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Is Doctor Strange 2 too scary for children?

Even before Sam Raimi – the filmmaker behind movies like Spider-Man, The Evil Dead, and Drag Me to Hell – signed on to direct Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the sequel promised to be the “scariest” MCU installment so far. 

With its PG-13 rating in the US and 12A certificate in the UK, parents are wondering just how much the new Marvel movie leans into the horror genre, and whether it’s suitable for younger children or those who prefer their superhero fare a little lighter. Well, we’ve got you covered…

Following on from the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange 2 sees the titular sorcerer try to protect teenager America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) from those keen to steal her dimension-hopping powers, and it’s fair to say that the film is the most violent entry in the MCU so far. 

Many characters meet savage ends across the Marvel sequel’s two-hours-and-six-minutes runtime; monsters bleed, and several humans are burned. Later, someone is impaled, and another hero is cut completely in half. One has their neck twisted with a nasty crack that’s sure to chock. As you can imagine, this is still a Marvel movie, so the camera draws focus away from the gory details, but if your little ones aren’t so good with onscreen death, you’re right to be cautious.

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

(Image credit: Marvel Studios)

Outside of its brutality, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness does feature a number of effective jump scares, too. But, as is usually the case with child-friendly jump scares, they’re fairly predictable, so you could close your eyes in time.. 

According to the BBFC, other scenes of horror include “demonic beings attacking people” and “frequent scenes of threat, in which people are threatened with magical torture.” If you’ve watched the trailers, you’ll already know that a zombified version of Doctor Strange makes an appearance in the film, too. While his introduction pays homage to The Evil Dead’s iconic poster, he doesn’t really do anything scary, but his jerky movements and decaying face may prove unsettling for some. In fact, the character does a pretty good job of being a “nice” zombie…

Most of Doctor Strange 2’s creepier, more suspenseful moments involve Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff, and harken back to Raimi’s older works. One sequence sees a bunch of doors slam shut before she crawls creepily through a mirror. It’s all quite demonic.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

(Image credit: Marvel Studios)

Ultimately, whether or not the film is too scary depends on your youngsters. If they’re okay with Goosebumps and Stranger Things, they should be fine with Doctor Strange 2. If not, it’s perhaps wise to give this one a miss.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is written by Loki’s Michael Waldron, and also stars Benedict Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Rachel McAdams. If you’re wondering what to watch before seeing the sequel, check out our guide to the Marvel movies and shows to watch before Doctor Strange 2.

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Is Doctor Strange 2 too scary for children?

Even before Sam Raimi – the filmmaker behind movies like Spider-Man, The Evil Dead, and Drag Me to Hell – signed on to direct Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the sequel promised to be the “scariest” MCU installment so far. 
With its PG-13 rating in the US and 12A certificate in the UK, parents are wondering just how much the new Marvel movie leans into the horror genre, and whether it’s suitable for younger children or those who prefer their superhero fare a little lighter. Well, we’ve got you covered…
Following on from the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange 2 sees the titular sorcerer try to protect teenager America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) from those keen to steal her dimension-hopping powers, and it’s fair to say that the film is the most violent entry in the MCU so far. 
Many characters meet savage ends across the Marvel sequel’s two-hours-and-six-minutes runtime; monsters bleed, and several humans are burned. Later, someone is impaled, and another hero is cut completely in half. One has their neck twisted with a nasty crack that’s sure to chock. As you can imagine, this is still a Marvel movie, so the camera draws focus away from the gory details, but if your little ones aren’t so good with onscreen death, you’re right to be cautious.

(Image credit: Marvel Studios)
Outside of its brutality, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness does feature a number of effective jump scares, too. But, as is usually the case with child-friendly jump scares, they’re fairly predictable, so you could close your eyes in time.. 
According to the BBFC, other scenes of horror include “demonic beings attacking people” and “frequent scenes of threat, in which people are threatened with magical torture.” If you’ve watched the trailers, you’ll already know that a zombified version of Doctor Strange makes an appearance in the film, too. While his introduction pays homage to The Evil Dead’s iconic poster, he doesn’t really do anything scary, but his jerky movements and decaying face may prove unsettling for some. In fact, the character does a pretty good job of being a “nice” zombie…
Most of Doctor Strange 2’s creepier, more suspenseful moments involve Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff, and harken back to Raimi’s older works. One sequence sees a bunch of doors slam shut before she crawls creepily through a mirror. It’s all quite demonic.

(Image credit: Marvel Studios)
Ultimately, whether or not the film is too scary depends on your youngsters. If they’re okay with Goosebumps and Stranger Things, they should be fine with Doctor Strange 2. If not, it’s perhaps wise to give this one a miss.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is written by Loki’s Michael Waldron, and also stars Benedict Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Rachel McAdams. If you’re wondering what to watch before seeing the sequel, check out our guide to the Marvel movies and shows to watch before Doctor Strange 2.

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