‘Doctor Strange in The Multiverse of Madness’ Review: But, Why?

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  1. Mostafa Saad says:

    I don’t read much reviews but this connected with me; I was only going to watch for Scarlet Witch and apparently it doesn’t seem good. Sucks.

  2. jbugs says:

    Great review. I feel like Marvel has been heading in the wrong direction since infinity war, and this review pinpoints a lot of reasons why.

    Two exceptions to your point on MCU writers not knowing what to do with female characters are Nathasha and Gamora. It’s implied that both of these character arcs entail them growing for a heartless soldier to being the emotional cores of their respective team. And generally, I think both of these character work really well in the framework of the movies and for the actresses to have solid material to work with. Gamora’s character jumps off the screen in Infinity War as does Natasha in Civil War and Endgame (all movies packed with a thousand headlining characters).

    Brie Larson is a very talented actress, but she’s given terrible material to work with. Her character arc is so bland and leaves no room for audiences to connect with anything human.

    I really wish Marvel knew what to do with all of these other “strong” female characters (wasp, captain marvel, Peggy, Sharon…etc.) where they seem to be pretty one dimensional, cold characters that use their toughness to highlight that women can compete with men (e.g. Hopes defining characteristic is that she is better than Scott at everything except being a thief). I liked the MCU better when that was never in question and all of the characters were able to just interact as multi-dimensional characters, instead of as totems of an under-represented demographic. Pepper was great as Tony’s secretary / best friend / love interest. She was also great when she was running Stark Enterprises. But if you have to put her in an Ironman suit and have her fight bad guys, I honestly don’t know who that character is anymore. I just feel like she is a stand-in for a feminist movement instead of being a real character. Not that Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster had much depth, but I think giving her Thor’s powers in the next Thor movie doesn’t do much to redeem that character and it doesn’t say anything about feminism (other than it can be lucrative when weaponized properly). Watching these movies definitely feels like a chore at this point.

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