A big new exciting Marvel movie is about to hit theaters and everyone will be talking about it on the school playground. But should they be?

Dr. Strange in the multiverse of madnessThe sequel to Dr. Strange from 2016, has the same rating as Spider-Man: No way home.

And yet, probably the film by renowned horror director Sam Raimi is Marvel’s version of a horror film. From the fears of jumping, to the many characters who meet their end, to the unpleasant presence of the souls of the damned, the film may be scarier for those less sensitive than us. Is it generally suitable for impatient young viewers? Let’s discuss below.

What is the actual rating of Doctor Strange 2?

Dr. Strange has a PG-13 rating in the multiverse of madness. According to the Motion Picture Association’s film evaluation systemPG-13 rating means “some materials may not be suitable for children under 13”.

It says, “Parents are urged to be careful.” Parents are also sometimes “strongly warned”, according to a recent MPA bulletinwhen it comes to this assessment.

When the recent Spider-Man: No Way Home also had its violent moments, Doctor Strange 2 differs stylistically. Its sinister elements of horror and the number of murders are much larger than the previous ones, including several death scenes that are on the verge of visceral and nasty. Let’s discuss more in the next section.

Is Dr. Strange 2 scarier than other Marvel movies?

Raimi is known for directing the original Sony Spider-Man trilogy with Toby Maguire, but he is also a notable director of horror films, mainly for the Evil Dead franchise.

Raimi wears some of these horror styles in the sequel to Dr. Strange (Scott Derrickson, another horror film director, tackled the original.) Just read this excerpt from our CNET Review:

The first parts of the film can be taken from a comic book from the 1960s, when a monster threatened a woman pushing a cart on a colorful street in New York. But as the film progressed, the horror intensified. The villain’s monstrous power is signaled by fears of jumping and sinister horror movies that unfold to the most feared final battle you’ll probably see in a family-friendly blockbuster.

With that in mind, Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is still a 40% Marvel movie. He sticks to the fun brand of superhero dishes, including damn books that are no worse than a math test.

So, should you let your child watch?

The MPA rating system is administered by an independent department called the Classification and Rating Administration (CARA), through a board consisting of an independent group of parents. If you are satisfied with their assessment, then children aged 13 and over should be good to keep watching the movie. If you are still on the fence, you can head to @FilmRatings on Twitter for daily updates and find out more about how the movie rating system works The CARA website.


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