Marvel fans debate whether Doctor Strange 2 is a horror movie

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has been out for over a week now and Marvel fans are still debating if it is a horror movie or not.

We reveal what fans are saying about the genre on Twitter, explain why Multiverse of Madness was not Rated-R, and give our own opinion on what genre the sequel falls under.

Directed by Sam Raimi, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is considered to be a grand ensemble feature starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, and Xochitl Gomez.

Is Doctor Strange 2 a horror movie?

IMDB lists Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ genres as “action”, “adventure”, and “fantasy”, with no horror label to be seen.

Does Multiverse of Madness have horror elements? Yes, absolutely. However, it still doesn’t qualify as an overall horror movie.

Sam Raimi, the director of the Evil Dead franchise, Drag Me to Hell, and Darkman, was specifically hired by Marvel to weave horror delicately into Multiverse of Madness because of the Darkhold themes.

While there are a few jumpscares and scenes of contorted bodies, sacrifices, and zombie gore, Doctor Strange 2 is first and foremost a superhero film but a horror auteur’s expertise was needed to get that balance right – just like Raimi balances comedy and horror in The Evil Dead.

Marvel fans debate the sequel’s genre

To start off the debate, this Marvel fan was shocked at the contents of Multiverse of Madness and was on the side of the sequel being a horror:

Another fan stated that Doctor Strange 2 was a “low key horror movie” but it 100% belonged to the great Sam Raimi:

Lastly, this fan thought that the sequel was not a horror movie because if you’re old enough to see it then it won’t scare you:

Why was Multiverse of Madness not Rated-R?

Multiverse of Madness was not Rated-R because a majority of Marvel content falls under the PG-13 rating, making the content suitable for a younger audience without sugarcoating the violence. 

Exceptions occurred when 20th Century Fox released Deadpool and allowed it to debut with an R-rating – Fox owned the rights to the character and therefore had creative freedom outside Marvel Studios. Known as the “Merc with a Mouth”, Fox knew the anti-hero could not be stripped of his colorful language, therefore, Deadpool carried the stricter rating.

The Marvel franchise as a whole is typically aimed at a younger audience. Despite the fandom growing a demographic of all ages, superhero features must still be acceptable to the eyes and minds of younger fans.

By Jo Craig –  [email protected]

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now in theaters worldwide.

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