Dr. Strange 2 Spoiler Review

By VincentVanSpock

My views are my own and do not reflect the views of the rest of the bleeding edge.

Here’s how this is gonna work. In the first few paragraphs I’ll review it without spoilers for those still on the fence about seeing it. Then I will put *SPOILERS* when I start talking about specific information about the movie that could irritate those who haven’t seen it yet. You have been warned.

First, this is easily one of the most beautiful films I personally have seen. The CGI is gorgeous throughout the film. The blend of practical effects and CGI is often indistinguishable as when one is being used over the other. As a filmmaker and long time film goer I believe the use of both CGI and practical effects together to be the best way to make movies. Too much CGI can leave people disoriented or not immersed in the product, while practical effects can only do so much. Dr. Strange combines the two in a way that makes it believable and leaves audiences immersed.

While the effects are great, some characters aren’t balanced as well as the CGI. While the movie is called Dr. Strange I would argue that this movie is about Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez). Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) doesn’t go through any real change in the movie. He starts the film as a noble, selfless, and kind and ends the film selfless noble and kind. While Wanda starts the film struggling to accept all of the trauma and loss of Avengers Age of Ultron, Infinity War, and Wandavision, by the end of it she goes through a change, which I won’t spoil yet. Also, America Chavez starts the film struggling with confidence but believes in herself by the end of it. Strange, Wong (Benedict Wong), and the rest of the sorcerers almost seem like an afterthought.

Speaking of afterthought, the sound design is good but not great. The sound effects are believable for what they are. I mean, how do you create the sound for a star portal or a ribbon based monster? But the sound track is forgettable. Danny Elfman has some iconic sound tracks, just look at 1989’s Batman. But, Dr. Strange’s soundtrack leaves something to the imagination. It’s fine for what it is but not mind-blowing.

*SPOILERS* This is your final warning.

What is mind-blowing are the plot, cameos, multiverse itself. You learn pretty early on that Wanda is the one and only villain of this film. She is believable as the villain too. Elizabeth Olsen goes all out in her acting, Sam Raimi kicks the horror up to 11, and Wanda’s destruction of Kamar-Taj in the first act establishes her as a powerful and destructive force. Wanda’s motivation throughout the film is to steal the powers of America Chavez so she can gain access to her alternate universe selves kids. Dr. Strange and America spend the majority of the film running from Wanda because of how strong she is and because America believes she cannot control her powers. This leads them into a universe where they meet the long awaited Illuminati.

This version of the illuminati consists of Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Blackbolt (Anson Mount), Captain Carter (Hayley Atwell), Captain Marvel (Lashana Lynch), Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), and most shockingly Mr. Fantastic Reed Richards (John Krazinski). This is where the majority of the cameos come into the film. Other than this we get Charlize Theron in a mid-credits scene as Clea, a brief view of the Living Tribunal, and of course a Bruce Campbell cameo because its a Sam Raimi film. Unfortunately, the illuminati are all killed with the exception of Mordo but this does continue to show the strength of Wanda and gives Strange and America more reason to run. These cameos do establish a few marvel aspects formally missing; Terrigen Mist, Mutants, Inhumans, and the Fantastic 4. But it is still unseen what will happen with these characters and actors next.

Speaking of characters the multiverse itself seems like a character in and of itself. Every time they jump the audience is left wondering where they will appear next, who they will come across, and what struggles they will face. Much of America Chavez character comes from her lack of understanding of the multiverse. The entire plot revolves around the multiverse and wouldn’t have worked without it considering several actors have to play multiple versions of themselves.

Final thoughts: Sam Raimi’s horror background really shines in this film as well as Elizabeth Olsen’s acting chops, and the effects team overall. However, the pacing is a bit slow, the soundtrack is forgetable, and cameos, while fun, do feel tacked on seem to be added simply as a way of putting butts in seats. Ultimately, I give Dr. Strange and Multiverse of Madness a B-. Mostly, good but definitely with some problems. Give it a watch on the big screen if you’re a marvel fan, lover of horror, or filmmaking connoisseur. Otherwise, you could probably wait until this shows up on Disney+.

Moon Knight Review *Spoilers*

By VincentVanSpock

Fair warning, this post will contain spoilers for all 6 Season 1 episodes of Marvel’s Moon Knight TV show on Disney+. Right off the bat, I want to say that Moon Knight has quickly become my favorite Marvel Television show. It beat out Loki, Wandavision, and Netflix’s Daredevil with its brilliant acting, clever writing and filmmaking, and accurate depiction of Dissociated Identity Disorder.

I generally consider myself to be an expert on good acting, considering I have 20 years experience as an actor and a Masters degree in Acting from Birmingham City University in England. Using my expertise as an actor, I can confirm that Moon Knight has some of the best acting I have seen on screen. Oscar Isaac does especially well switching between Steven Grant, Marc Spector and to a lesser extent Jake Lockley. I truly feel like Oscar Isaac fully embodied these characters and the disorder they suffer through. He quickly switches between Steven Grant and Marc Spector without cuts or edits multiple times throughout the series. This requires a lot of training, hard work, and knowledge of the characters.

Not only did Oscar Isaac put on a great performance, but, in my opinion, Ethan Hawke portrays one of the greatest villains of all time. A lot of people, myself included, claim that the best villains believe themselves to be the heroes. Ethan Hawke plays a cult leader who he modeled after David Koresh. In the second episode of Moon Knight, he talks with Steven Grant about his motivation and desires for the world. His charismatic idealism almost convinces Steven, and some audience members, to follow his lead. That is until he talks about killing kids in order to achieve his goals.

Along with my Masters of Acting I also have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. While at University, I put an emphasis on abnormal psychology. The DSM 5 defines Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), previously called multiple personality disorder, as a disruption of identity characterized by two or more distinct personality states or an experience of possession. Moon Knight, and especially Oscar Isaac, does an amazing job showcasing the way DID comes into existence through trauma and stress. They also use DID to create an unreliable narrator and have the audience questioning what is real and what isn’t. The first, fourth, and fifth episodes especially leave the audience wondering if anything Marc Spector or Steven Grant does is real.

I went into moon knight with little to no knowledge of the character. Yet, after watching the show I strive to know more about him. I plan from this point on to read Moon Knight comics, watch the upcoming seasons of the show, and hope that Moon Knight shows up in other MCU titles. I want to see how he interacts with other characters such as Daredevil or Spider-man. I now know why so many Marvel fans see Moon Knight as their favorite Marvel property. I am excited for the future of this character and Marvel as a whole now that he is in live action form.

Dr. Strange 2 pre-viewing thoughts

By VincentVanSpock

Today, Friday, May 6th 2022, Dr. Strange 2 hits theaters in America. The movie has gathered as much hype, if not more than, such titles as Avengers Endgame and Spider-Man No Way Home. Rumors have run rampant regarding what Dr. Strange 2 will mean for the MCU going forward. Does the presence of Patrick Stewart’s Charles Xavier mean the long awaited emergence of the X-Men and other mutants? Will other mutants show up in this film? Are variants of other MCU characters going to show up in this film; such as Tom Cruise as Tony Stark? What other mind blowing cameos and characters will show up?

Those of you who have seen the film already are probably laughing at us commoners who have had the misfortune of being forced to wait. But soon, the vast majority of MCU fans will have seen the film or accidentally spoiled it for themselves. The changes to the MCU will soon be common knowledge and we will all go back into theory mode; guessing what the introduction of (Insert character here) will mean, or how the death of (insert character 2 here) will affect everything. But for the next few weeks or so, do your best not to spoil it for everyone else.

Maybe, Dr Strange 2 will launch the MCU into a whole new level of big brain, 5 head, mind-blowing intelligence. Perhaps, it will create new and even more interesting characters, and usher in a new group of fans from all over the world. Or, it will leave us unimpressed and wishing we had spent our money on Sonic 2 or Secrets of Dumbledore. Either way, Marvel has hyped up their fans for this movie and their other intellectual properties going forward. They know how to get their fans excited for the future.

Marvel have built a fan base some consider to be too big to fail. Some film making companies even rely on Marvel creating such hype in order to revitalize the movie going industry. If not for Marvel driving the love of the MCU, the movie industry as a whole might have died in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic. Many believe that Spiderman No Way Home, which was a precursor and vital to Dr. Strange 2, is what brought the film industry back from the brink of death. Will Dr. Strange add more fuel to the Marvel wild fire? Or will it snuff the flame out and kill the movie industry as a whole? Only time will tell.

We are LIVE tonight( 9/15/21) for a Shang-Chi Review/ What If…? Episode 6 Review

We will be live at 9:05PM Eastern/ 6:05PM Pacific/ 2:05AM in the UK, on The MCU’S Bleeding Edge via Youtube, Twitch, Facebook Live, Trovo, VK Live, and Dailymotion, tonight( Wednesday 9/15/21) doing a review of What If….? Episode 6 along with a full Shang-Chi Review. The squad for this show is comprised of co-hosts Cyberneticshark, Perry Ramsey, and Jeff S( TrueKnowledge) with guest Taylor of the Podcast Of Champions joining us, Jeff will be moderating with Cyber and Perry joining Taylor on the panel. #shangchi, #marvelstudios, #simuliu, #whatifepisode6breakdown, #whatifepisode6review, #thewatcher, #wakanda, #michaelbjordan, #kilmonger, #tonystark, #ironman, #thetenrings, #ironman1, #mcuphase1, #mcuphase4, #marvelcomics

The Loki Disney Plus Series: Finale Review Livestream/ Podcast

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Welcome and hello to all of you who find your way to this newish episode of The MCU’S Bleeding Edge Podcast on Anchor. We are co-hosted by Cyberneticshark and Jeff Sloboda( TrueKnowledge) and on this Livestream/ Episode of our MCU focused show we are covering the finale of the Loki Disney Plus Series, produced by Marvel Studios. We have Cyber moderating the show and Jeff S joining Alexis, Taylor, and Lord Deathman on the guest panel. Alexis is a friend and regular guest on the podcast and is a regular on the Radulich In Broadcasting Network, and Taylor and Lord Deathman come from the Podcast Of Champions/ sakaar.freeforums.net, also major friends to The MCU’S Bleeding Edge. We delve into and dig deep on the entire 6th episode of Loki, from start to finish, address Kang, drop our general opinions of the finale, and watch and react to the What If Trailer that just came out this week, and wrap up with a final segment doing basic reviews of the Black Widow film. You can contact us for any reason at themcusbleedingedge.org or mcusbleedingedge@gmail.com. The website is themcusbleedingedge.org and you can find our blog and list of recent podcast episodes on there as well as some polls and a mailing list you can join to subscribe to this wonderful podcast and receive our newest episodes!! #Loki, #Loki Disney Plus, #Owen Wilson, #Kang The Conqueror, #Loki Easter eggs, #Loki ending, #Loki Episode 6 breakdown, #Loki Episode 6, #he who remains, #Marvel Comics, #Marvel Studios, #Marvel Cinematic Universe, #Tom Hiddleston, #Gugu Mbatha-Raw, #Hunter B-15, #Loki Kang, #Lady Loki, #Sophia Di Martino, #Ravonna Renslayer, #Immortus, #Mobius M Mobius, #Loki Reaction, #ending explained, #MCU Trailer reaction, #What If Trailer, #Loki Review, #Null Time-Zone, #Alioth, #classic Loki, #kid Loki, #Alligator Loki, #Boastful Loki, #Kate Herron , #Michael Waldren, #who is Kang, #Loki Spoilers, #Disney Plus, #Loki Episode 6 finale 

Jeff is using a AUDIO-TECHNICA ATR2100 usb Microphone, a LOGITECH C920 and C922 Webcam, a 4K 2.0 usb Webcam, and a MacBook Pro. 

Intro Song is ” Light My Fire” by Fillmore 

Co-hosts for this episode are TrueKnowledge( Jeff) and Cyberneticshark, with our Guests being Alexis of the Radulich In Broadcasting Network, a regular on The MCU’S Bleeding Edge, and the owner/operator of Honeysuckle Rose Creations, Taylor and Lord Death Man of the Podcast Of Champions/ sakaar.freeforums.net — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jeff-sloboda7/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jeff-sloboda7/support

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The Iron Man 2 Review With Podcast Of Champions And True Believers MCU & MARVEL Podcast

Summary

This is our livestream review of Iron Man 2 starring Robert Downey Jr once again as Tony Stark. We are The MCU’S Bleeding Edge and we are joined in guest form by Arch of the Podcast Of Champions, as well as Kyle and Kevin of the True Believers: MCU & MARVEL Podcast and we get into what we feel are the critical points of the film. From wether or not Mickey Rourke was a solid villain as Whiplash, to Don Cheadle taking over as Rhodey and becoming War Machine, on to the relationship and chemistry between Pepper Potts and Tony. We then wrap up the recording by reacting to The Batman trailer and having a final segment all about the upcoming Batman film with Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne. We want to thank the Podcast Of Champions/ sakaar.freeforums.net for joining us once again on another MCU Infinity Saga Review, this being our sixth installment and of course many thanks to Kyle and Kevin of True Believers MCU & MARVEL Podcast for joining us. We are co-hosted by Cyberneticshark and Jeff S and will be getting into the What If…? Disney+ Series on our next episode. 

#Iron Man 2, #Tony Stark, #Pepper Potts, #War Machine, #Justin Hammer, #Gwyneth Paltrow, #Robert Downey Jr, #Nick Fury, #The Black Widow, #Scarlet Johansson, #SHIELD, #Sam Rockwell, #Whiplash, #Mickey Rourke, #Don Cheadle, #Marvel Studios, #MCU Phase 1, #Thor, #Mjolnir, #Asgaard, #Infinity Saga, #MCU trailer reaction, #The Batman, #Robert Pattinson, #Paul Dano, #The Riddler, #DC films, #The Batman Trailer, #The Penguin, #Jeffrey Wright, #Jim Gordon

Jeff is using a AUDIO-TECHNICA ATR2100-USB microphone 

Show was recorded on 8/4/21             Hosted by Cyberneticshark and Jeff S,  Guests- Arch Stanton( Podcast Of Champions) Kyle and Kevin( True Believers MCU & MARVEL Podcast

Intro Music Is ” Ready Your Fire” by Fillmore  — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jeff-sloboda7/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jeff-sloboda7/support

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The Complete First Crack Review Of The Incredible Hulk With Podcast Of Champions

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This is a version of our livestream review of The Incredible Hulk film on Wednesday evening 7/28/21 on The MCU’S Bleeding Edge Youtube Channel / Podcast through Anchor. This is the fourth installment of our connected Infinity Saga Review Series with the Podcast Of Champions/ sakaar.freeforums.net, again on board in the form of two guests, Arch and Lord Death Man, with Arch of course being a mainstay on the show and a regular at this point. We also have Alexis once again guesting and she is known for being a regular guest on the Radulioch In Broadcasting Network, another friend of this podcast/ livestream, and we also have Mark Radulich himself rounding out the panel with co-host Jeff S with Cyberneticshark moderating on this episode. We essentially break down the whole Incredible Hulk film from start to finish, do alot of talking about the 2003 Eric Bana version of Hulk, the mutual love for Jennifer Connelly we found during the show, and wrap this long sucker up with a almost hour long segment on Daredevil Season 1 on Netflix. So yeah if your a Daredevil/Matt Murdock fan from the comics this is the episode for you to listen too!!! Visit themcusbleedingedge.org for full episodes of the show, to check out our active blog, and see info about the team. 

Jeff’s audio is coming through a Audio-Technica ATR2100usb

Co-hosted by Cyberneticshark and Jeff S( TrueKnowledge) Guests: Alexis, a regular on The MCU’S Bleeding Edge and the Radulich In Broadcasting Network, Mark Radulich himself, and Arch and Lord Death Man from Podcast Of Champions/ sakaar.freeforums.net. 

Intro Music ” Ready Your Fire” by Fillmore — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jeff-sloboda7/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jeff-sloboda7/support

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We Are Doing A Livestream Review Of Iron Man 2 tonight….

We are going to be doing another livestream review show tonight, Wednesday 8/4/21, at 9:05PM Eastern/ 6:05PM Pacific, this time covering Iron Man 2 with Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark. This will be our fifth installment of a Infinity Saga Review Series connected with the Podcast Of Champions/ sakaar.freeforums.net, and they will be represented in the form of Arch Stanton, with Kyle and Kevin of the Marvel & MCU True Believers Podcast, also joining us as guests, and co-host Cyberneticshark rounding out the panel. Jeff S will be moderating and we hope to see a few folks in the comment section!!!! #Iron Man 2, #MCU review, #Marvel Cinematic Universe, #Robert Downey Jr, #Tony Stark, #Gwyneth Paltrow, #Don Cheadle, #Pepper Potts, #MCU phase 1, #Iron Man, #James Rhodes, #Whiplash, #Jon Favreau, #Micky Rourke, #Justin Hammer, #Sam Rockwell, #Kevin Feige, #The Avengers, #The Black Widow, #Scarlett Johansson, #Happy Hogan, #Nick Fury, #SHIELD, #Agent Coulson, #Samuel L. Jackson, #Howard Stark, #Paul Bettany, #Jarvis, #Marvel Comics, #Stan Lee