May 13, 2022 - 18 min
Reflections on Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. Movies about superheroes will not be realistic, but good films should take their own stories seriously. One of the most significant talking points in Marvel’s franchises is the Blip, in which half of all living things disappeared for five years, but comprehensively, life went on pretty much generally for those who survived. Matthew Yglesias uses lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic to explain why the actual scenario would have had enormous, sweeping consequences that were nowhere to be seen in the movies.