Marvel Fans Slam “Underwhelming” ‘Doctor Strange 2’ Following Shocking Debut

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Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe has forever changed with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022), but not every Marvel fan is sold on this mind-blowing film. Many are slamming it with disappointment altogether.

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Every Marvel fan was in for a treat upon sitting down to view director Sam Raimi’s highly anticipated Marvel movie that’s been numerous years in the making.

Despite constant shooting delays, setbacks due to COVID-19, creative issue turmoils, and historic MCU reshoots, Multiverse of Madness is currently soaring at the global box office, reaching a reported $450 million over the weekend.

Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez (left), Benedict Wong as Wong (middle), and Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange (right)
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Nonetheless, the film has been engulfed with insane mania over the cameos present in the movie and controversial changes made to newcomer America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez).

While many are losing their minds (and mouths) over the episodic and brain-busting Illuminati reveal, as well as Wanda Maximoff’s (Elizabeth Olsen) bloody massacre of Professor X (Sir Patrick Stewart), Captain Marvel (Lashana Lynch), Peggy Carter/Captain Carter (Hayley Atwell), Black Bolt (Anson Mount), and Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic (John Krasinski), some can’t help but share the off feeling they got from the film:

great movie, but underwhelming in delivery. Gave us ENTIRELY too much in the trailer and amped it as if there was more than just what was revealed. Still good, but shouldn’t have revealed the illuminati at all in the trailer. Should’ve left it as a surprise.

Another fan shared:

It was good, but could have been better. Stop spoiling the movie in the trailers. 9/10, will watch again.

One viewer feels:

It was really good, though I’m not sure it lived up to the hype. Maybe its just my own expectations, but I was imagining a much more comicbook-y, complex and interesting story arc. But that’s my fault, I should know by now I won’t get that from the MCU.

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Given that Raimi was forced to pack his explosive Doctor Strange sequel into a 2 hour and 6-minute runtime, many of the scenes, such as Christine Palmer’s (Rachel McAdams) wedding and various dialogue between characters (Doctor Strange and Wong sitting down with America Chavez in cafe) felt rushed.

Doctor Strange using magic
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With The Scarlet Witch reportedly receiving half the screentime of the Marvel film, it’s clear that some viewers were expecting more Doctor Stephen Strange from Marvel’s New York and less Wanda Maximoff.

However, this particular story in Strange’s unending career required Maximoff to be the catalyst amongst numerous universes, especially with the Illuminati’s ultra-advanced Earth-868 reality.

John Krasinski as Mr. Fantastic
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This, of course, isn’t meant to be a degrading nitpick but rather a common theme that many fans are stating throughout the Multiverse of social media.

Nonetheless, with a 7.5/10 IMDb and 75% Rotten Tomatoes rating at writing, Doctor Strange in the Mutliverse of Madness proves an enjoyable watch for many.

More about Doctor Strange

Dr. Stephen Strange 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.

Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer (left), Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange (Middle), and Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez (right)
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The Marvel Universe is becoming much more than iconic characters/Earth’s Mightiest Heroes like Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), Vision (Paul Bettany), Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) and Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers (Brie Larson).

Doctor Strange touching the window
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All bets are off for Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Benedict Cumberbatch leads this mind-shattering Marvel movie, with Rachel McAdams (Christine Palmer), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Karl Mordo), Benedict Wong (Wong), Xochitl Gomez (America Chavez), Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch), and Sir Patrick Stewart (Professor X) all supporting the Sorceror Supreme.

The Kevin Feige production features numerous Stephen Strange’s, including Sinister Strange, Strange Supreme, etc.

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Tom Holland’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man Avenger is leading the way for Marvel Cinematic Universe newcomers Kate BishopMs. Marvel/Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), Moon Knight (Oscar Isaac), Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn), She-Hulk (Tatiana Maslany), Eternals’ Thena (Angelina Jolie), and more — especially with his next Spider-Man trilogy that’s currently in the works.

How do you feel about the pacing of Multiverse of Madness? Comment below!

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