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The 20 Most Important Pop Culture Moments of the Last Ten Years

The geek entertainment blog io9 is celebrating its tenth anniversary in many ways, but the one you're most interested in is its list of The 100 Most Important Pop Culture Moments of the Last 10 Years. The list is split into five parts, and the top twenty is finally here. It covers movies, TV, video games, comics, and the fandoms they spawned. Star Wars takes four (and a half) of the spots, but there's plenty of other events to remember. Here's a sample.

19) Deadpool proves not all superhero movies have to be the same

As superhero fare has dominated the Hollywood ecosystem, one of the biggest criticisms of the genre has been its reliance on the same formula. Deadpool didn’t give a damn about any of that. We didn’t see Wade Wilson struggle to accept the changes that happened to his body or grapple with the right thing to do with his powers. The Merc with a Mouth loves being a randy, potty-mouthed engine of destruction and, in turn, audiences loved the unpredictable meta-aware romp that Ryan Reynolds, Tim Miller, and crew delivered in 2016. It felt like a movie that did whatever the hell it wanted and that R-rated energy propelled Deadpool to become one of the biggest superhero successes of all time.

Read and relive all these turning points at io9.

I have to say, I think #20 has been so blown out of proportion. I don't think it really 'changed' what Star Wars is at all. I've grown up from the very first episode in 77 (I was 12) and it totally feels like it fits in 'my' star wars universe. If anything it just helped solidify what The Force Awakens did, even with its flaws, and that is they FEEL like Star Wars films. The 3 prequels never did (which is my biggest problem with them).
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