Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is the 28th film in the MCU, and another impressive addition to the narrative of the larger universe. While most of the movies can be watched on their own, this one has some stronger ties to past projects. In my opinion, essential viewing before this one is WandaVision, with Spider-Man: No Way Home and the first Doctor Strange movie very helpful to understanding many of the references.
After one bright initial episode, and a second one that was a lot of fun, Marvel’s What If…? has gotten steadily darker. I’ve commented before that I wonder if the writers are in a contest to see who can come up with the most depressing storyline.
WandaVision has been an amazing ride, but the end is finally here. The final episode has some interesting conflicts, and leaves a few plot threads open for the future of some of the characters.
This week, “Previously On” is not only perfectly on target for an episode title, but the Marvel Studios credit at the beginning undergoes a slight change, in keeping with the story.
Now, we start to see much stronger ties to the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe. “We Interrupt This Program” is aptly titled, as we see little of our titular heroes, and a great deal more of various supporting characters from throughout the MCU.
The beginning of Marvel’s Phase Four continues with the ongoing adventures of a mutant witch and her synthezoid husband who may or may not be some kind of ghost. The end of last episode moved us out of the black and white era in another time jump, and into the 70’s version of sitcoms, ala Brady Bunch or The Partridge Family.
The animated opening, very much in the style of both Bewitched and I Dream of Jeanie, is crammed full of interesting little Easter Eggs.
The superhero genre is so wide you can tell almost any kind of story in it, and they take full advantage of that here. The various hints at more going on promise some interesting developments down the road.