The 100 Most Popular Gizmodo Posts Of 2019

The 100 Most Popular Gizmodo Posts Of 2019

Another year has come and gone and with it so, so, so many nerd blogs. Here are the ones you, dear Gizmodo readers, clicked on the most. A big thank you and a Happy New Year to all of you.

Who could have guessed the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars, and Game of Thrones would dominate? Just about everyone, I’d wager. But don’t worry, there are a few surprises along the way, including a retro-io9 blog…


100) Returns With No Time to Spare (Literally)

It’s taken nearly two years, but the game is finally entering its final round. Last night’s long-awaited eighth season premiere was full of moments fans have been dying to see since the series began, and it advanced the story with ruthless efficiency towards its epic conclusion, too. So why did it feel so underwhelming?

99) Joaquin Phoenix Couldn’t Answer the Most Obvious Question About Joker’s Subject Matter

Because Todd Phillips’ Joker tells the relatively grounded story of a disaffected white man who goes on a terroristic rampage because he feels as if he’s been dealt a bad hand in life, there’s been an ongoing discussion about whether the movie has the potential to inspire certain viewers to model themselves (idealistically) after the titular villain.

98) In the First Trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home, Vacation Looks Far From Fun

It’s off to Europe and a date with Mysterio in the first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home, which has arrived at last!

97) The First Mulan Trailer Teases a Sweeping Warrior’s Adventure

The first trailer for Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan is here, and it’s gorgeous.

96) One of the Coolest New Mandalorian Characters (No, Not That One) Is Getting an Amazing New Toy

As we patiently refresh every single website in the world waiting for that sweet Baby Yoda merch from The Mandalorian, we’re excited to exclusively reveal another toy based on a new character introduced in the series: the Heavy Infantry Mandalorian, as part of Hasbro’s popular Black Series line.

95) Captain Marvel’s Directors Had to Be Careful Not to Show This Character Too Early

Doing so might have spoiled one of the plot’s big reveals.

The protagonist in the latest issue of the Vader anthology series has drawn some concerns from fans. (Image: David Lopez, Javi Pina, Muntsa Vicente, and Joe Caramagna, Marvel Comics)

94) Why This Week’s Darth Vader Comic Is Causing Controversy

Where Darth Vader: Dark Visions has gone, controversy has followed—mainly thanks to its origins as a replacement for another Star Wars comic project scrapped almost immediately after its announcement. But this week, it found itself enmeshed in an altogether different controversy.

93) The Game of Thrones Final Season Trailer Is Preparing Us for a Lot of Death

It’s the beginning of the end for Game of Thrones. And if our heroes fail, it might be the beginning of the end for Westeros full stop.

92) Brandon Routh Will Play Superman Again for This Year’s Crisis on Infinite Earths Crossover

Superman returns! Again. Twice over, actually.

91) The Star Wars Twitter Posted a Weird Tweet, and Fans Are Freaking Out

Ah, promotional Twitters, a regular source of both great joy and great consternation to fandom everywhere. Sometimes they bring trailers, exclusive clips, interviews, all the joys the excited fan demands. Sometimes, they bring a bounty like today’s: tweets that don’t make any sense.

90) It’s Audacious That Avengers: Endgame Even Exists

About 20 minutes into my screening of Avengers: Endgame, I started losing my mind. It was a befuddlement not necessarily caused by what was happening on screen and what it meant for the plot of the film, but because what I was seeing unfold felt like it shouldn’t exist. Or that it arguably can ever exist in another form, ever again.

89) The First Terminator: Dark Fate Trailer Has Double the Terminator Trouble

The first trailer for the third attempt at rebooting the Terminator franchise is here and, appropriately enough, the new Terminator power is in line with that.

Tony, are you still thinking about Endgame? Us too. (Photo: Disney)

88) All the Questions We Still Have After Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame is the culmination of a 22 film story that began back in 2008—so, obviously, it provides a lot of answers. And yet, much of it left us still scratching our heads in ways both good and bad. Yes, dear readers, we still have questions and, below, we’ll try to figure out the answers.

87) The Final Writing Credits for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Include a Couple Interesting Names

The Writer’s Guild of America has settled on exactly who will be getting credit for writing in the upcoming last film of the Skywalker saga, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. And the credits include a couple names you might not have expected to see.

86) 20 Questions We Have After Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and 6 That Were Answered

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is here, which means it’s over.

85) Choose Your Own Adventure Is Suing Netflix Over Bandersnatch

You’re a Vermont book publisher who owns the rights to a well-known series of books. A new movie on Netflix uses the general concept for the books. Do you wish to sue them?

84) 8 Questions Game of Thrones Will Never Answer

Game of Thrones has ended, and the results were mixed. The series did wrap up some of its biggest storylines—some a bit more confusingly than others—but a few were also abandoned early. Here’s a list of some of the mysteries we’ll never see solved…unless the showrunners pull a Russo Brothers and start over-explaining everything after the fact.

83) Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland’s Sci-Fi Drama Chaos Walking Is Apparently ‘Unreleasable’

There’s a reason Tom Holland wasn’t at the Avengers: Endgame premiere in Los Angeles this week. He’s currently in the middle of expensive reshoots for Doug Liman’s dystopian thriller Chaos Walking—a movie that’s in such rough shape, it’s reportedly “unreleasable.”

82) Game of Thrones’ Ultimate Battle Was Incredibly Epic, But Not Quite Perfect

After all these years, the White Walkers and their army arrived at Winterfell, where the amassed armies of the North and Daenerys’ troops have joined forces to fight for not just their survival, but for the survival of humanity as a whole. This battle has been teased since the show began in 2011, so it needed to be unbelievably epic—more epic than all the other epic battles the series has given us. This was a daunting task, and Game of Thrones succeeded—but somehow, this incredibly major episode doesn’t feel quite as satisfying as it should.

81) This Was The Best Star Wars Title Reveal Ever

No matter how, when or where we find out the title for Star Wars Episode IX, there’s little doubt it can touch what Lucasfilm did for Revenge of the Sith. And that includes Ewan’s red carpet realisation.

80) Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Is Here: The Good, the Bad, and the Incredible

Everywhere you look in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, there’s something to see, something to explore, or something to do. Even though it’s not 100 per cent complete, the land itself is a star. You walk in, and you instantly feel like you’ve left Disneyland in Anaheim, California and become immersed in the Star Wars universe.

79) Sony and Marvel Strike a New Deal to Keep Spider-Man in the MCU

After the shocking news that Marvel and Sony’s backroom deal to share the rights to one of the most popular superheroes in the world broke up last month, it seems the tumultuous saga is already over: the two studios have announced a new deal to co-produce a third entry in the Spider-Man: Homecoming series.

He started out as a meme, but now he’s months of work down the drain. (Image: Paramount)

78) VFX Artists Explain What It Would Actually Take to Redo Sonic the Hedgehog

After the trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, it was like a million voices cried out in laughter, then were suddenly placated. The negative response to Sonic’s look prompted director Jeff Fowler to announce that the filmmakers were going back to the drawing board. But what does that mean, how long will it take, and is this all a marketing scam? We asked a couple of actual VFX artists to fill us in.

77) The First Big Cameo of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Has Been Revealed

The final trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is still a few hours away but one of its first secrets has already been revealed. A new clip teasing the trailer’s debut has leaked online and it includes an epic shot of spaceships unlike one we’ve ever seen in Star Wars. Among those beautiful spaceships? What we think is the Ghost.

76) Rosa Salazar Wants to Play Alita For Literally the Rest of Her Life

Frankly, I think we should let her.

75) Game of Thrones Saved Its Most Tragic, Vicious, and Devastating War for Last

The final battle between Daenerys and Cersei. Other long-awaited confrontations. Major character deaths. Justice. Heartbreak. Much more than the fight against the White Walkers, this penultimate episode of Game of Thrones had everything it needed to have. And while it wasn’t perfect, it was still perfect for Game of Thrones.

74) Netflix’s The Punisher and Jessica Jones Are Officially Cancelled

Frank Castle might still be stuck in the war zone of his mind, but Netflix’s The Punisher has come to an end after two seasons. His Marvel compatriot, Jessica Jones, will also see her story end—but it’ll be after the third season of Jessica Jones airs.

73) Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow Reveal Won’t Just Be Awkward, It Could Destroy His Relationship With Dany

Many Game of Thrones fans are anxiously awaiting that super-awkward moment in season eight when Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen realise that they’ve boned a close relative. But according to one of the showrunners, as well as the actors themselves, the reveal could also tear them apart—because Dany might not let anyone block her path to the Iron Throne.

72) When Marvel Starts Selling Off Props, It’s Time to Really Say Goodbye to Those Netflix Shows

Even though Netflix has cancelled all of its Marvel shows over the past few months, fans may still be holding onto the hope they could return. And while that’s nice in theory, the fact Marvel is about to literally sell pieces of the shows back to fans probably isn’t a good sign.

71) The (Spoiler-Free) First Reactions to Avengers: Endgame Are Here!

Avengers: Endgame, the highly anticipated finale to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it stands so far, premiered tonight in Los Angeles. There, thousands of people were among the first in the world to see the film ahead of press screenings Tuesday and public screenings Thursday night.

70) Netflix Stealth Dropped Chinese Sci-Fi Blockbuster The Wandering Earth This Weekend, and No One Noticed

The Wandering Earth became one of the biggest hits in Chinese cinema history earlier this year, propelling itself to become the second highest-grossing film of all time in the country and racking up one of the biggest international grosses on the planet for 2019 so far (it’s still third, even with Endgame). And now, outta nowhere, it’s on Netflix.

69) 3 New Star Wars Films Will Start Arriving in 2022 (and All the Other News Disney Just Dropped)

The Star Wars saga returns in 2022, and it’s sharing some time with Pandora.

68) The Russo Brothers Try to Explain Captain America’s Wild Avengers: Endgame Twist

In Avengers: Endgame, Steve Rogers reminds us there’s nothing he wouldn’t do to protect the people he loves, no matter the cost. But the way things play out for Steve in the movie leave open a number of significant questions about the choices he makes and how they might affect the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

67) Orlando Jones Has Reportedly Been Fired From American Gods

Orlando Jones gave one of the breakout performances in American Gods as Mr. Nancy, an African trickster god who sharply reflected and reacted to America’s history of slavery and racism. In the second season, his role on the show increased, as Jones took on production and writing tasks alongside his stunning performance. But now, according to Jones himself, he’s been fired from the show ahead of its third season.

66) In an Unprecedented Move, Universal Is Sending Theatres a Patched Version of Cats

Cats, Tom Hooper’s memetic hazard of a musical, is receiving unprecedented treatment from its distributors at Universal. As shared by the Hollywood Reporter, the company is sending theatres an updated version of the Ozymandias-like monument to hubris and toxoplasmosis. This new version of the film, according to a memo sent to thousands of theatres on Friday—the film’s release day—will include “some improved visual effects.”

The crew. (Photo: Netflix)

65) 17 Things We Loved About Stranger Things 3 (And 6 We Didn’t)

The third season of Stranger Things is here and, if you’re like us, you spent most of July 4th weekend glued to your TV, desperate to know what’s next for Eleven and the crew from Hawkins, Indiana, circa 1985.

64) Why Are Thousands of People Dreaming About This Man?

[Editor’s Note: This post was from 2013!] Have you dreamed about this man comforting or befriending you over the past five years? Then you are one of thousands across the world who have dreamed “this man.” And they have a website to describe their experiences.

63) For Your Convenience, an Avengers: Endgame Spoiler Discussion Zone

You’ve all been chomping at the bit so here it is. You no longer have to keep all those thoughts and feelings inside—welcome to the spoiler zone.

62) Jim Carrey Shares Concerns About the ‘Collective Consciousness’ That Led to Sonic Redesign

Sonic has gotta go fast, but did the decision to redesign the hedgehog maybe happen too fast? Jim Carrey, who plays the evil Dr. Robotnik in the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie, said the fandom response that resulted in director Jeff Fowler delaying the release to rework the character is the sort of thing that risks turning creative ownership into “Frankenstein’s monster.”

61) It’s Official: The First Star Wars Film After Rise of Skywalker Will Be From Game of Thrones’ Showrunners

We’re going from Westeros to a galaxy far, far away. While speaking at the MoffetNathanson Media & Communications summit today, Walt Disney Company chairman Bob Iger confirmed that the next Star Wars film following The Rise of Skywalker will be from Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, coming in 2022.

60) We May Never See All of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is a 90-minute interactive film that boasts many twists, alternate endings, and reinterpreted versions of already-viewed scenes. And it turns out, there are even pieces we may never get to see.

59) One of Anime’s Biggest Voices Accused of Sexual Harassment

Last summer, voice actor Vic Mignogna went into a booth with a few others to record audio for a video game. At one point, Mignogna asked the client, who was overseeing the session, if she was ok with his performance. When she didn’t answer right away, he followed up with: “You know the old Latin—or is it Greek? There’s an axiom that says: Silence gives consent.”

58) Filming Avengers: Endgame Sounds Like a Logistical Nightmare for Its Actors

A movie as bold and intriguing as scope as Avengers: Endgame—the culmination of plot threads, character arcs, relentless post-credit teases, and actor contracts across over a decade of blockbuster film making—naturally invites with it the hushed procedure of secrecy. But that doesn’t just apply to avoiding leaks: it applies to its stars.

57) One of Avengers: Endgame’s Most Incredible Scenes Is Now Online

As impressive as the magnitude and more spectacular elements of Avengers: Endgame are, what really makes the movie shine are those moments when you get to see the Avengers interacting with one another in their downtime as people living in the larger world. Take, for instance, the all-new, all-verbal Hulk, who’s become something of a celebrity after finding peace and balance between his Bruce Banner and Hulk selves.

56) The Creators Behind Game of Thrones Apparently Had No Idea What They Were Doing

Regardless of how you feel about how the climax of Game of Thrones ultimately came together, it’d be foolish to not at least acknowledge that there are reasons the HBO show became one of the biggest televisual events of the last decade.

At a recent talk for the Austin Film Festival, however, it seems that D.B. Weiss and David Benioff admitted that they were not among them.

55) Avengers: Endgame Is Overwhelmingly Epic and Immensely Satisfying

Avengers: Endgame is everything you’ve ever dreamed a Marvel movie could be. It’s a three-hour adrenaline shot to the heart featuring mysteries solved, consequences suffered, shock, awe, and delight. Some scenes have a scope so huge, the mind reels to comprehend what you’re watching. Others are so poignant and small, you’ll hear the sniffles echoing in the theatre.

The film’s unrelenting bombardment of story and visual effects are sometimes so dense they edge toward baffling, but they also help gloss over a smattering of problems, which were inevitable with such grandiose goals. Endgame was never going to be perfect. But it comes damn close and, at times, rises to a state of near transcendence.

54) Rian Johnson Is OK With the Possibility of Star Wars: Episode IX Retconning The Last Jedi

How do we put this delicately? Some of the decisions Rian Johnson made in Star Wars: The Last Jedirubbed people the wrong way. The handling of Luke Skywalker, Rey’s lineage, the fate of Snoke, all of these things instantly became lightning rods of debate and continue to be just that. Some fans even hope the sequel changes those things. And if they do, Johnson is OK with it.

53) The First Footage From The Mandalorian Just Kicked Our Damn Arse

Fans who watched The Mandalorian panel online during Star Wars Celebration Sunday missed one key thing: never-before-seen footage for the first ever live-action Star Wars TV series. In the room, executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni showed a behind the scenes featurette as well as full scene and trailer. We’ll start with the trailer.

52) Here’s Why Nick Fury Didn’t Page Captain Marvel Sooner, According to Kevin Feige

OK, so we can acknowledge that plot holes aren’t the end-all be-all of film criticism, but that doesn’t mean they don’t, occasionally, bother us. And here’s one that’s undoubtedly sticking in fan’s craws: OK, so if Nick Fury had this super powerful friend that he could page when there was danger, why didn’t he do so, y’know, during the Battle for Manhattan? Or during the whole Ultron thing?

E.T. Phone Home....again. (Photo: Xfinity)

51) E.T. and the Real, Grown-Up Elliott Reunite…in a Commercial?

When you woke up this morning, we bet you didn’t expect to see an official E.T. sequel—but that’s kind of what’s happened, just in a slightly unconventional, very commercial way.

50) Professor Hulk Is Avengers: Endgame’s Gift to Bruce Banner

Hulk smash. The Hulk has always smashed; it’s his thing and he’s incredibly good at it. But in Avengers: Endgame, the Hulk is given a new emotional depth that allows him to do more than express rage with his irradiated fists.

49) Disney Releases a Lovely Tribute to Late Descendants Star Cameron Boyce

Recently, Cameron Boyce, a young actor known for his role in Disney Channel work like the series Jessie and the Descendants movies, passed away due to complications from epilepsy.

48) Here Are 2019’s Most Awful Halloween Costumes

Spooky times are back, and you know what that means: ‘Tis the season for bad Halloween costumes! Cosplay and nerd culture have become more mainstream and while that means some awesome costumes, so too do we see an increase in badly made knockoffs. Some of them are supposed to be “sexy,” others funny, but they usually end up just being plain bad. We’re looking at the worst of the worst of 2019.

47) New Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Footage Featured Rey in a Black Hood With a Dual Red Lightsaber

Fans have been clamoring for a new glimpse at Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker ever since the first trailer debuted in April. And, at this year’s D23 Expo, director J.J. Abrams didn’t disappoint.

46) Disney’s Live Action Little Mermaid May Have Found Its Ursula

With Dumbo, Aladdin, and The Lion King all being released this year, you might think Disney would slow down with its modern remakes of classic animated films. You’d be wrong. The Little Mermaid, which has long been rumoured, is reportedly started to speed up—and none other than Melissa McCarthy may be playing Ursula.

45) Catwoman Will Be Played By a Different Actress in the Gotham Season Finale

For the past five bonkers seasons, Camren Bicondova and her incredible hair have played Selina Kyle on Gotham. But for the last episode, airing next week, she’s being replaced.

44) The Third Episode of The Mandalorian Changed Everything

This is the moment. After episode two of The Mandalorian slowed down the time bomb that was the identity of his bounty, episode three finally brought that bounty face to face with the person who paid to get it. It is a moment of truth for the character and a moment of truth for the show.

43) Game of Thrones Author George R.R. Martin Has a Lot to Say About His Books After the Big Finale

Now that Game of Thrones’ series finale has come and gone, even more attention is being paid to author George R.R. Martin. He’s mostly been minding his own business and living his life while the rest of the world harangues him about the final two entries in the series of novels that started it all.

42) Last Night’s Walking Dead Was Shocking, Savage, and Utterly Spectacular

Guys, I haven’t been this stunned by an episode of The Walking Dead in so long. I mean, I was pleasantly surprised when a zombie knifed Jesus, I’ve enjoyed the wackiness of the Whisperers and the Highwaymen, and I’ve loved the bizarre way Rick was taken off the show. But last night’s episode was just fantastic—and it had an ending so shocking my jaw literally dropped.

41) Kevin Feige Considers Spider-Man: Far From Home, Not Avengers: Endgame, as the End of the MCU’s Third Phase

Here’s an intriguing tidbit: according to Kevin Feige, Avengers: Endgame isn’t actually the end of the third phase of Marvel movies, even though, y’know, it’s in the name and everything.

40) Star Trek: Picard’s First Teaser Hints at Jean-Luc’s Tragic Place in Starfleet History

The first teaser is here for CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Picard, which brings the incredible Patrick Stewart back as the even more incredible Jean-Luc Picard. But the admiral, who’s been spending a lot of time with his grapes, is no longer a part of Starfleet. The mystery, of course, is finding out why.

39) The First Reactions to Spider-Man: Far From Home Are Here

Spider-Man: Far From Home opens July 2, but press screenings have started—and, can you believe it? The early word is very positive. We joke because the early word on these movies is almost always very, very positive.

38) Avengers: Endgame’s Women Deserved More

Avengers: Endgame was a riot of flashy fights and fan service, with enough humour thrown in to sometimes feel like a great comedy. It was silly and nonsensical, but above all it was entertaining, and when it needed to hit the emotional, dramatic beats it usually nailed them. Yet there was a point in the film where I found myself distracted from the sheer inundation of fun—when it became clear that the many, many powerful heroines of the piece weren’t quite on par with the heroes. They were props, there to support the stories of the guys. Endgame did its women no favours and it’s time we talked about it.

Godspeed cometh, and...so does god-crotch. (Image: The CW)

37) Here’s Your First Look at The Flash’s Godspeed, and His Uncomfortable God-Crotch

Up close, with some nice lighting? The CW’s take on Godspeed doesn’t look all that bad. But when you see it in full, you can’t unsee the speedster’s bulge as anything but a case for maybe strictly adhering to the source material not always being the best idea.

36) In the New Spider-Man: Far From Home Trailer, Peter Parker Reckons With the Endgame

Seriously. If you have not seen Avengers: Endgame yet, you’re not going to want to watch this new trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home. But if you have? You’re in for a treat.

35) That New Jon Snow Theory Sucks, and Here’s Why

The latest episode of Game of Thrones bought the war to end all wars crashing down on Winterfell, with a surprisingly dramatic conclusion to one of the show’s biggest threats. It’d be exciting, if only had it not brought with it a tide of completely ridiculous fandom nonsense.

34) In the First Avengers: Endgame Clip, Captain Marvel Offers a Polite Reason for Not Showing Up Sooner

Even after Thanos snapped away half of all life on Earth, some of its mightiest heroes are asking the same questions we are: why didn’t Carol Danvers show up sooner? Well, allow Captain Danvers to give you the answer.

33) There Was a Very Sneaky Captain America Easter Egg in Avengers: Endgame We All Missed

Avengers: Endgame might be Tony Stark’s story but it is, for better or worse at times, in many ways equally a love letter to Chris Evans’ journey as Captain America. So maybe it’s not surprising that one of the film’s most devilishly-difficult-to-spot Easter eggs in a cheeky callback to one of Cap’s cinematic foes.

32) Cats Review: I Have Seen Sights No Human Should See

I have been processing this movie for the last 24 hours trying to understand anything as terrifying and visceral a trainwreck as Cats. You have to see Cats.

31) Marvel’s True Avengers Are Assembled in This Fantastic Endgame Set Photo

It’s time for the real heroes to show up.

30) Ryan Coogler Thought Marvel Would Cut Black Panther’s Most Powerful Line

Black Panther’s Erik Killmonger is one of the MCU’s most complex villains. His heartbreaking dialogue toward the end of the film is one of his most powerful moments and perhaps something you wouldn’t normally expect to hear in a superhero film. Black Panther co-writers Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole put it in there assuming Marvel executives would cut it. However, they did the opposite.

29) The Avengers Assemble for Round 2 in a New Endgame Trailer

Earth’s mightiest heroes—what’s left of them, at least—stand united, for one last fight.

28) Gravity Falls and the Vanishing Symbol: A Disney+ Illuminati Mystery

Gravity Falls was a series that thrived on mystery. Not just for the characters, but also for the audience, who spent the show’s two seasons deciphering codes, reading hints, and solving puzzles lovingly cultivated by creator Alex Hirsch. Now the animated series is on Disney+ and there’s a new mystery afoot—one that Hirsch says he had no part in and has no idea why it’s happening.

27) Marvel Studios Has a 5-Year Phase 4 Plan That (Probably) Does Not Include the X-Men

After making 22 movies that tell one cohesive story, while grossing almost $US20 ($29) billion worldwide along the way, what’s Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige doing next? The same thing all over again—with a whole new set of toys.

26) Leaked Avengers: Endgame Footage Has Hit the Internet

This is why we can’t have nice things.

Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) is feelin’ pretty great after last week’s slaughter. (Photo: HBO)

25) The Game of Thrones Finale Got the Important Stuff Right

The game is over. The epic saga of Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister, and whoever managed to survive through eight seasons of murder and mayhem ended last night in a finale that was often too obvious and probably too happy, but still got more right than it got wrong. More importantly, it was the ending the show needed—and deserved.

24) Before Chris Hemsworth Fought to Keep Thor Fat in Avengers: Endgame, He Almost Played Gambit

Avengers: Endgame takes Thor to an emotional low point so dark that he sinks into an existential, alcohol-fuelled depression. It causes the thunder god to go through a drastic physical transformation we don’t see until halfway through the film. When we first see Thor’s new form, it’s initially played for laughs, but as Endgame unfolds, it’s shown to be a reflection of where the character’s at emotionally.

23) Why Captain Marvel Has on More Make-Up in Endgame Than Her Solo Movie

What’s up with the make-up? That’s what fans wanted to know after the second trailer for Avengers: Endgame, which finally added Captain Marvel into the manic mix of superheroes. Many noticed that in her solo outing, which was directed by a man and a woman, Carol Danvers didn’t wear much make-up, but in Endgame, which is directed by two men, she was glammed up. Questions arose regarding the perspectives of the different directors.

22) We Think We Found Nova in These Avengers: Endgame Stills

Shockwaves rippled through the online fan community Monday as the directors of Avengers: Endgame revealed possibly the film’s biggest secret yet. Look closely and you may see for yourself.

21) The Mandalorian Can’t Catch a Break

Oh, what’s that? You wanted more Baby Yoda? The Mandalorian provides.

20) The Mandalorian Is Here and Star Wars Will Never Be the Same

I’m sitting here on my couch having just watched a live-action Star Wars TV series and I still can’t believe it.

19) Avengers: Endgame’s Creators Keep Undoing the Good Will They Had by Explaining the Movie

While Avengers: Endgame is very good at drawing you into the sheer spectacle of itself as you’re watching, when you give it some distance, the movie’s narrative weaknesses become readily apparent. And that’s before the Russo Brothers started to further complicate things with their post-hoc musings. Apparently, though, the filmmakers have even more to say.

18) The Game of Thrones Has Been Won

We’ve been through eight seasons, countless battles, a war that lasted lifetimes. Kings and queens have risen, and they have fallen. All leading us right here, to the bitter end. HBO’s Game of Thrones is over, the people of Westeros have spoken, and here’s who ended up on the throne.

17) Avengers: Endgame Is Returning to Theatres Real Soon, and With New Footage

Kevin Feige really wants that Avatar record.

16) We’ve Been to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Life Will Never Be the Same

For Star Wars fans, two things have always been true. It’s a world we all dream of visiting but will never actually be able to. Star Wars is a movie, of course. Fiction. The sets and places only exist in far off studios for a few months at a time, or as ones and zeroes on the servers of visual effects companies. None of it exists. It isn’t real. That is, until now.

15) Here’s What’s in the Avengers: Endgame Re-Release, Hitting Theatres This Friday

It’s not much, but it’s probably going to be more than enough for Marvel Studios to swipe Avatar’s box office record.

14) One of the Actors on Avengers: Endgame Got In Trouble With Security for Posting a Picture of a Sunset

Being in a Marvel movie is, according to Disney, serious, serious business.

13) The Dead Rise on an Overwhelming New Poster for Avengers: Endgame

You thought those 32 individual posters for Avengers: Endgame were something? Well, check this out.

12) New Avengers: Endgame Footage Already Won the Super Bowl

The biggest movie during last year’s Super Bowl was Avengers: Infinity War. And so Earth’s Mightiest Heroes had to come back for 2019, right? Well, half of them at least.

Gwyneth Paltrow in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Also a pretty good impression of Gwyneth Paltrow realising she was in Spider-Man: Homecoming years after the fact. (Image: Sony/Marvel)

11) Watching Gwyneth Paltrow Realise in Real Time She Was in Spider-Man: Homecoming Is the Delight You Need This Friday

You know how it is, in between days of shilling scientifically dubious lifestyle methods to women and filming cameos for Marvel movie after Marvel movie. They all blur together to the point that you just don’t have a clue where you’ll eventually show up.

10) 8 More Game of Thrones Goofs That Show Maybe We Shouldn’t Take the Coffee Cup So Damn Seriously

Game of Thrones enraged the world when it had the audacity to forget a coffee cup was in one of the shots—so much so, it’s already been digitally removed. But this isn’t the first time that a mistake like this has happened.

9) In the New Avengers: Endgame Trailer, Captain Marvel Is Here to Even the Odds

Look out, Mad Titan. The cavalry is here.

8) Oh, So The Mandalorian Is Really Going to Be About That? Awesome

The first episode of The Mandalorian was excellent. But it was also about what we were all expecting: a sci-fi western focusing on a lone gunslinger hunting down and capturing wanted criminals. That all changed in the episode’s closing moment, though. And now with the second episode, we have an idea of what The Mandalorian is actually going to be.

7) Spider-Man Showdown: Sony Releases an Official Statement to Clarify Its Disney Relationship

Sony has released an official response to the recently reported news that Disney and Sony reached an impasse on its Spider-Man partnership, calling many of the stories “mischaracterised” and squaring much of the blame on Marvel Studio president Kevin Feige’s workload.

6) Report: Spider-Man Will No Longer Be Shared by Marvel and Sony

Huge news in the world of superheroes. Deadline reports that Disney and Sony have come to a stalemate in regards to Spider-Man and that Marvel Studios, along with its president Kevin Feige, will no longer be producing Spider-Man films.

5) There’s a Reason Thanos Never Fought This Character in Avengers: Endgame

There’s nothing fans love more than a good climactic rematch. But some fights just aren’t meant to happen.

4) In the Jawdropping First Trailer For Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the End of a Saga Begins

The Force has awoken. The last of the Jedi has relit the spark for a new generation beyond him. And now it’s time for the Skywalker Saga to come to a close with The Rise of Skywalker, 42 years after we first stepped into the galaxy far far away—and we finally have our first look at the film.

3) U.S. Military Issues Warning to Troops About Incel Violence at Joker Screenings

The U.S. military has warned service members about the potential for a mass shooter at screenings of the Warner Bros. film Joker, which has sparked wide concerns from, among others, the families of those killed during the 2012 mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado.

2) Neither Kevin Feige Nor Brie Larson Wanted Ms. Marvel’s ‘Bathing Suit’ Costume in Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel’s ensemble has seen some, let’s just say, changes over the past several years. One of Carol Danvers’ most-recent comics costumes, designed by Jamie McKelvie for Kelly Sue DeConnick’s 2012 series, inspired Brie Larson’s movie ensemble. But according to a recent interview, Larson didn’t want the more skimpy predecessors going anywhere near her.

1) The Gay Character in Avengers: Endgame Was Not Supposed to Be a Big Deal

After 11 years and almost two dozen movies, it was a bit of a shock: a character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was openly gay. How it was handled, however, was arguably more shocking.


So that’s it, the ones you clicked on the most. But let us know what else you enjoyed reading from us this year in the comments!