Doctor Strange 2 broke the box-office record for Matt Revees’ The Batman. Presenting to the Multiverse, this movie received mixed reviews. But one thing we can surely claim is, that the surprises it housed for us were more of a shock. Witnessing Wanda slaughtering the Illuminati and chasing Chavez in the deadliest way possible was terrific. Every character was portrayed in a great manner and it was easier for us to relate to the characters.

Doctor Strange 2 - Rachel McAdams Applauds Benedict Cumberbatch’s Raw Acting in Doctor Strange 2
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

One example of brilliant portrayal was depicted by the lead actor Benedict Cumberbatch. Not only the fans but also his co-stars praised him for his marvelous depiction of Doctor Stephen Strange. Rachel McAdams broke into tears while shooting her last scene with Cumberbatch. She revealed that his raw acting moved her to tears.

Rachel McAdams talks about Benedict Cumberbatch’s acting in Doctor Strange 2

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Rachel McAdams reprised her role of Christine Palmer

Rachel McAdams discussed how painful it was to film Christine Palmer and Stephen Strange’s goodbye sequence.  While Christine from Earth-838 meets with Stephen from Earth-616, and it’s evident the Sorcerer’s love for Christine is rekindled, McAdams’ character realizes they can’t be together in the end. Despite the fact that she is in charge of the sequence, she gives writer Michael Waldron and co-star Benedict Cumberbatch credit for the emotional gut punch.

“That was a beautifully written scene by Michael. It was so simple and straightforward; there were no bells and whistles. Doctor Strange wasn’t trying to dance his way out of something. He was just so vulnerable, naked, and honest. It was heartbreaking and beautiful, and Benedict played it so perfectly. It makes me cry every time.”

Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) - Rachel McAdams Applauds Benedict Cumberbatch’s Raw Acting in Doctor Strange 2
Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch)

While the first Doctor Strange film established the characters’ relationship, it was the What If…? episode “What If… Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands?” that truly brought home how close they were. Doctor Strange 2 delves deeper into the connection in both the MCU’s main world and the titular multiverse. Christine and the Illuminati are finally deceived by their Strange on Earth-838, highlighting the connection between them. Christine can’t seem to let go of her feelings for him.

“Even when you’re betrayed, it’s almost harder to let go of someone who’s done you wrong. You kind of cling to them even tighter. Part of her keeping the watch is a lot of unfinished business. It’s a lot of trying to process the trauma she went through with him but also hope there’s going to be a resolution within herself or from out in the world somewhere. When another Stephen shows up, she can’t help wondering if… It’s hard not to transfer her love for the old Stephen and her desire for things to be different onto this Stephen. It’s very human for her to do that.” – Rachel McAdams

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