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Shakespeare Plays as Described in Marvel Quotes

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Shakespeare plays are tough. Everyone’s always saying stuff like “I am but mad north-north-west” and “ere the bat hath flown / his cloister’d flight” as if anybody has the foggiest idea what either of those things mean.

But what if you were to take the maddening, unknowable world of Shakespeare and plop it right down in the middle of something comforting and familiar? For instance: the Marvel movies. I am never feeling more at home than when I am watching hot people generate incalculable property damage with superpowers. For those who feel similarly, here are some of Shakespeare’s best-known plays, summed up in a single quote from the MCU.