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Movies to binge watch if you loved everything, everywhere at once

There’s a lot of fuss surrounding the outstanding Multiverse film everything everywhere at once due to its overwhelming commercial success and solid critical acclaim. Michelle Yeoh won the Best Actress – Feature, Musical or Comedy category at the 80th Golden Globes Awards for her somber portrayal of a weary Chinese-American woman. This film also bagged five statuettes at the Critics Choice Awards.

Directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, popularly known as Daniels, the film is expected to garner several Oscar nominations as well.

As a real entertainer, the film takes you on a crazy adventure. Fans enjoyed the film’s fast-paced storytelling, breakneck-speed plot twists, fraught with bizarre and perplexing dangers, incredible action sequences, plenty of comedy, and of course, some brilliant acting from the leads Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, and Jamie Lee Curtis. Despite all these elements working well together everything everywhere at once his screenplay remains his hero. The trend of focusing a film around the theme of a character using their newfound powers to slip in and out of parallel universes isn’t new, but it guarantees success if packaged well and in a refreshing way.

An appeal for a multiverse in pop culture is certainly here to stay and the success of Everything everywhere at once is evidence of this fact.

Why are filmmakers and fans obsessed with the concept of the multiverse?

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Michelle Yeoh in a still Everywhere at once. Image: Courtesy of IMDb

Movies in the Marvel franchise have long benefited from this popular genre of multiple universes coexisting in timelines other than Earth. Even NASA has studied this phenomenon in depth.

According to NASA, the multiverse is a result of inflation. This phenomenon explains an early expansion of our universe before the Big Bang theory. The vastness, allure, and excitement associated with this belief have inspired storytellers to bring this topic to the forefront of pop culture discourse.

Already addicted to this genre? Here are some films based on a similar theme that will have you firmly pinned to the edge of your seat with a nerve-wracking urgency to watch them all at once. But before that, let’s understand the reason for the popularity of this concept.

Add these movies to your watch list if you can’t get over it Everything everywhere at once

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)

Directed by: Sam Raimi

Pour: Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong and Chiwetel Ejiofor

Summary: Doctor Strange (Cumberbatch) travels through various multiverses to stop an evil metahuman from destroying the world. He encounters different versions of himself in other universes and takes support from other Marvel superheroes such as Wanda Maximoff (Olsen) and Wong (Benedict).

About the film: The film is a great sequel to Marvel’s magnum opus Avengers: Endgame (2019) and is an other character crossover between the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and the Marvel comic book franchise.

Awards Won: Best Music for Danny Elfman at the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, US in 2022.

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    Coral (2009)

Directed by: Heinrich Seilick

Pour: Dakota Fanning (voice), Teri Hatcher (voice) and John Hodgman (voice)

Summary: Caroline Jones (voiced by Fanning) is a bored child with busy parents who sometimes neglect her. She finds a door to an alternate universe where she meets her other mother and father, a happy version of her parents. But is this real or just a trap?

About the film: This film falls under the children’s horror film genre and was marketed as a “brave kids” film because of its content.

Awards Won: Nominated for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year at the Academy Awards, USA 2010.

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Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Directed by: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo

Pour: Josh Brolin (voice), Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo

Summary: This MCU magnum opus continues the storyline Avengers: Infinity War (2018) where the world is in danger as Thanos (Brolin) has become invincible and ready to destroy the world. All Avengers gather and travel through alternate universes to find a solution that could save the world.

About the film: This film broke many box office records and became a top film in the top 50 grossing films of all time. The total collections are over US$858.37 million (INR70,185 million) and the film was the last of phase 3 of the MCU.

Awards Won: Best Achievement in Visual Effects nominations for Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Matt Aitken and Daniel Sudick at the 2020 Academy Awards US.

The One (2001)

Directed by: James Wong

Pour: Jet Li, Carla Gugino and Delroy Lindo

Summary: Based on interdimensional time travel, the film revolves around Gabe (Li) who must destroy all versions of himself in all parallel universes and become “The One” in order to save the world instead of becoming “The One” like other rogue agents.

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Mr Nobody (2009)

Directed by: Jaco van Dormael

Pour: Jared Leto, Sarah Polley and Diane Kruger

Summary: Mr. Nobody or the protagonist (Leto) struggles to make a definitive decision in his life. He sees his life unfolding in alternate realities where he struggles with various problems. The film explores the “butterfly effect” on him traversing multiverses as he can’t make up his mind.

Awards Won: EFA People’s Choice Award for Dormael at the 2010 European Film Awards.

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Starship Enterprise (2009)

Directed by: JJ Abrams

Pour: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana and Simon Pegg

Summary: A reboot of the popular American classic of the same name, star trek takes place in a parallel universe that follows the spaceship USS Enterprise and its adventures. The plot revolves around Nero (Bana) who plans to destroy humanity. James T. Kirk (Pine) and Spock (Quinto) question his evil motives.

Awards Won: Best Achievement in Make-up for Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow at the Academy Awards in USA in 2010.

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Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

Directed by: JonWatts

Pour: Tom Holland, Zendaya and Benedict Cumberbatch

Summary: The film revolves around Spiderman (Holland) and his various versions from alternate universes. dr Strange (Cumberbatch) plays an important role as a mentor to Spiderman.

About the film: The film is based on Marvel’s comic book and came after fans raved Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018). The film was a smash hit, winning major awards at various awards shows.

Awards Won: Nominated for Best Achievement in Visual Effects for Kelly Port, Chris Waegner, Scott Gemstone and Daniel Sudick at the Academy Awards, US in 2022.

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