The very first Marvel Studios feature to hit cinema screens this year is just hours away from release here in Ireland, and if these reactions are anything to go by, fans are in for a horrifying treat.

Sam Raimi has seemingly done the unexpected and created the MCU's first horror film. Early 'Doctor Strange 2' reactions have lucky viewers all excited about others seeing the new comic book story unfold.

Critics and other early viewers of 'Multiverse of Madness' have been sharing their thoughts about the second Benedict Cumberbatch-led entry, and the feedback is, generally speaking, overwhelmingly positive.

Raimi, the helmer of the very first 'Spider-Man' trilogy, and also a lover of all things horror ('Evil Dead' and 'Drag Me to Hell') is being praised for pushing the MCU boundaries to a "twisted" level in the feature. Plus, it seems that Elizabeth Olsen's Wanda is the pinnacle (and scene-stealer) of the action film. Oh, and there are believed to be plenty of surprises along the way.

Some early reactions tout "kaleidoscopic, trippy visuals", "dark and wildly imaginative", "huge surprises", "creepy campy groovy" and a "Raimi signature" to boot. However, there has been some criticism for the film, with some saying the feature lacks coherency and suffers from being a bit "meh".

A word to those who wish to enter into the cinema this weekend avoiding spoilers - don't search #DoctorStrange on Twitter - it's a minefield.

Here are the spoiler-free early 'Doctor Strange 2' reactions that people have been sharing online.

'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' premieres in Irish cinemas on Thursday, May 5.