Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (open spoilers)

It’s a great score fit into the movie, but I will admit that I and my wife looked at each other and sang “Danny Elfman, Danny Elfman” more than once. Reference below:

Not only weird, but stupid. The MCU is very, very different from the comic 616. The MCU in the past was called 19999.

Can anyone tell me what the native Wanda said to the Evil Wanda at the end? The dialogue was muddy in my theater and I couldn’t understand it.

Know that they will be loved” is what I remember her saying.

Is there a spoiler thread we should be posting these questions and answers?


I vote we get this thread labeled “open spoilers”. Agreed, anyone?

@gdave , you OK with this?

Unfortunately he may no longer be around anymore to reply.

There are a lot of spoilers already here (not all spoiled), so I added the (open spoilers) to the name.

Copied over from the “Movies seen recently” thread.

Saw the new Marvel film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. It was neither the hot mess that some describe it as nor the brilliantly complex story that others insist it is. In general I relaxed and enjoyed it - it’s very much the Cumberbatch, Olsen and CGI Show, but it keeps moving along. No real surprises plotwise other than the hamhanded way in which they shoehorned in the Inhumans, Fantastic Four, What If? and X-Men franchises, complete with dramatic pauses before each character appeared so that the audience could go woop-woop (which was noticeable when watched in a cinema in which the audience didn’t). That said, I would totally watch a standalone Captain Carter series because Hayley Atwell is awesome.

Main gripe is that it felt very much like a mid-story film - it followed on from Endgame and WandaVision and makes no sense if you aren’t familiar with those, and leaves with lots of hooks for other films (including the obligatory mid-credits “here goes another adventure” scene). In that, it was somewhat unsatisfying. It also suffered from the common “The thing that turned the tide at the end could have been mentioned in the conversation at the beginning, thus preventing the vast destruction that happens throughout the film” problem, although obviously then there wouldn’t be a film.

Other points: while I liked Xochitl Gomez well enough, her character was less of a character and more of a Macguffin. Also, watching someone named “America” make star-shaped portals was cheesy to the point of breaking suspension of disbelief. I don’t care if it was in the comic books; it just looked silly. Also, that music fight scene: clearly Sam Raimi just said to Elfman “You know what, Danny? Fuck it - go apeshit.” We laughed a lot at it. And finally, yes, the requisite cameo for all Raimi films is in there. Always fun.

TL;DR: It’s a standard Marvel film. Not the best, not the worst, a lot of good scenes, a plot that probably shouldn’t be thought about too much, and a link to more and more and more films in future.

Oh good - I thought I’d just missed it.

All three of us had the same problem - none of us caught it. I did look it up and what icon said is what I found. A weird sound glitch to have at a key emotional moment.

I’m pretty sure your first point is incorrect, given the Rule of Off-Camera Deaths. The second one I saw coming as it was too much of a Chekhov’s Gun not to be used later. Well, not all of what happened, but that it would be used.

Not even that good; more like a boring mess. Half a dozen good visuals and dialog so bad it could be by James Cameron. Every Marvel cliche forced into place even when they made no sense. Totally lacking the wit given Iron Man and Thor.

My wife made the fascinating observation that the music battle may have been an homage to the Sorcerer’s Apprentice from Fantasia. Probably a stretch, but given that the whole movie was nothing but references to other shows, maybe not.

I don’t see it. I still think it was a silly indulgence stuck in to let Elfman have fun scoring it.

I gave it 4.5 out of 10 stars. Raimi should have been left out of the MCU.

Did the other Wanda have powers, or was that just the result of being possessed by the Scarlet Witch?

As someone who didn’t see WandaVision, I’m wondering why Wanda couldn’t just recreate her fantasy world with kids. She created a whole pastoral scene that was the equivalent. If one then why not the other?

I did see WandaVision and I had the same question during the film. Why couldn’t she just magic up her kids again and all live in her cabin in the middle of nowhere? She made Black Bolt’s mouth disappear so she can can change reality and matter into something else.

IIRC she did (note that she basically flew back through the doorway once she was no longer possessed), but she wasn’t full-on power-mad like Darkhold Wanda.

Real answer: Because then we wouldn’t have a film.

But I suppose she’d know it was a lie. Of course, her new existence with real boys would also be a lie, which the boys would see through requiring her to mess with their minds making it more of a lie etc etc etc, but as I said earlier, if that had been pointed out to her in the initial conversation (as it nearly was), we also wouldn’t have a film.

“Because we wouldn’t have a film” obviously was pasted on a wall above the writers’ computers. The whole backstory of America said that she couldn’t control her powers and multiversed whenever she got scared. And then she spent the entire film being scared without ever multiversing.

Still, the omission was so gigantic and glaring that I assumed it had already been a plot point earlier.

I wish they went a bit deeper with America’s backstory. Losing your parents in a portal because you got scared by a bee seems a little thin. Her comic counterpart has more of a story though I didn’t realize that once series called into question whether she was actually from another universe or not.

I haven’t seen the movie. Did America take them to the world with nothing but shrimp like she did in West Coast Avengers?

How does Wanda have those real kids in any universe? Who’s the father?

Vision in her magic created world.