Marvel's 'Doctor Strange 2' Global Review: 'Vaguely Disappointing' - CNET

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The latest Marvel juggernaut has raked successful a plump container bureau bounty, but the reappraisal reception for Doctor Strange successful the Multiverse of Madness hasn't been wholly warm. A large criticism: Wanda Maximoff's (Elizabeth Olsen) storyline, her villain portion seemingly undoing her achy travel to redemption successful Disney Plus bid WandaVision.

Still, the Doctor Strange sequel brings a caller dependable to the Marvel palette successful notable fearfulness manager Sam Raimi. His gory gags and stylistic panache are invited shades to the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- astatine slightest according to immoderate of our CNET staffers successful their reviews from antithetic parts of the world.


Into the Multiverse of Madness decidedly made maine a small huffy -- and not successful a bully way. Wanda's Distraught Mom storyline felt painfully forced -- it was wide close from the outset she would ne'er beryllium capable to bargain different Wanda's kids. Then there's the multiverse aspect. After having its trailer tacked connected astatine the extremity of No Way Home's credits, this movie seemed similar it would good and genuinely stroke unfastened the multiverse. Instead, Jamie Lee Curtis is right: Everything Everywhere All At Once is simply a acold much fulfilling multiverse movie exploring infinite possibilities, not conscionable astir 3 universes.

All that being said, I loved Sam Raimi's fearfulness touches.

-- Jennifer Bisset, Sydney


I'm a large instrumentality of the archetypal Doctor Strange film, and I bask a bully fearfulness movie, truthful Multiverse of Madness seemed similar it would beryllium tailor-made for me. Instead, it felt… vaguely disappointing? Don't get maine wrong, it was amusive watching a horror-influenced superhero film, and Xochitl Gomez was large arsenic America Chavez. But the wide acquisition felt rushed, similar the movie was acrophobic of spending excessively overmuch clip connected its characters. I truly wanted a sequel that dove heavy into the themes of self-sacrifice and grief from the archetypal Strange movie and WandaVision, exploring them done the lens of horror. And portion determination are surely elements of that here, the last merchandise yet felt overmuch much funny successful weird wizard battles, without the aforesaid affectional value we got successful No Way Home. 

-- Adam Benjamin, Seattle


There was a batch I liked astir Into the Multiverse of Madness. The Raimi touches, Xochitl Gomez' portrayal of America Chavez, the campy dialogue, each the assemblage fearfulness -- each things I was expecting and excited for. But determination was besides a batch I truly didn't like. The biggest happening for maine was that yet the movie had the incorrect villain. Elizabeth Olsen was incredible, but I spent the archetypal 2 acts actively waiting for the flip, for Wanda to extremity up aligning with Doctor Strange to look disconnected a bigger foe. Maybe Chthon, fixed the location. Or possibly adjacent 1 of Stephen's ain variants. So overmuch of Stephen Strange's conflict is interior and ego-driven, and What If showed america his capableness to spell afloat evil with a push. That would person been acold much dynamic to me, alternatively of walking backmost Wanda's quality progression with a convenient "mad woman" trope. She deserves better, and it undoes truthful overmuch of what WandaVision did best. 

-- Steph Panecasio, Sydney

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'Raimi's benignant leers from down the MCU's template'

In the multiverse anything's imaginable -- and determination there's a Doctor Strange sequel with a lean, sensical crippled and jokes that land. Instead, we're successful a amended beingness wherever conscionable capable of Raimi's benignant leers from down the MCU's template to marque different marathon of cameos and nods to aboriginal spin-offs worthy watching. It's acold excessively inconsistent for greatness and often conscionable flat-out bad, but encephalon explosions, Bruce Campbell, applicable zombie effects and spectral deadite wannabes marque it worthwhile.

-- Morgan Little, San Francisco


Worried astir the aboriginal of the MCU

Like immoderate of hardened MCU fans, I looked astatine the Multiverse of Madness arsenic being Avengers-esque successful its scope with expectations for it to beryllium the the archetypal large jumping constituent of Phase 4. It was that anticipation that caused maine to not beryllium arsenic thrilled with the movie erstwhile it was over. Don't get maine wrong, seeing a MCU movie with a due fearfulness consciousness to it was great, however, I was expecting thing bigger. I deliberation what this movie truly did was interest maine astir the aboriginal of the MCU. Right now, Kevin Feige is spinning a batch of plates, and they're getting a small excessively wobbly. 

-- Oscar Gonzalez, New York City 


'Thrilling fearfulness and delightfully silly'

The Multiverse of Madness isn't what a batch of radical volition beryllium expecting, and that's a bully thing. Director Sam Raimi spills his ghoulish container of tricks successful the MCU, bringing immoderate thrilling fearfulness and delightfully silly and gory gags to a movie franchise oversaturated with same-ey superhero enactment and snarky quips. Like Taika Waititi breathing caller beingness into Thor, the MCU thrives connected caller blood, and it's bully to spot ur-producer Kevin Feige loosen the stylistic reins. Not capable to fto the movie bash much than propulsion the franchise cart guardant and driblet immoderate nerd-pleasing cameos, but immoderate novelty is sorely needed arsenic the MCU searches for post-Endgame purpose.

-- David Lumb, Los Angeles 

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