Harkness -- erstwhile proprietor of the Darkhold -- is getting her ain Disney Plus show sometime successful the future. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania besides seems similar it'll proceed the multiverse plotline erstwhile it comes retired adjacent February.