Movies can seem like windows into other worlds. From the audience’s perspective, cinema or television screens allow us to gaze into lives and adventures outside the scope of possibility.

In a grand and quite literal example, Thor: The Dark World will take audiences on a tour of the Marvel cinematic universe’s cosmic back yard. From the battlefields of Vanaheim to the bleak, barren crags of Svartalfheim, our favorite God of Thunder and his allies do a good deal of hopping back and forth through the Nine Realms of the Thor mythos.

All this interplanetary travel has us fondly remembering other films that take the idea of “portals into other worlds” literally – wherein both the characters and the audience jump through the looking glass and into ever stranger lands. Join us as we embark on a retrospective of the films that took us through portals and into the worlds beyond.

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