All it takes is one simple Google search to reveal that the newest MCU film, Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness, has been pretty damn divisive. There are excited MCU stans wielding five-star reviews and planning their next Strange-centric cosplay (you’ll know exactly the one I mean if you’ve seen the movie), whilst at the same time, there are grim-faced newspaper critics who can barely muster up a second star to hand out.
That is the nature of cinema though, is it not? Well, that’s if you count Marvel movies as cinema. Personally I’m not enough of a snob to publicly announce that I’m on Scorsese’s side, but I’m also self-aware enough to admit that – more than anything else – Dr Strange and the Incredibly Long Title is a spectacle before it is film excellence.
You absolutely will have fun with the film, there's no doubt about it. You will get all the signature Marvel-isms you're looking for, a decent dose of surprises, twists and interesting visuals - in fact you'll even get a little more on top of that in the way of Sam Raimi's creative choices. The film is the way it is, no doubt, because of Raimi; no other previous Marvel directors could've pulled this off. Whether you actively like Raimi is another question entirely, but if that's a no from you already then stick around because there still might be plenty for you to enjoy.