Doctor Strange 2 First Reactions Celebrate Sam Raimi’s MCU Debut

Doctor Strange 2 First Reactions Celebrate Sam Raimi's MCU Debut

With Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness set to release this week, the first batch of social media reactions have started to come in.

As Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set to hit theaters this week, the first social media reactions have come out for the MCU film. Phase 4 has been exploring a lot of new territory since the end of the Infinity Saga. The Avengers is still a major component in the MCU while Marvel Studios is in a new era that allows established heroes to get further fleshed out. Phase 4 is also all about introducing new heroes and concepts. One of them is the Multiverse, which has allowed Marvel Studios to use their movies and shows to go to alternative realities and introduce variants of beloved characters.


Following Spider-Man: No Way Home, which united three generations of Peter Parkers together, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set to continue the trend. The Doctor Strange sequel, which sees Benedict Cumberbatch return as the titular hero once again, is set to raise the bar when it comes to how far the MCU can go with the Multiverse. While fans are going to see variants of characters like Scarlet Witch, Christine Palmer, and Stephen Strange himself, there are also some major cameos of iconic Marvel heroes coming into play.

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As of this week, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is only days away from finally hitting theaters. Like most Marvel Studios films, various members of the press have seen the film in advance, and the social media reactions are now starting to come in, giving a taste of critics’ thoughts on the highly anticipated Doctor Strange sequel.

Doctor Strange & the #MultiverseOfMadness is a great follow-up to the sorcerer’s first solo film and should make fans excited for future films. Still, it suffers from the same issue as No Way Home (albeit with a better overall story): weightless cameos over substance at times.

— Ben Kendrick (@benkendrick) May 3, 2022

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Lots of great horror aspects… it really was a Sam Raimi film. Very different from other Marvel films. I can’t say I love it, but very different. #DoctorStrange

— Laura ลอร’า 劳拉 (@lsirikul) May 3, 2022

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Xochitl Gomez also knocks it out of the park, and I can’t wait to see more of America Chavez. Girls run the damn world in this one, and y’all know I’m always down for that. #doctorstrange

— Maggie Boccella 📝 (@maggie_rachael) May 3, 2022

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DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS is a wild, cameo-filled ride. Elizabeth Olsen stands out with an incredible performance & Sam Raimi delivers a marvelous visual spectacle infused with personality & a breakneck pace that would have benefited from a stronger structure.

— Diego Andaluz (@thediegoandaluz) May 3, 2022

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#DoctorStrange was a fun as ride and loved how they let Sam Raimi do whatever the hell he wanted. Xochitl Gomez is a star and it should have been called The Scarlet Witch and the Multiverse of Madness. Also Marvel needs to up their wig budget. Rachel’s wig wasn’t it.

— Dino-Ray Ramos (@DinoRay) May 3, 2022

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#DoctorStrange: MARVEL MADE A HORROR MOVIE! It’s weird, scary and earns the title “Multiverse of Madness.” If you were at all concerned this movie wouldn’t feel Sam Raimi enough, fear not! I can’t imagine a more Sam Raimi MCU film. My genre loving heart is bursting right now.

— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) May 3, 2022

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#DoctorStrange is filled with hugely entertaining sequences, character-driven heft & kaleidoscopic, trippy visuals. Xochitl Gomez is a scene stealer. Elizabeth Olsen owns. Benedict Cumberbatch, superb. Doubles as a good entry point for Beginners Horror. Has Raimi signature.

— Courtney Howard (@Lulamaybelle) May 3, 2022

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By far the creepiest, gnarliest, zaniest, most haunting & terrifying Marvel movie, #MultiverseOfMadness definitely brings the Sam Raimi horror vibes, and I loved that about it. Danny Elfman’s music is a perfect fit for the film’s odd, mysterious tone & Elizabeth Olsen is MVP, imo

— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) May 3, 2022

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What is a common thread with the early reactions is the critical praise that Raimi’s directing and how his style was a major fit for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Raimi is no stranger to the superhero genre as he helmed the original Spider-Man trilogy, which starred Tobey Maguire as the first cinematic take on the web-slinger. Originally, Raimi was going to direct Spider-Man 4, but creative differences led to Sony Pictures instead rebooting the franchise with director Marc Webb doing The Amazing Spider-Man, starring Andrew Garfield as the new Peter Parker.

With Raimi’s influence on the Doctor Strange sequel, it will be interesting to see where the franchise goes with a potential third installment. If Raimi is game to return for a follow-up, he could get another shot at finishing a Marvel trilogy, one that will likely be a little easier compared to his experience with Spider-Man 3. Based on the early reactions, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be one of the MCU’s most instrumental installments going forward.

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)Release date: May 06, 2022
Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)Release date: Jul 08, 2022
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever/Black Panther 2 (2022)Release date: Nov 11, 2022
The Marvels/Captain Marvel 2 (2023)Release date: Jul 28, 2023
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)Release date: May 05, 2023
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)Release date: Feb 17, 2023

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