'Multiverse of Madness' requires work, still satisfies

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Xochitl Gomez and Rachel McAdams navigate the "Multiverse of Madness" in the "Doctor Strange" sequel.

As I'd anticipated, "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" was well exceeded by "Everything Everywhere All at Once" as a free-for-all romp across multiple universes, but what I suspect surprised a lot of moviegoers over the weekend is the "Multiverse of Madness" pales even in comparison to "Spider-Man: No Way Home," which benefited from focusing more on fan service than on fan homework.

While I'd still defend the "Doctor Strange" sequel as a solidly entertaining and well-made Marvel Cinematic Universe film, it is also very much an MCU film, which means it exists in small part to move...

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