9. Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness
One of the big recent critiques of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been how incredibly unadventurous its exploration of the multiverse has been, especially in the wake of something as phenomenally creative as Everything Everywhere All At Once.
This reached an apex in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, a film which was hyped up as an impossibly weird, insane, and scary take on the multiverse, courtesy of horror legend Sam Raimi.
Yet at the end of the day, Multiverse of Madness is still an incredibly safe and neutered take on the abstract, ridiculous, and horrifying potential of the multiverse.
Outside of the famous Illuminati sequence and Zombie Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), it just doesn't get zany enough, especially with Raimi involved.
The film spends less time immersing us in the multiverse's truly off-the-wall potential and more showing us worlds where... the traffic lights are different colours.
It would be disingenuous to say that the film isn't without its creatively wild moments, but not nearly enough of them.
Rather than taking a hallucinogenic tumble down the multiversal rabbit-hole, it feels more like a window that was cracked open for just a few scant moments before being slammed shut.
Even within the confines of the PG-13 rating, there's a curious lack of creativity to the universes encountered throughout the film.