Did ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ Exceed its PG-13 Rating?
One of the most anticipated films of the summer, the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe entry stands alone in its lofty expectations from fans of the massive movie franchise.
Set to conclude the multiversal story arc that has been a focal point of the MCU’s Phase Four, the long-awaited Doctor Strange sequel was set to be one of the most important films of the year for Marvel Studios.
Setting Marvel’s resident sorcerer against the vast and boundless unknown of alternate realities, Doctor Strange was primed to partner with some of the MCU’s most powerful entities to protect the Marvel universe from the cataclysmic destruction of the delicate and deteriorating multiverse.
Sam Raimi delivered a film that was flawed but immensely entertaining while ensuring that the tone of the film truly established it as the MArvel Universees first true horror film; but with its horror-centric design, did the movie go too far?
It is a valid question that has been a focal point on various social media sites, as fans question if Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness exceeded its own PG-13 rating.
It’s amazing how Multiverse of Madness is more violent and disturbing than both Venom films combined yet those get rated 15 (UK equivalent of an R) while MoM gets rated 12A (UK equivalent to PG-13) lol. That’s really funny to me. pic.twitter.com/f67rV7j9Pa
— Nitro-Spidey in the Multiverse of Madness (@NitroSpidey) May 6, 2022
The film presents the ultimate contradiction; as it exists in a universe that has- to this point- been family-friendly and attainable by all kinds of moviegoers.
It did, however, make it a point to scare, and often disturbing, viewers in a way that would reinforce the danger of the film’s main antagonist; something that was achieved by Raimi’s willingness to take the visuals to horrific places.
losing my mind over the "severe" violence & gore PG-13 parental guide for Doctor Strange on IMDB pic.twitter.com/YUY9eBtThL
— Mad Pumpkin Head's Flail Toy (@AgonyZach) May 7, 2022
But the question of did the film go too far- albeit a very far one- strays from the reality that it was kind of the entire point of the film’s premise
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was just that; it was madness, and its unsettling nature was intended by Raimi to create an atmosphere that made it a horrific adventure for audiences, and the film’s main characters.
Lol, this Dr Strange Multiverse of Madness is rated PG 13😂? Movie is almost as gory as Deadpool without the comedy. Some scenes had me reaching to the random kids around me like pic.twitter.com/5Jskhf9I1g
— Bane (@Sujodamystique) May 7, 2022