Doctor Strange 2 in the Multiverse of Madness, Marvel’s latest film focusing on the Master of the Mystical Arts, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, who, along with Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), immerse themselves in a adventure that combines terror, action and magic, under the creative mind of its director Sam Raimi, expanding the Multiverse of parallel realities and alternative versions of characters. The film premiered in theaters on May 6, and already, this Wednesday, June 22 comes to streaming on the platform Disney Plus.
The two former Avengers, Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), part of the premise of having assimilated as inevitable the decisions that would be made during the confrontation against Thanos and the Westview episode. While the young America Chávez (Xochitl Gomez), entered as a point of discord between them, defies the strength of their passions seeks a mentor and refused to take control of their skills.
The film thus uses the past is medullary to give the story that honors the master of the mystical arts. Strange wanted to save the world through his actions in “Infinity War” and “Endgame”, but he left too many wounds and tragedies open, so the torment still weighs on him, although he did not regret his actions.
But the Scarlet Witch’s past once again overwhelms her with imposing pain as an axiom. Wanda creates and recreates a version of happiness at the expense of breaking reality as we know it, which happened to a lesser extent in the “WandaVision” series and now turns into the central conflict.
The Scarlet Witch is dedicated to pleasing her maternal desire no matter who is believed in her path. Strange and Maximoff collapse against each other as a result of a tension, a cold war provoked by the post-Thanos world: the first, as the one who made the caustic decisions and caused collateral damage; the second, as one who does not accept the reality that will force him to take and choose to build his own version of existence.
Each of them has a central role in the film, at times it seems that Wanda prevails in Strange, but the Supreme Wizard is longer on screen. But in addition, each of them shows a good face and a bad face, so you can find, in the above an answer to the question Who is the real villain and the hero of “Doctor Strange 2” ? Although it is not that simple.
The villain of “Doctor Strange 2”
Ever since Wanda was supposed to be in the movie, and then apparently from the teaser, in certain dialogues of the character, one could intuit that she could be the great villain of the film. Reasons had to be: the death of Vision and the loss of their children as the main triggers to bring to light its most malevolent and dark side.
With the release of “Doctor Strange 2 in the Multiverse of Madness” it was finally confirmed that the real villain in the film was the powerful character of the Scarlet Witch played by Elizabeth Olsen. Using the dark skills that the dangerous Darkhold obtained, he would ask to seize the Multiverse and recover his magically created children.
Towards the end of the film, however, some painful scenes suggested that the once-benevolent Scarlet Witch had died. As the moment of redemption passed, his necessary sacrifice was something the fans did not expect to see.
In a recent interview, he asked Elizabeth Olsen if her character really fell into the final battle of “In the multiverse of madness” and the answer was that she can never disappear, especially with the multiverse. But I don’t know. I think he’s aware of what he’s done, but no, I don’t think he’s gone. “
It is clear that the film puts Wanda in a villain as dangerous as Thanos was, where personal search is the main cause of all existing universes. So much so that the antagonistic mindset literally executes several superheroes from the multiverse without anyone’s help along the way to gain power that will allow them to achieve their goal.
In the middle, there is violence, blood and reflection, with the danger posed by megalomaniacal spirits, even in Doctor Strange himself in his other facets and how love, filial, maternal and couple, can become a twisted thing when we want to dominate with other forces. Between these realities and situations, is Doctor Strange the hero of the film?
The hero of “Doctor Strange 2 in the Multiverse of Madness”
The new stage of Marvel has been changing and more and more, the barrier between heroes and villains has dissolved and, like the humans they are, their passions, their traumas, their problems and everything that disturbs them from the past is to emerge. Thus, Phase 4 of the Marvel Movie Universe puts aside the eternal dichotomy of hero-villain to approach a hero’s struggle with his greatest enemies, the past, the mind and in this case, the ego.
The psychology of Doctor Strange in the film is, in itself, that of a hero built under the gaze and imagination of Sam Raimi, who, in this case, goes hand in hand with this new construction of Marvel . The character then, at first carries a look full of melancholy and lovelessness, before starting a new sadness for a universe. In this context, the master of the magical arts comes to say resignedly to his lost beloved: “I love you in all universes.”
And with all the powers and spells that magic allows him, the temptation to be able to modify the course of history, exists and much more if his personality is controlling, megalomaniacal and with telluric impulses. In this sense, this Doctor Strange excessively serious and meditative, free of all earthly passion, which is shown in the first film of the wizard is no longer, almost not seen in “Spider-Man: No Way Home”.
And while he is still aware of his power and his work, it is now much easier to empathize with him, to which both Marvel and Raimi humanized him, to the point of approaching Darkhold, which is not more than a metaphorical. emblem of human passions.
Strange, knowing the risk, having seen what has happened to their other universes, uses the Book of the Condemned in a desperate attempt to save or save. This will have consequences and the end and subsequent scenes, where, with the third eye in evidence, leaves open much of its history to tell in the future. Will Doctor Strange be the new villain for the future of the Marvel Universe?
Good, bad, or both?
“Doctor Strange 2 in the Multiverse of Madness” holds his story between this struggle between what is right and what is wrong. But not from the confrontation of a hero to a villain, but against each of them, in a journey that compromises the morale of its protagonists through painful memories, lovelessness and elements such as the Darkhold or The Book of the Vishanti.
The great metaphor that emerges is that it does not matter how much power you have, but your own wisdom to use it and not repeat the mistakes already made in other universes. Thus, the now Scarlet Witch is a clear reflection of the real danger of the weight that a heroine of her stature carries. Although his whole story oscillates between good and evil, we must not forget that he was born in the bosom of Hydra and, together with his brother Pietro, tries to defeat Tony Stark.
Once again a moral of Marvel, superheroes, above all, sleep and the fall of Scarlet Witch and her way of succumbing to the Darkhold lies between humanity and providence, given the law that ensures that it is destined to dominate all universes. , but of course, with unparalleled power.
After “WandaVision”, Wanda allegedly surrenders to the heroism of letting go of the kidnapped village because every night the same dream returns to his family and waking up the snatch, in a part of the plot very well built . But also, the feminist side of a super-empowered woman appears, capable of destroying the entire multiverse with her infinite powers.
On the other hand, the seemingly infallible superhero shows his most attractive face, that of a figure whose main antagonistic force is his own decisions and the ego that betrays Strange over and over again, and the consequences of their actions will face another. unexpected villain, the same, leading to Marvel, with “Doctor Strange 2 in the Multiverse of Madness”, to terror.
A small separate paragraph for the appearance of Mordo. This powerful antagonist is also back in the movie. Mordo continues in his role as a wizard hunter and has become an evil cheater since he left Kamar-Taj. He does not stop in his quest for Doctor Strange, so he is never read the trail of the superhero, but he will also have his surprises.
In all this context of heroes and villas and the classic struggle between good and evil, the film found a very good balance between the story, the characters, the surprises, the action and something of humor. Always expanding the Multiverse, but not as expected.