George RR Martin Shares His Strong Reaction to Doctor Strange 2

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the most recent blockbuster from Marvel Studios, was generally well received by fans and critics alike. The MCU movie saw the titular Master of the Mystic Arts thrown through several parallel dimensions alongside teen powerhouse America Chavez. Throughout the plot, Dr. Strange and America are chased by a deranged Wanda Maximoff who wants to kill young Chavez and use her abilities for her own twisted ends.

A somewhat dark-sounding premise, but all in all a fun movie experience, most would agree. This even caught the attention of some prominent high-ups in the entertainment industry, including George RR Martin.

Martin is, of course, best known for writing the fantasy novel series called A song of ice and firethat were adapted into HBO’s mega-hit original series, Game of Thrones† He is known to love Marvel Comics, something he was never afraid to share. In fact, the Hugo award-winning author once cited Stan Lee himself as one of his greatest literary influences.

For someone so enamored with the Marvel universe, he certainly has opinions about the movie output as well.

Game of Thrones Creator ‘Loved’ Multiverse of Madness

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On his personal website A song of ice and fire author George RR Martin gave his review of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

“Over the past couple of years, with covid and all, I’ve fallen way behind on my cinema visits. That’s a shame, as I loved going to the cinema… in a cinema, ideally. Hell, I have a cinema” And we have still the best popcorn in santa fe! However, we did not have a DR. STRANGE AND THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS. Otherwise I might have seen it sooner. However, Parris and I finally caught it a few days ago, and…I have to say, I loved it.”

The author detailed some of his favorite elements of the film, with high praise for director Sam Raimi and the inclusion of Clea (as played by Charlize Theron.)

“Sam Raimi has always been one of my favorite directors. And Dr. Strange has always been one of my favorite Marvel characters. And this version of Dr. Strange, slipping through portals into surreal dimensions full of floating things and alternate realities, was the Doctor I fell in love with way back when the world was young (and me too). They even gave us CLEA! I love Clea!”

Martin then went on to tell the story of how he attended the first comic book convention that ever existed and met the legendary Marvel artist, and the man who created Doctor Strange, Steve Ditko himself:

“Seeing this film brought back a fond memory of the day I attended the world’s first comicon, in 1964 in Greenwich Village. I was fifteen years old. The whole scam was held in a small room in a sort of union hall, with street vendors selling old comics from cardboard boxes along a wall, and the loudspeakers on a stage in the front.Fantastic Flo Steinberg showed up…and so did Steve Ditko.It was possibly the only comic he ever attended… but I need to talk and tell him how much I loved his art Especially about Dr Strange Ditko was reserved maybe a little shy but genius enough He told me Dr Strange was his favorite too Yes even more than Spider-Man. He’s still one of the best comic book artists to ever pick up a pencil, in my not-so-humble opinion. Anyway… MULTIVERSE woke up the sleeping Marvel fanboy in me, and that was a pleasure great member of the Merry Marvel Marching Society.”

Is George RR Martin an MCU fan?

Considering that Martin, as he himself admits, hadn’t been to the movies that much in recent years, it’s probably safe to say he’s not a die-hard fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But his love for Marvel and his sense of world building is obvious. It’s also evident the reverence he has for the titans of the comic book industry, such as Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

Seriously, for such a prolific and respected author, it’s a great credit to list Stan Lee as his biggest influence. A song of ice and fire is known for its world-building and how elaborate that universe feels to readers. This has translated into television adaptation. Game of Thrones was for a time considered the pinnacle of hookup viewing and was consistently one of the most popular shows on TV.

And to think that George RR Martin was so inspired by the pages of Marvel Comics, with Doctor Strange as his favorite character.

Marvel Studios Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now streaming on Disney+ and will be available for digital and physical home release beginning Tuesday, July 26.

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