After months of speculation, rumors, reshoots, and test screenings, we are now only a few weeks away from finally witnessing what all the hype is about surrounding Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
While a few weeks ago there were rumblings that the final product would clock in at close to 2.5 hours, Fandango confirmed this weekend that the film’s final runtime is a little shorter.
More specifically, the film will clock in at 2 hours and 6 minutes. That’s expected to include and post-credit scenes.
By comparison, the first film clocked in at 1 hour and 55 minutes. On the other hand, Spider-Man: No Way Home (Marvel’s last multiversal adventure) actually clocked in at 2 hours and 28 minutes.
With this film teasing an action-packed exploration of the multiverse, it seemed to make sense for it to be a little longer. Still, we shouldn’t judge a film based on its runtime as the quality is ultimately what matters most alongside how well-paced and balanced the story is within that time frame.
I mean one of the best, recent examples of an epic film packed into a tight runtime is Christopher Nolan’s epic war film Dunkirk. Believe it or not, it’s only 1 hour and 46 minutes long!
Some of the best films ever made such as Rashomon and The Lion King are barely an hour and a half long. Of course, we’ll just have to wait a few more weeks to see if the film makes effective use of every single minute in the final product.
Directed by Sam Raimi, the film features the return of Academy Award-nominee Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular superhero, as well as Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, Benedict Wong as Wong, Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Mordo.
Xochitl Gomez is the only confirmed addition to the cast. She’ll play the dimension-shattering superhero America Chavez. On the off-chance you couldn’t figure out who that mystery character who that mystery character talking to Strange was, it was Patrick Stewart! While he seems to be returning as Professor Charles Xavier, it’s unclear if he will be the same Professor X from the original X-Men from franchise, or if he’s a variant. Several other actors are expected to appear as well, though their roles remain shrouded in secrecy.
The official synopsis for the film is as follows:
“In Marvel Studios’ ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,’ the MCU unlocks the Multiverse and pushes its boundaries further than ever before. Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies both old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront a mysterious new adversary.”
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set to hit theaters on May 6, 2022.