The first reactions to Doctor Strange 2 are finally here

The first batch of audiences and critics have finally gotten a chance to watch Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Marvel Studios might have just enjoyed its darkest outing ever with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness might not end up being as big as No Way Home, but it won't be for the lack of effort.

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After nearly half a year of waiting, the Marvel Cinematic Universe welcomed its first movie in theaters since last year's Spider-Man: No Way Home. Although Benedict Cumberbatch is confident enough to say that his second solo film will match No Way Home and the ticket pre-sales numbers are in his favor, it's always best to wait until things play out before coming to conclusions. But, now that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has had its red carpet premiere as well as early launch in certain countries around the globe, it appears that Cumberbatch's confidence was not misplaced.

While Multiverse of Madness won't earn top billings as the best-reviewed Marvel Studios movie ever, most critics agree that Sam Raimi did do something right in telling the story of the mystical and magical side of the MCU. In particular, Multiverse of Madness' three leads, Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange, Elizabeth Olsen's Wanda Maximoff, and Xochitl Gomez's America Chavez all got high marks for their performance and storylines. Not to mention, fans are loving the horror vibes of Cumberbatch's multiversal adventure.

The latest Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness trailer added to the enormous levels of hype that the film was already getting and the early reactions will only help fuel the fire.

The Doctor Strange sequel picks up after No Way Home brought in multiple Spider-Man variants from different universes along with their respective villains with the help of Doctor Strange. Now, the former Sorcerer Supreme will have to try and deal with the fallout from his mistakes and he's tapped Scarlet Witch to lend her a hand.

It's nice to know that Kevin Feige gave Raimi creative freedom to do what he wanted and it's even better knowing that the Spider-Man trilogy director wasted no time. Before Raimi helmed one of the most successful comic book adaptations of all time, he made a name for himself working on horror films. Some of Raimi's best works include the Evil Dead franchise and Drag Me to Hell, among several others.

Multiverse of Madness provides a glimpse of what will happen in the future where darker and more violent MCU films can get made.

With magic playing a central role in Multiverse of Madness, Raimi threw weird and scary elements into the mix, which appears to have worked.

Having said that, we're curious to find out where Cumberbatch's next solo outing will take him and if Raimi will return to do a threequel. Who knows? Raimi might get a chance to incorporate even more horror elements together if tapped to direct Olsen's Scarlet Witch movie.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
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