At night, when the sky is glistening with millions of stars, there may be the realization that our humans are extremely small compared to the ever-growing universe (s). Therefore, if we who inhabit one planet and exist within a massive galaxy are so small, then the question arises that there should be more outside of the life we know. The multiverse theory and multi-world hypothesis delve deeper into this thought with concepts of parallel universes and even changed empires that seem like nothing we are used to. The complexity and ambiguity of the topic made it the catalyst for decades of discussion, experimentation, and, most importantly for our purposes, entertaining movies.
The series of possibilities regarding the multiverse means that the topic spanned many film genres, such as dramas, thrillers, horror, and even romance. These movies give an insight into the desire that many people have to change their past or live a completely different life, as well as the terrible impact it can have on the future (and even the psychology of the present). However, they also convey how unlimited the multiverse can be and explore the idea that many worlds can exist simultaneously. With the Marvel Cinematic Universe fast becoming a staggering major multiverse gaining endless popularity and box office figures, and the very highly anticipated Doctor Strange in the Versatile of Madness let’s watch the best movies about the multiverse and the multi-world theory.
5 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
The Chronicles of Narnia was the fantasy film that made kids all over the world peek into the back of their wardrobes. Based on the CS Lewis novel (and Christian allegory) of the same name, this first in the epic series of films is about four children (Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy) who were evacuated and sent during the Blitz against England in World War II. to live in the countryside. During their stay, they find a wardrobe that leads them to the fantasy world of Narnia, where they make an alliance with the creator of Narnia, Aslan, against the evil forces of the White Witch. The discovery of talking Lions and friendly Fauns by simply looking in an old wardrobe created a phenomenon around the world, which gave fans hope that the key to a beautifully enchanted empire was not out of reach, that there is another world hidden within and parallel to our own. It is no surprise that a film that encourages such a sense of wonder as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe would achieve global success, earns a staggering $ 745 million at the box office and receive positive reviews. Following the achievements of the first film, two more episodes entered the Narnia universe with Prince Caspian (2008) and finally The Journey of the Dawn Treader (2010). Although not as high-profile as the first film, these sequels are still adored by fans and the franchise has earned a total of $ 1.5 billion worldwide. It is a hopeful film that may not explore the science of the multiverse, but certainly traces one of the central hopes around it – that all is not lost, that there are worlds in which some things can still be fixed.
4 Looper (2012)
Directed by Rian Johnson (also known for the brilliant Brick and Knives out), Looper revolves around contemporary (2044) contract killers called runners hired by criminal syndicates from the future (2074) to end victims who are sent back through time. To hide their association with the syndicate, any loopmakers that survive until 2074 are sent back and killed by their younger selves, thus closing the loop. However, a problem arises when Joe (Joseph-Gordon-Levitt) fails to kill his parent himself (Bruce Willis) and subsequently faces serious consequences. This film highlights the importance of past decisions and how sacrifices sometimes need to be made to ensure a better future. While the emphasis is on time travel, the science behind it depends on the multi-world hypothesis, which also gives the film a more epic scope. With in-depth performances of the cast and a wonderfully intricate plot, Looper has won numerous awards, including the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Sci-Fi / Grill Movie. This movie raises the idea that we might exist in a different form somewhere else in the multiverse, forcing one to think about the disturbing situation of being confronted with an alternative version of themselves.
3 The Butterfly Effect (2004)
With Ashton Kutcher in one of his more serious roles, The butterfly effect focuses on a college student who, after suffering from blackouts and memory loss throughout his childhood, later discovers that he can travel back in time and inhabit his former self during his blackout periods. With his mature mind conscious in his younger body, he tries to change the past and eventually change the present to improve the lives of himself and his friends. Like all time travel troublemakers, however, there are consequences, and the interesting aspect here is how shifting past events in one iteration of the universe outward and affects every universe in the multiverse (like the old saying about a butterfly flapping its wings in one place and causing a typhoon in another). The butterfly effect is actually a heartbreaking movie that deals with the psychological trauma of childhood and the impact it has on adulthood. It describes the fork-in-the-road decisions that life offers and the desire that many have to return to the past to reform their future. Although The butterfly effect did not receive criticism, it was a financial success and earned $ 96.8 million at the box office from a $ 13 million budget. Two straight-to-video sequels were made that had nothing to do with the first film or with each other and were both aired by critics, but the original is a defiant, dark classic.
2 Tenet (2020)
The majority of otherworldly movies focus on a single alternative universe, but Starting point looks like a maze of empires that needs to be reformed until it reflects a single coherent piece. From Oscar-winning director Christopher Nolan, Starting point follows a secret agent who learns to manipulate the flow of time to prevent an attack from the future that threatens to destroy the present world. With John David Washington and Robert Pattinson, the film contains epic scenes as timelines in the multiverse overlap with each other, creating gripping action sequences of characters fighting alternate versions of themselves and high-speed motor chases in reverse gear. Although the movie is a lot to digest and some have called it “astonishing, “it is this complexity that makes it an instant classic within the science fiction world, as the audience, along with the characters, struggle to endure the time loop. To earn a modest $ 363 million versus a $ 200 million budget due to the limitations of the pandemic, Starting point has been credited with preventing the closure of thousands of movie theaters and has won several awards, including the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. There has been no talk of a sequel yet, and considering that this film Christopher Nolan took more than five years to write, it’s clear we will not hear about it anytime soon.
1 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
The first major, theatrical release animated film in the Spider man franchise, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse uses his incredible animation to tell the story of a young boy named Miles Morales as he becomes the new Spider-Man and joins the other Spider-People from parallel universes to save his universe from the criminal lord, Kingpin. This movie gave refreshing and progressive versions of the Spider-People, as they were all ages, sizes and sometimes not even human, as one would expect from the multiverse. Along with the exciting plot and humor, this film featured a unique Spider-Man as opposed to what audiences are used to. Miles Morales comes from a Puerto Rican and African-American background, and all of his family members are still alive. This new depiction of Spider man was greatly favored by fans and critics, with the film winning the best animated film at the 91st Oscars and garnering numerous awards at the Golden Globes. With the multiversum, the feature of a pair admire movies lately, fans are eager to see how far the multi-world theory can go, especially if it relates to their favorite heroes. Their wish has been fulfilled as two sequels of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will be released on October 7, 2022 and an unknown date in 2023, respectively.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller have revealed that each dimension in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse will have its own animation style.
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