The highly anticipated follow-up to 2016’s Doctor Strange is set to premiere next month and will be the first of three Marvel Studios films to be released this year. With the nearly endless possibilities, the multiverse provides, expectations were that the film would be one of the longer entries into the MCU. However, it turns out Multiverse of Madness will be the shortest of phase four thus far.
HOW LONG WILL WE BE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS?
A new teaser for Doctor Strange in the Multiverses of Madness has announced an on-sale date of April 6 for advanced tickets:
Along with the promo, Fandango has updated its official page for the film, which lists the final runtime. According to Fandango, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness clocks in at 2 hours and 6 minutes. The first Doctor Strange ran for 1 hour and 55 minutes, so while the sequel will be slightly longer, moviegoers won’t be in theaters as long as Marvel’s other films since 2021.
The runtimes for the previous films of phase four are as follows:
- Black Widow – 2 hours 14 minutes
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – 2 hours 12 minutes
- Eternals – 2 hours 36 minutes
- Spider-Man: No Way Home – 2 hours 28 minutes
It’s a little surprising that Multiverse of Madness is ending up as the shortest movie of the phase four bunch so far. The film is set to explore the vast worlds of the multiverse and is expected to contain a variety of cameos from the extensive history of Marvel films. Patrick Stewart will be returning as Charles Xavier and seems to be just the tip of the iceberg of the surprises to come.
That’s why it would stand to reason that the film’s length would closely resemble No Way Home, the last foray that the MCU took into the multiverse. Instead, Multiverse of Madness will be the shortest Marvel Studios movie since 2019, which featured Captain Marvel at 2 hours and 3 minutes, and Spider-Man: Far From Home at 2 hours and 9 minutes.
Regardless of the runtime, there’s still a tremendous excitement for Multiverse of Madness. Between Loki and No Way Home, the MCU has only scratched the surface of what it can do with the multiverse. As Doctor Strange recently said, “The multiverse is a concept of which we know frighteningly little.”
Benedict Cumberbatch is set to reprise his role as Stephen Strange for the sixth time in live-action, but it’s his first lead role in the MCU since the character debuted in Doctor Strange back in 2016. Also returning from the first film is Rachel McAdams as Dr. Christine Palmer, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo, and Benedict Wong as the new Sorcerer Supreme, Wong.
The film will also feature Elizabeth Olsen in a substantial role as Wanda Maximoff, following up from her Emmy-nominated performance in 2021’s WandaVision. Xochitl Gomez will be making her MCU debut as America Chavez, and who knows what other characters will make appearances as we travel throughout the multiverse.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Synopsis
Following the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) and the first season of Loki (2021), Dr. Stephen Strange, with the help of both old and new mystical allies, travels into the multiverse to face a mysterious new adversary.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set to release in theaters on May 6.
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