It’s no surprise that “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” landed so big at the box office. The eagerness to avoid spoilers and enter the discussion from the ground up means that the opening weekends of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies have become a major event. Additionally, the film picks up threads from the ending of “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” which grossed a staggering $1.892 billion at the worldwide box office last year. The return of Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man in that film prompted many to revisit Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” film trilogy, and with Raimi in the director’s chair of “Multiverse of Madness,” anticipation for his return to superhero movies was very high.
Doctor Strange also played a pivotal role in the plot of “No Way Home” and, in many ways, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is more of a sequel to the most recent “Spider-Man” movie than the original. 2016. “Doctor Strange” (Doctor Strange has been through a batch as the credits rolled on that one, including being turned to dust for five years).
Next up in the MCU is “Thor: Love and Thunder,” which will see the return of Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, and her debut as Mighty Thor. That movie hits theaters on July 8, 2022, and the success of “Multiverse of Madness” bodes well for it as cinema continues to emerge from the difficult last few years of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is in theaters now.