Back from the dead, having helped save half the universe from Thanos and no longer the Sorcerer Supreme (Wong got the gig after 50% of all life got dusted in the climax of Infinity War), surgeon-turned-mystic Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is all set to wistfully watch his former love, Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams), walk down the aisle with another man — being dead for five years did the good Doctor no favours in the romance department.
But that’s okay because there’s superheroing to be done! A giant tentacled monster starts busting up New York City mid-reception, and it turns out it’s chasing America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), a fresh arrival from a parallel universe. She’s got the power to open portals between different dimensions, and something or someone is siccing giant monsters on her for unknown reasons. This sounds like a job for Doctor Strange, but it also sounds like a big job, so he ropes in Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), aka The Scarlet Witch, for help.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is directed by Sam Raimi, and that should be more than enough to get you to show up for this one. It’s been a long time between drinks; the Evil Dead (1981 – 92) and Spider-Man (2002 – 2007) director’s last theatrical release was the less-than-stellar Oz the Great and Powerful back in 2013, which means almost a decade without his specific brand of gonzo, pulpy filmmaking on the big screen.