Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnessfeaturing Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch, Benedict Wong as Wong, the Sorcerer Supreme, and Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez, is a movie that Marvel enthusiasts are hugely excited about, as it’s billed as the first MCU horror genre film. Additionally, Sam Raimi’s director digs deeper into the experiential narrative of the multiverse, which opens up many avenues or portals for creative storytelling, no pun intended.
During EXCLUSIVE one-on-ones with Pinkvilla, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness stars Elizabeth Olsen and Benedict Wong spoke candidly to me, teasing the “horror” elements promised in their upcoming release. As for Lizzie, who is reprising her role as Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch, fresh out of by WandaVision massive success and a spectacular performance to be rightly boasted about, I spoke about how Wanda’s sanity was tested with the extreme loss she faced in her life, especially in the Emmy-nominated series. Be it his beloved brother Pietro Maximoff aka Quicksilver, the love of his life Vision and his “kids” Billy and Tommy.
And, there’s a… it seems like there are moments of panic [in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness] and things like that, but – I haven’t seen it, so I’m not really sure you can categorize [chuckles] like a horror movie or not. But I think it’s a family movie, whatever. I don’t really think it can be too scary for younger kids.
When asked if Wanda’s mental health issues would be dissected on a deeper level in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnessespecially given the horror genre attached to the script, Elizabeth confessed, “I’m not sure I’m saying that. [smiles cheekily] But again, I don’t want to say anything that would make people have…I don’t want to get in the way of people’s opinions or thoughts about the movie.” “But I think there’s a very clear sequel between, from WandaVision to where we are. And, there’s a… it seems like there are moments of panic and things like that, but – I haven’t seen it, so I’m not really sure you can categorize [chuckles] like a horror movie or not. But I think it’s a family movie, whatever. I don’t really think it can be too scary for younger kids,” added Olsen.
On the other hand, Benedict Wong, who plays Wong, the Sorcerer Supreme and was considered the next Nick Fury with his jumps in different MCU movies like Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Ringsalso starred in Spider-Man: No Coming Home, which for fans was not just a thrill-seeking theatrical experience, but also an emotional roller-coaster ride induced by nostalgia. Therefore, I asked Benoît if we could expect the same fulfilling theatrical experience with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, especially with the horror aspects infused throughout the narrative. To this, Wong first revealed his unbridled reaction after watching Spider-Man: No Coming Home, especially the epic team-up between the three Spider-Man – Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield and Tobery Maguire. “Yeah. It’s…I was one of those many people who were screaming and screaming (laughs), then, and I’m not even apologizing at all,” Benedict joked.
“You see the stories of Wanda Vision and [Spider-Man:] No coming home and it’s always, it’s convergent and all roads lead to this film. I think the spells that were cast, there are cracks in the alternate realities and now all the problems will seep in. (smiles),” Wong concluded.
We can’t wait to see the multiverse unleashed to chaotic proportions in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness!
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Meanwhile, Doctor Strange in The Multiverse of Madness released in theaters on May 6, 2022, in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.
Stay tuned to Pinkvilla tomorrow to watch Elizabeth Olsen and Benedict Wong’s interviews with Pinkvilla for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
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