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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness | 2022 | PG-13 | – 1.7.4

content-ratingsWhy is “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “intense sequences of violence and action, frightening images and some language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes proclamations of love, many scenes of super-powered individuals fighting giant monsters and each other with magic and super-powers causing death and a lot of property damage, discussions of saving the universe and the destruction of reality, and some strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) confronts the consequences of his efforts to save the universe from Thanos and must now fight foes from other dimensions. Also with Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Michael Stuhlbarg, Rachel McAdams, Patrick Stewart, Bruce Campbell, Julian Hilliard and Jett Klyne. Directed by Sam Raimi. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in Spanish with English subtitles. [Running Time: 2:06]

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness SEX/NUDITY 1

 – A man tells another man at a wedding, “You still didn’t get the girl.” A young woman talks about her moms and that something happened when she was young and they disappeared (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 A woman wears a dress that is low-cut in the back and her bare back is seen.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness VIOLENCE/GORE 7

 – A man and a young woman run through rubble floating in the air and along a crumbling walkway as a monster chases them: the man shoots the monster and it is briefly frozen, but breaks free and continues to chase them, the man is stabbed through the leg with a sharp glowing tentacle (we see a gaping wound) as he tries to lock the monster in a force field but it breaks free again and stabs the man through the back lifting him into the air; he is later dropped to the ground with bloody wounds on his face (he’s still alive) as the young woman is held by the arms and legs by the monster, it drops her and she jumps through a portal and disappears.
 We hear commotion in a city street and see cars thrown and crashing as people run screaming: a man on a balcony jumps and flies with the help of a magical cape, he confronts a giant monster with tentacles as it picks up a bus, crushes it and throws it at the man; he cuts it in half as it sails over him and a young woman, he cuts a couple of the monster’s tentacles off, and it slams the man through a building and he lies unconscious as the monster climbs the side of a building chasing the young woman; another man uses glowing strands to fight the monster, stabs the monster with a glowing sword and the monster grabs him in a tentacle, but he gets free and he and another man wrap the monster in glowing ropes, and one man is wrapped in a tentacle and he uses a pointed object from the ground to stab the monster in the eye and pull the eye out (we hear a squish and see some goo and the monster crashes to the ground below).
 Many people in a mountain top fortress arm themselves as a giant rolling cloud moves toward them, it glows and a woman emerges levitating overhead where she and a man argue; she throws a blast of glowing light at the man and many men on the ground engage a force field around the man protecting him and deflecting the woman’s blasts; a man on the ground runs away and a hole opens in the force field that the woman shoots through, the other people on the ground fire a cannon at her and she lifts the cannon and throws it to the ground crushing it; she continues to shoot blasts all around causing major damage, leaving buildings in rubble and people falling to the ground (no blood is evident), and one falls and the woman zaps him and we see his charred body. A woman destroys a book using a heavy sword and when the book bursts into flames, she and the book are burned (we see her charred remains). A woman causes a man’s mouth to disappear and when he tries to yell, his head explodes (we see part of his skull melted and his eyes turn black). A person is pulled by the arms and legs and we see tendrils coming out of his body and he blows up yelling (no blood is shown). A man with a sword lunges toward another man and they fight; one man is handcuffed and releases one cuff and attaches it to the other man, they hang from the cuffs on an outcropping in a wall, and then fall and continue fighting. Two men fight throwing glowing musical notes at each other, the notes make music and discordant noises and one man is thrown through a window and he is impaled on fence posts below (we see the posts through his back and out his chest without blood evident). A young woman is held on a sacrificial altar and we see a white mist pouring out of her body (the mist coming from her mouth resembles vomit) and she screams. A dead and decaying body re-animates and we see the person’s face with holes in it, revealing his teeth; many skeletal creatures swarm around him and pull him into a puddle of black goo. A young woman hits a woman with blasts of energy (like punches and kicks), the woman holds her around the throat, and they move to a cliff’s edge. A woman is thrown across a room and two young boys throw things at her attacker.
 Robots are struck with blasts of energy and one’s head is blown off (it bounces to the ground). Four people are held in the air by a woman’s powers, they thrash and moan, and she threatens to kill them (but does not). A young woman watches a memory of her as a young child and her parents and when the child is frightened, she screams and a portal opens and takes her parents inside it; she says, “I killed them.” A woman hears noises in her house and wind blows through as we hear screeching and another woman appears in a window and the first woman’s eyes glow red and she is thrown across a room as her two young boys watch and call for her. A man and a young woman are locked in containment rooms and told that they are going to be tested and researched. A man is blasted with a loud sound wave and blown to pieces. Two women fight another woman, they are thrown around a room and one woman is cut in half by a thrown shield we see her fall to the floor dead but do not see the severed pieces of her body); another woman pulls a statue down on top of another woman crushing her. A woman zaps a man and he disintegrates.
 A woman steps into a room that seems to engage locks and the walls appear to be mirrors: she shoots at the wall and her blast ricochets around the room breaking shards of glass that point at her. Two men sink into the floor when it appears to turn into a puddle; a young woman looks into a puddle on the floor and screams when a woman looks at her through it. A woman climbs through something hanging on a wall and into a room and we see her limbs moving unnaturally and hear cracking of bones. A man clings from the side of a mountain and shoots a large pointed weapon through the head of a monster, that falls over the cliff and other monsters throw boulders at the man trying to knock him off. A man creates a multi-headed serpent creature and it lunges toward a woman, she zaps it with a power blast and wraps a glowing lasso around a young woman drawing a mist of power out of her until a man jumps in the way of the blast and he and the young woman fall into a portal, crashing through a variety of scenes. A man steps into a street in front of a car and is nearly struck. A woman throws a man off a cliff, he tries to catch the sheer cliff side with a glowing rope and is unable; we hear him yell as he falls into a mist. A large structure crumbles with a person inside it.
 A man draws a glowing energy out of a young woman and holds her off the ground as she says, “You’re killing me.” A man causes a dead body to levitate and places it in a hole before covering it with bricks. A glowing red haze washes over an idyllic scene and we see a wasteland with dead trees and arid ground. A woman causes a man’s mouth to disappear and when he tries to yell, his head explodes (we see part of his skull melted and his eyes turn black). A man causes another man to squirt himself in the face with mustard and then punch and slap himself in the face repeatedly. An eye appears in a man’s forehead and blinks. A man collapses in a street screaming and a car stops short of hitting him. A woman dreams of living with her two sons and wakes up with a start, alone. End credits include some creepy images of skeletons and zombie creatures floating around.
 A man says that another man devoted his life to trying to kill him. A character says, “Everyone died in that universe.” A man is surrounded by robot guards and led to a room where other people talk to him about the state of the universe.
 We see a man’s dead body with cuts on his face; we later see the body now decayed with open holes in the face that expose teeth and grey-tinged flesh. A woman is shown injured and with a lot of blood on her head, face and sweater. A man vomits into a container and we hear gagging and splattering (we do not see goo). After falling through a portal, a young woman tells a man, “I’m surprised you didn’t puke.”

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness LANGUAGE 4

 – 4 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 10 mild obscenities, name-calling (gross, super weird, fairy tale, unbelievable, clown, taker, circus of clowns, monster), exclamations (get out of my way, relax, great), 1 religious profanity (GD), 1 religious exclamation (e.g. Holy [scatological term deleted], oh God). | profanity glossary |

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man and a young woman become woozy after drinking a drugged tea. People drink alcohol at a wedding reception.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Love, power, righting wrongs, choices, sacrifice, multiverse, fear, betrayal, trust, patience, greed, power, arrogance, Illuminati, mercy, hypocrisy, deception, the greater good, witchcraft, responsibility, longing, family, mistakes, lies.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness MESSAGE

 – Just because someone makes a mistake doesn’t mean they are lost forever. Happiness is illusive.

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