Aside from the highly-anticipated cameos of massive MCU characters, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness also offers a tremendous character arc shift with Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange, which heavily focused on settling things for the sorcerer’s great love, Christine Palmer.
At the end of the film, Multiverse of Madness slightly got into the emotional side as Doctor Strange finally lets go of Earth 838's Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams), before going back to his original MCU universe. While fans are still upset about Palmer and Strange's tragic love story, Benedict Cumberbatch recently opened up about the film's ending.
While talking to Marvel, Benedict Cumberbatch breaks down the ending of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, specifically the scene where Doctor Strange finally waved an emotional farewell to Earth 838's Christine Palmer variant.
“I don’t think we’ve seen that from him; we haven’t seen him risk a piece of personal, emotional honesty ever," Cumberbatch said. "We’ve seen him struggle to empathize, and we’ve seen him struggle to have an emotional language. That searing honesty is flooring in a character that has such self-assurance and certainty in so much of what he does.”
McAdams chimed in and praised Multiverse of Madness head writer Michael Waldron for penning the heart-wrenching scene.
“That was a beautifully written scene by Michael [Waldron]. It was so simple and straightforward; there were no bells and whistles. Doctor Strange wasn’t trying to dance his way out of something. He was just so vulnerable, naked, and honest. It was heartbreaking and beautiful, and Benedict played it so perfectly. It makes me cry every time," McAdams added.
Aside from the Illuminati, the epic battles between Doctor Strange and Scarlet Witch, Multiverse of Madness undoubtedly concluded things with Stephen Strange and Christine Palmer's love story. Although it did not end how Strange wanted it, it's good to know that the two had the closure they both earned.
Although this might be Rachel McAdams’ last outing into the MCU, it's still good to know that Marvel Studios finally gave the A-list actress a significant role that she deserves, compared to her very little screentime in 2016's Doctor Strange.
In addition to that, it appears that Marvel Studios is now moving on with a new potential love interest for Doctor Strange, who perfectly matches Strange's sorcerer identity after Clea has finally debuted in the MCU, played by Charlize Theron. In Marvel Comics, Clea is originally the love interest of Doctor Strange, which would make more sense if Marvel Studios pushed a comically accurate story for future Doctor Strange-related films.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is still showing in theaters worldwide.