10 Times Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness Was Really Funny
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is no stranger to comic relief. Between death, destruction, and epic battles to save the universe or the multiverse, the MCU finds time to include some truly hilarious scenes. Some characters (like Thor, Spider-Man, and Star-Lord) have a natural gift for creating funny moments. This is still true for Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madnesseven if the film is quite scary.
Directed by Sam Raimi, known for his expertise in creating acclaimed horror films, it’s surprising how many times Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness really made people laugh. While this film is one of the darkest titles in the MCU, it still has plenty of room for the kind of MCU humor that fans love.
Spoiler for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ahead.
ten Christine is not thrilled with Gargantos
When the villainous Gargantos shows up at Christine’s wedding, she, her husband Charlie, and her wedding guests watch the battle from the balcony. As Gargantos scales a building right in front of them, Charlie comments on how amazing it is while Christine stares at the creature, annoyed and confused.
This scene only lasts a few seconds but it shows how fed up Christine is with Strange’s lifestyle. While everyone around her is amazed at what is happening, Christine is not fazed. It’s funny that being so close to a superhero makes Christine almost indifferent to her job.
9 Stephen turns water into wine
At Christine’s wedding, before she and Stephen had a heart-to-heart, they met at the bar. Here, Christine asks the bartender for a glass of wine, but Stephen intervenes with “Allow me, miss”. He then turns the water into wine, referencing one of the most popular acts of Jesus Christ. After Christine looks at the surprised glass, he asks if he’s “too on the nose”. Christine replies: “For you? At my wedding? No, it was perfect.”
This moment is a hilarious reference to a very famous biblical passage, which even plays into Strange’s endearing arrogance. Plus, it’s a little insight into the bickering nature of Stephen and Christine’s relationship, making them one of the best couples in the MCU.
8 The trio’s conversation about Spider-Man
While discussing what to do next with America and Wong, Strange brings up Spider-Man. America soon asks if he looks like a spider. When they tell her he looks “more like a man”, but “shoots webs”, she can’t help but ask if he shoots them from behind like all spiders do. Wong and Stephen quickly say no, but they realize they don’t really know for sure.
This whole conversation is hilarious, especially because of Xóchitl Gomez’s reactions that range from amusement to annoyance to disgust. The conversation points to a universe where Spider-Man doesn’t exist, which is pretty incredible since he’s one of Marvel’s most important heroes. Plus, it shows what the concept of Spider-Man looks like to those unfamiliar.
7 “So that recurring nightmare when I run away from a naked clown…?”
A few minutes after the conversation with Spider-Man, America explains to Wong and Strange that dreams aren’t really dreams. Instead, they are windows to different realities in the multiverse. This prompts Wong to ask, “So that recurring nightmare when I run naked from a clown?”, to which America replies, “somewhere out there is real.”
Things get pretty serious after that because Wong and Strange realize what’s at stake. However, it’s still a lot of fun imagining the situations where Wong constantly finds himself in an alternate reality.
6 Strange offering Wanda to “get her back on a lunch box”
Before realizing that Wanda had become corrupted, Doctor Strange asks for her help in saving America as he thinks “they could use an Avenger”. Jokingly, he tells her to come to Kamar-Taj so they can “bring her back on a box lunch”. Wanda only smiles halfway.
This isn’t the MCU’s first reference to the Avengers’ status as celebrities. For example, Iron Man and Captain America are incredibly popular, so it’s fun to hear that they find their own faces printed on children’s products.
5 Strange’s disagreement with Wong over the Sorcerer Supreme title
Ever since Strange was blipped for five years thanks to Thanos, he lost the Sorcerer Supreme title to Wong. All along The Multiverse of Madness, he is often reminded of what he has lost. America even asks him why he is not the Sorcerer Supreme. Considering Strange’s arrogance, it’s a very hard pill to swallow, and he consistently refuses to bow to Wong, even though it’s the custom.
Strange and Wong’s relationship is full of funny moments. Their friendship is among the best friendships in the MCU for their sarcasm, banter, and dry humor. The gag is proof of that. At the end of the film, Strange bows to Wong, finally accepting his role.
4 All Bruce Campbell Cameo
When Strange and America first arrive on Earth-838, America takes food from a street vendor because she thinks they are free. When the vendor (Pizza Poppa) threatens them, Strange casts a spell on his hand, forcing him to pour mustard on himself and punch himself in the face. When America asks if the spell will end soon, Strange tells her it will take three weeks. Pizza Poppa appears again in the post-credits scene, clearly bruised.
Apart from being a very important and funny cameo, Pizza Poppa has one of the funniest scenes in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Bruce Campbell’s physical comedy combined with Benedict Cumberbatch’s unamused expression makes their interaction a real pleasure to watch.
3 Strange throwing up after his first multiversal journey
After America and Strange land on Earth-838, America comments that Stephen did not vomit after the experience. Doctor Strange, proud as always, tells him that this is not his first bizarre journey. However, as he turns to admire New York City from this Earth, he suddenly feels the urge to vomit. America then says, “this is it”.
The fact that Strange thinks he’s over the vomiting but still can’t help it makes for a very silly moment. Since Doctor Strange is such a solemn character, most of the times he’s frivolous or ridiculous tend to be the funniest scenes in the MCU.
2 “I have it, no pressure then”
Before Strange tries to reason with Scarlet Witch for the first time, Wong reminds her that the fate of the multiverse may depend on it. Strange responds to Wong by saying, “Understood, no pressure then.” After things go downhill and Wanda unleashes her power on Kamar-Taj, Strange returns to Wong and attempts to defuse the tension with a “Nail”.
This gag only lasts a few minutes, but it’s right before the movie’s first big battle. Although many fans thought this dramatic scene was somewhat marred by the joke, others consider Strange’s comments to be prime examples of how he uses sarcasm to deal with his issues.
1 “The Illumiwhatty?” And strange to be sarcastic with the Illuminati
Vain as always, Strange can’t help but be witty with the Illuminati when he first encounters them. For example, he grossly wonders if Black Bolt’s lack of speech has anything to do with his bad breath. When Strange first meets Reed Richards, he asks, “Didn’t he chart the Fantastic Four charts in the ’60s?” By saying this, he mocks the name of the team.
While this is a very tense scene due to Strange’s fate from Earth-838, it’s still amusing to see Strange’s inability to respect any kind of authority. Even when Mordo tells him he has to meet the Illuminati, he clearly can’t take them seriously, which he conveys by asking, “The Illuminati?”
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