Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Directed bySam Raimi
Written byMichael Waldron
Based onMarvel Comics
Produced byKevin Feige
StarringBenedict Cumberbatch
Elizabeth Olsen
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Benedict Wong
Xochitl Gomez
Michael Stuhlbarg
Hayley Atwell
Lashana Lynch
John Krasinski
Anson Mount
Topo Wresniwiro
Mark Anthony Brighton
Patrick Stewart
Rachel McAdams
CinematographyJohn Mathieson
Edited byBob Murawski
Tia Nolan
Music byDanny Elfman
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release dates
  • May 2, 2022 (2022-05-02) (Dolby Theatre)
  • May 6, 2022 (2022-05-06) (United States)
Running time
126 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$200 million[2]
Box office$954.6 million[3]

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is a 2022 American superhero movie based on the Marvel Comics character Doctor Strange. The movie is produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is a sequel to Doctor Strange (2016) and is the 28th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It premiered at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on May 2, 2022, and was released in the United States on May 6.

Plot[change | change source]

Following the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021), Dr. Stephen Strange casts a forbidden spell that opens the door to the multiverse, including an alternate version of Strange, whose threat to humanity is too great for the combined forces of Strange, Wong, and Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch.

Cast[change | change source]

  • Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange:
    A neurosurgeon who became a Master of the Mystic Arts following a car accident that ended his career. Cumberbatch also portrays three alternate versions of the character: a version that dies at the start of the movie, wearing a costume inspired by Matt Faction's 2011 Defenders comic book series; the former Sorcerer Supreme of Earth-838 who founded the Illuminati; and a version who has been corrupted by the Darkhold.[4]
  • Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch:
    A former Avenger gone rogue who can harness chaos magic, engage in telepathy and telekinesis, and alter reality. Olsen also portrays the character's Earth-838 counterpart.
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo: The Sorcerer Supreme of Earth-838 and a member of the Illuminati. He is an alternate version of Strange's former mentor-turned-enemy.
  • Benedict Wong as Wong: The Sorcerer Supreme of Earth-616 and Strange's mentor and friend.
  • Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez: A teenager that has the ability to travel through dimensions by punching open doorways.[5] She comes from a different universe known as the Utopia Parallel.[5]
  • Michael Stuhlbarg as Nicodemus West: A surgeon and former colleague of Strange.
  • Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer: An emergency surgeon who was a colleague and lover of Strange. McAdams also portrays the character's Earth-838 counterpart who is an employee of the Baxter Foundation and the former lover of that reality's Strange. This version of the character helps resolve Strange's love story with his own version of Palmer, allowing him to move on to a potential new relationship in the future.

Additional members of the Illuminati of Earth-838 include Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier / Professor X, portraying a different version of the character that he previously played in 20th Century Fox's X-Men movie series; Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter / Captain Carter, after voicing a similar version of the character in the animated series What If...? (2021); Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau / Captain Marvel, an alternate version of her character from Captain Marvel (2019); Anson Mount as Blackagar Boltagon / Black Bolt, an alternate version of his role from Marvel's ABC television series Inhumans (2017); and John Krasinski as Reed Richards / Mister Fantastic, a member of the Fantastic Four.[6] Julian Hilliard and Jett Klyne portray the Earth-838 versions of their respective roles from WandaVision (2021) as Maximoff's sons Billy and Tommy, while Topo Wresniwiro reprises his role from the first movie as Hamir, a Master of the Mystic Arts.

Also appearing in the movie are Adam Hugill as Rintrah, a minotaur-like being from R'Vaal who is a student at Kamar-Taj; and the creature Gargantos, with its design based on the comic book creature Shuma-Gorath. Ross Marquand voices the Ultron drones that appear on Earth-838. Marquand previously voiced a different version of Ultron in What If...?, replacing James Spader who portrayed the Earth-616 Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). Charlize Theron is introduced in the mid-credits scene as Clea, and screenwriter Michael Waldron makes a cameo appearance as a guest at Palmer's wedding. Bruce Campbell, who worked frequently with director Sam Raimi, briefly appears in the main movie and post-credits scene as the vendor of an Earth-838 restaurant called Pizza Poppa.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness (12A)". British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved May 4, 2022.
  2. Rubin, Rebecca (May 4, 2022). "Box Office: 'Doctor Strange 2' Aims for Massive $175 Million-Plus Opening Weekend". Variety. Retrieved May 27, 2022.
  3. "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 27, 2022.
  4. Perry, Spencer (May 6, 2022). "Doctor Strange 2: Every Stephen Strange Variant in Multiverse of Madness". Retrieved May 11, 2022.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Xochitl Gomez on Embodying America Chavez and Journeying into the Marvel Cinematic Universe". April 27, 2022. Retrieved May 11, 2022.
  6. Garbutt, Emily (May 9, 2022). "The Illuminati members in Doctor Strange 2, listed and explained". Total Film. GamesRadar+. Retrieved May 11, 2022.

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