Doctor Strange teams up with the Sorcerer Supreme Wong and a young girl named America Chavez to get to an object of immense power while being pursued by a most powerful foe.
Marvel movies rarely disappoint and I came out of the cinema with a feeling of immense satisfaction. The second chapter of the eponymous character is dark, pulsating, emotional, and spectacular.
There is no need to go into the plot as the different trailers have already given fans a glimpse of what to expect. However, let me state that there are many surprises in store for them.
One of such surprises is the villain; the person is someone I didn't expect and the unfathomable power displayed by that individual was just awe-inspiring.
Strange (Cumberbatch giving yet another impressive performance) is now more powerful but even his magical skills pale in comparison to the threats he faces this time around. Added to that are some of the issues from his past that confront him at different times.
Benedict Wong as Wong gets a bigger role here and gets a chance to shine even more than he did in previous MCU films.
The young actress who plays America Chavez does the role justice but I was disappointed by the range of her power (which was teased as something great but ended up being limited).
As is Marvel's custom nowadays, several major characters from the comics appear here (I assure fans that they will be delighted), albeit for a brief time.
Strange's love interest Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams) has a more important role here and comes to his aid at a crucial moment.
Also, Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) who wowed fans with the WandaVision show goes even a step further, embracing her Scarlet Witch alter ego.
Director Sam Raimi knows how to make films of these kinds, splashing in a little dose of horror while keeping you glued to the screen with mind-blowing spectacle after mind-blowing spectacle.
The plot is well-written and even though there is humour, it is very minimal compared to the overall dark tone.
All the actors give their best in terms of role interpretation; Cumberbatch and Olsen are amazing and should be applauded for their remarkable acting.
The action is engaging, the visual effects are jaw-dropping, and the score is hauntingly surreal.
I lowered my expectation so as not to get disappointed but after seeing this film, I believe even if I hadn't, I would have still given a positive review.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is undoubtedly one of the best of the recent MCU films, packing a lot of punches in terms of entertainment value and having an emotional resonance that many fans will relate to.
Good job, Sam Raimi. Good job.