The man behind A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin, praises director Sam Raimi’s MCU movie Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
George R.R. Martin shares his review of director Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. As the 29th project to take place within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Multiverse of Madness has earned over $800 million worldwide since its theatrical release in May, making it the second highest-grossing film of 2022 behind Top Gun: Maverick. The film saw The Evil Dead and Spider-Man director Raimi make his grand return to the comic book genre amid Phase 4’s ever-evolving multiverse. Multiverse of Madness‘ all-star cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Xochitl Gomez in her MCU debut.
Martin is best known for his series of fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire, which were adapted into HBO’s mega-hit TV series, Game of Thrones. In addition to his work in Westeros, Martin helped created the Wild Cards anthology series — which Marvel adapted into a series of comic books — and recently contributed to the world-building for FromSoftware’s video game Elden Ring. In short, Martin a world-renowned fan of all things fantasy and superheroes, and this is particularly the case for the character of Doctor Strange.
In a recent blog post from Martin, the writer took a moment to gush over Raimi’s Multiverse of Madness. Revealing that he’s fallen behind on movie-going throughout the pandemic (even at his theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico), Martin revealed he saw Disney/Marvel Studios’ latest film a few days ago in Paris. Suffice to say, the author had high praise for Doctor Strange 2. Read his full review below:
Sam Raimi has always been one of my favorite directors. And Dr. Strange has always been one of my favorite Marvel characters. And this version of Dr. Strange, slipping through portals into surreal dimensions full of floaty things and alternate realities, was the Doctor I fell in love with, way way way back when world was young (and so was I). They even gave us CLEA! I love Clea!
Seeing this movie brought back a cherished memory, of the day I attended the world’s first comicon, in 1964 in Greenwich Village. I was fifteen years old. The whole con was held in one small room in some sort of union hall, with hucksters selling old comics from cardboard boxes along one wall, and the speakers at a podium in the front. Fabulous Flo Steinberg turned up.. and so did Steve Ditko. It might well have been the only comicon he ever attended… but I got to talk to him, and tell him how much I loved his art. Especially on Dr. Strange. Ditko was reserved, maybe a bit shy, but genial enough. He told me that Dr. Strange was his favorite as well. Yes, even more than Spider-Man.
He’s still one of the best comic artists who ever picked up a pencil, in my not-so-humble opinion.
Anyway… MULTIVERSE woke the sleeping Marvel fanboy in me, and that was a joy.
So says a former member of the Merry Marvel Marching Society.
Multiverse of Madness has been widely praised since its release due in part to its horror and camp elements, and being quintessentially Raimi — something writer Michael Waldron (Loki) intended when he penned the script catering to Raimi’s style. Martin shares this feeling of praise for one of his all-time “favorite” directors, and particularly called out the film’s multiversal elements, allowed by America Chavez’s MCU introduction. Interestingly, Martin specifically mentioned the Multiverse of Madness mid-credits scene, which saw the introduction of Clea (Charlize Theron). While many audiences were somewhat shocked and/or confused by Clea’s introduction as a lesser-known Marvel character, a long-time Marvel comics fan like Martin was clearly excited to see her brought to life in live-action — speaking to his “fanboy” status.
It is certainly heartwarming to hear Martin, the creator of such a beloved and iconic fantasy world, heap praise on Raimi’s first MCU entry. The author is a dedicated fan of Marvel, who knows the comics well and has a deep love of their stories and characters. Luckily for Martin, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness certainly appeared to set Cumberbatch’s titular sorcerer up for future films, and the MCU up for more chaos in the multiverse. Given Clea’s surprise introduction at the film’s end, Scarlet Witch is by no means the last villain that Doctor Strange will be up against, and perhaps Raimi will return to direct the next horror-fuelled installment of his adventures, to the delight of both Martin and audiences everywhere.
Source: Not a Blog/George R.R. Martin
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