Sam Raimi has brought all his choices and signatures classic style to the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe offering, Doctor Strange in a multiverse of madness. As would be expected with the Raimi films, Bruce Campbell made a cameo as a street food seller, referred to as Pizza Poppa. Pizza Bubba has a fight with Doctor Strange, who, in turn, curses him for slapping himself uncontrollably… for three weeks. The gag comes full circle in the post-credits scene, when Bubba’s pizza is finally able to stop beating itself, breaks the fourth wall and proudly announces to the audience, “It’s over!” before it turns black. Many fans were disappointed that the post-credits scene was goofy, but it actually achieves a certain catharsis used in tragic theater to take audiences out of the narrative by making them laugh so well.
Post-credits to Dr. Strange 2 meet genre requirements
The multiverse of madness It’s the MCU’s first serious post with the horror genre apart from what if…? Zombie ring. Bloody and violent death scenes, scary jumping and even giving Dr. Strange zombies The multiverse of madness All the trappings of a horror movie. give The multiverse of madness The horror therapy works well not only because of the magical powers of the two main characters but also because it deals directly with themes of loss and grief through the character Scarlet Witch / Wanda Maximoff. The movie darkens with just how far Wanda is willing to go to fulfill her biggest wish: to be reunited with her twin sons Billy and Tommy in a world where they can all be together. Like the horror genre, tragedy shares similar themes of loss, despair, and an inability to deal with grief.
The ancient Greeks put in their poetry competitions the formula of effective tragic theatre. A cycle of three tragic plays was paired with sinister and funny satire that provided necessary heft to witness the emotional suffering of the proud characters’ attempts to circumvent fate—another theme. Wanda is involved with many tragic heroines Like Medea and Antigone. Elizabethan playwrights (and contemporary Shakespeare’s Globe) continued this tradition. After each stage performance, the entire cast performed a dance in costume to signify the end. Post-credits goof Campbell scene The multiverse of madness It follows in this long theatrical tradition that a serious and tragic performance ends with a comedic gag—one that references Raimi’s most famous role in Campbell—to release the tension.
Why did Dr. Gharib 2’s post-credits work so well
When Campbell’s Pizza Bubba appears in the post-credits scene of Breaking the Fourth Wall and saying in no uncertain terms that both his curse and his performance are, he breaks audiences from the dramatic narrative tension that has been building up over the course of the two-hour film. Although fans tune in to the post-credits scenes to see what the MCU does next, the fourth wall-breaking trend does exactly what it needs to do: signal the end of the performance and tell the audience to enter the real world over and over again. Al-Rimi cleverly uses his signature by placing Campbell in all his films and references Evil died To bring some comedic relief to a dark and morally questionable area dive film during two hours of on-screen traffic.
While the MCU typically uses post-credits scenes to tease out future films and characters, the shift toward using them as a form of catharsis may actually help the closure. Very valid criticisms of the MCU often come down to the idea that it is not standalone and requires a lot of basic knowledge of the franchise for newcomers. One way to move toward keeping them self-sufficient is to phase out the post-credits scene that hints at future projects and make it a funny gag reference to the events of the film, as Raimi does in The multiverse of madness. No matter what one thinks of the post-credits scene, it’s a goofy gag with a long theatrical history behind it allowing Raimi to make this MCU movie his own.
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