George RR Martin examines Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
The man behind A Song of Ice and Fire, George RR Martin, praises director Sam Raimi’s MCU film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
George RR Martin shares his review of director Sam Raimi Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. As the 29th project to take place in 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 movie saw diabolical death and Spider Man director Raimi makes a comeback to the comic book genre amid the ever-changing Phase 4 Multiverse. Multiverse of MadnessThe all-star cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Xochitl Gomez in their MCU debut.
Martin is best known for his series of fantasy novels, A song of ice and firewhich were adapted into HBO’s hit television series, game of thrones. In addition to his work in Westeros, Martin helped create the wild cards anthology series – which Marvel has adapted into a comic book series – and recently helped build FromSoftware’s video game world Ring of Elden. In short, Martin is a world-famous fan of all things fantasy and superheroes, and this is particularly the case for the character of Doctor Strange.
In a recent blog post by Martinthe writer took a moment to gush over Raimi Multiverse of Madness. Revealing that he’s been falling behind at the movies throughout the pandemic (even at his theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico), Martin revealed that he saw the latest Disney/Marvel Studios movie a few years ago. days in Paris. Suffice to say that the author praised 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, gliding through portals to surreal dimensions full of floating things and alternate realities, was the doctor I fell in love with, long ago when the world was young (and so did I). They even gave us CLEA! I love Clea!
Seeing this film reminded me of a precious memory, that of the day when I attended the first comicon in the world, in 1964 in Greenwich Village. I was fifteen. All the bullshit took place in a small room in a sort of union hall, with peddlers selling old comic books in cardboard boxes along one wall, and the speakers on a podium out front. The fabulous Flo Steinberg has arrived… and so has Steve Ditko. It may have been the only comicon he ever attended…but I got to talk to him and tell him how much I love his art. Especially on Dr. Strange. Ditko was reserved, maybe a bit shy, but friendly enough. He told me Dr. Strange was also his favorite. Yes, even more than Spider-Man.
He’s still one of the best comic artists who’s ever picked up a pencil, in my not-so-humble opinion.
Anyway… MULTIVERSE woke up the sleeping Marvel fanboy in me, and it was a joy.
So says a former member of the Merry Marvel Marching Society.
Multiverse of Madness has been widely praised since its release in part due to its horror and camp elements, and being essentially Raimi – something writer Michael Waldron (Loki) intended when he wrote the Raimi-style script. Martin shares this feeling of praise for one of his “favorite” directors, and particularly recalled the film’s multi-versal elements, enabled 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 the introduction of Clea as a lesser-known Marvel character, a longtime Marvel comics fan like Martin was clearly thrilled to see her come to life live. – speaking to his “fan boy” status.
It’s certainly heartwarming to hear Martin, the creator of such a beloved and iconic fantasy world, rave about Raimi’s first MCU entry. The author is a devoted Marvel fan, well versed in the comics and deeply in love with their stories and characters. Fortunately for Martin, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness certainly seemed to set up the titular Wizard of Cumberbatch for future films, and the MCU for more mayhem in the Multiverse. Considering Clea’s surprise introduction at the end of the film, Scarlet Witch is by no means the last villain Doctor Strange will face, and perhaps Raimi will return to direct the next horrifying installment of his adventures, for the delight of Martin and public everywhere.
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