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a new low for Marvel’s digital gloop factory

“You Doctor Stranges are all the same,” says Rachel McAdams’ Christine Palmer, as Benedict Cumberbatch’s swift sorceress embarks on another risky mission with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. Christine, who is something of a Multiverse fanatic, refers to the different versions of Marvel’s goateed hero that exist in different realities.

But at this point, she might as well be referring to the Marvel movies themselves, which have become largely indistinguishable blobs of digital gloop. If you enjoy watching a handful of randomly selected branded characters cracking jokes, arguing, and moping while pretending to fly around and launching fireballs at the virtual landscape, you’ll get another two hours off here.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is the second film dedicated to Cumberbatch’s character, although it’s also linked to a number of other franchise entries, including the Disney+ series WandaVision – which co-launched Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings , was the last time this now noticeably sluggish franchise had a crack in its stride.

Both WandaVision and Shang-Chi were only released last year, although the sheer volume of Marveliana that’s been tapped into since then – four more series and two more features that add up to 24 hours and 43 minutes of superhero record spinning – makes it feel like it if they showed up sometime during the steam age.

The latest flare-up revolves around Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), aka the Scarlet Witch, who is desperate to relocate to a timeline where she is a stay-at-home mother of twins, rather than a bitter childless recluse. (In Michael Waldron’s screenplay, motherhood turns out to be little more than an excuse for an interdimensional killing spree: there’s not much discernible human emotion.) The answer to her problems is America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), a young woman with the ability to jumping between realities at will, so she calls a giant marauding octopus to New York City to capture her, which is certainly one way to do so.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/films/0/doctor-strange-multiverse-madness-review-new-low-marvels-digital/ a new low for Marvel’s digital gloop factory

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