Movies/TV Popular Culture

16 Batman Villains We’d Love to See In a Potential ‘The Batman’ Sequel

When it comes to comic book villains, one could argue that no one has a better or more iconic rogues gallery than Batman. After all, The Joker is one of, if not the greatest comic book villain ever, so even just having him alone makes Batman’s group of evildoers stand above many other heroes.


Even though the Riddler has been locked up in Arkham Asylum and Carmine Falcone has been killed, it’s clear by the end of The Batman that Bruce Wayne’s work is far from done. Despite the heroics of Batman, Catwoman, and James Gordon, Gotham City is still rotten to the core. In a very noir-like narration—also present throughout the film—Batman says that, after the flooding caused by Riddler, the city is now a breeding ground for criminals and supervillains alike.

A few breadcrumbs sprinkled throughout The Batman allude to future villains that will show up, including a cameo at the end that sets up something major for another entry.

So who should Batman go up against in the next movie? Here are 11 villains that would be ideal picks for a Batman sequel.

1. Court of Owls
DC Comics

For those unfamiliar with the group, the Court of Owls is essentially Gotham City’s version of the Illuminati. Since its founding, they have existed in Gotham City and secretly control much of what goes on there.

They regularly kidnap children from the circus to train them as assassins, known as Talons, to serve their mission and enforce their rule.

Beware the Court of Owls, that watches all the time,

Ruling Gotham from a shadowed perch, behind granite and lime.

They watch you at your hearth, they watch you in your bed.

Speak not a whispered word about them, or they’ll send the Talon for your head,” reads a nursery rhyme that refers to the Court, echoing the ruthlessness of the group.

Robert Pattinson also might have already spoiled their appearance, saying in a video for Vanity Fair, “I was definitely thinking Court of Owls is probably gonna be in the sequel. It definitely seems like– I mean, I am literally just guessing, I just keep saying it.”

If this is confirmation of their future involvement, we say bring it on.

2. The Penguin
Warner Brothers

This one is a no-brainer as Colin Farrell already made his debut in The Batman and is set to reprise the role in a Penguin-centric spin-off series.

As the movie heads to its finale, Carmine Falcone is gunned down outside the Iceberg Lounge by the Riddler. In this film, Penguin served as Falcone’s second-in-command and is now primed to step in and lead the new crime family.

Batman and Penguin interact multiple times, with Penguin even helping him a bit along the way. Given these films’ new, more grounded aspect, Penguin could be a very formidable opponent for Batman in the future.

3. Hush
DC Comics

Another villain teased in The Batman was Hush, aka Doctor Thomas Elliot, a childhood friend of Bruce Wayne and whose upbringing was very similar to Wayne’s. He grew up in wealth but suffered abuse from his father, who also grew to hate his mother for not sticking up for herself and him.

Driven by an insatiable desire for his inheritance, he kills his father and severely injures his mother by causing them to crash their car. He eventually murders his mother after she cuts him off from his inheritance but is able to make it looks like an accident in order to not arouse suspicion.

He grew up resenting Bruce Wayne, and in an effort to sabotage his life, Hush gives himself plastic surgery to turn himself into an exact look-alike of Bruce.

While something along those lines could be difficult to pull off in live-action, the possibility of Batman facing off against someone like Hush is exciting.

4. Calendar Man
DC Comics

When you first hear of the villain named Calendar Man, he might not sound all that scary. After all, a serial killer that only strikes on holidays would make him kind of predictable, no?

While Calendar Man might not work as the film’s central villain, the idea of him being the “Hannibal Lecter” type of character that Batman visits is interesting.

If someone like Calendar Man wouldn’t fit into a future Batman movie, he’d be perfect for the upcoming spin-off series in Arkham Asylum.

5. A Night in Arkham Asylum

Speaking of Arkham Asylum, a film inspired by the storyline of the video game Batman: Arkham Asylum would be a fantastic idea for this new universe.

For those unfamiliar, in Arkham Asylum, Batman gets trapped inside the institution by the Joker. The inmates then run amok, and Batman must contend with his most infamous supervillains while he tries to stop the Joker. The game isn’t as grounded as these new Batman films will be, but the Dark Knight being surrounded by all of his greatest villains as they run loose across the Asylum could make for a fantastic movie.

6. Two-Face
DC Comics

Batman’s one-time ally, who eventually became one of his greatest villains, Two-Face, would make for a perfect foil for Robert Pattinson in a future installment. Given that the Riddler murdered Gotham’s District Attorney in The Batman, someone needs to step into the role.

Harvey Dent was hideously scarred by a mobster who threw acid into his face, and it broke his psyche, causing him to adopt a good and evil persona, becoming Two-Face.

In a storyline that would mirror the villain’s journey in The Dark Knight, Batman would have to fight his former friend as he descends into madness. 

7. Deadshot, Deathstroke, Bane, and Other Assassins
WB Games

While the storyline of Arkham Origins wouldn’t need to be precisely followed, you can’t tell me that the idea of “multiple assassins hired to kill the Batman on Christmas Eve” doesn’t sound awesome.

In the game, the assassins are hired by Black Mask (later revealed to be the Joker) but in the film version, the Penguin could easily fill this role. It would also be a great introduction for classic Batman villains like Deathstroke, Deadshot, and Bane.

The substance Bane uses in the comics to “hulk up” is known as Venom, which was teased in The Batman. When he is overwhelmed in the final fight against the Riddler’s goons, Batman uses a green liquid that serves as an adrenaline shot of sorts to get back in the game. It wasn’t confirmed to be Venom, but it could easily be written into the sequel that this was the deadly substance.

8. Mr. Freeze
DC Comics

One of Batman’s most tragic enemies, Mr. Freeze, whose real name is Victor Fries, was a cryogenic scientist attempting to cure his terminally ill wife, Nora. He places her in suspended animation, freezing her in a block of ice until he can find a cure. After an accident causes his body temperature to drop to sub-zero levels, he creates a suit to keep himself alive and turns to a life of crime to raise funds for his research.

Matt Reeves has expressed interest in bringing the villain into his Batman universe in a grounded way. How he’d be able to tackle this sort of storyline remains to be seen. Still, Batman going up against a morally ambiguous supervillain is a story opportunity too good to pass up.

9. Hugo Strange
DC Comics

Dr. Hugo Strange became a recurring villain and frequent foe for the Caped Crusader and was also one of the first people to discover that Bruce Wayne was Batman. Able to match Batman on an intellectual level (a trait not many Batman villains share), Hugo Strange’s plots often involve him attempting to outsmart Bruce Wayne at every time.

It should come as no surprise that he often fails to do so. While The Riddler attempts to match Batman in terms of intelligence because of his own insecurities, Strange sees it as a competition and wants to prove that he is better than the Dark Knight no matter the cost.

10. Poison Ivy
DC Comics

Poison Ivy is an eco-terrorist who often comes into conflict with Batman and other supervillains. Given the state of the world and the issue of climate change, a supervillain trying to save the environment, albeit through destructive means, makes Poison Ivy a very socially relevant enemy for Batman to fight.

Formerly known as Dr. Pamela Isley, she was a botanist who, after being injected with various toxins and poisons, is transformed into the supervillain known as Poison Ivy.

She possesses power over almost all plant life, with an inane ability to use them to create life or destroy it. She also uses the power of pheromones to control people, primarily men, and use them to further her own goals.

A version of Poison Ivy could undoubtedly be introduced into this Batman continuity. While she wouldn’t have superpowers like in the comics, her role as an eco-terrorist would provide an attractive gray area for her to operate in, similar to Mr. Freeze.

11. The Joker
DC Comics

As one of the most infamous Batman villains of all time, there is no Batman without the Joker.

While credited as “Unnamed Arkham Prisoner” in The Batman, Matt Reeves confirmed that this person whom The Riddler talks to was, in fact, this universe’s Joker. Played by Barry Keoghan, he is in the cell next to The Riddler and says, “One day you’re on top, the next day you’re a clown.” Following it up with a riddle of his own, “Riddle me this…the less of these you have, the more one is worth.” Riddler answers this riddle fairly quickly, providing the correct response: “A friend.”

You can only sort of make out his scarred face, but once he breaks out into his maniacal laughter, you know who we are dealing with.

It’s not a guarantee that we’ll be seeing the Joker in the next Batman film, or even in any future movie, as Matt Reeves hasn’t ruled out locking him up in Arkham and throwing away the key.

I’d love if Batman movies took a break from iterations of the Joker for a time, as the hero has such a great collection of supervillains to choose from that deserve their time on the big screen. However, as mentioned above, there is no Batman without the Joker, and a conflict between them is inevitable.

12. Clayface
DC Comics

Sure, he might look a little like Gloppy from Candy Land, but Clayface is a major force to be reckoned with given that he literally can’t be killed. He’s a bit of a two-faced (no pun intended) sort of character, as he’s known to both be on Batman’s side and to wreak havoc on Gotham City.

His ability to constantly shapeshift serves his personality well, as he’s never quite firmly on one side or the other: in a constant struggle for good or evil, Clayface is always at odds with himself.

13. Scarecrow
DC Comics

Sure, we got to see our beloved Scarecrow in Batman Begins, but the character was grossly underused in the film, even though Cillian Murphy’s performance as the villain was beyond incredible. Given the Scarecrow’s destructive powers, he seems like the perfect fit for another dark tale opposite Robert Pattinson’s Batman—and he just happens to be one of the most iconic Batman villains of all time.

Using the human brain’s capacity for fear as he way into terrorizing Gotham City, the Scarecrow uses a powerful concoction of toxins that he’s created to send the citizens of Gotham into a paralyzing state of fear—including Batman himself.

14. Professor Pyg
DC Comics

Not everyone has heard of this piggly-wiggly creature, but director Matt Reeves legitimately mentioned the villain as one he was seriously considering for a sequel to The Batman. Professor Pyg is a trained surgeon who likes to casually throw on a pig mask and abduct the people of Gotham to turn them into his personal minions. And it’s no simple makeover: Professor Pyg uses drills and ice picks to transform his victims, showing just how utterly deranged he is.

His origins come directly from the old legend of Pygmalion, which comments on perfection and how one specific artist—named Pygmalion—crafted his own dream woman to be with for eternity.

15. Killer Croc
DC Comics

Need I say more about a villain named the Killer Croc? Well, maybe a little.

In the same general vein as Marvel’s the Lizard, the Killer Croc also resides in the lovely sewers below Gotham City, where he was basically relegated to by his family as they showed zero support for their half-human, half-reptile relative. However, as the years went by, he became more and more like a real crocodile, massively growing in size, shape, and anger.

16. Victor Zsasz
DC Comics

Though this serial killer is spoken about far less than the other, more classic Batman villains, there’s no mistaking it: Victor Zsasz is the ultimate villain. Covered in tallies from the people he’s killed, Zsasz is an experienced killer with zero tolerance for flashy techniques: all this man wants to do is murder, and given that logic, he’d be the perfect match for Robert Pattinson’s Batman.

Culture Trading Cards

25 Gifts For Trading Card Collectors To Fit Any Budget

Buying gifts for trading card collectors, but don’t know exactly where to start? You are aware that they love the hobby, but you might not know the first thing about which cards to buy. 

Related: 28 Sweet Gifts For Wrestling Fans

With that in mind, we put together this gift guide that would be great for all collectors, no matter the budget.  Instead of buying actual cards, these accessories would be fantastic additions. Let’s jump right in and highlight the best gifts for trading card collectors this holiday season!

1. Zion Cases— $129.99
The Collection Case

Coming in at the top on our list of gifts for trading card collectors is the Zion Case! This case will protect and hold up to 164 PSA, 112 BGS or 112 SGC slabs. Any collector with graded cards will love this case for safe traveling and storage. 

Buy Now, $129.99
2. Homage x Topps T-Shirt—$38

Homage produces some of the freshest threads for the hobby, including this ‘52 Topps Jackie Robinson tee.  Some other hits include an ‘89 Topps Ken Griffey Jr. tee and an ‘84 Topps Don Mattingly tee. They also revamped old Topps logos in their designs, which will be a hit for any old school collector.

Buy Now, $38
3. Stand Up Displays Customized Card Stand — $54.99

Want to put your collector’s name and logo on a holder? The people at Stand Up Displays have just the solution. This single card holder allows for a full view of the front and back of the card. Collectors will line these up on their shelves, in their office, or in their man-cave, which cleverly shows off their best cards.

Buy Now, $54.99
4. Inked Gaming Custom Breaking Mat —$29.95

Every collector needs a clean surface to open packs and sort cards, so a breaking mat is essential. Inked Gaming allows customers to import a logo or picture onto their mat, which makes for an aesthetically pleasing place to look at collections.

Buy Now, $29.95
5. PSA Card Display Case — $549

This high-end display case will showcase up to 24 PSA graded cards and features a mahogany door with black suede matting. It comes with brackets for easy wall mounting. The UV-filtered conservation glass helps prevent fading. 

Buy Now, $549
6. Collectible Card Bin— $65.99

This stackable collectible card bin holds up to 3200 loose trading cards. The rows are wide enough to hold top loaders and one-touch magnetic cases.

This may not be the most expensive or flashy item on our “top gifts for trading card collectors” list, but it will certainly be appreciated!

Buy Now, $65.99
7. Light Box — $39.99

Any card collector will appreciate this light box, as it will greatly improve the photography of their cards. This will make their social media posts and eBay listings pop and accentuate the artwork on the cards. 

Buy Now, $39.99
8. Reebok Question Low “Panini Rookie Signature Prizm”  — $115

Need some hobby-inspired kicks? How about Allen Iverson’s Reebok Question Low in a Prizm silver colorway? Yeah, we’re sold too. The Panini logo is brandished along the tongue and sole of these stunners, so it’s a subtle tribute to the hobby we all love.

Buy Now, $115
9. Show Your Slabs Display — $189.99
Show Your Slabs

This display fits either 9 or 25 PSA graded cards and flush mounts on the wall. The top can be personalized with the collector’s name and social media handle. 

Buy Now, $189.99
10. Baseball Card: Flipping, Trading & Bubblegum Book — $6.25

Per Amazon: “A look at baseball in the 1950s presents more than two hundred cards, with amusing bios on some of the game’s most colorful characters and observations on the baseball card phenomenon.”

Buy Now, $6.25
11. Michael Jordan 1986 Fleer Poster —$26

This pin-up of Jordan’s classic Fleer rookie card would look great in any office or man-cave. The same group also sells prints of the Mickey Mantle and Rickey Henderson rookie.

Buy Now, $26
12. Mint Condition Book — $15.95

Per Amazon: “When award-winning journalist Dave Jamieson rediscovered his childhood baseball card collection he figured that now was the time to cash in on his “investments.” But when he tried the card shops, they were nearly all gone, closed forever. eBay was no help, either. Baseball cards were selling for next to nothing. What had happened?”

Buy Now, $15.95
13. eBay Gift Card 

You can NOT miss with this gift. eBay is the home for all things sports cards, so an eBay gift card is like saying “go get yourself anything you want on me!” and the collector in your life will love you for it!

Buy Now, Price Varies
10. Topps Custom Baseball Cards — $9.99

My own Topps card?! Sign me up!! These would be a really fun stocking stuffer for the entire family. There’s just something cool about seeing your family and friends with the Topps logo and your favorite team’s logo… and I will likely be buying some of these for my next family event!

Buy Now, $9.99 for 20 cards
11. One Month Subscription to Cardladder — $15

Trading card collectors like to look at data that helps them make decisions when buying or purchasing items to help build their collection. For a long time, this data existed in different places — sold/completed eBay listings, hobby group threads, Goldin Co. sold data, etc. 

Cardladder costs $15 per month and allows collectors to add cards to their collection, track sales data, sales volume, sale prices, and estimated card values. 

For just $15, you can give a collector access to Cardladder for an entire month so they can try it out and see if it’s a fit for their hobby needs. 

Buy Now, $15
16. Brothers in Cards Pack Plus Program — $85

Opening boxes and packs of sports cards have gotten expensive, but Brothers in Cards offers a more affordable option for collectors.

Starting at just $85, you can pick a sport and a box level you’d like a gift. Brothers in Cards will include between 3 and 9 packs of cards (based on the selected product level) from different sports card products at an affordable price. Card packs are randomly sorted and distributed into the boxes. It’s one of the best ways for collectors to scratch the itch of opening fresh wax without breaking the bank and makes for a perfect holiday gift.

Buy Now, $85
13. Legends Card Grading Centering Tool with Cleaning Cloth Kit Material — $12.99

If you ever see a trading card collector staring at their cards and holding them at different angles, it’s likely because they are trying to figure out how well centered the card is. Centering is a major factor in how grading companies assign the numeric condition of the card and this centering tool is a life-saver.

You can purchase the Legends Card Grading Centering Tool on Amazon to help your collector better estimate the centering on raw cards before they spend money to submit them for grading.

Buy Now, $12.99
14. Slab Savers — $29.99

Slab Savers are humidity-controlled storage for a single graded card that can preserve the card in its current condition. UV rays, humidity, and cracked slabs can ruin a collector’s day, and for just $29.99, a collector’s most prized possessions can be stored safely and confidently.

Buy Now, $29.99
19. Rally “Ungraded Rookie Cards” Hat — $54.99

This corduroy cap comes from Rally, a platform built for alternative investing. The cursive embroidery pays homage to the Starter NFL caps of the early 90s, and it’s a neat piece to wear at a card show or trade night.

Buy Now, $54.99
20. Portable and Flexible Adjustable Cell Phone Tripod Holder with Remote and Universal Clip — $14.99

Opening fresh packs of sports cards can be a lot of fun. It’s more fun when you live stream it to your followers on Instagram. It’s not as fun if you don’t have a tripod to hold your phone (as you need two hands to open a pack of cards). For just $14.99, you can buy a tripod on Amazon so that your favorite collector can film opening card packs, or can share their PC (personal collection) via video without trying to hold their phone and shuffle through cards. 

Buy Now, $14.99
21. HP — LaserJet Pro M15w Laser Printer — $119.99

Trading card collectors who buy and sell cards to build their collections are constantly printing shipping labels and a printer becomes a necessary part of their operation. Best Buy has a few options, but this HP Laserjet is just $119.99. While it’s a bit pricier than the other gifts on this list, a printer is a must-have for any collector.

Buy Now, $119.99
22. Bubble Mailers — $7.97

There is nothing worse for a trading card collector than running out of bubble mailers to help ship cards they sell to build their collection. This may seem like a plain holiday gift, but its utility is what keeps the hobby moving. It’s the standard way to pack cards and prepare them for shipping to make sure they arrive protected and undamaged.

Buy Now, $7.97×7+bubble+mailers+100+pack&qid=1637594102&sprefix=4×7+bubble%2Caps%2C197&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUFWR09JQ1ZZWVhLWUomZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTAwOTQ5NzMxSTRYQzZSUUtaSEw1JmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTA4ODcxMDYyUFRMTUhCOTlZUVozJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==
23. Steel City Collectibles Box Cutter — $1.95

Here’s a hobby essential that will only cost you $2! Custom box cutters are often used for breaks and openings. This Steel City cutter is an inexpensive way to help a collector out.

Buy Now, $1.95
24. Collector Caps — $8.50

Anybody who buys cards online knows that there is nothing more annoying than receiving the card in a top loader with a piece of scotch tape on it. It ruins the top loader, and looks awful.

If you are selling cards, sticking one of these Collector Caps on your top loader instead of tape will go a long way towards making sure that your customer is happy and leaves positive feedback, while also doing an amazing job of protecting the card in shipping.

Buy Now, $8.50
25. Toploaders/Sleeves Bundle  — $29.99

Last but not least, we have the biggest must-have in the hobby: toploaders and sleeves. Having a couple of these handy is always important in card collecting, and you can never go wrong adding more of them.

Buy Now, $29.99

Did we miss something that would make for great gifts for trading card collectors? Shoot us a message on twitter @cardtalkpod and let’s talk about it!

Movies/TV Popular Culture

The 20 Best Spy Movies on Netflix (And a Few TV Shows as Well)

In a secret-filled world, spies can be hiding in every shadow. Whether secret agents are working for governments or acting as solo agents with their own positive or negative agendas, spies have become a backbone in both modern society and cinema. The Cold War, in particular, with Americans constantly afraid of Communist agents hiding and operating in the United States, brought the world of espionage to the forefront of people’s minds and has become a go-to topic for filmmakers wanting to explore the world of undercover agents with hidden agendas

If your hobbies include spying on your passersby with binoculars or sticking your ear up against a wall to eavesdrop on your roommates, spy movies are right up your alley. I know from personal experience that being a secret agent for the government can be difficult (crap, did I just say that out loud?), and these movies and television shows elucidate different aspects of that tricky world. Read on to discover the 15 best spy movies on Netflix.

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1. ‘Casino Royale’ (2006)

Who’s in It: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Giancarlo Giannini, Jesper Christensen, Judi Dench

Rating: 94% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 2h 24m

Of course, the most iconic fictional spy of all time was going to kick off this list of spy films and television shows. In the 2006 remake of Casino Royale, Daniel Craig donned a tuxedo and drank shaken martinis for the first time as James Bond.

In this film, Bond is still closer to the beginning of his storied career, and he is assigned to learn more about the financial exploits of terrorist financier Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen). With his newly assigned license to kill, Bond has to learn more about Chiffre’s organization and enter a high-stakes poker game to hopefully thwart their newest attempts to bring in massive amounts of money.

For those reasons, Casino Royale is easily one of the best spy movies on Netflix.

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2. ‘The Coldest Game’ (2019)

Who’s in It: Lotte Verbeek, Bill Pullman, James Bloor, Robert Więckiewicz, Aleksey Serebryakov

Rating: 0% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 43m

As I mentioned in the intro, The Cold War is when the world of espionage and secret agents first entered the mainstream imagination. The 2019 film The Coldest Game follows Joshua Mansky (Bill Pullman), an American mathematician who is forced to become a spy for the government during one of the Cold War’s most dangerous eras.

Set during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the movie follows the alcoholic Mansky as he prepares and competes in a chess tournament in Warsaw while simultaneously trying to discreetly take in as much information about the Soviets as possible.

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3. ‘The Spy’ (2019)

Who’s in It: Sacha Baron Cohen, Hadar Ratzon-Rotem, Yael Eitan, Noah Emmerich

Rating: 86% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h (per episode)

Sacha Baron Cohen is best known for outrageous comedic roles like Borat and Bruno, but in The Spy, a miniseries co-produced by Netflix, Cohen’s dramatic abilities are on full display.

In The Spy, Cohen plays Eli Cohen (no relation), a Mossad agent tasked with carrying out important tasks for the Israeli government during the Six-Day War between Israel and Syria in 1967.

Based on real-life events, the crux of the story follows Cohen as he disguises himself as a man named Kamel Amin Thaabet and integrates himself into Syrian society, eventually gaining the title of Deputy Defense Minister in the hopes that the knowledge he gains and actions he takes will all benefit Israel in the long run. 

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4. ‘Red Notice’ (2021)

Who’s in It: Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot, Chris Diamantopoulos

Rating: 36% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 57m

One of Netflix’s biggest and most expensive productions ever (I mean, look at this cast!) Red Notice is an action-packed thrill ride, in which an FBI profiler (Dwayne Johnson) must work together with an art thief (Ryan Reynolds) to track down another criminal (Gal Gadot.)

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5. ‘Munich: The Edge of War’ (2022)

Who’s in It: Jeremy Irons, Alex Jennings, George MacKay, Jannis Niewöhner, Sandra Hüller, Liv Lisa Fries

Rating: 86% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 2h 3m

Based on an international bestselling novel, Munich: The Edge of War follows two diplomats, one British and one German, as they attempt to unravel a conspiracy that will unravel and spill over into World War II.

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6. ‘Quantum of Solace’ (2008)

Who’s in It: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Giancarlo Giannini, Gemma Arterton, Anatole Taubman, Judi Dench

Rating: 64% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 45m

One of the best spy movies on Netflix picks up literally an hour after Casino Royale, as Quantum of Solace sees Bond seek revenge for the loss of a loved one.

While on the trail of the killer, 007 discovers a shadowy organization called Quantum. It falls to Bond to diffuse Quantum and Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric), one of its shadow members, from plotting a coup in Bolivia in order to gain control over its water supply. 

Keeping with the gritty spirit of Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace is an action-packed, bloody film that shows James Bond going much further in fight scenes than he had in the past as he embarks on a personal rather than fully professional mission. 

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7. ‘A Call to Spy’ (2019)

Who’s in It: Sarah Megan Thomas, Stana Katic, Radhika Apte, Linus Roache, Rossif Sutherland, Samuel Roukin

Rating: 71% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 2h 4m

While the film is a fictional portrayal of three real women who served as British spies, A Call to Spy shifts the narrative a bit and changes up a few things here and there. Set during World War II, the movie follows the three women—portrayed by Sarah Megan Thomas, Stana Katic, and Radhika Apte—after they’re appointed to a new spy agency by Winston Churchill.

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8. ‘The Angel’ (2018)

Who’s in It: Marwan Kenzari, Toby Kebbell, Sasson Gabai, Waleed Zuaiter

Rating: 69% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 30m

The Angel, distributed by Netflix in 2018, tells the story of Ashraf Marwan (Marwan Kenzari), an Egyptian diplomat who was married to Egyptian President Nasser’s daughter and ended up working as a secret agent for the Israeli Mossad.

Based on Israeli professor Url Bar-Joseph’s book The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel, The Angel, explores Marwan’s time working as a spy for Israel and the emotional struggles he went through in an effort to maintain peace between the two countries.

Set in the aftermath of the Six-Day War between the two countries in 1967, the film is full of double-crossings and loose ends that make it clear just how logistically and morally complicated being a spy can be.

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9. ‘Rush Hour’ (1998)

Who’s in It: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Tom Wilkinson, Ken Leung, Elizabeth Peña, Tzi Ma

Rating: 61% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 38m

Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker pair up in this spy-esque-comedy that joins two police officers—Detective Inspector Lee and Detective James Carter—together as part of a mission to save a high-profile client’s daughter who’s just been abducted. While the movie didn’t receive flying colors critically, it has become one of the most hilarious, best spy movies on Netflix.

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10. ‘Skyfall’ (2012)

Who’s in It: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Albert Finney

Rating: 92% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 2h 23m

The third film in Daniel Craig’s James Bond tenure, Skyfall finds Bond investigating intelligence attacks on M16 (Secret Intelligence Service),

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11. ‘Spycraft’ (2021)

Who’s in It: Keith Melton, Dylan Berry, Robert Bigman, Hamet Yousef, Robert Wallace

Rating: 52% (Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score)

Runtime: 30m

Based on the book Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA’s Spytechs, from Communism to Al-Qaeda, Spycraft is a Netflix original docu-series that takes viewers through different key components of espionage and how they have evolved over the years. Released in late January 2021 to limited fanfare (potentially because the powers at be don’t want individuals to know the truth about American spycraft), the eight-episode series has entries on everything from the power of “sexpionage” to how agencies go about recruiting individuals to become spies.  

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12. ‘A Very Secret Service’ (2015)

Who’s in It: Hugo Becker, Joséphine de La Baume, Wilfred Benaïche, Christophe Kourotchkine, Mathilde Warnier

Rating: N/A

Runtime: 30m

The final television series on this list, A Very Secret Service, looks at the world of espionage through a more satirical, comedic lens. A French production, A Very Secret Service, follows André Merlaux (Hugo Becker) after he is called in to be a trainee with the French Secret Services.

Set in 1960 during the early days of the Cold War, the French are dealing with calls for independence in their then-African colonies, especially Algeria, and a domestic populace growing more liberal every day that makes the government increasingly worried about Communist interference.

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13. ‘The Devil’s Own’ (1997)

Who’s in It: Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt, Margaret Colin, Rubén Blades

Rating: 35% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 50m

Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt play on opposite sides in The Devil’s Own, which finds Provisional Irish Republican Army member, Frankie McGuire (Pitt), in the United States under the name of Rory Devaney in order to steal a few anti-aircraft missiles. On the other end of things, Sergeant Tom O’Meara (Ford), a policeman, ends up throwing a wrench into McGuire’s plan.

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14. ‘The Red Sea Diving Resort’ (2019)

Who’s in It: Chris Evans, Michael K. Williams, Haley Bennett, Michiel Huisman, Alessandro Nivola, Greg Kinnear

Rating: 29% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 2h 9m

Another spy film that is loosely based on actual events, The Red Sea Diving Resort stars Chris Evans as an Israeli Mossad agent named Ari Levinson who works with Kabede Bimro (Michael K. Williams), an Ethiopian Jew, to evacuate Jewish refugees from persecution.

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15. ‘Operation Mincemeat’ (2021)

Who’s in It: Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald, Penelope Wilton, Johnny Film

Rating: 84% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 2h 8m

Based on the true story of Operation Mincemeat back in 1943, the eponymous film recreates the events, which was a British mission designed to trick Nazi forces into thinking they were going to attack Greece when in reality, the Allied forces were headed for Sicily. With its outstanding cast and true story, Operation Mincemeat is definitely one of the best spy movies on Netflix.

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16. ‘Red Joan’ (2018)

Who’s in It: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Nina Sosanya, Tom Hughes, Tereza Srbova

Rating: 30% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 50m

Based on the novel of the same name by Jennie Rooney, Red Joan tracks the eponymous Joan Smith (Judi Dench), an older woman who’s ended up having a very long and chaotic career as a spy that spanned from before the Cold War to the early 2000s. As the book was inspired by the life of Melita Norwood, there are tons of parallels between the two in the film.

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17. ‘Beirut’ (2018)

Who’s in It: Jon Hamm, Rosamund Pike, Dean Norris, Shea Whigham, Larry Pine

Rating: 82% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 49m

In one of the greatest spy movies on Netflix, Jon Hamm portrays Mason Skiles, a man who returns to his career as a diplomat in order to save one of his colleagues, Cal Riley, from being murdered. As his family was attacked and killed by the very same group who’s after his colleague, Skiles doesn’t hesitate to jump into action and help out in any way possible.

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18. ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith’ (2005)

Who’s in It: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Vince Vaughn, Adam Brody, Kerry Washington

Rating: 59% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 2h

While John and Jane Smith might appear to be your average married couple, it goes a bit deeper than that, as the two are actually trained assassins. The only catch? They’ve been given the mission to kill each other.

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19. ‘The Operative’ (2019)

Who’s in It: Diane Kruger, Martin Freeman, Can Anvar, Liron Levo, Yaakov Zada Daniel, Ohad Knoller

Rating: 41% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 56m

Based on the novel, The English Teacher, The Operative follows two former intelligence agency operatives for Israel’s Mossad who have lost touch over the years. However, Rachel (Diane Kruger) comes back into Thomas’ (Martin Freeman) life after he gets an alarming phone call from her, which jumpstarts a mission to locate the recently-disappeared former agent.

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20. ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ (2012)

Who’s in It: Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, James Gandolfini, Mark Duplass, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Taylor Kinney

Rating: 91% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 2h 37m

A thriller about the U.S. mission to kill Osama bin Laden, Zero Dark Thirty tracks both the CIA team and Navy squad responsible for eventually locating him after a 10-year hunt. With its stacked cast in tow, Zero Dark Thirty is definitely one of the best spy movies on Netflix right now.

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Movies/TV Popular Culture

The 20 Best Halloween Episodes of TV to Watch When You Need a Dose of Nostalgia

While I realize that the target audience for about half of these Halloween episodes is somewhere around the age of 10, the supreme era of cartoons in the late ’90s and 2000s is simply unmatched for any age. It was a golden period of time within Nickelodeon and Cartoon NetworkHey Arnold!, Drake & Josh, and Courage the Cowardly Dog are just a few that defined it. But things didn’t just stop there—there’s a slew of other perfect Halloween episodes from classic sitcoms of that time period, as well.

We’ve rounded up 2o of the greatest Halloween episodes that we’ve ever seen, and between the classics and others you might’ve forgotten about, there are bound to be at least a few you’ll want to stream this Halloween.

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1. ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’: “Scaredy Pants” (1999)

Halloween Vibes Rating: 10/10

Season: S1, E13

Runtime: 11m

In this Season 1 classic, SpongeBob decides that he wants to become a different type of sponge on Halloween: one who’s doing the scaring instead of being the one frightened by everything. Because of this, he shaves his body into the shape of a ghost, though he goes a little too far and ends up revealing his brain for everyone to see.

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2. ‘Drake and Josh’: “Alien Invasion” (2006)

Halloween Vibes Rating: 6/10

Season: S3, E16

Runtime: 30m

Although this isn’t an outright Halloween episode, it may as well be given the basis of the plotline. After Megan gets a new telescope and hooks it up to her laptop, Drake and Josh decide to go all in on a prank to get back at her for getting them in trouble with Walter. Once they photoshop pictures of UFOs onto Megan’s laptop, she becomes convinced that there’s an incoming alien invasion.

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3. ‘Courage the Cowardly Dog’: “The Demon in the Mattress” (1999)

Halloween Vibes Rating: 7/10

Season: S1, E4

Runtime: 30m

To be fair, every episode of Courage the Cowardly Dog is Halloween-themed, and looking back, it’s sort of insane that we were even watching this as kids.

In “The Demon in the Mattress,” Muriel orders a mattress, but when it’s delivered by two creepy rats, Courage starts to get suspicious. Nevertheless, after Muriel sleeps on the mattress for the first time, she quickly becomes possessed and wild things begin to occur around the house.

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4. ‘Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius’: “Nightmare in Retroville” (2003)

Halloween Vibes Rating: 10/10

Season: S2, E5

Runtime: 30m

On Halloween, Jimmy decides to try out his new monster-making machine to turn Carl and Sheen into creatures instead of wearing regular costumes to go trick-or-treating. Though when Carl and Sheen start to exhibit signs that their costumes have taken over their DNA, Jimmy has to figure out a way to turn them back into their original selves.

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5. ‘Hey Arnold!’: “Arnold’s Halloween” (1997)

Halloween Vibes Rating: 9/10

Season: S2, E7

Runtime: 11m

With Grandpa’s Halloween Party coming up, Arnold and Gerald come up with the idea to stage an alien invasion to prank the partygoers by using the radio and a nearby tower to control the effects.

At the same time, Helga has convinced everyone in the fourth grade to dress up as aliens for Halloween, and they eventually head over to the party in a horde. With both of these plots converging, it ends up being broadcast on television, adding even further to the (at first) harmless prank.

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6. ‘iCarly’: “iScream on Halloween” (2007)

Halloween Vibes Rating: 9/10

Season: S1, E7

Runtime: 30m

When Carly accidentally receives mail from a different apartment that turns out to be abandoned, she decides to make it a segment on her web show. Carly, Sam, and Freddie livestream their way through apartment 13B, but when the lights go out, they quickly begin to feel like they aren’t the only ones in the apartment.

And though iCarly has two Halloween episodes, this one is definitely the best of the bunch.

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7. ‘Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends’: “Bloooo” (2004)

Halloween Vibes Rating: 7/10

Season: S1, E11

Runtime: 30m

With Bloo resting in bed with a bad cold and the rest of the crew settling in to watch a horror movie, it seems like it’ll be a quiet night at Foster’s. But when the group starts believing that the movie is real, they barricade all of the entrances into the house. After Frankie has a frightening encounter on her way home and as Bloo’s condition worsens, things around the house get chaotic pretty quickly.

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8. ‘Fairly OddParents’: “Scary Godparents” (2002)

Halloween Vibes Rating: 8/10

Season: S2, E12

Runtime: 11m

As Timmy goes trick-or-treating in his toilet paper mummy costume with Vicky , he ponders his sad state of affairs and decides to make a wish for everyone to have genuinely real and scary Halloween costumes. However, he didn’t fully think through his wish: everyone fully becomes their costume, which means that there are some pretty hefty consequences coming Timmy’s way.

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9. ‘The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy’: “Billy & Mandy’s Jacked-Up Halloween” (2003)

Halloween Vibes Rating: 7/10

Season: S2, E15

Runtime: 11m

In this two-part special episode, Grim’s scythe is stolen by a villain, Jack O’ Lantern, who plans to use it to destroy the town and make everyday Halloween as an act of revenge. With the power of Grim’s scythe, Billy and Mandy have to figure out a way to retrieve it and put an end to Jack’s plans.

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10. ‘Zoey101’: “Haunted House” (2005)

Halloween Vibes Rating: 7/10

Season: S2, E4

Runtime: 30m

Each Halloween at PCA, someone is in charge of setting up a haunted house, and this year, Logan gets the job. When he makes the haunted house a little too scary, Zoey’s brother, Dustin, gets lost in it and Logan has to head inside to find him.

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11. ‘Parks and Recreation’: “Greg Pikitis” (2009)

Halloween Vibes Rating: 10/10

Season: S2, E7

Runtime: 30m

Not only is “Greg Pikitis” one of the best episodes of Parks and Recreation, but it’s also one of the greatest Halloween episodes, period.

Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) follows around a local Pawnee high schooler, Greg Pikitis, for the bulk of this episode as she’s determined to prove that he’s responsible for defacing a park statue every year on Halloween. At the same time, Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones) is attempting to throw a poppin’ Halloween party at her house, but when the vibes turn stale, she has to rely on Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) to revive the party.

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12. ’30 Rock’: “Stone Mountain” (2009)

Halloween Vibes Rating: 5/10

Season: S4, E3

Runtime: 30m

While not every storyline in this episode of 30 Rock revolves around Halloween, the largest involves Frank (Judah Friedlander), Toofer (Keith Powell), and Lutz (John Lutz) as they’re absolutely determined to throw the greatest Halloween party ever. However, this proves to be tougher to accomplish than they initially thought, which leads them to recruit Jenna (Jane Krakowski) and her plethora of gay friends in order to get the party really going.

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13. ‘The Simpsons’: “Treehouse of Horror V” (1994)

Halloween Vibes Rating: 10/10

Season: S6, E6

Runtime: 30m

Widely regarded as one of the greatest “Treehouse of Horror” episodes ever created, The Simpsons‘ fifth iteration of the series-within-a-series tracks three different tales: one, which is a spoof of The Shining, the second, which tracks Homer as he travels through time, and a third, that finds Principal Skinner using students as food for the cafeteria.

While it’s one of the best Simpsons episodes ever created, it’s also one of the greatest Halloween episodes we’ve ever seen.

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14. ‘The Office’: “Halloween” (2005)

Halloween Vibes Rating: 9/10

Season: S2, E5

Runtime: 30m

In typical Michael Scott (Steve Carell) fashion, he waits until the last possible day to fire someone, and that day happens to be Halloween. So, with everyone all dressed up and ready to celebrate, Michael tries to fire just about every staff member, though nothing sticks until he actually fires Devon (Devon Abner).

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15. ‘Freaks and Geeks’: “Tricks and Treats” (1999)

Halloween Vibes Rating: 10/10

Season: S1, E3

Runtime: 45m

Freaks and Geeks approaches Halloween from two different angles: from that of teenagers who wreak havoc on the holiday as they’re too old to trick-or-treat, and that of slightly nerdy kids who go overboard with their costumes.

Even though Lindsay Weir (Linda Cardellini) had agreed to help her mother hand out candy at their house, she’s a little “too cool” for that now since she has a whole new group of friends to hang out with. Lindsay’s younger brother, Sam (John Francis Daley), dresses up with his friends to go trick-or-treating, but things go awry while walking around the neighborhood.

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16. ‘Stranger Things’: “Trick or Treat, Freak” (2017)

Halloween Vibes Rating: 9/10

Season: S2, E2

Runtime: 1h

While the entirety of Stranger Things is already home to some major spooky vibes, “Trick or Treat, Freak” definitely takes the cake. The crew is perfectly dressed as the characters from Ghostbusters, though the fun doesn’t last too long after Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) notices a new creature in the distance coming to terrorize both him and Hawkins, Indiana.

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17. ‘WandaVision’: “All-New Halloween Spooktacular!”

Halloween Vibes Rating: 9/10

Season: S1, E6

Runtime: 38m

Even though the cast of WandaVision is already technically in costume since the majority of them are superheroes, the show takes Halloween to an entirely new level despite that. As WandaVision episodes play off of typical TV tropes from decades of the past, this episode harkens back to the typical Halloween specials of the ’90s and 2000s.

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18. ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’: “Trick or Treat” (2001)

Halloween Vibes Rating: 10/10

Season: S2, E3

Runtime: 30m

Easily one of the best episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm ever, “Trick or Treat” finds Larry David on the receiving end of a classic Halloween property destruction. After he refuses to give two teenagers candy because they weren’t dressed up and were too old to be trick-or-treating, his entire house is defaced and TP’d, leading him to search for the girls to pin them for the crime.

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19. ‘Friends’: “The One with the Halloween Party’ (2001)

Halloween Vibes Rating: 9/10

Season: S8, E6

Runtime: 22m

It’s not a complete list of the best Halloween episodes without a mention of the iconic Friends episode that takes place on the holiday.

Monica (Courteney Cox) and Chandler (Matthew Perry) host a cheerful Halloween bash at the apartment, although dozens of conflicts end up breaking out within it as Rachel refuses to wear a costume, Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) has to deal with her twin sister, Ursula, and Ross (David Schwimmer) and Chandler have an arm-wrestling fight.

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20. ‘Modern Family’: “Halloween” (2010)

Halloween Vibes Rating: 10/10

Season: S2, E6

Runtime: 21m

While Modern Family stopped being funny after the third season, I have to admit, their Halloween episode from Season 2 is actually incredible. Claire (Julie Bowen) and Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell) go all out for Halloween, meaning that they basically force everyone in their family to be actors in their fully-immersive haunted mansion. The only problem? They take things a little too far.

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The 20 Most Valuable Happy Meal Toys From McDonald’s

When you were much younger, did you drive your parents crazy for a McDonald’s Happy Meal? Are you still buying Happy Meals? Maybe the recent Cactus Plant Flea Market collaboration has you feeling nostalgic! If you’re like me, you were always asking for them when your parents drove you places.

Related: Cactus Plant Flea Market Nike collaboration

Either way, this is a great time to look back at the 20 most valuable Happy Meal toys of all time! Let’s see if you owned or still own any of these Happy Meal grails.

20. Potato Head Kids (1987) – $30.05

Ah, the Mr. Potato Head Kids. These toys were from the animated Potato Head Kids show that aired from 1986 to 1987. The Happy Meal Miniature Mr. Potato Head toys are difficult to find sealed copies; meanwhile, the loose ones are relatively cheap, with a set of 11 selling for $30.05 on eBay in June. 

19. Despicable Me 2 (2013) July – $35.00

Despicable Me Minions took over the Happy Meal craze in 2013. The toys were made available at the same time as the movie release, which ended up the 2nd highest-grossing animated movie at the time. The Minions came in a set of 8, and recent sales are around $35.00.

18. Fraggle Rock (1987) – $60.00

Fraggle Rock was a part of the Muppet Universe and was immensely popular in the late 1980s. Surprisingly, you can complete this set on eBay for less than $60.00. 

17. Furby (2000) March 24 – April 13 – $69.00

Furby! The 1998 toy line was a massive success that led to two separate McDonald’s Happy Meal toy lines. The 2nd Furby toy line, the 2000 set of 12 Furby key chains, is the more valuable of the two today. The most recent complete sealed set sold was for $69.00.   

16. Super Mario Bros. 3 (1990) August- September – $69.95

The most popular video game character had to make his way to Happy Meals, right? Absolutely! Super Mario made his first appearance in 1990 as a set of 4, including Luigi, Little Goomba & Koopa Paratroopa. The most recent set sold was in April for $69.95. There are still complete sets available near that price.  

15. Inspector Gadget (1999) July 16 – August 12 – $70.00

The Inspector Gadget set is unique. This is the first set on the list that is built into one character. You would have to have all 8 pieces to make the full Inspector Gadget, which is currently available around $50.00-$70.00 on eBay. 

14. Star Trek Meal (1979-1980) December 1979 – February 1980 – $90.00

This is certainly one of the more unique Happy Meal promotions. There were 5 custom Happy Meal boxes for Star Trek, which included games & comics for the Movie. One of the notable scenes on the boxes was the death of 2 crewmembers. Imagine that being on a happy meal box today.

The toys available with the Happy Meals were a Star Trek Video Communicator, Star Trek Rings, which snapped together & a board game where you go through outer space on the Enterprise. A sealed Bracelet recently sold for $90.00 in June, and the Star Trek Communicator recently sold for $25.00 in July. Meanwhile, a case of the Happy Meal boxes recently sold for $121.73 on eBay.

13. 101 Dalmatians (1997-1998) December 26 – January 29 – $96.00

This is probably the coolest set McDonald’s ever released as part of Happy Meals. The 101 Dalmatians were available in happy meals, but there was also the caveat that you could win the whole collection as part of a McDonald’s program that promoted the movie 101 Dalmatians. Recently a complete set with authentication sold for $96.00 at auction on eBay.

12. 1993 Barbie Set – $105

This set is interesting in that the concept would never fly today. McDonalds and Mattel did this collaboration at the same time they were handing out Hot Wheels toys in the Happy Meal boxes. Children were asked to choose between a “boys toy” and a “girls toy”.

This set sold for $105 on eBay, but with them all looking pristine in their original boxes, I wonder if the buyer got a steal!

11. Changeables – Transforming Food (1987 & 1989) – $100.00

When I mentioned the most valuable Happy Meal Toys, my father immediately picked the Changeables. These toys would change into dinosaurs and robots from items on the menu. Recently a sealed set of 8 Changeables from 1989 sold for $100.00. 

10. Clone Wars Happy Meal Box (2008) August 15 – September 11, 2008 – $135.00

Star Wars finally makes the list! This set is based on the animated Clone Wars show that aired from 2008-09. The Clone Wars complete set of 18 is quite reasonable despite being 13 years old. You can complete the set for under $60.00 if you can find a lot available. There is also a 9 piece collectible box available that recently sold for $135.00 in May. The cardboard boxes that the Happy Meal came in are also desirable, selling for $15.00 recently. 

9. Pokémon 25th Anniversary Pikachu holo #25 PSA 10 – $150

To end this countdown, we have to go with the Pokémon 25th Anniversary Packs that were available in the Happy Meals. Why? The craze for packs and cases of packs was ridiculous; people were making offers to store managers and doing their best to buy cases and flip them for insane markups.

Simply put, these cards/packs are #1 on the list because a PSA 10 graded Holographic Pikachu sold for $445 on eBay in July. However, they are currently selling for around $150. While that’s certainly trending in the wrong direction, it’s still not a bad return on what was supposed to just be a fun Happy Meal giveaway.

Regardless, of whether this card is worth $100 or $400 (if graded a pristine PSA 10) today, it’s still more than most other single item on this list.

Over 42 years, McDonald’s has included toys in Happy Meals, and yet one of their most valuable is a Pikachu Card that’s just over a year old, which illustrates just how powerful and collectible the Pokémon brand is.

8. 2013 NFL Rush Zone (Complete Set) $225

NFL Rush Zone was an animated show on Nickelodeon that only ran for three seasons and focused on an 11-year-old San Diego Chargers fan (Ish) that protected a power source which was hidden in all 32 NFL stadiums. NFL stars and head coaches such as Drew Brees, Eli Manning and Mike Tomlin made guest appearances on the show, and every NFL team was represented by one of the “Rusherz”, a race of humanoid aliens that in some way resembled the logo or the city.

As weird as that concept sounds, this set going for $225 is proof that you can pretty much sell anything with an NFL logo on it.

7. Snoopy (1998-1999) – $350.00

The Snoopy World Tour came with 28 figures and was available as a complete set in a case designed as Snoopy’s house. Each toy represented a different country. The 2nd set of Snoopy toys was also available individually in 1999, and recently 27 sealed copies sold for $52.28. There is one complete set in the case listed currently on eBay for over $350.00.

6. Power Rangers (1995) – $350.00

The Power Rangers Mania was real, with demand causing shelves to be empty and families calling Bandai direct demanding toys. The demand wasn’t nearly that great for the Happy Meal toys, but they were popular. I remember having each one and enjoying a lot of happy meals when these were released. Recently a loose set sold for $85.04 in May, while a sealed set is valued at over $350.00.

5. Underwater Monsters By Diener Keshi (1979) – $400.00
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The first two sets of toys made available in Happy Meals were from Diener Keshi. Both were also multi-purposed as toys & erasers. Loose sets fetch over $80.00, and sealed sets, which are very rare, are valued at over $400.00. 

4. Robots By Diener Keshi (1979) – $400.00
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Like the Underwater Monsters, Diener Keshi also made the Robots. These are the first toys available for Happy Meals and the first Keshi toys shipped to the USA. The set contains 14 figures, and some are still available loose on eBay. A sealed set would also fetch north of $400.00, like the Underwater Monsters.

3. “Cactus Plant Flea Market” Adult Happy Meal Toys – $551

Adult Happy Meals might seem ridiculous to some people, but I disagree. You’re never too old for a Happy Meal!

McDonald’s linked up with Cactus Plant Flea Market for this collaboration that features four figures, Grimace, the Hamburglar, Birdie and Cactus Buddy. There is also a website where you can purchase some gear that celebrates the collab!

“We’re taking one of the most nostalgic McDonald’s experiences and literally repackaging it in a new way that’s hyper-relevant for our adult fans,” said Tariq Hassan, McDonald’s USA’s chief marketing and customer experience officer, in a statement.

This set of all four figures sold for $551, which is quite a return on the tasty investment.

2. Hot Wheels (1983) -$875.00

The McDonald’s Hot Wheels are the most underrated of all the toys listed. Sealed vintage hot wheels have been climbing in value steadily, and the 1983 McDonald’s set is no different. A complete 15 car sealed set was recently sold with the original sheet for $875.00 in May. Of all the items on this list, these are likely to be the most valuable moving forward.  

1. TY’s Teenie Beanie Baby Boos (1999) April 11, 1997 – May 15, 1997 – $1,000.00

If you weren’t around for the Beanie Baby craze, let me just say it was worse than the Pokémon Packs being sold earlier this year. Parents were buying out all the Teenie Beanie Babies at McDonald’s, and with limited supply, there were multiple incidents that led to injuries and arrests. One McDonald’s employee was charged with theft after being caught stealing $6,000.00 worth of them.

The Teenie Beanie Babies were smaller versions of the Beanie Babies and were available in Happy Meals or individually for sale at $2.00 each. Sealed versions of the original Teenie Beanie Babies fetch over $50.00, and as a set, they are worth over $1,000.00. Not bad for 22-year-old Happy Meal Toys. 

Movies/TV Popular Culture

50 Hidden Gems on Netflix You Should Watch Immediately

At this point in the pandemic, we’ve probably all exhausted our Netflix watch lists a few times over.  It gets dark early, nights are long, and there’s nothing to do but be bored in the house. How many rewatches of Stranger Things can one person truly handle?

Luckily, Netflix’s expansive offerings go beyond reruns of mediocre sitcoms: the streaming service actually seems to have a near-endless amount of content despite much of it being hidden by the company’s algorithm.

We’ve picked out 50 films and TV shows that might not pop up on your “recommended” list if you haven’t been searching specifically for them. From unexpected reality competitions to obscure anime to underground LGBTQ+ cinema, here’s our (unranked) list of the greatest hidden gems on Netflix.

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1. ‘Ip Man’ (2008)

Who’s in It: Donnie Yen, Lynn Hung, Dennis To

An impeccably-choreographed martial arts tetralogy that traces the legendary career of Bruce Lee’s master as he defeats Westerners and Japanese foes alike. Sure, the whole series is not-so-subtle Chinese propaganda, but it’s worth watching for the exciting action sequences.

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2. ‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ (2019)

Who’s in It: Taron Egerton, Mark Hamill, Lena Headey, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sigourney Weaver, Anya Taylor-Joy

Forget Game of Thrones. Dark Crystal is the high fantasy series worth watching. The Jim Henson Company’s high-concept puppet show is a dazzling example of a dying medium. The content is more adult than you’d expect from literal muppets, and the Tolkienesque world’s lore is both dense and allegorical.

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3. ‘Love, Death + Robots’ (2019)

Who’s in It: Madeleine Knight, Topher Grace, Emily O’Brien

Black Mirror became a viral hit with its prescient predictions about the panoptic power of social media. The short animated film collection Love, Death + Robots covers a lot of the same territory as Charlie Booker’s infamous sci-fi series, but with a bit more humor. Although it’s occasionally juvenile and sometimes overtly sexist, each episode takes on a different aspect of our nightmarish future with a totally different visual aesthetic.

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4. ‘Lady Dynamite’ (2016)

Who’s in It: Maria Bamford, Fred Melamed, Mary Kay Place, Ana Gasteyer

Comedian Maria Bamford uses surreal humor to explore a recent nervous breakdown in this honest, creative, and self-reflexive series about living with bipolar disorder. Your average comedy aficionado might find Bamford’s aesthetic too off-beat, but there are a lot of smart commentaries and earnest emotionality in this show.

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5. ‘Cuties’ (2020)

Who’s in It: Fathia Youssouf, Médina El Aidi-Azouni, Maïmouna Gueye

Cuties faced a bizarre media cycle after receiving backlash from American conservative critics who objected to the sexual content of the film, and then it faded into semi-obscurity. That being said, it’s easily one of the best films of 2020—dealing with the complex emotional lives of teenage girls navigating a deeply misogynistic world.

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6. ‘Little Miss Sumo’ (2018)

Who’s in It: Hiyori Kon

A beautifully shot short documentary film about female Sumo wrestlers and their commitment to their sport. It’s only about 20 minutes long, but it’s impossible not to form an immediate attachment to the impossibly strong and impossibly adorable protagonist.

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7. ‘Shot in the Dark’ (2017)

Who’s in It: Zak Holman, Howard Raishbrook, Austin Raishbrook

Although the content is extremely disturbing, Shot in the Dark is a fascinating delve into the lives of stringers: videographers who capture footage of car crashes and violent crimes to sell to news stations at frighteningly high prices. The rogues gallery of people featured are patently deplorable, yet absurdly compelling.

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8. ‘Disclosure’ (2020)

Who’s in It: Laverne Cox, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Jamie Clayton, Chaz Bono

Laverne Cox is a heavily featured talking head in this exhaustive and insightful exploration of the history of transgender people in Western cinema. The movie traces specific tropes of anti-trans violence and how they developed within a culture that is largely intolerant of sexual difference—but it also shows how there’s hope for the future as more trans people take to the big screen.

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9. ‘The Platform’ (2019)

Who’s in It: Iván Massagué, Zorion Eguileor, Antonia San Juan, Emilio Buale

This ultra-violent, dystopian thriller serves as a poignant metaphor for the inhumanity of capitalism. A student voluntarily enters a near-future disciplinary complex, but it seems likely he won’t survive the impossible cruelty of this system. It’s a frightening allegory and a warning about the power of unchecked greed.

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10. ‘Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold’ (2017)

Who’s in It: Joan Didion, Griffin Dunne

Directed by her nephew, Griffin Dunne, Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold focuses on the eponymous journalist and author in her decades-long career in writing. It weaves together her early days in Sacramento with her ultimate breakthrough in journalism at Vogue, while also having Didion candidly speak about specific moments and read through passages of her work. The sheer act of getting to hear her thoughts about writing easily cements this documentary as one of the greatest hidden gems on Netflix.

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11. ‘Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado’ (2020)

Who’s in It: Walter Mercado

The ebullient and colorful Walter Mercado was the most beloved astrologer in Latin America before disappearing from the public eye. This earnest documentary traces his career with deep love and respect, positioning the fortune-teller as a queer legend and a beacon of kindness.

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12. ‘Circus of Books’ (2019)

Who’s in It: Jeff Stryker, Larry Flynt

How, exactly, did a married heterosexual couple come to own one of the most infamous gay porn shops in the entire United States? Circus of Books tells the story of unlikely homosexual icons, Barry and Karen Mason, at the final moments of the eponymous adult shop’s closing. The story shows the conflicted morality of the Masons and is directed by the duo’s daughter as she explores the psychology of her parents who stunningly rejected their own gay child before seeing the error of their ways.

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13. ‘Blown Away’ (2019)

Who’s in It: Katherine Gray, Nick Uhas

It would be easy to dismiss glass sculpture as a kind of decorative kitsch, but Blown Away, a competition reality show about glass blowing, showcases the artistry, talent, and intellectual thought put into this misunderstood art form. For how mesmerizing it is alone, Blown Away is by far one of the most underrated, best hidden gems on Netflix.

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14. ‘Friends From College’ (2017)

Who’s in It: Keegan-Michael Key, Fred Savage, Cobie Smulders, Annie Parisse, Billy Eichner, Jae Suh Park, Nat Faxon

While it only ended up getting two seasons, Friends From College might be one of the most slept-on series to ever hit Netflix. The show tracks a friend group who reunites in New York City after having been apart for many years after graduating from Harvard.

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15. ‘What Did Jack Do?’ (2017)

Who’s in It: David Lynch

David Lynch interviews a very creepy monkey in this 17-minute, black-and-white, non-narrative short. It’s exactly what you’d expect from the beloved auteur, whose noir-influenced surreal works have spawned a cult following amongst arthouse cinephiles. Don’t expect a coherent story, just spooky vibes.

For just how absurd and odd this film is, it’s well-deserving of being among some of the best hidden gems on Netflix of all time.

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16. ‘The Perfection’ (2018)

Who’s in It: Allison Williams, Logan Browning, Steven Weber, Alaina Huffman

A twist-filled horror-thriller, The Perfection is a very strange revenge story filled with deeply unexpected moments and extremely bizarre celebrations of bloodshed. It somehow feels like eight movies are packed tightly into this 90-minute nightmare, and the ending is sure to leave you both nauseated and satisfied.

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17. ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ (2019)

Who’s in It: Jake Gyllenhaal, Toni Collette, Natalia Dyer, Rene Russo

What begins as an extremely caustic critique of the high art world devolves into an unsettling supernatural thriller. Starring an inexplicably buff Jake Gyllenhaal as a bisexual art dealer haunted by murderous painting, Velvet Buzzsaw combines smart satire with campy thrills.

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18. ‘Hollywood’ (2020)

Who’s in It: David Corenswet, Darren Criss, Dylan McDermott, Holland Taylor, Jeremy Pope, Jim Parsons, Laura Harrier, Rob Reiner, Maude Apatow

Tracking the nature of show business from quite a few different angles in the late 1940s, Hollywood is a limited series that ended up flying a bit under the radar when it first premiered in 2020. In one sense, we’re following an aspiring actor, Jack Castello (Corenswet), an aspiring Black screenwriter, Archie Coleman (Pope), and a veteran studio executive, Ellen Kincaid (Taylor). On top of that, we see the more gritty side of things and how actors have to both support themselves and hide who they really are.

Given that this one flew a bit under the radar, it’s definitely one of the most hidden gems on Netflix.

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19. ‘Cheer’ (2020)

Who’s in It: Monica Aldama, Morgan Simianer, Lexi Brumback, Gabi Butler

Cheer tracks Navarro College’s cheerleading squad in the months leading up to the NCA National Championships competition, which pits them against some of the greatest cheerleading programs in the country. Helmed by the staunch and formidable Monica Aldama, we get an unvarnished look into both the personal and professional lives of Aldama and her team through the early days of training, the emotional final roster reveal, and their ultimate performance at the NCA National Championships in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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20. ‘A Secret Love’ (2020)

Who’s in It: Terry Donahue, Pat Henschel

Directed by Chris Bolan and produced by Ryan Murphy and Jason Blum, A Secret Love is an in-depth documentary about Terry Donahue, who was a player in the All-American Girls Professional League, and her relationship with Pat Henschel that she was forced to keep a secret from their families and friends.

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21. ‘Cam’ (2018)

Who’s in It: Madeline Brewer, Melora Walters

A young sex worker’s life begins to unravel when she spots her doppelganger gaining popularity on cam shows. Is she losing or mind, or is someone trying to destroy her life? Both erotic and extremely frightening, Cam is intelligent feminist horror for the 21st century.

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22. ‘Derry Girls’ (2018)

Who’s in It: Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Louisa Harland, Nicola Coughlan, Jamie-Lee O’Donnell

Derry Girls has been a bit of a sleeper hit among fans, following a group teenage girls in Derry, Ireland during the Troubles in the mid-to-late 1990s. The show plays into the overall political conflict while mixing in absolutely hilarious dialogue and situations for the group of girls attending Catholic school.

If you haven’t watched Derry Girls yet, you absolutely need to—it’s one of the greatest hidden gems on Netflix by far.

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23. ‘Ares’ (2020)

Who’s in It: Jade Olieberg, Tobias Kersloot, Lisa Smit and Robin Boissevain

When a struggling student accidentally finds herself accepted into a secret society, she begins unfurling a series of mysteries about the cult’s practices and her own lineage. This Dutch horror series is masterfully suspenseful and beautifully shot. You don’t need to pick up on the social criticism pertaining to the villainies of colonialism to be enthralled by the show’s dark story.

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24. ‘The Politician’ (2019)

Who’s in It: Jessica Lange, Ben Platt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Judith Light, Theo Germaine, Zoey Deutch, David Corenswet, Julia Schlaepfer, Rahne Jones

The Politician takes big stakes to the small stage of an affluent high school in California as Payton Hobart (Platt) is running for class president against the more popular favorite, River Barkley. However, the running mates they choose end up becoming major conflicts in the entire story.

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25. ‘The Big Flower Fight’ (2020)

Who’s in It: Natasia Demetriou, Vic Reeves, Kristen Griffith-VanderYacht

It’s hard to imagine that the frivolous world of flower arranging could be even remotely exciting, but The Big Flower Fight uses the formula of The Great British Baking Show to display the immense skills and aesthetic power of landscaping and floristry. The diverse cast are imminently lovable and you’ll absolutely have a favorite by the finale—even if you don’t care about plants at all.

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26. ‘Gerald’s Game’ (2017)

Who’s in It: Carla Gugino, Chiara Aurelia, Bruce Greenwood, Carel Struycken

One of Stephen King’s lesser-known works was transformed into a deeply eerie horror movie by director Mike Flanagan in 2017. In it, a married couple’s experiments in BDSM are interrupted when the husband suddenly dies, leaving the wife handcuffed to her bed. As she struggles to escape, she is visited in the night by wolves and giants: Is she going insane or is she being stalked?

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27. ‘The Great British Baking Show: Holidays’ (2018)

Who’s in It: Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith, Matt Lucas, Noel Fielding

The Great British Baking Show became a viral sensation in the USA: the kind and gentle approach to reality competition was so starkly different from the bitchy, drama-filled spectacles we have on this side of the pond. Beloved contestants return for one-off Holiday-themed episodes in this spinoff showcase. Even viewers who vehemently oppose Christmas cheer can’t help but be charmed.

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28. ‘Casting JonBenet’ (2017)

Who’s in It: John and Patsy Ramsey, Burke Ramsey, John Mark Karr

The true crime genre is often mind-numbingly violent and thoughtlessly sensationalist, but Casting JonBenet provides a sensitive and intelligent, postmodern twist on the standard formula. This documentary about the actors who play victims and murderers in true crime reenactments hits on the human element of crime stories in ways few other movies really can manage.

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29. ‘Pee-wee’s Big Holiday’ (2016)

Who’s in It: Paul Reubens

We all remember the cultural shunning of Paul Reubens following a series of overblown non-scandals, but Pee-Wee gets the last laugh with this triumphant return. The wacky world of perpetual childhood remains heartwarmingly innocent even decades after the eponymous hero’s Big Adventure.

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30. ‘I Am Not Okay With This’ (2020)

Who’s in It: Sophia Lillis, Wyatt Oleff, Sofia Bryant, Richard Ellis

Blending supernatural themes, comedy, and coming-of-age, I Am Not Okay With This follows Sydney Novak (Lillis), who has started to notice something a little different about herself: she has telekinetic powers. Equally weighing on her brain is the confusing relationships she has with her neighbor, Stan (Oleff), and her best friend, Dina (Bryant).

Although the series didn’t get a second season, it’s still one of the most underrated hidden gems on Netflix to date.

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31. ‘Pretend It’s a City’ (2021)

Who’s in It: Fran Lebowitz, Martin Scorsese

Basically, the entire premise of Pretend It’s a City is just listening to Fran Lebowitz go off on anything and everything that she perceives is wrong with the world and New York City. We follow alongside her as she struts around the city, answers audience questions at live events, and is interviewed by people including Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, and Olivia Wilde.

Given that Fran Lebowitz herself is a hidden gem, Pretend It’s a City is one of the most hilarious hidden gems on Netflix.

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32. ‘Tallulah’ (2016)

Who’s in It: Elliot Page, Allison Janney, Uzo Aduba, Tammy Blanchard

Starring Elliot Page in the namesake role of Tallulah, the film revolves around Tallulah as she finds herself as a slightly-accidental mother when she takes the child of a random woman, Carolyn, from a local hotel as she had irresponsibly passed out. The rest of the film follows Tallulah and the child as they head over to Margo, Tallulah’s mother’s, place.

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33. ‘The River Runner’ (2021)

Who’s in It: Scott Lindgren

In Tibet’s Mount Kailash, Scott Lindgren kayaks away in the hopes of becoming the first person to make it through the four major rivers that flow from the mountain. The River Runner is not only a profile of the man behind this massive mission, but always shines a spotlight on the trials and tribulations that come along with the sport.

Given how pure his mission is, The River Runner is well-deserving of being among the best hidden gems on Netflix.

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34. ‘The Chair’ (2021)

Who’s in It: Sandra Oh, Holland Taylor, Jay Duplass, Bob Balaban

In The Chair, Ji-Yoon Kim (Oh) portrays a younger professor who has just been promoted to chair of the English Department at a fairly prestigious fictionalized college, Pembroke University. While there, she faces a slew of ups and downs stemming from a publicized scandal involving one of the professors at the college.

If this isn’t one of the greatest hidden gems on Netflix, then I don’t know what is.

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35. ‘The Babysitter’ (2017)

Who’s in It: Samara Weaving, Judah Lewis, Hana Mae Lee, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne

In this wild horror-comedy, a sexy babysitter is revealed as the leader of a Satan-worshipping crew of ghouls. The only hope for their defeat is a pre-teen boy who must outsmart the demonic gang—but can he overcome his crush on his governess to thwart the devil? Director McG’s penchant for eye-popping visuals and Tarantino-esque hyper-stylization help uplift the movie’s extremely silly story.

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36. ‘Ainori: Love Wagon’ (2017)

Who’s in It: Becky, Mayuko Kawakita, Toshiaki Kasuga

Japanese reality dating shows are far quirkier than the endless slog of Western romantic travesties like The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. In Love Wagon, singles have their phones taken away during weeks of international travel. The socially awkward men and women navigate competing crushes while visiting tourist attractions, complete with over-the-top narration and absurd commentary.

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37. ‘Fantastic Fungi’ (2019)

Who’s in It: Brie Larson, Andrew Weil, Giuliana Furci

This documentary is probably exactly what it sounds like in your head: it’s about fantastic fungi. Zooming in close to various mushrooms and other types of fungi, Fantastic Fungi paints an extraordinary picture of a fairly overlooked eukaryotic organism.

While this is technically just a film about mushrooms, the simplistic beauty of the organisms makes this documentary one of the most underrated hidden gems on Netflix.

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38. ‘The Alpinist’ (2021)

Who’s in It: Marc-André Leclerc, Brette Harrington

We’ve all heard of climbers like Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell, but the more introverted Canadian climber and alpinist, Marc-André Leclerc, made incredible first ascents and solos without practically anyone realizing it. The Alpinist is the first (and last) time we get to see Leclerc up close, oftentimes not letting producers and directors know what he has planned until the climb is over, taking a more purist approach to the sport.

Not only is the one of the greatest hidden gems on Netflix, but it’s one of the best hidden gems, period.

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39. ‘Dorohedoro’ (2020)

Who’s in It: Wataru Takagi, Reina Kondou

Anime purists might balk at the 3D CG animation of this science fantasy series but the fight scenes and endearing characters make a few questionable stylistic decisions forgivable. It’d be impossible to explain the show’s absurd and whimsical story in this summary. Suffice it to say, the main plot point is a magical battle between high-class sorcerers and the slums.

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40. ‘The Speed Cubers’ (2020)

Who’s in It: Max Park, Feliks Zemdegs, Schwan Park, Philipp Weyer

These guys can beat a Rubik’s Cube—and fast. The Speed Cubers documents the people behind the cube who make the sport what it is, from deep rivalries and complicated friendships to the championships in Australia.

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41. ‘Chasing Coral’ (2017)

Who’s in It: Andrew Ackerman, Neal Cantin, Pim Bongaerts

Documenting the beauty and sadness that comes with coral reefs, Chasing Coral is raw look into the real dangers that our coral reefs face due to climate change. We track a large group of scientists, photographers, and divers whose goal is to both shed a light on what’s happening and deliver a breathtaking snapshot of coral reefs.

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42. ‘GLOW’ (2017)

Who’s in It: Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Sydelle Noel, Britney Young

Having had a nice three-season run, GLOW is a dramedy that is a fictionalized take on women’s professional wrestling in the 1980s. Specifically, we hone in on the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW), and the various tactics used to promote the wrestling circuit.

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43. ‘Oprah + Viola: A Netflix Special Event’ (2022)

Who’s in It: Oprah Winfrey, Viola Davis

In classic Oprah-sit-down-interview-fashion, Oprah Winfrey interviews Viola Davis about her memoir, Finding Me. Davis talks in depth about her childhood and growing up, the trauma she went through and the shame that has still stuck with her today.

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44. ‘The Kominsky Method’ (2018)

Who’s in It: Michael Douglas, Alan Arkin, Sarah Baker, Paul Reiser, Lisa Edelstein

With three seasons under its belt, The Kominsky Method pairs up Michael Douglas with Alan Arkin as two aging best friends; Douglas is Sandy Kominsky, a semi-successful actor who owns and teaches at his own acting school, and Arkin plays Norman Newlander, who serves as Kominsky’s agent. The two get into various conflicts and antics both between one another and separately with their respective family and friends.

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45. ‘Keith Richards: Under the Influence’ (2015)

Who’s in It: Keith Richards

Mick Jagger might be the frontman of The Rolling Stones, but Keith Richards is not to be forgotten. Getting into the psyche of Richards, Keith Richards: Under the Influence unveils a much-different man than the one we’ve heard about and seen on stage. Sure, he’s got all the grittiness that we’ve seen, but there’s a much softer side to him than he leads on.

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46. ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ (2018)

Who’s in It: Kiernan Shipka, Ross Lynch, Michelle Gomez, Mirando Otto, Lucy Davis, Chance Perdomo, Jaz Sinclair, Lachlan Watson, Tati Gabrielle, Richard Coyle, Gavin Leatherwood

Based on the comic book series of the same name published by Archie Comics, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina takes (most) everything that went down in the comics and gives it a completely new life, perfectly bending comedy, drama, and spooky vibes into one. The main focus of the series is the eponymous Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka), a half-human, half-witch who has to make a major decision about which side of the genealogy she’ll be sticking to. Her thoughts on the subject: why can’t she have both?

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47. ‘Russian Doll’ (2019)

Who’s in It: Natasha Lyonne, Greta Lee, Elizabeth Ashley, Charlie Barnett, Yul Vazquez, Chloë Sevigny

An instant hit, Russian Doll stars Natasha Lyonne as Nadia Vulvokov, a woman who inexplicably gets herself entangled in an infinite time loop after dying on the day of her 36th birthday. Melding sci-fi, drama, and comedy together, the series tracks Vulvokov as she attempts to piece together how she ended up in her current situation.

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48. ‘Ratched’ (2020)

Who’s in It: Sarah Paulson, Judy Davis, Finn Wittrock, Cynthia Nixon, Jon Jon Briones, Charlie Carver, Sharon Stone

Sarah Paulson takes on the infamous role of Nurse Mildred Ratched, a major character in both the novel and film iterations of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Ratched focuses on the namesake nurse herself, giving us a deeper look into her past and how she became the person she was depicted as in Ken Kesey’s novel.

The sheer acting force that is Sarah Paulson and Judy Davis makes Ratched one of the greatest hidden gems on Netflix of all time.

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49. ‘Santa Clarita Diet’ (2017)

Who’s in It: Timothy Olyphant, Drew Barrymore, Liv Hewson, Skyler Gisondo

Mixing horror and comedy into one, Santa Clarita Diet is all about the real estate team of Joel (Timothy Olyphant) and Sheila Hammond (Drew Barrymore), who also happen to be married to each other. While things seem to be going swimmingly as usual for them and their family, everything takes a major turn when Sheila begins to transform into a zombie, changing both her diet and her usual disposition.

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50. ‘The Watcher’ (2022)

Who’s in It: Bobby Cannavale, Naomi Watts, Jennifer Coolidge, Mia Farrow, Richard Kind, Margo Martindale

New to Netflix, The Watcher is actually based on the real story of a house in Westfield, New Jersey that was home to a steady stream of threatening letters, all sent from someone named “The Watcher.” Bobby Cannavale and Naomi Watts star as the newly-married couple who move into the house and begin to receive these letters, which later opens up a wider investigation into who’s behind it.

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The Top 20 Cannabis Companies You Should Know

Whether it be in the form of flower, oil or serums, the legal marijuana industry is going to blow up. We’re betting that the industry will totally eclipse a slew of other vice industries in years to come. Like with any burgeoning field, it’s often difficult to determine who we’ll be talking about in ten years and who’s just saturating the market. So Rama Mayo—the president of Green Street—and I rounded up the top 20 Cannabis companies to keep an eye on.

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1. Pure Beauty
  • Brand type: Cultivator / Lifestyle brand
  • Key products: Menthol cannabis cigarettes / Little Strong Drink

The appeal is in the name. Pure Beauty is doing something unique in the cannabis space by emphasizing the aesthetic of both their online user experience and their product design. They’re still pretty early in their entry into the space, but their beautiful visual style and commitment to ethically growing their product make Pure Beauty an absolutely necessary cannabis company to keep an eye on.

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2. Alien Labs
  • Brand type: Cultivator / Lifestyle brand
  • Key products: Flower / Smell proof bags

If you could get free weed forever, Alien Labs is where you should go. The brand’s flower is absolutely legendary; it’s the Don Perignon of weed. Of course, the best comes at a price, but the hefty price tag is absolutely appropriate. With some of the best cultivators in the game, Alien Labs is an absolute must-try brand for real flower aficionados.

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3. Jungle Boys
  • Brand type: Cultivator / Lifestyle brand
  • Key products: Flower

Jungle Boys is a unique brand because of their position as both an incredible cultivator and a destination for buying. They have their own retail locations, their own cultivation and a pretty sick merch line. Jungle Boys represents a growing trend in the cannabis space: the conflation between weed companies and lifestyle brands. They don’t do any shows or expos, and sell all of their product themselves. The LA brand has been around since 2006, and will likely be one of the biggest companies in cannabis as we continue to watch the industry explode.

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4. Cannacraft
  • Brand type: Cultivator
  • Key products: Oil / Lagunitas Hi Fi Hops

Cannacraft is different from some of the aforementioned brands because of their emphasis on oil. They do huge outdoor grows which are processed for oil, and are fast becoming one of the most revolutionary brands in cannabis. During the raging California fires of 2017, the Cannacraft owners let the Red Cross set up in their facilities. The brand is really the poster child of how to be a cannabis company that gives back, while simultaneously making huge strides in the production of weed products.

We also have to mention the breakout product of 2020, Cannacraft’s collab with brewery Lagunitas (a subsidiary of Heineken): Hi Fi Hops. The beer replacement contains 0 calories and 0 sugar, but still gives drinkers the refreshing buzz of a traditional beer. It’s an absolute game changer for not just the cannabis industry, but the beverage industry generally.

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5. Henry’s Original
  • Brand type: Cultivator
  • Key products: Pre-rolls

Part of what makes Henry’s so great is their commitment to farming and growing good outdoor flower. They’re mostly known for their pre-rolls, filled with weed grown in Mendocino County on the company’s property. Henry’s is farmer owned and operated, and is culturally a bit similar to many of the Northern California wineries, emphasizing a commitment to agriculture and building a beautiful space to grow. You can check out this Forbes article about their amazing fundraising efforts as well.

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6. Country Cannabis
  • Brand type: Lifestyle brand
  • Key products: Good Neighbor flower

Country is meant to be a hard working weed, grown for people who like to smoke while remaining productive. Many of their strains are lower in THC dosage while maintaining a higher CBD dosage, reducing the fogginess of traditional smoking but with all the good stuff. If you want to learn more, check out the profile we did on the brand last year.

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7. Cookies / Lemonnade
  • Brand type: Retailer / Cultivator / Lifestyle brand
  • Key products: Lemonnade’s sativa flower

Cookies is the closest thing the Cannabis Industry has to a titan like Nike. Helmed by legendary recording artist and entrepreneur Berner, Cookies aims to embody what makes California unique, through fashion, cannabis, sports and music. The clothing line alone records profits which dwarf that of a lot of other cannabis competitors. Berner was originally a cultivator, but now partners with farms and other cultivators to create Cookies dispensaries. You can’t talk about Cannabis in 2020 without mentioning Cookies.

We’d also like to address Cookies’ sister company, Lemonnade. Founded in 2015 by Berner and Brett Wilson, Lemonnade is known for its amazing Sativa flower and beautiful aesthetic. They’ve collabed with artists like Rick Ross, Michael Corleone, and Run The Jewels, and their overall vertical integration (they use a seed-to-sale business model) gives them total control over their customers’ smoking and buying experience. If you’re a sativa-head, then Lemonnade might just be your brand.

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8. The Cannabis Brothers
  • Brand type: Cultivator
  • Key products: Flower

The Cannabis Brothers is a family Cannabis company. Their flower is on the level of Alien Labs and Jungle Boys; their mission is truly just to grow amazing flower. It’s a 100% family business, helmed by two brothers. The owners are some of the nicest dudes you could possibly meet (The Cannabis Gardener and Payaso Grow are the OG brands, named after brother master growers Terence and Philip) in cannabis or any space, and their flower lives up to their standards.

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9. The Originals / The Cure Company
  • Brand type: Cultivator / Retailer
  • Key products: Flower

The Originals and the Cure Company are an example of two brands working side by side in cannabis. The two brands are run by two iconoclasts; they work together to sell from their own dispensaries and also sell directly to other businesses. In addition to growing their own line of signature strains, The Originals grows select flower for Mike Tyson’s brand and Shavo’s brand 22Red. The Cure Company is partnered with the late great Nipsey Hussle on his Marathon OG strain. These two brands are the operation behind a lot of the biggest name releases in cannabis in the past few years.

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10. Cream of the Crop
  • Brand type: Cultivator
  • Key products: Rest line

Cream of the Crop grows crazy flower, but unlike some of these other flower-first brands, they also have their own line of full spectrum oils. The brand’s commitment to healthy living manifests in their “Rest” line, which contains cannabis and other essential ingredients (including Coconut Flour, Beeswax, FSO, and their REST Terpene Blend, Melatonin, Valerian Root, and Ginkgo Biloba) to create a true rest-aid for cannabis users and non-users alike.

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11. Trees By Game
  • Brand type: Lifestyle brand
  • Key products: Premium bud

As you may have guessed, Trees By Game is the cannabis brand brought to you by west coast hip hop icon, the Game. The flower is “hand picked” by the rapper, and the brand’s stated mission is to “deliver CA’s highest quality flower to ‘the real smokers.'” Like some of the other brands on this list, Trees By Game is a great brand for real flower aficionados looking for that upscale, premium bud. 

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These next three brands are all affiliated with the Green Street, which has deep ties to Gary Vee. Rama Mayo, the President of Green Street, helped co-author this article. However, regardless of any affiliation between Green Street and ONE37pm, these brands would make our list of companies to look out for because of the incredible work they are doing in the space.

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12. Gas
  • Brand type: Lifestyle brand
  • Key products: Tiered flower

When you think about celebrities surrounding cannabis, one of the first people you think of should be 2 Chainz. Gas is majority owned by the rapper; he chose the name, the strains, and he chooses all the products. He is truly a weed aficionado and arguably knows cannabis better than any artist in the world. The brand sells multiple tiers of weed (something unique compared to some of these other brands), and funny enough, their best sellers are their highest end pre rolls and then their more affordable eighths of flower.

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13. Vacation
  • Brand type: Lifestyle brand
  • Key products: Bud / Cool accessories

Vacation is fun. Their goal is to help you get in that Vacation mindset no matter if that means chilling with friends at a BBQ, watching a movie or sitting on the beach doing absolutely nothing. The company is a joint venture (pun intended) between Sho Labs and Green Street, and their weed is “grown by the best northern california stoners we could find.” The burgeoning company also boasts a great lineup of eye-popping accessories and a laid-back visual style.

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14. Asterisk*
  • Brand type: Lifestyle brand
  • Key products: Artwork / merch

Asterisk is going to be the Avengers of the Cannabis space. Gary Vee and Juicy J are already among the investors in the brand, and they brought on legendary designer Cody Hudson to create the merch. Weed is merely one of many avenues Asterisk aims to capitalize on. Between their merch and high-profile investors, Asterisk is set to be a true lifestyle brand.

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15. Jeeter
  • Brand type: Lifestyle brand
  • Key products: Live resin / Pre-rolls

Jeeter boasts the title of having the “#1 Pre-Roll in the world.” The brand, which sells a wide array of pre-rolls, flower, concentrates and more, was born in Miami before expanding to California and other legalized states. Jeeter is much more than just a cannabis brand, with an expansive roster of apparel, experiences and more.

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16. Wizard Trees
  • Brand type: Cultivator
  • Key products: Flower

Wizard Trees is a great cultivator based out of LA. Like a lot of the other cultivators on this list, they don’t sell flower direct to consumer but you can find where to get your hands on their bud on the website.

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17. Wonderbrett
  • Brand type: Cultivator / Lifestyle brand
  • Key products: Flower that emphasizes flavor and terpenes

Founded in 2014, Wonderbrett grows some of the best flower around creating small batch, premium cannabis at their Long Beach, CA facility. You can find out where you can get your hands on Wonderbrett-grown products here.

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  • Brand type: Retailer / Cultivator / Lifestyle brand
  • Key products: Live resin vapes

STIIZY has some of the most innovative vape tech in the game, comprising the industry standard for convenient and portable marijuana consumption. Something that sets STIIZY apart is the use of proprietary technology through the entirety of their vapes, allowing the brand to fully cultivate the entire experience of smoking. They’ve earned a cult following over the years, with good reason.

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19. Cannabiotix

Brand type: Cultivator
Key products: Premium flower, live resin cartridges

The founders of CBX have been in the game for nearly 20 years, officially starting the brand in 2014. Today, CannaBiotix boasts one of the most expansive rosters of cannabis strains available on the market with one goal in mind: “to be able to provide their friends and family with the craziest weed they have ever seen or smoked.”

The account linked above is a subsidiary of Cannabiotix and you can click through to the brand’s primary private IG.

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20. Lobo Cannagar

Brand type: Pre-roll company
Key products: Presidentes / Mini pre-rolls

Lobo produces a wide range of pre-rolls, most notably their Presidente cannagars—premium cigar-style wraps. It’s one of the most luxurious smoking options on the market, combining the relaxing vibe of cigars with the heavy weed smoker culture of blunts. They also sell a really great pack of minis for a casual smoke on the go, which is their best-selling product. To learn more about Lobo, check out this profile we did on the brand’s founder, Eduardo Whittington.

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Everything New We Learned From the ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Trailer and More

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever isn’t just your average Marvel sequel film. About four years in the making, as initial plans for a Black Panther sequel began in 2018. Chadwick Boseman’s death in August 2020 of colon cancer changed the plans for the sequel, with director Ryan Coogler deciding not to recast the role of T’Challa. Instead, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will dive deep into Wakanda, exploring the country as a whole and highlighting the other characters in the film.

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Breaking Down the ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Trailer

As the newest Black Panther: Wakanda Forever just dropped, we’ve learned quite a bit more about the overall plot of the film than we did when the teaser was originally released back in July.

We start off with a somber, long procession line of T’Challa’s family, friends, and country for what seems to be his funeral, as his mother, Ramonda (Angela Bassett), is holding his helmet.

We’re then introduced to Namor (Tenoch Huerta), who’s painting a mural and other inscriptions on a wall. As he’s doing that, we hear him say, “only the most broken people can be great leaders.” As Wakanda mourns the death of T’Challa, we cut to an underwater kingdom where Namor takes a seat in what’s clearly the king’s throne.

It seems like Wakanda is under attack from outside forces (possibly the U.S. Army) as a man is seen using binoculars to spy on the country. However, the Wakandans don’t take kindly to this, as we see them scale a massive ship in retaliation.

M’Baku then explains the underwater kingdom that we were introduced to before: “His people do not call him General or King—they call him K’uk’ulkan, the feather serpent god. Killing him will risk eternal war.”

After Shuri (Letitia Wright) reveals that the king is rising up and “coming for the surface world,” it’s clear that there’s going to be a major battle between the two kingdoms. So, basically, it seems like we’ve got two battles going on here: one, between Wakanda and this feather serpent god, and the other, between Wakanda and the U.S. Army.

As we’re thrown through tons of action-packed clips that include a massive car chase and underwater battle, just to name a few, we’re given one, major reveal at the end of the trailer: a female-like figure in a modified Black Panther suit. Though it’s not totally clear just who this is, I think it’s safe to say that it’s either Shuri or Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o).

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Who Will Star in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”?

The bulk of the cast of Black Panther will be returning for its sequel, though Michael B. Jordan will not be returning as Erik Killmonger (given that we were to believe that he was killed at the end the film). Jordan himself has been fairly quiet on the subject, though he expressed interest in being a part of it, regardless of whether his character was supposedly dead. Being that it’s a Marvel film, practically anything is possible when it comes to the living statuses of characters.

Wright will be taking on a much larger role this time around, reprising her role as Shuri, T’Challa’s sister. Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, and Winston Duke are just a few of the cast members who will be returning to their former roles. Additionally, Michaela Coel has been cast as Aneka, who is rumored to be a combat instructor.

Tenoch Huerta will be taking on the role of Namor, who—as we saw in the trailer—is the main antagonist of the film. On top of him, Dominique Thorne will be portraying Riri Williams/Ironheart and Florence Kasumba is playing Ayo.

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What’s the Release Date of ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’?

The movie is currently set to be released on November 11, 2022, as filming resumed in January 2022 after a bit of a hiatus. Back in August of 2021, Letitia Wright was injured on set during a stunt, which resulted in her fracturing her shoulder and getting a concussion. Her recovery ended up taking much longer than expected, halting filming from November until January. Due to this, the movie’s release was pushed back to November 2022, as it had originally been slated for July 8, 2022.

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How Will They Honor Chadwick Boseman?

As of November of 2020, the writers and Coogler were still figuring out the best ways to honor Boseman as he became such an icon in his role as the Black Panther. Shuri will definitely play a major role in honoring Boseman, as she and T’Challa shared an unbreakable bond as brother and sister. There’s also a ton more to explore about Shuri herself, an insanely smart inventor who can create basically anything using technology. Through that, it might reveal more about T’Challa, perhaps revisiting a few flashbacks of their childhood together.

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Where Was ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Filmed?

Much of the sequel was filmed in Georgia, specifically in Atlanta at Trilith Studios and at Mary Ross Waterfront Park in Brunswick. In addition, there were scenes shot at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as well as in Puerto Rico, the latter of which is where the film wrapped up production on March 24, 2022.

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Where Can I Watch ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’?

As of right now, the only place you’ll be able to catch Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be in theaters starting November 11, 2022. Once the film leaves theaters, Disney+ will most likely make the film available for streaming, just as we saw with Thor: Love and Thunder.

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Plot Predictions for ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’

While it’s already been established that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will focus on Wakanda itself as opposed to focusing on one specific person within it, quite a few rumors are going around about just what that will entail.

With the focus being on Wakanda, we’re bound to see more of the country itself and what occurs daily, and through that, we’ll be introduced to new characters, including that of Coel, Lynch, and Huerta. We also now have the confirmed casting Ironheart, who Thorne will portray. She’s set to play the character in her own spin-off series, aptly titled, Ironheart, but since the series hasn’t been given an official release date yet, there’s a fair chance that Ironheart’s first live appearance will be in Wakanda Forever.

Anthony Ramos was also recently announced to be playing a major role in Ironheart, which means that we could also see his first entrance into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The cast had been filming at (MIT), and given that it’s where Wright sustained her injuries, there’s a fair chance that there will be an arc about her going further in her studies of technology.; this could also lean into the fact that Shuri will be taking on a much larger role in the film. As action scenes were also shot at the campus, time will only tell if it ends up being a study-related journey or a specific mission—or both.

We’ve still got a solid month before Black Panther: Wakanda Forever releases, but as the release date gets closer, we’re bound to get a few crumbs of details here and there as we patiently wait.

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Who is the Most Powerful Marvel Character? The 30 Greatest Heroes and Villians, Ranked

We all know about Thor, Thanos, and Hulk—but what about Squirrel Girl? Who’s she? Is she a girl who looks like a squirrel or a girl who summons squirrels? Does she eat acorns for a living? Why is someone named Squirrel Girl on this list? Who is the most powerful Marvel character?

From notorious names that we’ve come to love (and hate) to lesser-known oddballs who have flown under the radar, Marvel has ranked up quite a bit of power under its belt of characters over the years. Broken up between the most powerful of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and of Marvel Comics, these next 25 characters hold their own with no problem. But when we pit them against each other, how do they stand up?

The Most Powerful Marvel Cinematic Universe Characters
14. The Thing
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Basically a wall of stone, The Thing is a formidable opponent simply upon first glance. Although he has a similar build to the Hulk and relies upon his pure brute strength as his main weapon, Hulk is much more unpredictable with his rage, which allows his strength to grow even further. The Thing is much more grounded, but while he has enhanced senses, his weaknesses lie within his lack of other strengths. Being a tank of force is great, but when it’s the only thing you’re relying on, it makes certain enemies tougher to handle.

While we know that The Thing hasn’t appeared in an MCU film just yet, with a Fantastic Four movie on the way, as well as Mister Fantastic’s cameo in Multiverse of Madness it’s only a matter of time before he makes his debut.

13. Wolverine
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Made of impermeable skin and with the ability to heal himself, Wolverine is even more unstoppable with his retractable adamantium claws. A notable member of the X-Men, Wolverine is instantly recognizable as a hulking figure in yellow, and while he is a mutant superhero, he definitely has a dark side to him, which is shown in the sheer number of people he has killed over the years.

James Howlett, also known as Logan, became Wolverine after he saw his father, Thomas (who was also the groundskeeper), shoot and kill his step-father. This spurred the young James to develop his claws, killing his father.

12. Vision
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Ultron and Helen Cho created Vision from vibranium and the Mind Stone, giving this new synthezoid incredible powers. Although he was designed to become Ultron, Vision ended up being a standalone, living being capable of almost every superhuman ability along with a genius intellect.

Vision doesn’t rely on any weapons and instead uses blasts of energy, body and skin manipulation, and strength to defeat enemies. However, if he ever needs to pick up Thor’s hammer again, he’s one of the few who can do so.

11. Iron Man
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While the Iron Man suit might be responsible for inflicting the insane amount of damage it’s capable of harnessing, the man behind the suit is the true mastermind behind it all: Tony Stark. Portrayed by Robert Downey Jr. in the MCU, Iron Man is not only a powerful ally, but he’s also one of the de facto leaders of the crew—a constant beacon in times of darkness.

Of course, mentally, the man has a super-genius intellect, which allows him to constantly be ahead of the game both with regard to the inventions he creates and on that battlefield. Physically in his suit, Iron Man is granted superhuman strength, can shoot out energy blasts, run and fly at extremely fast speeds, absorb energy, and defend against outside radiation or other biological attacks.

10. Doctor Strange
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A Master of the Mystic Arts, Doctor Strange is well-versed in sorcery, having once been the Sorcery Supreme himself. He can form shields and other energy blasts out of Eldrich Magic is capable of astral projection and implements a number of spells that have various effects on his enemies. On top of that, Doctor Strange can travel through portals created by Sling Rings, enabling him and others to switch back and forth from various dimensions of the Multiverse.

9. Captain Marvel
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Carol Danvers, better known as Captain Marvel, is quite the underrated Avenger, as she’s basically a human rocket that can crush through almost anything in sight. After sustaining the impact of a massive explosion, the Tesseract’s extraterrestrial powers in it became infused within her, allowing Captain Marvel to have superhuman strength and power.

She’s also able to fly, create cosmic energy blasts, absorb the impacts of incredible forces, and create photon blasts. While some have argued that she’s the most powerful Avenger (myself included), Hulk and Thor ultimately have such incredible brute strength that it would be tough for her to beat them in battle.

8. Hulk
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One of the most recognizable superheroes of all time, Hulk is defined by his Gamma radiation-powered strength, the power of which is determined by just how much rage he has stored up in his body. Though at heart he’s a gentle giant, that doesn’t stop him from being a formidable opponent to just about any enemy who comes his way. On top of his strength, he also had incredible leaping and healing abilities, self-regenerates, and is quickly adaptable to various environments.

7. Thor
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Although Thor and Hulk are neck-and-neck in the strength battle, where Thor truly wins is within his power control: Hulk is more volatile, which gives him less control over his abilities. Thor is a steady leader and only one of a few people who have the ability to lift his iconic hammer, Mjolnir, which is enchanted and able to absorb astronomical heights of energy. The son of Odin, King of Asgard, Thor was always bound to be fighting for justice, as he continues to do as a member of the Avengers.

6. Adam Warlock

Set to make his first appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol.3 where he’ll be played by Will Poulter, Adam Warlock was created by a group of scientists, who quested to create the perfect human being. In the MCU, Adam Warlock will be created by Ayesha, the leader of the Sovereign race.

She hopes to use Adam to destroy the Guardians of the Galaxy, who had betrayed her in the previous film.

In the comics, he has powers of superhuman strength, speed, agility, and durability. Oh, also he can fly, manipulate energy, manipulate matter, and is also a master of magic. It remains to be seen how powerful he will be in the MCU, but he will certainly be one of the heavy hitters.

5. Dormammu
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This dimension-surfing entity is feared by all—especially Doctor Strange, who’s encountered the being on more than one occasion. Ruler of the Dark Dimension, Dormammu is able to astral project, use the highest degree of sorcery, can banish enemies from his dimension, time travel, regenerate, resurrect, teleport, and more. Basically, this entity can do practically anything you name, and that’s on top of already possessing natural superhuman strength; however, being universally feared might be his greatest quality of all.

4. Thanos
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What? Did you put Thanos at number two? I know—but I have my reasons, the first being that without the Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos’ power definitely decreases. Thanos is able to project cosmic energy on his opponents, has superhuman strength, is telepathic, and is immortal (well, kind of). While Thanos has a long list of incredible powers and brute strength, there’s definitely one person who could blast him out of the galaxy…

3. Professor X
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…and that’s Professor X. While Thanos could physically crush him, Professor X beats Thanos out in the world of telepathy, which would stop the majority of physical attacks against him. Thanos also has telepathy, but not at the extremely advanced level as Professor X. The founder of the X-Men, Professor X’s influence is spread far and wide, as he’s crossed paths with quite a number of superheroes over the years.

On a more emotional side, he has a much purer soul than someone like Thanos; Professor X simply wants to bring peace and coexistence to the world. His goal is to have everyone be shown acceptance, regardless of being a mutant or not, as he’s one himself. Professor X has an unending list of specific powers underneath the telepathy umbrella, including mind possession, mental shields, and psionic blasts. Basically, you don’t want to be opposite Professor X in a fight.

2. The Celestials

Older than the universe itself, the Celestials first appeared in Eternals and are responsible for the Big Bang. Their mission is to bring new members of their race into existence, and they accomplish this by bringing planets and races up to their apex and then allowing a Celestial to be created from the planet’s core.

In Eternals, the Celestials nearly succeed in their mission to destroy Earth by creating a new member of their race. However, they are stopped by the team of Eternals at the film’s climax.

1. The Scarlet Witch
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Although some claim that the Scarlet Witch shouldn’t be counted as she uses sorcery and other forms of magic manipulation to fight, they’re superpowers regardless of what type they are. An underrated Avenger, Wanda Maximoff is much stronger than she looks, with the abilities of telepathy, mental and energy manipulation, creating force fields, and telekinesis. What she can do with her powers is practically limitless; it just depends on the task at hand.

Following the events of Multiverse of Madness, it’s clear that the only person that can stop the Scarlet Witch is herself. Her current status is uncertain but if we know one thing above Marvel it’s that if you don’t see a body, that person isn’t quite dead.

The Most Powerful Marvel Comics Characters
16. Sub-Mariner
Marvel Comics

A lesser-known superhero, the Sub-Mariner has gone by a number of names over the years, with his given name being Namor McKenzie. Being that he’s part-merman and part-mutant, he calls on a number of different powers to complete his missions, which are all rooted in his innate superhuman abilities.

As he thrives underwater, the Sub-Mariner is able to survive both on and off the land, being able to live within below-freezing temperatures and having a vision that allows him to see straight through clouded waters. On top of that, he can absorb radiation, converse with underwater wildlife, control certain parts of the weather, and fly.

15. Molecule Man
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Formerly known as Owen Reece, Molecule Man basically follows his name right to the point. He’s able to control molecules and energy with his mind, which is a result of radiation exposure, and uses this ability to create force fields, portals, and turn various forms of matter into completely different types by simply using his mind.

While these are all incredible powers, his weaknesses are imposed by himself, as he subconsciously nerfed some of his abilities, which sent him into a sort of mental spiral about the values of his powers.

14. The Silver Surfer
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Another extremely recognizable Marvel character, you can tell that the Silver Surfer is a bearer of good vibes just from one look at him. I mean, he’s a metallic air surfer with a matching surfboard—what more could you want out of a superhero? Formally known as Norrin Radd, the Silver Surfer is able to navigate the galaxies without a spaceship—all he needs is himself. His other abilities include rearranging molecules, super speed, and of course, the Power Cosmic, which he received from Galactus.

13. Black Bolt
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Though his full name is Blackagar Boltagon, he goes by Black Bolt, which refers directly to his ability to harness electrons and use their energy for various forms of manipulation, defying gravity, and telepathy. Because high levels of dangerous, sonic energy emanate from his voice, he was kept in a soundproof chamber as a child, though later in life he learned to simply communicate through other means.

12. Super-Skrull
Marvel Comics

We all know the shape-shifting Skrulls, but Super-Skrull is next-level. Kl’rt, the Super-Skrull, is insanely powerful, though his downfall is that he’s a bit more sensitive to injuries and fatigue than a regular human is. Despite that, he’s expertly combat trained and has a bit of mimicry up his sleeve, allowing him to take on all of the powers of those in the Fantastic Four but on a much higher level, given that he’s a Super-Skrull.

11. Squirrel Girl
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Quite possibly one of the most underrated and forgotten superheroes, Squirrel Girl—also known as Doreen Green—is capable of a lot more than she gets credit for. And yes, she’s exactly what she sounds like, with the power to transform herself into a massive squirrel. She has super-human strength and takes on all of the qualities of squirrels, though in much larger proportions. In addition to this, she has night vision, an impressive jaw strength/bite, fast healing capabilities, and squirrel-like agility. One of her largest feats is using her horde of squirrels to keep Maelstrom from eliminating the entire world—no biggie.

Oh, and she once beat Thanos all by herself. No big deal.

10. Doctor Doom
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Doctor Doom truly brings the heat as Supreme Leader of Latveria, utilizing a number of different mystical tools to help him defeat enemies. Donning an entirely metal suit, Doctor Doom is capable of traveling through multiple dimensions through portals, casting spells, and summoning dark creatures. A surprising note about Doctor Doom: he’s very creative and artistic on the side, as he’s able to create beautiful paintings and is an extremely talented piano player. Though he seems menacing on the outside, he’s really just a big softie on the inside (or at least that’s what I tell myself).

9. Magneto
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Max Eisenhardt, more well-known as Magneto, is an Omega-level mutant, long hailed as one of the most powerful of the bunch. As it’s advertised in his name, Magneto has full control over the various types of magnetism within the galaxy, which he’s able to manipulate for many uses in his travels and missions.

8. Phoenix
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Jean Grey—also known as Phoenix—was first able to harness the Phoenix Force in a near-death experience after using telepathy on her dying friend, Annie Richardson. Following another near-death instance on a space shuttle, the Phoenix Force appeared once again to save her life, except this time, the two joined and took on part of Grey’s consciousness and her body as its own. With that, Grey became one of the most powerful superheroes given her newfound connection with the almighty Phoenix Force.

7. Galactus
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Though it’s sometimes tough to get past the fact that Squidward as Krakatoa looks exactly like Galactus, I’d say that there are some pretty solid differences between the two characters. Weighing in at a low 18 tons and at a height of almost 30 feet, Galactus’ stature alone is already off-putting, and that’s without even mentioning his abilities.

Having been born as Galan and reborn as Galactus after being saved by the Phoenix Force, he harnessed all of the power that came with sustaining the collision of an entire universe. With that, he’s practically unbeatable as he holds the Power Cosmic within him.

6. Zeus
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Ah, Zeus. Both a part of Greek mythology and the Marvel universe, it’s no surprise that he’s the supreme leader of the Olympians, holding complete control of the sky above. While there are certainly other Olympians, Zeus’ powers are significantly heightened being that he’s the almighty leader of the pack—well, aside from his son, Hercules, who is more powerful.

Zeus is capable of casting spells, using magic, shape-shifting, creating electric energy, flying, and has superhuman strength. Not only is he an insanely tough foe, but his defenses are next-level, as he’s resistant to almost any type of damage, can heal himself through regeneration, and has extremely solid body tissue. Due to all of that, the man is immortal.

5. Hercules
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Even stronger than his father, Zeus, Hercules is not someone you want to mess around with. Because he’s an Olympian-human hybrid, it brings him a bit more down to Earth as opposed to some of the other high and mighty Olympians. However, his powers make you forget that he’s even partially human at all.

Hercules is most well-known for his wildly Godlike strength, which exceeds almost everyone in the universe. Like his father, Hercules is also immortal and can regenerate his own health, making him both an indestructible and insurmountable opponent.

4. The Beyonder
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The “man” behind the Secret Wars, The Beyonder is perhaps the most powerful villain in all of Marvel. Originally a member of a race also known as the Beyonders, he was brought to Earth accidentally and began observing our species.

Eventually, he created a planet known as Battleworld in which he forced heroes like the Avengers, X-Men, and Fantastic Four to do battle with villains like Doctor Doom and Galactus.

He possesses the power to create and destroy planets, alter the rules of physics, and even destroy the universe itself, all with a single thought.

3. Eternity
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Another almighty entity, Eternity has been in the spotlight quite a bit more lately as the being was featured in Thor: Love and Thunder. There are basically only two other entities stronger than Eternity (more on that later), meaning that this thing is prettttttty powerful.

A personification of both time itself and everything held inside the universe, Eternity’s powers are genuinely limitless. Not only can the entity manipulate time, magic, energy, and reality, but it can transform itself into any currently-living being on Earth.

2. The Living Tribunal
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A three-faced being who presides over the entire multiverse, The Living Tribunal was created by the One Above All (who we’ll get to in a second.) Not bound to a single universe, it oversees all and ensures that the entire multiverse is running smoothly. The MCU could have used him after Loki, Multiverse of Madness, and Spider-Man: No Way Home!

He predates the creation of all the universes and he has the ability to resolve conflicts between universes and prevent anyone from destroying existence itself.

1. The One Above All
Marvel Comics

Without question, the One Above All is the most powerful character in all of Marvel Comics. How do we know this? Well, the One Above All is literally God.

The creator of every single being in existence, the One Above All is the ultimate force for good in all the multiverses. As they say, “I am all powerful but my only weapon is love.”

On the flipside, the One Above All is also the One Below All (aka the Devil,) who serves as a necessary counterbalance to the One Above All.

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Here Are All the Spider-Man Movies in Order: Your Viewing Guide

After being stuck inside for what feels like forever, swinging around New York City like Spider-Man sounds pretty amazing right about now. Whether he’s fighting villains or helping his Aunt May put groceries away, Spider-Man, AKA Peter Parker, embodies some of the best traits a human being can have.

He’s loving, loyal, and willing to do anything he can to help others. Some people are lucky enough to own a PS4 and embody the wall-crawler in the console-exclusive video game, but fortunately, the rest of us can enjoy a number of Spider-Man movies whenever we want to spend some quality time with our favorite webhead.

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1. ‘Spider-Man’ (2002)

Who’s in It: Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, Cliff Robertson, Rosemary Harris, J.K. Simmons, James Franco

Long before everyone’s favorite superhero had its own feature film, director, Sam Raimi, helped pave the path for the entire genre’s success with the first Spider-Man film.

With Tobey Maguire in the titular role, Spider-Man displays a nice balance between high school drama and stressful superhero situations that strike right into the character’s core. Nerd Peter Parker just wants to hang out with his next-door neighbor, Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), but the world of superheroes never takes a break.

Currently available on Netflix, this classic film is a must-watch for Willem Dafoe’s scene-stealing performance as Norman Osborne alone.

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2. ‘Spider-Man 2’ (2004)

Who’s in It: Tobey Maguire, Alred Molina, Kirsten Dunst, Rosemary Harris, Donna Murphy, J.K. Simmons, James Franco

One of the best superhero films ever made, Spider-Man 2 is an excellent observation of the moral quandaries at the heart of the character. Fans of the character know that with great power comes great responsibility, and this film is a precise examination of the personal toll being a hero has on Peter Parker. Not only is this film currently streaming on Netflix, but it also includes some wonderful action sequences and a fantastic performance from Alfred Molina as Doctor Otto Octavius, AKA Doc Ock.

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3. ‘Spider-Man 3’ (2007)

Who’s in It: Tobey Maguire, Alred Molina, Kirsten Dunst, Rosemary Harris, James Cromwell, J.K. Simmons, Topher Grace, Thomas Haden Church, Bryce Dallas Howard, James Franco

Tobey Maguire’s last film as Spider-Man has split audiences and critics ever since it came out, though there’s no denying the film has a lot of heart and—despite its flaws—deeply understands its titular hero.

An epic that sees Spider-Man stumble upon an alien entity that bonds to him before ultimately becoming the terrifying Venom with antagonist Eddie Brock (Topher Grace), this is the Sam Raimi film that puts Spider-Man through the toughest gauntlet. Streaming on Netflix, Spider-Man 3 also sees the wall-crawler outmaneuver a vengeance-seeking Harry Osborne (James Franco) and the monstrous Sandman (Thomas Haden Church). 

Plans for a fourth Raimi film where John Malkovich was potentially going to play the Vulture were ultimately scrapped as Sony decided to reboot the franchise a few years later.

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4. ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ (2012)

Who’s in It: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan

The first live-action Spider-Man film not directed by Sam Raimi, The Amazing Spider-Man is clearly impacted by the dark tones and “grim reality” director Christopher Nolan established in his Batman movies. With Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, our favorite spider spends quite a bit of time moodily trying to discover more about his parents as he tries to stop the monstrous Lizard from rampaging through the city.

Instead of reexamining Peter and Mary Jane Watson’s relationship, The Amazing Spider-Man smartly cast Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, a scientist and classmate who challenges the hero’s personal limits in different ways. Before this film, director Marc Webb was best known for 500 Days of Summer and he does a solid job at lending a similar sense of whimsical and dramatic romance throughout the film.

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5. ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ (2014)

Who’s in It: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dan DeHaan, Embeth Davidtz, Colm Feore, Campbell Scott, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field

Some critics were harsh on the 2012 reboot, but The Amazing Spider-Man was still successful enough to warrant a sequel. Once again, Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy’s relationship make up the emotional center of the film, with one of their darkest moments being adapted in a heartbreaking sequence. However, the addition of Jamie Foxx as the villainous Electro brings fresh blood to the franchise.   

Similar to Sam Raimi’s ending with the character, expanded plans for this film universe were ultimately scrapped after a poor showing at the box office as Sony began negotiating with Disney to revitalize Spider-Man all over again.

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6. ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (2016)

Who’s in It: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Chadwick Boseman, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, William Hurt, Paul Rudd, Tom Holland, Emily VanCamp, Frank Grillo, Daniel Brühl

The third Captain America film may as well have been titled “Avengers 2.5” since it featured and relied on so many classic characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to tell a full story. Full of intrigue and double-crossing, the film showcased some of the most popular Marvel superheroes coming to blows over the Sokovia Accords, a UN agreement that would regulate caped crusaders. 

Part of what makes this film such a memorable entry in the overall Marvel Cinematic Universe is the fact that it included the first live-action interaction between Spider-Man and a member of the Avengers. Tom Holland’s live-action version of the character is the youngest and spunkiest to date as well as deeply ingratiated to Tony Stark, a noticeable distinction from previous depictions.  

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7. ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ (2017)

Who’s in It: Tom Holland, Jacob Batalon, Zendaya, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Jon Favreau, Donald Glover, Laura Harrier, Marisa Tomei

With Tom Holland’s Peter Parker sneaking into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Civil War, his first solo outing was able to forego many of the story tropes both Spider-Man origin films had to include. Instead of making audiences watch Uncle Ben tragically meet his end all over again, director Jon Watts was able to quickly dive into the high school shenanigans and humor at the heart of Spider-Man: Homecoming.

A fast-paced film layered with humor and a truly menacing villain, Homecoming is a pure shot of joy that helps cement Peter Parker at the center of the MCU.

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8. ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ (2018)

Who’s in It: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Chris Pine, Hailee Steinfeld, Brian Tyree Henry, Mahershala Ali, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Vélez, Zoë Kravitz, Kimiko Glenn, Kathryn Hahn, Nicolas Cage, John Mulaney, Liev Schreiber

Disney may officially own Spider-Man as a character, but back when Marvel was its own entity and dealing with financial insecurity, it sold the hero’s film rights to Sony. As long as the studio releases a new Spider-Man project every five years, it is able to retain the rights even though Marvel and new parent company, Disney, are in a powerful financial position. Even though Sony struck a co-financing deal with the Big Mouse to have Spider-Man’s live-action appearances appear in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, that didn’t mean the company would forego producing animated features with the character. 

Thankfully, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is thoroughly entertaining, heartwarming, and hilarious, far from a hollow franchise for Sony to retain the Spider-Man film rights for even longer. With a stellar creative and animation team behind it, Spider-Verse, which is streaming on Netflix, is more than just one of the best superhero films ever made—it was one of the best films of 2018, period.

While Peter Parker certainly has a presence in the film, part of what makes the only Oscar-winning movie on this list so entertaining and special is its focus on Miles Morales, the ultimate Spider-Man, and its message that anyone is worthy of being a hero.

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9. ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ (2019)

Who’s in It: Tom Holland, Jacob Batalon, Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal, Samuel L. Jackson, J.B. Smoove, Martin Starr, Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei

The second most recent Spider-Man film took New York’s favorite webhead on a European field trip that anyone stuck in quarantine would be envious of. Currently streaming on Prime Video, Spider-Man: Far From Home is the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe set after the earth-shattering Avengers: Endgame. Not only does this movie do a great job as an epilogue for Marvel’s Phase 3, but it’s also an entertaining, laugh-filled showcase of what makes Spider-Man such a relatable character.

Without spoiling things, the end of this film leaves Spider-Man’s future extremely uncertain on the big screen. Now that there have been so many films focused on the teenage hero, it’s exciting to know that the next live-action outing will cover material noticeably different from anything that has come before.

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10. ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ (2021)

Who’s in It: Tom Holland, Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jacob Batalon, Zendaya, Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, Rhys Ifans, Thomas Haden Church, Jamie Foxx, Benedict Wong

Easily the most highly-anticipated Spider-Man film of all time, Spider-Man: No Way Home absolutely crushed the box office when it was first released in December of 2021, ultimately making around $1.8 billion, a monumental number.

The only thing better than one Spider-Man is three of them, and this film smacked them all together, pairing our current Spider-Man, Tom Holland, with the OG, Tobey Maguire, and the sophomore Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield. But the reunion didn’t just stop there, as each Spider-Man’s past villains were thrown into the present-day through a Multiverse-spell-gone-wrong situation, meaning that there was triple the conflict, as well.

Working alongside Doctor Strange, the Spider-Men have to figure out a way to send all of their villains back to their appropriate universes.

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