Marvel could learn from Everything Everywhere All at Once for the MCU

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Sometimes a title says it all.

The latest entry in our ongoing list of Best Movies of 2022, Everything everywhere at once is a delicious potpourri of genres, from liaison comedy to generational drama. It begins with a relatively simple storyline: can mother and daughter learn to appreciate their conflicting worldviews? But instead of taking the most direct route from point A to point B, All Directors The Daniels doodle around the map, expanding the journey through a multiverse more human and relatable than the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Instead of a superhero, we follow a laundromat owner’s midterm review by the IRS. Instead of a multiverse of madness, we get a multiverse of sadness (sorry, we can’t help it) as a mother tries to tear down what she perceives to be her daughter’s nihilism. Instead of an action film devoid of sex and romance, we get a fight scene where men draw their strength from improvised butt plugs, and a story about the deep power of love.

This is Tasha Robinson making this the multiverse masterpiece of our time:

“Even in a multiverse of endless possibilities, we probably won’t see a film like this again. But at the same time it means that every moment of Everything everywhere is an exciting unknown. There’s no telling where a Daniels project will travel at any given moment: up a character’s ass or into their wildest dreams. Sometimes it’s both at once.”

Keeping up with the MCU is fun, like watching a juggler add more and more balls to her performance until it seems impossible to stop so many things from falling to the ground. But for all the attention the MCU’s creators are devoting to the story, they seem to care less and less about why they’re telling these stories. Beyond the occasional wink at real-life issues, what do they have to say? Everything everywhere at once could be accused of saying too much. But honestly, let’s take this over the alternative.

If you like going to the cinema, the film has our unreserved recommendation. And if you don’t feel comfortable going to the nearest cineplex, that’s okay too. We have curated our five favorite films with the leading roles Everything everywhere Star Michelle Yeoh. All of them are available on streaming services from the comfort of your home!

One final note: whether you’re watching or not Everything everywhere at once, You should read our interview with the legendary and prolific James Hong, who once again delivers an unforgettable performance in the film. At 93, Hong is still doing some of his best work.


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The best of the rest

A collage image featuring Morbius, Ghost Rider, Darkman and Blade.

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