The official duration of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has been revealed and it is significantly shorter than we expected.
The cinema ticketing site Fandango lists the duration of Doctor Strange 2 in two hours and six minutes (126 minutes), which is almost half an hour shorter than it we said earlier and the shortest duration of any Marvel movie from Captain Marvel of 2019 (124 minutes).
Of course, a 126-minute movie is anything but a quick view, but it’s a much less investment of time than the nearly three hours of battery life we’ve seen from other Marvel Avengers: Endgame movies. Eternals And Spider-Man: No Way Home in the last few years.
For comparison, Doctor Strange 2, due out May 4, is roughly the same length as Spider-Man: Far from Home, Iron Man 2, and Guardians of the Galaxy.
It’s worth noting that neither Marvel nor an evaluation committee has yet confirmed the film’s 126-minute run, but given Fandango’s reputation as a reputable ticketing site – and one that already sells Doctor Strange 2 tickets – we are confident of its authenticity.
Aside from the obvious contrast to the relatively longer Marvel movies coming out in theaters in recent years, we generally wouldn’t raise our eyebrows at the modest length of time. sequel directed by Sam Raimi, but Doctor Strange 2 isn’t just a Marvel movie.
The title alone is a giveaway, but Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness looks poised to deliver all kinds of multiverse-induced surprises (more on those below) that awaited us for a much longer duration. Benedict Cumberbatch himself teased the film’s scope and reach, recently telling Empire that “it’s a great, great movie […] an absolute revolt “.
As such, we’re surprised by that pleasantly digestible 126-minute figure, and it’s thrilling to see Raimi and the company clearly plan to deliver a concise story that focuses on quality over quantity, a virtue often lost in previous Marvel productions.
Analysis: preparing for (a lot of) madness
Potential spoilers for Doctor Strange 2 follow. Only proceed if you’ve seen all of the movie trailers released so far.
Although Doctor Strange 2 is the eleventh chapter of the plans of Phase 4 of Marvel is also the first feature film to come out of the studio since Spider-Man: No Way Home, a film that started the hijackings of the Marvel universe on the big screen.
This means that, even if the title doesn’t already suggest it, the film inevitably has more than a few tricks up its sleeve that we expect will surprise, shock and amuse comic fans in equal measure.
For example, the recent Super Bowl trailer of Doctor Strange 2 has early return by Sir Patrick Stewart’s Professor Charles Xavier, suggesting that we may see characters from 20th Century Studios’ X-Men finally make their Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) debut in the upcoming film.
The same trailer also revealed the return of Wanda Maximoff (aka Scarlet Witch), the appearance of an alternate Captain Marvel (who we think is Lashana Lynch’s Maria Rambeau) And a series of variants of Doctor Strange that the Sorcerer Supreme will inevitably have to defeat in one way or another.
That’s all before we mention the rumors surrounding Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool which may or may not appear at some point in the film (Reynolds himself denied any involvement in the project, but our spider senses suggest otherwise).