There are few Marvel Cinematic Universe projects that I’m looking forward to more than Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
First and foremost: I contest that the Sorcerer Supreme was the MVP in the Infinity Saga battle against Thanos, as he not only essentially masterminded the whole plan Endgame plan, but he was the only Avenger not named Captain Marvel to put up any meaningful resistance in a 1 v. 1 battle with the Mad Titan.
Next, and perhaps far more importantly: I simply need an answer as to where the hell he was when Wanda was off creating an alternate reality in the Jersey suburbs, no more than an hour’s drive from Doc’s magical NYC penthouse. Strange’s job description is simple but it’s arguably one of the most crucial in the MCU: protect reality. And allowing Wanda to hold a town of suburbanites hostage so she can play house doesn’t quite qualify as doing said job.
Finally, of course, is the fact that Multiverse of Madness has been touted as the MCU’s first “horror” film. Granted, because it’s Marvel, it’ll never be a pure horror film, but the appointment of Evil Dead and Spider-Man director Sam Raimi alone suggests a serious commitment to something more sinister than we’ve seen in the franchise so far.
Those involved with the production are certainly doing their part to build up hype for the film, as Loki head writer Michael Waldron — who also wrote the screenplay for Multiverse of Madness — recently told Vanity Fair that the film is “unlike” anything the MCU has done before.
Strange’s fighting spirit led Waldron to his next inspiration. “He’s Indiana Jones in a cloak to me,” he says. “He’s a hero who can take a punch. That’s what made those Harrison Ford heroes so great. Those guys get their asses kicked. Look at Stephen Strange in the first movie. He’s really getting beat up but he’s very capable and everything. I can tell you that it’s a ride… very Sam Raimi. The film is incredibly visually thrilling. John Mathieson, our D.P., who shot Gladiator and Logan — I think the look of it is going to be unlike anything you’ve seen in the MCU before.” [via Vanity Fair]
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness — which stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Xochitl Gomez — is scheduled to hit theaters in the United States on March 25, 2022.