In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022), Christine Palmer first asks Dr. Strange “Are You Happy?” She asks this question at her own wedding, following a short conversation about how close they used to be, suggesting that Strange and Palmer used to have some sort of relationship that never worked out.
Stephen Strange then states that “of course” he is happy. How could he not be? After all, he is Dr. Strange, a famous superhero, part of the team called Avengers, and he has superpowers. Who wouldn’t want that? Is this not happiness in itself? The scene leaves us with an impression that Dr. Strange perhaps is somewhat unhappy, even if he doesn’t show it or wants to admit it.
We then meet Wanda Maximoff (aka Scarlet Witch) who is suffering over the fact that she doesn’t have a family, craving for one almost on a delusional level. This comes as a continuation of WandaVision, where Wanda is trying to bring back Vision, her synthezoid (android) lover, to life as she grieves deeply over his death in Avengers: Infinity War (2018) in hands of Thanos.
This gives rise to the events of the Multiverse of Madness (which I don’t want to spoil any further). Yet, the question of “are you happy?” still persists as a central theme of the movie, being mentioned 4 more times during the movie.
Here we dive into character backstory, character development, and their psychological profiles:
- Doctor Strange has fame and superpowers, but he does not have a girl (Christine Palmer).
- Wanda Maximoff (aka Scarlet Witch) grieves over wanting to have a family
- America Chavez lost her parents due to the accidental use of her own powers, and
- Christine Palmer has no superpowers but has feelings for Dr Strange
Are You Happy? – Answer by Optimal Happiness
Overall, we see that:
- Relationships, such as love, family, and friends define a sense of happiness on a deep level
- Accomplishments, such as desires for glory, prestige, and superpowers are glorified as the ultimate goal of happiness in our modern society, but often (such as in the case of Dr. Strange) they are not enough to give us the ultimate happiness.
- Sense of purpose drives our lives (such as it does all characters in the Marvel Universe), but again, it is not enough to make someone happy.
Indeed, the question “Are you happy?” drives our lives on a deep level. People do a lot to reach this elusive goal, often risking a lot to assure their own happiness (or lack of unhappiness), sometimes at the cost of everyone and everything else. Certainly, this is an egoistic view of life and in the modern world, we know how much people are suffering because they put their own egos above that of the collective need.
Lastly, let me ask you, the reader: “Are you happy?” Chances are that you are not as happy as you want to be, just because who is happy in this economy? Yet, my message is consistent: you can be happy no matter who you are and where or when you live. Just learn our Optimal Happiness formula and become the happiest person you can be, taking care of this part of life once and for all.