The Doctor- and the MCU- is in! Marvel fans are flocking back on the big screen to see Doctor Strange 2. But is Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness too scary for kids? This parent’s guide and review will help you decide if this one is safe and kid-friendly. ps- know before you need to go! When can you pee during Doctor Strange 2?
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About Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness
In Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” the MCU unlocks the Multiverse and pushes its boundaries further than ever before.
Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies both old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront a mysterious new adversary.
Watch the Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness trailer here.
What movies and shows should you watch before Dr. Strange 2? This list will help you prepare for the Multiverse of Madness!
Is Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness Too Scary For Kids? Parents Guide and Review
Our favorite mystical sorcerer is back!
Doctor Strange was last seen in Spider-Man: No Way Home, where, as we know, he tampered with the Multiverse a bit.
And this has been hyped as a borderline horror movie, so buckle up, parents!
You’ll need to read this guide to decide if Doctor Strange 2 is too scary for kids.
In this parent’s guide and review, we’re breaking down the language, sex and nudity, gore, and violence that happens in the movie to help you determine if watching Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness is safe for kids in your home.
We also give our Doctor Strange 2 age rating.
Language: Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness Parents Guide
The Doctor has a bit of a mouth on him.
But after meeting him in the Doctor Strange movie (2016), we should know that by now.
There is a fair amount of language in this one.
The good news? It’s fairly mild.
Language that parents need to be aware of include:
- g-d d@mn
- son of a b— (they don’t finish the word)
Sex and Nudity
Doctor Strange is seen without a shirt on at one point, but that’s all the skin you get in this one!
No sex, no nudity.
There is romance-ish? Doctor Strange and Christine interact a lot, but more in a “missed connection, lost loves” kind of way.
Violence and Gore In Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness: Is It Too Scary for Kids?
There are a lot of things to know about going into this movie from a scary perspective.
If you plan on taking your kid who has “seen all the other MCU movies, they’ll be fine!” please note:
Multiverse of Madness is walking a line of horror that your younger children may not be ready for.
This goes past the typical superhero imagery of good guys fighting bad guys and delves into the spiritual.
From a gore perspective, this MCU movie is the grossest and scariest we’ve seen yet. Gaping open wounds, dead bodies, torture, and intense fight scenes with swords and knives are all played out on screen.
Oh, and don’t forget the impaling! (Yep, that happens)
There is blood and lots of it for a Marvel movie.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is absolutely the most intense Marvel movie to date from a violence and gore perspective.
How Scary Is Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is just that: madness.
There are a lot of horror elements in this one that may make Doctor Strange 2 too scary for kids.
It is rated PG-13, but we think it toes the fine line of a horror movie.
Possessions, zombie-like people, jump scares (more than a few!), and demonic body imagery all combine to make this movie scarier than MCU’s Moon Knight.
If you aren’t allowing the kids to watch the Disney+ series, you definitely want to pre-screen Doctor Strange 2 before taking them to gauge if they can handle it.
Doctor Strange 2 Multiverse of Madness Age Rating
Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness is rated PG-13 for frightening images and mild horror elements.
As noted, this is said to be the first horror movie in the MCU.
Sticking to a PG-13 age rating may be best here, and even then, consider if your young teens are ready for discussions of demonic torture and close-ups of decomposing bodies.
This movie is a lot.
Can Kids Under 10 Watch Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness?
Is Multiverse of Madness appropriate for kids under 10? Can your 8-year-old see Doctor Strange 2?
As always you know your kids best.
And while Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is scary, it may be something your budding horror movie fan will dig. No judgment from us.
However, in general, we advise against kids under 10 seeing this one. Stick to the not-so-scary movie list if the teens and tweens want a small scare.
It’s intense, it’s gripping, and it may cause some nightmares to follow you home from the theater.
It also involves time travel and time jumps and sometimes that’s a bit harder for young kids to follow. You may spend more time trying to explain things than you want to during this 2-hour movie- so best leave the kids at home for this one.
Photosensitive Flashing Light Warning In Doctor Strange 2
Please note: the movie has flashing images that could be a concern for families susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.
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Patty Holliday is a parent movie reviewer, writer, and podcaster living in the Washington, DC area. Her goal is to bridge the gap between casual fandom and picky critic with parent movie and television reviews. As a lifelong fangirl and pop culture connoisseur, she’s been creating online since 2009. You can find her work at No-Guilt Disney.com, No-Guilt Fangirl.com, No-Guilt Life, and as host of the top-rated No-Guilt Disney Podcast.