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Doctor Strange 2’s Short Runtime May Be Beneficial For Everyone

By Mabel Judith Andrady
April 11,2022

It’s less than a month until the release of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, one of the most anticipated projects in MCU history. Doctor Strange 2’s short runtime has been revealed to be considerably shorter than any other “event” movie in the MCU. Fans are worried that Doctor Strange 2’s short runtime will shave time off an already complex story.

Infinity War, Endgame, Civil War, and No Way Home are all “event” movies in the MCU, with an average running time of about 2.5 hours (152 minutes to be exact). 126 minutes is the short runtime for Doctor Strange 2. Shorter by almost two-thirds compared to the aforementioned national average. It’s hard to believe that in just 30 minutes, the MCU’s multiverse, multiple versions of each character, and the possibility of a universe-altering outcome can be given the attention they deserve.

Well, there are a number of reasons why this movie’s shorter running time makes sense and points to it being better for it. This is all down to the director. Since 2016’s Doctor Strange, a select group of MCU characters have appeared in multiple films. The multiverse of Madness, on the other hand, has received the most extensive pre-release publicity in the history of the MCU. Despite the game’s brief running time, it’s important to keep in mind the following considerations.

Film Directed by Sam Raimi

Scarlet Witch Stronger Than Doctor Strange_ Sam Raimi Responds

Scarlet Witch Stronger Than Doctor Strange_ Sam Raimi Responds

For the first time in over a decade, director Sam Raimi is returning to the world of comic book movies. Both the early 2000s Spider-Man franchise and his cult-classic horror films have made Raimi one of Hollywood’s best-known directors. Without a doubt, Raimi has never made a film that was more than 140 minutes in length Spider-Man 3 is a film that some critics argue is too crammed into a single film.

Sam Raimi films have an average running time of 113 minutes. His fifth longest film, Making Multiverse of Madness, is 13 minutes longer than the Raimi average.

From 2002 to 2007, Feige was heavily involved in the groundbreaking Spider-Man trilogy directed by Sam Raimi. As far as he is concerned, this is the most incredible movie of Phase 4 and his trust in him is unquestionable. MCU films with Sam Raimi tend to have a shorter running time than those without him. 126 minutes is a good amount of time for Doctor Strange 2, but it’s not the only indication of how long it should be.

Is This the End of the World?

Endgame’s Regret Will Be Explored In Doctor Strange 2, Says Sam Raimi

Endgame’s Regret Will Be Explored In Doctor Strange 2, Says Sam Raimi

In the history of the MCU, Doctor Stephen Strange has been one of the most effective protagonists. He has appeared in one solo film and is regarded as one of the best-developed characters in the MCU. That one-man show clocks in at a whopping 115 minutes. Doctor Strange, on the other hand, explains magic in the MCU in just 11 minutes, whereas Multiverse of Madness has to balance multiple big characters and any possible cameos.

There have been numerous Doctor Strange appearances in the MCU since his debut nearly six years ago. As a Sorcerer Supreme, he makes a brief cameo appearance in Thor: Ragnarok to demonstrate his development as a wizard and explain his role in the film. In Avengers: Infinity War, he has the fifth-highest amount of screen time. In Avengers: Endgame, he serves as a catalyst for one of the most memorable scenes in comic book film history. Spider-Man: No Way Home came out just five months ago, and he had a major role in it.

Since fans last saw him in his origin story, the character has gone through nearly a whole movie’s worth of growth. When it comes to sequels, Stephen Strange has a lot less catching up to do than most movie characters.

This means that Sam Raimi and his team will be able to get right into the action with their lead character as soon as Multiverse of Madness hits theaters. And it’s not just Doctor Strange who feels this way.

Wanda’s Identity Has Been Revealed!

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff in Doctor Strange 2

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff in Doctor Strange 2

Like a villain’s sidekick, Wanda Maximoff has blossomed into a beloved New Avenger and a central character in the MCU. The Multiverse of Madness is her biggest role yet on the big screen and she’s ready. It’s possible that a less-experienced studio would have seen the name “Scarlett Witch,” realized how popular the character is in comic books, and immediately put her in this kind of spotlight. However, this is not Marvel Studios’ usual style.

In the MCU, patience is the key to so much success. Fans had to wait for Captain America to acquire Mjolnir, but the wait was worth it. Peter Parker’s 5 years of fandom before he heard “with great power, comes great responsibility” were well worth it. As the Scarlett Witch, Wanda Maximoff has been through the wringer and lost everyone she cares about. It appears that the effort will be worthwhile.

As a C-list Marvel hero, Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda was given an entire series on Disney+ to be developed into a fan favorite. It didn’t take long for fans to get excited about her role in Doctor Strange 2 after WandaVision came to an end, as they’ve never been more in tune with this character.

Wanda will be well-known to Multiverse of Madness viewers after spending so much time with them just over a year ago. Doctor Strange 2’s short runtime to establish the character’s dynamics is less necessary when the audience is already familiar with them. Again, he is not the last major character in this film who is ready to get things started.

Wong: The Ultimate Companion, Teacher, and Sorcerer

New picture of Wong in Doctor Strange 2

New picture of Wong in Doctor Strange 2

Similarly to Doctor Strange, Wong has been extremely busy since his on-screen debut in 2016’s Doctor Strange. Wong’s cameos in the MCU have given him major character development, despite the fact that he has never been a major part of any of the films.

Infinity War and Endgame, he played a responsibility to protect the world and the universe from Thanos’s attack. As a recruiter for the Avengers and a member of an MCU fight club in Shang-Chi. Spider-Man: No Way Home also disclosed that Wong has taken over the title of Sorcerer Supreme since the snap.

This Wong in Multiverse of Madness is a very distinct Wong from the librarian we met in 2016, even though it hasn’t been shown on screen. Strange and Wanda’s advancement prior to this movie may seem less important, but it’s a game of inches.

Having a major character from the Doctor Strange franchise return in a sequel that has already established a greater following than when fans last saw him in the series means more time to focus on the plot and story. Raimi will benefit greatly from Wong’s established role in the MCU, as Multiverse of Madness is 30 minutes shorter than the average MCU “event” movie.

Some Fans are aware of the concept of the Multiverse.



“How can you explain the multiverse in that amount of time?” was one of the most frequently asked questions when Doctor Strange 2’s short runtime was announced. That’s a valid concern, to be sure. Except for the fact that Phase 4 has devoted 40% of its projects so far to developing the MCU’s multiverse.

The central plot of this film is eager to get started, just like the film’s three main characters. When Wanda looked through the Dark Hold at the end of the WandaVision finale, she was startled to hear the voices of her non-existent children. This has led many fans to believe that she has somehow tapped into the Multiverse. The reason Doctor Strange consults Wanda for multiverse advice could be explained in this way. As a result, this was the first project in Phase 4 and the seed was planted.

As if to set the stage for Multiverse of Madness, Loki appeared next. When Loki explains the multiverse, he explains how the multiverse works, and how it’s broken from the norm. You’ll learn about nexus events, variants, and how one timeline can have a significant impact on the next. To top it all off, it features Kang the Conqueror, a comic book character associated with the multiverse and time travel. All of those plot points were used as the narrative for Disney+’s most-watched MCU movie, while also laying the groundwork for Multiverse of Madness. Michael Waldron, the author of Loki, penned this story.

What If…? is a series that aims to make fans more accustomed to the idea of the multiverse by introducing them to a variety of alternate universes. In each episode, a different version of a well-known MCU story or character is explored. While it is unknown if anything from this series will be directly referenced or impacted by Multiverse of Madness, it means less work for the sequel when something in canon makes audiences comfortable with the idea of Multiverse.

A prequel to Doctor Strange 2 could be Spider-Man: No Way Home, which, like Loki, is set in the multiverse for the majority of the film. One of the most well-known movies of all time includes scenes depicting alternate realities, parallel universes, and rifts in space-time itself.

Since Phase 4 began, the MCU has been heavily invested in the concept of the Multiverse. All that setup time can be used to explain rather than introduce in Multiverse of Madness. It’s a good way to tell a story.

The Multiverse of Madness will be ready to take off soon

Doctor Strange 2 Poster Teases How The Multiverse Can Be Fixed

Doctor Strange 2 Poster Teases How The Multiverse Can Be Fixed

A gourmet meal is what you’d expect from Multiverse of Madness. Think of Sam Raimi and Michael Waldron as the masters of their respective fields. Think of No Way Home and What If..? as the sous chefs for WandaVision, Loki, and What If…?

Dr. Strange, Wanda, and Wong had their ingredients prepared by the sous chef, who entered the kitchen. The idea of the Multiverse has also been preheated, so it is ready to be used. Once Raimi and Waldron have arrived, they can begin cooking. There is no need for preparation.

Of course, the master chefs could have prepared all of the ingredients themselves and prepared this gourmet meal in 2 hours, 30 minutes. Although it’s possible to get the same meal in just over two hours if everything is ready to go.

Having to wait longer for a gourmet meal isn’t fun for anyone. An excellent meal is within reach in a reasonable amount of time as long as the ingredients are adequately equipped and the oven is set correctly.

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