Some may call the Television and idiot box but I have learnt many things from my years of TV addiction. As a child I understood the difference between sausage, ham and steak because of the Tom and Jerry cartoons. I knew what a jet pack was because of Jetsons. And before Jurassic Park, dinosaurs were not alien to me because of the Flintstones. Now, with the TV actually turning into a source of mediocre forms of entertainment, I focus more on TV Series, from America and UK. I have learned about Tracheotomy from House M.D. and such other trivia.
Recently I have been watching a few series which have a lingering theme in them, it makes sense to have that common thread run through them because they are also part of the same Marvel Universe. Yes, I am talking about the series of The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Legends of tomorrow. Combine that with my tryst with Doctor Strange in the theaters, this one concept has been intriguing me. The same theory was mentioned in The Big Bang Theory, as something Sheldon believes in, which got me thinking, Multiverse theory is not just part of comic books it is possibly something scientific. Then I re watched Interstellar and as with all Christopher Nolan movies, each time you watch them you become aware of a nuance you had missed earlier. This Multiverse theory was everywhere.
Like all millennials, if I can call myself that, I turned to the internet for my answers.Here is some basics about what is Multiverse?
The multiverse (or meta-universe) is the hypothetical set of possible universes, including the universe in which we live. Together, these universes comprise everything that exists: the entirety of space, time, matter, energy, and the physical laws and constants that describe them. The various universes within the multiverse are called “parallel universes”, “other universes” or “alternative universes”.
This comes from Wikipedia and for more details do check out the link here.
In fact most of the comics characters we have grown up with from DC comics and Marvel comics have always been intermingling the stories from their different worlds sometimes bringing all the superheroes into the same world and time. Hence, we have the Avengers and Justice League. One is given more story lines and better stories with this intersection of time and space but sometimes, too much playing around with the time and space concepts can hurt your head in the audience trying to understand everything that is going on. In fact 2017 Oscar nominated movie Arrival also speaks about it to some degree, not the multi verse theory as such but the concept of Non linear time. The same kind of concept of time, was referred to in Interstellar. Our understanding of time is linear, currently, in some future time or in the case of Alien travelling across the universe to meet us may see and understand time in a non linear fashion. Here is link on the Linear vs Non Linear view of time.
The more I am reading about this, the more I am intrigued and after watching Arrival, I am beginning to grasp the concepts much better. Of course, one must understand that these are theories which have several anti-theories too. But for the time being this science fiction and comic book fan is happy.