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Each week, this newsletter delivers a great recommendation that stands out from the rest. This week our recommendation is Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, a Marvel film that stands out from its peers thanks to director Sam Raimi’s vision. And honestly, that’s all we currently have to say about the movie beyond our spoiler-free review, because goodness knows we won’t be responsible for spoiling the latest MCU entry the weekend of its release.
So instead, we’d like to use this space to discuss an issue, and more importantly, what the issue means for the entertainment world. That question is: what does Baby Yoda smell like?
It’s not a question we expected to ask a decade ago, before Disney acquired Lucasfilm and resurrected the Star Wars film and TV production line, then kicked it into high gear. . It’s not that George Lucas was precious about commodifying his galaxy far, far away. Instead, this galaxy had become a bit messy and dusty, like an attic full of stuff you promise to clean up eventually.
Now Star Wars is sparkling clean, meticulously planned, and completely unmissable. Gone are the days of hardcore fans debating the books’ expanded universe; now we’re filling Reddit with theories that will be proven or debunked in next week’s episode, a game this fall, or a movie in years to come. Star Wars has risen to the top of the pop culture mountain with such confidence and speed that wondering about the smell of “Baby Yoda” (two words that didn’t go together a few years ago) seems not so strange.
With all of that in mind, this week we wrote three stories about the state of Star Wars and where it goes from here:
Will the future of Star Wars evolve in these directions? We will know more when Obi Wan premieres later this month. For now, we have a new trailer. Sounds promising in that anything starring Benny Safdie looks promising. In the meantime, why not play the 13 best Star Wars games you can grab during this year’s May 4 sales? They’re almost certainly a better use of your money than Grogu’s particular stink.
This week on YouTube | How Call of Duty turned war into a circus | “Call of Duty was created by developers who worked on Medal of Honora WWII game inspired by Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan. The film is brutal, flawless and a bit romantic. But Call of Duty would become something much stranger, much bigger, and much more evil than anyone could have known. It is part of a military apparatus selling war to the public. And it’s fun.
Five stories to read
After 50 years, Captain Pike got the Star Trek show he deserves | It took more than half a century, but Strange new worlds delivers on the promise of a true Pike spin-off.
The first Game of Thrones spin-off trailer looks pretty promising | Can HBO rekindle the flame that died with the original series finale? The trailer suggests that could happen!
The Owl House turns out to be too good for Disney | “Even with Disney’s interference, The Owl House is awesome.”
Everyday Heroes uses D&D rules to wind up Rambo, Highlander, The Crow, and more. | They had us at “Rambo D&D”.
Heartstopper understands the bisexual panic of watching Pirates of the Caribbean | Sometimes a title says it all.
Four things to watch out for
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in theaters | Read our spoiler-free review of Sam Raimi’s return to the superhero industrial complex!
Beautiful on digital rental platforms like Amazon and Vudu | The anime director hits like Mirai and The girl who crossed time took a breathtaking and confusing ride on The beauty and the Beast. Curious? Read our review.
eternal light in theaters | Controversial director Gaspar Noé is back.
13 Great Movies New to Stream in May | Seriously, you have no more excuses to skip the Wachowskis’ underrated gem, Related.
More, everything new in streaming!
Five games to play
Before we get into the list, let’s just say: what a week for video games! This may be the first time we’ve awarded four games our Recommends badge in the same week. And we thought it would be low season!
Dorfromantik | Polygon recommends | Imagine Catania minus all the stress. Available on Windows PC
Rogue Legacy 2 | Polygon recommends | After nearly two years of early access, Rogue Legacy 2 is a worthy sequel to a beloved roguelite. Available on Xbox Series X, Xbox One and Windows PC.
sleeper citizen | Polygon recommends | “The game’s greatest strength (and also its most infuriating choice) is detaching myself from concrete goals and letting myself exist for no reason.” Available on Windows PC, Mac, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Nintendo Switch.
Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Demon Hunters | Polygon recommends | XCOM always needed more giant space hammers. Available on Windows PC
The 25 best games on Xbox Game Pass | We’ve added new treasures to our drop-down list.
Free Game of the Week
Snake-free hotel | Reader, there is a snake and it is terrifying. The game is short and free and can be streamed if you’d rather watch someone else play, so let’s leave the details on that. Available on itch.io.