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Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Elizabeth Olsen, Xochitl Gomez
Our Rating: ★★★½
MCU’s superhero fantasy adventure sequel directed by Sam Raimi. Doctor Strange 2 in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) follows the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home and Loki, as Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) continues his research on the Time Stone. However, as an old friend turned enemy, Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), seeks to destroy every sorcerer on Earth, this messes with Strange’s plan, causing him to unleash an unspeakable evil.
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Defender Strange: [referring to the demon] It’s too strong. I can’t hold it. I’m so sorry. This is the only way.
America Chavez: What are you doing?!
Defender Strange: I can’t let that thing take your power. You can’t control it. But I can.
America Chavez: But we’re friends! You’re killing me.
Defender Strange: I know. But in the grand calculus of the Multiverse, your sacrifice is worth more than your life.
[the demon suddenly impales Strange]
Dr. Nic West: Doctor Strange.
Dr. Stephen Strange: Doctor West.
Dr. Nic West: Haven’t seen you in a while.
Dr. Stephen Strange: I was a little preoccupied being dust in the air for five years.
Dr. Nic West: So were a lot of us.
Dr. Nic West: I guess what keeps me up at night is wondering, did it have to happen that way? Was there any other path?
Dr. Stephen Strange: No. But I made the only play we had.
Dr. Nic West: Of course, you do. The best surgeon, and the best superhero. But you still didn’t get the girl.
Dr. Stephen Strange: [at Christine’s wedding] I wish it had been different. I never stopped caring about us, but I had to make sacrifices, to protect you. I’m sorry.
Dr. Christine Palmer: It was never going to work out between us.
Dr. Stephen Strange: Why not?
Dr. Christine Palmer: Because, Stephen, you have to be the one holding the knife. And I always respected you for it, but I couldn’t love you for it.
Dr. Stephen Strange: How long have you had that one in the barrel?
Dr. Christine Palmer: Long time.
Dr. Stephen Strange: Yeah. I bet.
Dr. Stephen Strange: Truly, I’m just glad that you’re happy.
Dr. Christine Palmer: I am. I really, really am.
Dr. Stephen Strange: Good.
Dr. Christine Palmer: Are you?
Dr. Stephen Strange: I’m happy.
Dr. Christine Palmer: Good. You deserve it.
Wong: Do you know it’s ancient custom to bow in the presence of the Sorcerer Supreme?
Dr. Stephen Strange: Yeah. I’m aware of the customs.
Dr. Stephen Strange: What did that creature want with you?
Wong: Where are your parents?
Dr. Stephen Strange: Take her back to the Sanct…
Dr. Stephen Strange: [as America runs off] She took my slingy.
Wong: She took your slingy.
Dr. Stephen Strange: Giant monsters, I can clearly handle. But what bothers me, is that last night, you were in my dream.
America Chavez: That wasn’t a dream. It was another universe.
America Chavez: How much experience do you guys have with the Multiverse?
Dr. Stephen Strange: We have experience with the Multiverse. Most recently, there was an incident with Spider-Man.
America Chavez: With what Man?
Dr. Stephen Strange: Spider-Man. He has the powers of a spider.
Wong: Hence the name.
America Chavez: Gross. Does he look like a spider?
Dr. Stephen Strange: No. No. More like a man.
Wong: Climbs walls. Shoots webs.
Dr. Stephen Strange: Yeah. Bingo.
America Chavez: Out his butt?
Dr. Stephen Strange: No.
Dr. Stephen Strange: Maybe. I don’t know. Honestly, I hope not.
America Chavez: Super weird.
America Chavez: [in Spanish] Frankly, of the two Doctor Stranges that I’ve met, you are not my favorite.
Dr. Stephen Strange: Which means?
America Chavez: [in Spanish] He can’t speak Spanish?
Wong: [in Spanish] I don’t even know if he speaks his own language.
Dr. Stephen Strange: Look, I left a very nice wedding to save a smarta** kid from getting eaten by an octopus. Now, tell me…
Wong: Whose wedding?
Dr. Stephen Strange: Christine’s.
Wong: You went?
America Chavez: Holy s**t. You married Christine?
Doctor Strange Fan: [referring to taking a photo] Do you mind?
Dr. Stephen Strange: [to the fan] Yes, I do.
Dr. Stephen Strange: [to America] No, I didn’t.
Dr. Stephen Strange: [to Wong] Yes.
America Chavez: I can travel the Multiverse.
Dr. Stephen Strange: What?
Wong: You can physically move from one universe to another?
Dr. Stephen Strange: How?
America Chavez: That’s the problem. I don’t know how. I can’t control it. Only happens when I’m really, really afraid.
America Chavez: You’re not the Sorcerer Supreme?
Dr. Stephen Strange: No, I am not the Sorcerer Supreme.
America Chavez: Other you was Sorcerer Supreme in his universe.
'You break the rules and become a hero. I do it and I become the enemy. That doesn't seem fair.' - Wanda Maximoff (Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness) Click To Tweet
America Chavez: I thought you’d protect me, but you didn’t.
Dr. Stephen Strange: That was the fight in my dream.
America Chavez: That wasn’t a dream.
Dr. Stephen Strange: Prove it.
[then we see America showing them the dead body of Defender Strange]
Dr. Stephen Strange: Dreams are windows into the lives of our Multiversal selves.
America Chavez: [referring to Defender Strange] That was his theory.
Wong: So that recurring nightmare where I’m running naked from a clown?
America Chavez: Somewhere out there, it’s real.
Dr. Stephen Strange: Somewhere out there, I had a ponytail.
America Chavez: [referring to Defender Strange] How do I know you won’t betray me like he did?
Dr. Stephen Strange: I guess you’re just going to have to trust me.
Earth-838 Wanda Maximoff: [to Billy and Tommy] You know, a family is forever. We could never truly leave each other even if we tried.
Wanda Maximoff: Well, I knew sooner or later you’d show up wanting to discuss what happened at Westview. I made mistakes. And people were hurt.
Dr. Stephen Strange: But you put things right in the end, and that was never in doubt. I’m not here to talk about Westview.
Wanda Maximoff: Then what are you here for?
Dr. Stephen Strange: We need your help.
Wanda Maximoff: With what?
Dr. Stephen Strange: What do you know about the Multiverse?
Wanda Maximoff: The Multiverse. Vis had his theories. He believed it was real. And dangerous.
Dr. Stephen Strange: Well, he was right about both.
Dr. Stephen Strange: We could use an Avenger.
Wanda Maximoff: There are other Avengers.
Dr. Stephen Strange: Yeah, but given a choice between the Archer with a mohawk, and several bug-themed crimefighters, or one of the most powerful magic wielders on the planet, it’s an easy call. Come to Kamar-Taj. It will get you back on a lunchbox.
Wanda Maximoff: [after she inadvertently reveals she knows America’s name] You know, the hex was the easy part. The lying, not so much.
Wanda Maximoff: The Darkhold only showed me the truth. Everything I lost can be mine again.
'Trust yourself, trust your power.' - Dr. Stephen Strange (Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness) Click To Tweet
Dr. Stephen Strange: What do you want with America? What do you want with the Multiverse?
Wanda Maximoff: I’m going to leave this reality, and go to one where I can be with my children.
Dr. Stephen Strange: Wanda, your children aren’t real. You created them using magic.
Wanda Maximoff: That’s what every mother does.
Wanda Maximoff: If you knew there was a universe, where you were happy, wouldn’t you want to go there?
Dr. Stephen Strange: I am happy.
Wanda Maximoff: I know better than most what self-deception looks like.
Wanda Maximoff: [referring to America] I don’t relish hurting anyone, Stephen. But she’s not a child. She’s a supernatural being. Such raw power could wreak havoc on this, and other worlds. Her sacrifice would be for the greater good.
Dr. Stephen Strange: Well you can kiss the lunchbox goodbye, because that’s the kind of justification our enemies use.
Wanda Maximoff: Is it the one you use, when you gave Thanos the Time Stone?
Dr. Stephen Strange: That was war, and I did what I had to do.
Wanda Maximoff: [to Strange] You break the rules and become a hero. I do it and I become the enemy. That doesn’t seem fair.
Wanda Maximoff: Return to Kamar-Taj, and prepare to hand over America Chavez by sundown. Peacefully. After that, you’ll never see me again.
Dr. Stephen Strange: And if we don’t?
Wanda Maximoff: Then it won’t be Wanda who comes for her. It will be the Scarlet Witch.
America Chavez: So the person you went to ask for help, and told exactly where I am, is the person that’s trying to kill me?
Dr. Stephen Strange: Yeah.
Wong: Choose your words wisely. The fate of the Multiverse may depend on it.
Dr. Stephen Strange: Got it. No pressure, then.
Dr. Stephen Strange: Wanda, you are justifiably angry. You had to make terrible sacrifices.
Wanda Maximoff: I blew a hole through the head of the man I loved. And it meant nothing. Do not speak to me of sacrifice, Stephen Strange. If you give me what I want, I’ll send you to a world where you can be with Christine.
Wanda Maximoff: You have no idea just how reasonable I have been.
Dr. Stephen Strange: Yeah. Book of the Damned, calling yourself a Witch, conjuring creatures to abduct a kid. I don’t exactly call that being reasonable.
Wanda Maximoff: Sending those creatures after her instead of myself was mercy. And in spite of your hypocrisies and insults, I begged you to safely get out of my way. You have exhausted my patience. But I do hope you understand, that even now, what’s about to happen, this is me, being reasonable.