While the multiverse concept has been around for awhile, the genre was only popularised recently. Conversations grew in the Spider-Man fandom, especially with the introduction Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland’s rendition. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse also played an important role in propagating the multiverse to the masses. But it was the recent blockbusters such as Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness and Everything Everywhere All at Once that placed it under the limelight.

Can’t get enough of the multiverse? We’ve curated a list of the best multiverse movies for you to binge this weekend.

1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

Produced by Columbia Pictures and Sony, in association with Marvel, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse stars Miles Morales as the new Spider-Man.

Not only is this the first computed-animated film, it is the first movie in the franchise that mentions the multiverse. Winner of the Best Animated Feature at the 91st Academy Awards, the story revolves around Morales, as he teams up with Spider-People from other worlds to defeat the antagonist.

2. Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

The movie trailer that broke the internet…

Spider-Man: No Way Home is the third movie of Marvel’s Spider-Man franchise. Mysterio, the antagonist of the second movie, revealed Spider-Man’s identity. Peter Parker asks Doctor Strange, played by Tom Holland and Benedict Cumberbatch respectively, to cast a spell to conceal his identity. The spell goes wrong, opening the multiverse and attracting visitors from alternate universes to enter his.

Not only is the groundbreaking movie vital in introducing Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it was a movie of nostalgia. It features Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield- the Spider-Man actors of the first two franchises- along with their villain counterparts.

3. Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness (2022)

Doctor Strange commented in Spider-Man: No Way Home, “we know very little about the multiverse.”

That is until, a teen with the ability to traverse the multiverse ends up in his reality. 

Directed by Sam Raimi, the man behind the Toby Maguire Spider-Man franchise, Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness, introduces more bite-sized information of the complex multiverse.

America Chavez, played by Xochitl Gomez, accidentally ends up in Strange’s universe in a pursuit. The duo winds up in multiple universes as they attempt to escape Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen.

We recommend watching the following films to gain a better understanding of the characters’ circumstances. WandaVision, which explains Wanda’s motives in this film, What If, which introduces some of the characters in the alternate universe, and Loki, which touches on parallel universes.

4. Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)

This film is described as a ‘swirl of genre anarchy’. Everything Everywhere All at Once stars Michelle Yeah, a Chinese-American woman who discovers she must connect with different versions of herself to save the multiverse from annihilation.

The three-part movie hinges on dark comedy and the science-fiction to discuss the Asian American identity, existentialism, and nihilism.

5. Coraline (2009)

Who said cartoons were only meant for children?

Coraline explores the dark and sinister side of parallel universe. The American stop-motion horror film stars Coraline Jones, who has just moved to Oregon. She meets the landlady’s grandson, who gives her a ragdoll that resembles her. The doll guides Coraline to a small door in the house, which is the portal to a parallel world, where she meets a more caring version of her parents. But of course, things are not always as ideal as they seem.

The film received universal acclaimation, winning the Best Character Design and Best Production Design, and Best Music in Animated Feature Production during the Annie Awards.

6. Coherence (2013)

The psychological-thriller is set in a dinner party with eight friends on the night of the passing comet. The power in the neighbourhood goes out. After a series of events, the group deduces that the comet has created a mirrored dimension; one of which will be destroyed once the comet leaves the orbit.

Coherence was filmed “without a crew and a script”, as described by Director James Ward Byrkit. All he did was provide the cast with a basic outline of their characters, and the camera began to roll.

7. Happy Death Day 2U (2019)

Most people will only experience death once. But not Ryan. The protagonist of Happy Death Day 2U relives his day over and over again after being murdered by a mysterious killer known as Babyface.

The storyline is similar to its prequel- Happy Death Day- where the protagonist repeats the day until she manages to survive the murder. However, Ryan learns that the world he winds up in is slightly different from the previous. He theorises that his death not only reverses time, but sends him into a different dimension all together.

8. The One (2001)

How egoistic do you have to be to be jealous of yourself? The answer is: very.

The One takes place is a dystopian where its populace is aware of the multiverse. Gabriel Yulaw, played by Jet Li, seeks to hunt down every variation of himself in alternate worlds. By killing them and absorbing their life energies, Yulaw believes tha he will evolve into a supreme being titled ‘The One’.

9. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

What if the multiverse isn’t confined to a reality, but extends to one’s consciousness?

Teenager Tina Gray, played by Amanda Wyss, dreams of a disfigured man assaulting her. Only, it wasn’t a dream, as her death was reported the next morning. Her friends also begin to experience nightmares. Nightmares that resulted in real-life consequences, just like Gray’s death after she dreamt of a brutal murder.

Film critics applaud its ability to muddy the boundaries of reality and dreams. It’s touted as one of the greatest horror films; its success birthed five sequels, a television series, crossovers and remakes. 

10. Black Mirror 

This British television series explores a darker side of the multiverse.

Each episode explores a diversity of genres that centers around a near-future dystopian that is moulded by a science fiction technology. For instance, a system that allows parents to monitor their children’s health and emotions state. Or worse, a device that deems how compatible you are with your partner, forcefully separating the pair if the score is too low.

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