It’s official: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is rated PG-13. The MPAA has handed down its rating to the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe sequel, which means it’s finally done and in the can. After more than six years, Stephen Strange is finally getting another solo film, and it sounds like it’s going to be wild.
Every other MCU movie to date has been rated PG-13, so that isn’t at all a surprise. As for the reasoning? The MPAA says the film contains “Intense sequences of violence and action, frightening images and some language.” It has been teased that this will be the closest thing the MCU has ever had to a horror movie. The reasons provided for the rating seem to back that up.
Here is the synopsis for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
“In 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.”
The cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Michael Stühlbarg and Rachel McAdams. The film is directed by Sam Raimi, with Marvel head Kevin Feige on board as producer. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Eric Hauserman Carroll and Jamie Christopher serve as executive producers. The screenplay was written by Michael Waldron.
Cumberbatch made his debut in 2016’s Doctor Strange. Usually, when a movie is successful, Marvel Studios and Disney don’t wait too long to make a sequel. But the character appeared in Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, and Spider-Man: No Way Home. He’s been quite busy. This now makes for the longest gap between solo entries in a franchise in the history of the MCU. The pandemic has delayed this movie several times so that record will likely never be broken.
Tickets recently went on sale for the movie and pre-sale numbers have been reportedly quite good from sites like Fangango. It is expected to be not just one of the biggest movies of the summer, but perhaps all of 2022. When all is said and done this could end up being the highest-grossing movie at the box office for the year. But let’s not get too ahead of ourselves just yet.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits theaters on May 6.