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The future of the MCU — and all of pop culture

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Video games and tech culture have long been obsessed with “generations”. We mark milestones with new consoles or numbers on the iPhone. A handy way to measure progress moving at an unpredictable rate.

Once a year, Polygon extends this fixation across generations to discover the next generation. all.

This is one of our favorite annual projects because it takes advantage of procrastination. We wait about a month before we release so we can tell stories about emerging pop culture streams that could turn into raging rivers, re-routing the global entertainment stream. This is not speculative fiction 50 years later; this is a clue as to where the world is heading next month or next year.

Here are a few stories we think you’ll love, but you should check out the full package!

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  • My old tablet finally lets me read manga in peace
  • I Saved My Entire Wardrobe to Clueless Style Wardrobe App
  • I still have 3 tv’s in my living room but i regret it

this week on youtube | This Super Mario Brothers. The movie is so bad – so bad that it has dashed the hopes of any good video game movie adaptation for YEARS. Or… so they say. Come on Super Mario Brothers. wasn’t it that bad? Jenna Stoeber explores her history Super Mario Brothers. Get answers on the movie and why it’s so insulting. And why, just maybe, you should watch it yourself.


Six stories to read

Kamala Khan waving in Miss Marvel costume

Image: Marvel Studios

The MCU’s future lies with the teenage girls they’ve neglected before | “The future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe lies in Disney’s ability to win the loyalty of the most progressive and skeptical generation ever, and there is only one ‘safe’ axis of diversity on which Marvel Studios can rely: women.”

TikTok and Instagram hashtags are changing the way people cook | Four chefs and cookbook authors on how labeling influences recipe development.

MCU Done With Natalie Portman, But Taika Waititi Got It Back | Disney released its first trailer Thor: Love and Thunderand we got our first look at Natalie Portman as a superhero. See how her character is, Jane Foster, you have divine powers.

A new wave of animators ‘fight the computer’ to make crazier, weirder movies | director bad guys explains how animators resist “boring” CGI.

Moon Knight is finally fun | it took a while but moon knight She finds her rhythm. The MCU series is coming to Tomb Raider in its best episode yet. But is the show willing to get even weirder?

Great week for D&D | It’s been a big week for the Dungeons & Dragons brand, hosting the first Nintendo-style streaming event called D&D Direct on Thursday. Two beloved settings – Spelljammer and Dragonlance – return. The cherry on top? Wizards of the Coast commissioned Pandemic Legacy and HeroQuest designers to team up on a D&D-themed board game.


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Wolfskin-clad Alexander Skarsgard howls during a battle ritual at a firelight in The Northman

Photo: Aidan Monaghan/Focus Features

northerner in theaters | Men become men! A lot of! See how they achieved the awesome “lance throw” featured in every trailer.

The unbearable weight of immense talent in theaters | 2021 was a wilder-than-usual year for Nicolas Cage. He won’t let that stop him from getting tougher in 2022.

petite mom in theaters | The sweetest and most subtle science fiction movie of recent years.

bad guys in theaters | a lively mix zoo, Wreck Ralphand decades of crime movies.

Let’s All Go to the World’s Fair in theaters | Creepypasta fans are finally getting exactly the movie they need.

Magnificent and Black Hole in theaters | We talked to director Kate Tsang about how her time passed. Steven Universe: The Future and Adventure Time: Outlands reported his live-action debut.

More, completely new to streaming: 16 Witch Movies! 16 great thrillers!


three games to play

In Sumire, a young girl encounters a talking frog.

Image: GameTomo

sumire | Monti Velez on Uppercut Crit reviewed sumireA beautifully illustrated game about choice and pain. Available on Windows PC, iOS and Switch.

Little Tina’s Wonderland | Most of us have reached the end of the Borderlands side series. Deep inside the shooter, we discover what makes it so fun: It can easily turn into a John Wick power fantasy. Suitable PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S and Windows PC.

game history | We previewed Playdate last summer and we were blown away by the romance. handheld with a crank, we wondered how the games would work on the latest model. Fortunately, Eurogamer’s inimitable Christian Donlan wrote an excellent review to celebrate the official launch of Playdate, along with a number of exclusive indie games. Be sure to read up on Ben Bertoli’s behind-the-scenes report of Playdate’s eight-year journey into reality at Polygon. Suitable game history.


free game of the week

A glowing rift from Amnesia: Rebirth

Image: Friction games

Amnesia: Rebirth | The continuation of the hugely popular Amnesia: The Dark Descent It got a little lost at the launch in October 2020. Blame the hype about the release of new video game consoles or the series’ reputation for being extremely scary. Whatever the case, the thriller is expected to find new fans with its free week on EGS. Available for free on the Epic Games Store until April 28, 2022.


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The future of the MCU — and all of pop culture

Image: Marvel Comics
Polygon’s Patch Notes is a weekly newsletter that tells you about the best stuff to watch, play, and read. Let our band of editorial experts simplify your plans — subscribe here!
Video game and tech culture has long been obsessed with “generations.” We mark milestones with new consoles or the numbers on an iPhone. It’s a helpful way to measure progress that moves at an unpredictable pace.
Once a year, Polygon expands this fixation on generations to explore the next generation of everything.
This is one of our favorite annual projects, because it benefits from procrastination. We wait until the month or so before publish so that we can tell stories about the nascent creeks of pop culture that could become raging rivers, redirecting the flow of global entertainment. This isn’t speculative fiction about a time 50 years from now; it’s a hint at where the world will be trending next month or next year.
Here are just a few stories we think you’ll love, but you should check out the full package!
How to let a metaverse die
Neocities celebrates ‘the old internet,’ offering relief from 24/7 social feeds
Breath of the Wild fans are making expansive mods while waiting for the sequel
My ancient tablet finally let me read manga in peace
I logged my entire wardrobe into a Clueless-style closet app
My living room still has 3 TVs but I have regrets
Patch Notes
Polygon’s newsletter will make your weekend fun and relaxing! New issues launch every Friday evening.
Click to subscribe

This week on YouTube | The Super Mario Bros. movie is famously bad — so bad it killed the hopes of any good video game movie adaptations for YEARS. Or… so they say. But what if Super Mario Bros. wasn’t actually that bad? Jenna Stoeber digs into the history of the Super Mario Bros. movie and gets the answers about why it’s so reviled. And why, just maybe, you should watch it for yourself.
Six stories to read

Image: Marvel Studios
The MCU’s future lies with those it previously neglected: teen girls | “The future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe lies in Disney’s ability to gain the loyalty of the most progressive and skeptical generation yet, and there is only one ‘safe,’ new axis of diversity for Marvel Studios to lean into: women.”
TikTok and Instagram tags are changing how people cook | Four chefs and cookbook authors on how tagging influences recipe development.
The MCU broke up with Natalie Portman, but Taika Waititi won her back | Disney released the first trailer for Thor: Love and Thunder, and we got our first look at Natalie Portman as a superhero. Here’s how her character, Jane Foster, got her godly powers.
A new wave of animators are ‘fighting the computer’ to make wilder, weirder movies | The director of Bad Guys explains how animators are resisting “boring” CGI.
Moon Knight is finally fun | It took a beat, but Moon Knight is finding its groove. The MCU series goes full Tomb Raider in its best episode yet. But is the show willing to get even weirder?
A huge week for D&D | It’s been a big week for the Dungeons & Dragons brand, which hosted its first Nintendo-style streaming event called D&D Direct on Thursday. Two beloved settings — Spelljammer and Dragonlance — are returning. The cherry on top? Wizards of the Coast tapped the designers of Pandemic Legacy and HeroQuest to team up for a D&D-themed board game.
Six things to watch

Photo: Aidan Monaghan/Focus Features
The Northman in theaters | Guys bein’ dudes! Gore galore! Here’s how they pulled off the awesome “spear shot” that’s all over the trailers.
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent in theaters | 2021 was an even wilder year than usual for Nicolas Cage. He won’t let that stop him from going even harder in 2022.
Petite Maman in theaters | The sweetest, subtlest science fiction film in years.
The Bad Guys in theaters | A lively mashup of Zootopia, Wreck-It Ralph, and decades of crime movies.
We’re All Going to the World’s Fair in theaters | Creepypasta fans finally get the exact movie they need.
Marvelous and the Black Hole in theaters | We spoke with director Kate Tsang about how her time on Steven Universe: Future and Adventure Time: Distant Lands informed her live-action debut.
Plus, everything new to streaming: 16 witchy movies! 16 great thrillers!
Three games to play

Image: GameTomo
Sumire | Over at Uppercut Crit, Monti Velez reviewed Sumire, a beautifully illustrated game about choices and grief. Available on Windows PC, iOS, and Switch.
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands | More of us have reached the endgame of the Borderlands spinoff. Deep into the shooter, we discovered what makes it so fun: It can easily become a John Wick power fantasy. Available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and Windows PC.
Playdate | We previewed the Playdate last summer and were mostly charmed by the novel handheld with a crank, though we wondered how games would work on the final model. Fortunately, the incomparable Christian Donlan at Eurogamer penned an excellent review to celebrate the Playdate’s official release along with a bundle of exclusive indie titles. At Polygon, be sure to read Ben Bertoli’s behind-the-scenes reporting on Playdate’s eight-year road to reality. Available at Play.date.
Free game of the week

Image: Frictional Games
Amnesia: Rebirth | The sequel to the tremendously popular Amnesia: The Dark Descent got a little lost upon release in October 2020. Blame the hype for the launch of new video game consoles or the series’ reputation for being extremely scary. Whatever the case, the thriller will hopefully find new fans with its free week on EGS. Available for free on Epic Games Store until April 28, 2022.
The best of the rest

Image: Pixar

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Super mom: Lois Lane is more dangerous now than she’s ever been

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Alt.delete: Turning Red’s deleted debate scene would have changed the movie’s tone

Older scrolls: 20 years ago, The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind changed everything

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Polygon’s newsletter will make your weekend fun and relaxing! New issues launch every Friday evening.
Click to subscribe

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