Marvel has cranked out another superhero movie with Dr. Strange In The Multiverse of Madness. The last time we saw Dr. Strange, he was helping Spider-Man help the world forget about Peter Parker, which opened the door to the multiverse. If you watched the What If? Marvel cartoon on Disney Plus, then you should have a good understanding of what the multiverse is. If you haven’t, then I suggest doing so before you see the new Dr. Strange movie.
In the Multiverse of Madness is unlike other Marvel films because it taps into director Sam Raimi’s horror movie past. Raimi got his start in the movie business by making scary movies and his love of horror is evident in this Dr. Strange movie. Other Marvel movies stick to the superhero script in that good guys battle bad guys and there’s a lot of hero stuff that happens with big explosions and fights. The horror aspect is brushed over or left out altogether. In Marvel’s latest flick, horror is front and center.
I enjoyed the movie, even though it felt rushed at times and the story didn’t seem to make sense. But hey, it’s a superhero movie and not everything makes sense. A lot of movies are called “Roller Coaster Rides,” and that description fits In The Multiverse of Madness. It starts off with a jump (so don’t be late) and occasionally gives you a moment for a breath.
So, let’s get into it.
Is Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness appropriate for kids?
As I usually say in these posts, you’re the ultimate decision-maker and you know your kids best. You know how they responded to other Marvel films and you’ve probably already decided if you’re going to take them or not. Here’s what you can expect:
Scary images and violence: As I mentioned earlier, it’s a horror movie. There are scary visuals and situations, including demonic characters. Many people get killed in gruesome and intense ways. Some killings are very shocking.
Cursing: There are a few bad words. Similar to other superhero movies.
This is a different Marvel film and I can’t compare it to any other movie. Here’s where I usually say, “If they are okay with _______ then they’ll be okay with this one.” But there isn’t a comparison. If they watch movies with supernatural beings and evil characters, then they might be okay with this movie. Even though the movie is Rated PG-13, if they have difficulty with scary movies, then you might want to check it out first before the kids see it. I’m going to let my 10-year-old see the movie, but I’ll warn him ahead of time to cover his eyes. If you have a sensitive viewer, but loves Marvel movies, you might want to wait until Dr. Strange arrives on Disney+. That way, you can control the timing of the movie as well as the volume.