I’ve been a huge fan of the MCU for years now so it’s no surprise that I was excited for second Dr Strange film which I was able to see recently thanks to Adam being gifted cinema vouchers for his birthday. Cinema outings have been less frequent over the last few years for obvious reasons so it was great to get out and see a film I’d been anticipating. I missed out on watching Spiderman No Way Home when it was in the cinema so, thanks to Amazon, I watched that before the film. I’d also watched Wandavision last year (which I loved) and so Dr Strange follows on nicely from those two instalments very well.
I really enjoyed the film for a variety of reasons but of course it being a multiverse film seeing some of the cross overs with other well known Marvel characters from the comics, other film franchises and the animated Disney Plus show What If…? made it a really cool experience. I was really surprised with what the film ended up being about as I wasn’t really sure if the trailers gave everything away and whilst I think they did to an extent there were some scenes I really wasn’t expecting.
I love a film with a great villain too and this really intrigued me as it wasn’t what I was expecting. I don’t want to give too much away for those that haven’t seen the film but I found the motives really easy to empathise with and I think that is what makes a great villain in fiction. If you can understand them, if you can see why they’re doing what they’re doing then it just gives them such a great character arc.
I found the film was much darker than other films in the MCU which I really liked however I would say some of the scenes might be a little scary for younger viewers so something for parents to maybe be aware of beforehand as they certainly made me jump. There is more gore in this film than others too, I wouldn’t say it was a moderate amount but there are deaths and they are more graphic than I would say they have been previously. It did have some comic relief throughout though which we have all come to know and love from MCU films.
Whilst I really enjoyed the film I don’t really feel like it was a Doctor Strange film, more a culmination of the events that have happened from the Disney Plus shows and a full conclusion to those that Doctor Strange just so happened to be in and with his ties to magic he made the most sense. I’m not really sure what to expect from the future of the MCU films but I am excited to see new characters step into the spotlight.