Warning: Major SPOILERS ahead for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness takes the Marvel Cinematic Universe into a whole new corner of storytelling, with director Sam Raimi revisiting his horror roots with this film, shaping a truly unique film within the mega-franchise.
This multiversal movie features a number of shocking and violent deaths throughout its run, some of which are eerily reminiscent of some popular horror movies. If MCU fans are looking to delve deeper into the horror after living Multiverse of Madnesstheir favorite of these deaths could inform the first film of their foray.
Earth-838 Strange – Scream
After being confronted by the Illuminati, Doctor Strange learns the fate of his Earth-838 variant, who had used the Darkhold to defeat Thanos. His countrymen, upon learning of his betrayal, prompted Black Bolt to use his immensely powerful voice to tear the Sorcerer Supreme to shreds, an execution by his own friends.
For audiences who preferred the more nuanced way of dying where you are betrayed by your own friends, the Scream the franchise is perfect. This slasher series explores and satirizes the horror genre itself, while secretly weaving threads of betrayal that lead to certain characters being revealed as villainous Ghostface.
Charles Xavier – Nightmare on Elm Street
While fans were certainly thrilled to see Sir Patrick Stewart reprise his role as Fox’s Professor Charles Xavier x-men movies, that excitement would be short-lived as they would be forced to watch one of the worst things that ever happened to Charles Xavier unfold. After traveling through the mind of Wanda Maximoff in an attempt to save her from the variant version of herself who was possessing her, Charles learned that Wanda was simply setting a trap for him moments before she psychically snapped his neck. .
Xavier’s death is eerily reminiscent of a certain other horror movie killer who resides in the spirit realm. Freddy Krueger’s Way to Kill Nightmare on Elm Street also involves the use of dreamscapes to bring about the death of the ill-prepared dreamer. Viewers who enjoyed Xavier’s directing horror of Scarlet Witch’s scheme may also find themselves in favor of Krueger’s classic franchise.
Dark Doctor Strange – Us
After the capture of America Chavez, Doctor Strange finds himself stuck in a universe torn apart by an incursion. There, he discovers the only survivor of this reality: a version of himself corrupted by the Darkhold. The two Doctor Strange variants fight, ending with Dark Strange impaled on a fence just outside the Sanctum Sanctorum.
There’s something obscenely awful about going up against an evil version of yourself – a concept that Jordan Peele We explore to perfection. This 2019 horror thriller features villainous doppelgangers who wreak havoc on the world when they finally choose to rise up against humanity.
Mister Fantastic – Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Multiverse of Madness finally revealed John Krasinski’s Mister Fantastic, who was a member of the Illuminati. When Wanda confronts the underground council, however, she declares his life lost, tearing him to ribbons. It’s the end of Earth-838’s Fantastic Four leader, though fans are still hoping to see a different variant of Reed Richards in the near future in the MCU.
For viewers who derived sadistic satisfaction from watching a tattered superhero, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a perfect follow-up film. The original horror classic features plenty of gory dismemberments, dialed to the max as the iconic Leatherface rips through its unsuspecting victims.
Sara – Firestarter
Sara is a Kamer-Taj witch who survives Wanda Maximoff’s initial assault. After locating the Darkhold, which allows Wanda to dream in other realities, Sara destroys the book, which retaliates by burning the brave wizard to ashes.
Fans who enjoyed Sara’s fiery death in Multiverse of Madness might actually find their perfect horror flick at the next screening. Stephen King’s Rebooted Adaptation Fire starter depicts another superpowered being wreaking havoc on his enemies, on this occasion using fire as a means of murderous chaos.
Captain Marvel – Brightburn
The Illuminati of Earth-838 presents an all-new version of superhero Captain Marvel, this time featuring Maria Rambeau’s alter-ego. During the Scarlet Witch’s attack on the Illuminati, Captain Marvel engages her in a cosmic-powered brawl, only to learn that her enemy is far too strong. Rambeau ends up crushed under a statue which falls soon after.
For fans of the superhero horror genre, James Gunn’s Brightburn is the perfect film to revisit. Brightburn tells the story of a child with superpowers that allow him to act on his childish impulses. Just as Maria Rambeau would learn in her fight against the Scarlet Witch, the Breyer family learns that their super-powered son is nearly unbeatable.
Defender Strange – Night of the Living Dead
Defender Strange is one of the less courageous versions of Doctor Strange seen in Multiverse of Madness, who is killed in the opening scene of the film. It’s in this variant’s afterlife where he really shines, however, as Earth-616 Strange later possesses his zombified body to battle the Scarlet Witch in the film’s climax.
Those who appreciate the zombified nature of Defender Strange’s return might enjoy the classic horror film that really kickstarted pop culture’s love of zombies: night of the living dead. George A. Romero’s 1968 classic introduced zombies to audiences in great form, creating an entirely new subset of the horror genre that’s alive and well to this day, despite its undead subject matter. .
Captain Carter – Resident Evil
Hayley Atwell reprises her role as Peggy Carter in this film, this time as a super-soldier known as Captain Carter. After resisting the powerful Scarlet Witch for some time, Captain Carter finds herself cut in half by her own shield.
Captain Carter’s death scene may be gruesome, but the superheroine was one of the few members of the Illuminati to prove her worth in battle against the Scarlet Witch, reminiscent of another horror protagonist in Alice. by Milla Jovovich. resident Evil film series. For viewers who enjoyed Carter’s strategic combat skills in the face of a horrific fate, resident Evil could be the franchise for them.
Wanda Maximoff – Friday the 13th
The Scarlet Witch’s Wicked Trick Multiverse of Madness is quite compelling, as Wanda breaks audiences’ hearts in her search for her children. After wreaking havoc on the multiverse, Wanda realizes her wrongdoing, sacrificing herself to save America Chavez, Doctor Strange, and Wong from her own actions.
Although Wanda’s death is yet to be confirmed, her arc throughout the film is reminiscent of another horror movie mother driven to murder because of her child’s grief. the original Friday 13 saw Pamela Voorhees go on a murderous rampage after the unjust death of her son Jason, much like Wanda does for the deaths of her own boys. Wanda, however, redeems herself in the end, unlike the villainous Voorhees.
Black Bolt – Daybreakers
Black Bolt is a member of the Illuminati on Earth-838 and the King of the Inhumans, who has the power to destroy mountains with the slightest whisper of his mouth. Upon learning this information, Wanda removes her mouth entirely, causing her terrified scream which blasts the Inhuman’s own brain, killing him.
For fans of a good exploding head scene in a horror movie, it doesn’t get any better than The day breakers. This 2009 cinematic endeavor is an oft-forgotten but vastly underrated vampire flick that features a particularly disturbing scene in which a man’s head explodes in a way not unlike Black Bolt’s grotesque death in the hands of Wanda Maximoff. This scene benefits from the film’s R rating, which ups the ante compared to Multiverse of Madnessshowing the explosion in all its gruesome detail.
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