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"Strange" New Multiverse

By Arjit Nair and Dylan Sanichara

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) continues to expand as “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” made its way to the big screen on May 6, 2022. This highly anticipated film is in phase four of the MCU. This new style of Marvel movie caught the attention of many as it drifted from its family-friendly content toward horror.

Prior to the reveal of “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” Marvel aired a variety of shows unlike their usual production of movies. Some titles include “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” “WandaVision,” “Hawkeye” and “Moon Knight.” Elements from some of these shows contribute to the conflicts and events that take place in “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.”

“The movie was indeed scary. In fact, I was a bit scared during some scenes. However, it was a very nice movie as it portrayed the horror that I believed the MCU should implement in their movies. It is just one step towards the right direction,” freshman Devan Shah said.

Through the trailer, the audience sees multiple versions of one character which emphasizes the multiverse and its importance. Throughout the movie, there are several interactions between Wanda Maximoff and Doctor Strange, as well as other important characters. Additionally, the recurrence of past characters, such as Morto, is present as well.

The concept of the multiverse in the sequel to “Doctor Strange” is one that has reflected the Marvel series “Loki.” The idea of having multiple variants of one person is shown through both “Doctor Strange” and “Loki.”

“This movie possessed many intriguing and horrifying scenes which consisted of my favorite characters in the MCU: Christine Palmer and Wanda Maximoff," freshman Jash Mody said. "I like the shift towards a horror movie since it gives people something they have never experienced. Additionally, I feel that Marvel continued the development of the multiverse after 'Loki' in a sufficient way.”

Artwork by Shadia Zayer

Doctor Strange is ready to step into the new multiverse.

“I loved the way the movie was structured. I enjoyed the righteous and honorable actions of Doctor Strange," freshman James Kanzca said. "He has inspired me to become a better person today and follow through with what I think is right. Although, I’m sad that original love relationships did not fall back into place.”


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