The first Doctor Strange in the Multiverse Of Madness Reactions is raving about Sam Raimi bringing his signature style to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

The first Doctor Strange in the Multiverse Of Madness Reactions is raving about Sam Raimi bringing h ...

The first reviews for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness are coming out, and there is certainly a clear clear picture coming through. Sam Raimi, the famous Spider-Man director, was chosen after Scott Derrickson, the first Doctor Strange director, left the project. Raimi has basically mastered a multiverse-spanning adventure with the Evil Dead II, and it almost works.

While there are a few flaws about the overwhelming Marvel-likeness of it all, Multiverse of Madness is being roundly commended for finally pushing the Marvel Cinematic Universe into new directions after the first few entries have barely indicated a plan for Phase 4. Here''s what the critics are saying below:

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is the closest the MCU has ever come to a straight-up horror movie. Not in a hazy manner, but in a Sam Raimi hyper-visual style that blends gore and comedy. Honestly, it''s kind of remarkable what Marvel allowed Raimi to escape.

Entertainment Weekly, Leah Greenblatt

The directors take on Doctor Strange (in theaters May 6) feels like many disparate and often profound things comedy, camp horror, maternal drama, and sustained fireball are all in line, but it is also not as surprising as any other Marvel movie that came before it. And 23 films into the franchise, that''s a huge delight, even as the story progresses in more directions than the Kaiju-sized octo-beast who storms into an early scene.

USA Today: Brian Truitt

While Madness''s character will sway your head, Raimis'' unique style, his flair for the macabre, and sense of humor have hampered the film. Scenes that are similar to his Tobey Maguire Spider-films of the early 2000s, including zombies, demons, monsters, and schlocky weirdness that resemble the Evil Dead and Drag Me to Hell, look almost nostalgic.

The Los Angeles Times'' Justin Chang

Raimis'' unfashionable sincerity does not always match with Marvel''s farewell comic idiom. I mean those two as compliments. Some overly busy cross-cutting and a few flubbed punchlines are a small price to pay for a filmmaker with enough of a vision to make you briefly forget that youre viewing another assembly-line product.

Polygon, Susana Polo

The real hero in Multiverse of Madness isn''t a person; its visuals include the way Raimi and his team depict mind-rending magical abilities, ones that obey no wands or Harry Potter-like pig-Latin incantations. But once a single sequence nodding at that films is out of the way, Multiverse of Madness completes a complete transformation into Sam Raimis House of Magical Spooks and Monsters.

Variety: Owen Gleiberman

It is a film set in several universes at once, but it maintains developing into much more pervasive reality. Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness is a ride, a head trip, a CGI horror jam, a what-is-reality Marvel brainteaser, and, at moments, a bit of an ordeal.

IndieWire''s David Ehrlich:

A violent, wacky drag-me-to-several-different-hells at once funhouse of a film that meets Chiwetel Ejiofor''s expectations at the end of the original by cutting away the safety net that previous episodes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have tried to hide.

Charles Pulliam-Moore, The Verge

Given how seemingly endless the MCU has experienced following Doctor Strange''s in the Multiverse of Madness, you get the distinct sense that you are seeing Stephen Strange''s beginnings a new chapter, which is beneficial given how illustrious the Infinity Saga has developed. Clearly, Marvels is already planning for a future that is filled with even more of Strange''s brand of magic and far-flung characters you wouldn''t have imagined a few years ago.

The sequel to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be released in theaters on May 6.

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