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Sometimes the Best Superhero Crossovers Are the Simplest (and Silliest)

Next week, Avengers: Endgame finally hits theaters. Meticulous plans, endless teases, hushed whispers, and millions of dollars worth of moviemaking heft across a decade have gone into this grand coming together of Marvel’s mightiest. But sometimes a purer joy can found in having a superheroic mashup…just because?

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Star Trek: Discovery Goes Out With Sound and Fury, Signifying…Something

Star Trek: Discovery’s second season has come to an end, and it’s ended with one hell of a bang. Several bangs, even. Actually, its season finale was approximately 90 percent bangs. It was Star Trek unlike Star Trek as we’ve seen it before, for better or worse, but it all built up to something potentially far more…

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TIE Fighter, and Star Wars’ Idea of the Good Imperial

Today Marvel Comics launched TIE Fighter, a miniseries about an elite squadron of Imperial pilots who find treachery among their ranks. It ties into the upcoming novel Alphabet Squadron, starring an ex-TIE pilot who defects to the fledgling New Republic, but it got me thinking about another story of a TIE pilot, one…

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What Palpatine Left Behind

A cackle in the dark. That was all it took for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker to deliver its biggest shock—a shock that not even a title, a Death Star, or a host of other reveals in its first trailer could compare to. Sheev Palpatine, Darth Sidious, Emperor Palpatine, call him what you want: He’s back. And it’s a…

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Oh Boy, Hellboy’s Box Office Debut Is Hell

Sometimes, a barrage of bad reviews can do little to dent the opening of a blockbuster film—just look at the vicious critical reaction to Batman v Superman and its initially-impressive take at the box office. But it seems like Hellboy, fresh off of a critical drubbing, couldn’t escape the level of hell Anung Un Rama…

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Here’s Your Spoiler-Laden Discussion Zone for Game of Thrones’ Season Premiere

We’ve been waiting long enough, but at long last: Game of Thrones is back, for one last time. Want to hang out with fellow io9 commenters and discuss the season premiere in all its detail? You can do so at your leisure in this blog post, right here!

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The Battle Rages On in the First Full Trailer for Clone Wars’ Return

Their journey didn’t quite end the way we wanted it to. It didn’t quite end the way perhaps even Lucasfilm had wanted it to, considering there were plans for plenty more stories to tell. But now, six years after it concluded, the Clone Wars animated series is back to tell Anakin, Ahsoka, and Obi-Wan’s tales once more!

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Saga Is Officially Entering Its Endgame

Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ groundbreaking sci-fi epic Saga has been, err, well.. a saga. But all things have an end, and now we know that Saga itself is beginning the path to its own—it’s just going to be a little while until we get there.

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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…

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