‘The Darkest and Most Brutal MCU Film to Date’: New ‘Dr. Strange’ Movie Receives Early Reviews

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The secrecy that surrounded the new Marvel movie Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness (which comes to theaters on May 6) was actually on the same level as Star Wars secrecy (even though fans still speculated to no end, especially about Tom Cruise and Deadpool‘s involvement), but now some critics have finally gotten to see the movie before its premiere — and they’ve shared their opinions on Twitter!

One reviewer called Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness “the darkest and most brutal MCU film to date”, while another called the Marvel movie “a bendy, twisty, shattered, VERY dark brew”. Apparently, this movie will be like no other Marvel film!

Elizabeth Olsen (the actress who plays Wanda Maximoff, aka the Scarlett Witch) was praised by multiple reviewers for her performance in this “wild and weird” film, particularly since the actress has already shown off her dramatic acting skills when she portrayed Wanda in the Disney+ Marvel series WandaVision.

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The Scarlet Witch Wanda Maximoff (played by Elizabeth Olsen) and Doctor Stephen Strange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) in ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ Credit: Marvel Entertainment

Fans of director Sam Raimi and his other work will be pleasantly surprised to see that the director’s approach to filmmaking isn’t toned down a bit by his involvement with a Doctor Strange movie and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the Tweet below, one reviewer said that they “can’t imagine a more Sam Raimi MCU [Marvel Cinematic Universe] film”.

We already knew that this new Marvel movie (which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange) would be classified as a horror movie, which is big news in the world of Marvel. The reviewer from the Tweet below confirmed this, however, saying that it is both Marvel’s “scariest” and “most violent” creation so far!

If you love the usual Marvel blockbusters and their superhero-landing-filled style, then it does look like there will be some of that in this Marvel Studios film; however, overall, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness is apparently “top-tier MCU [Marvel Cinematic Universe]” that is really “unlike anything they’ve made before”.


‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ film poster. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Rachel McAdams. Credit: Marvel Studios

Fans of Marvel’s typical fare might be a bit taken aback, but people who are not usually drawn to Marvel might find this new movie to be just as intriguing as the equally-unique new Marvel show Moon Knight!

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Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!

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