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After She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, Read These 5 Comics

Marvel’s latest show on Disney+ introduces Bruce Banner’s cousin (and comedy) to the MCU. Here’s what to read after you’ve turned green with laughter.

The Freedom of Playing a Very Un-Catlike Cat in Stray

Everyone's favorite postapocalyptic cat is a joy to play, but it tells us more about what we love about cats than how they actually behave.

The Curious Afterlife of a Brain Trauma Survivor

Sophia Papp emerged from an accident with her personality transformed. She tried to continue on as before—until she realized she could reinvent herself.

The Story Behind the Wrenching Finale of The Anarchists

HBO’s gripping docuseries wrapped last night with a surprising end. WIRED talked to director Todd Schramke about his unusual filmmaking journey.

Hollywood’s Role in the Post-Roe Era

Showrunners are asking studios to do more to ensure abortion access. That’s just the beginning.

Bodies Bodies Bodies Is a Slasher Movie for the Extremely Online

Director Halina Reijn says she “tried to really swim in the ocean of that whole generation.”

The Endless Afterlife of The Sandman

Theoretically, Neil Gaiman finished his fantasy comic series in 1996. But studios and publishers keep reviving it—maybe not for the reason you think. 

Nobody Is Playing Netflix’s Games

New findings show 99 percent of subscribers may not even know the streaming giant’s video games exist.

The Thirsty Suitors Demo Actually Does Its Job

Usually demos are kinda meh. This one very much isn’t.

Is This Nier: Automata Church a Hoax or a 5-Year-Old Secret?

A player claims to have found a hidden room. Now a whole community of fans is trying to figure out what it is.

It’s Not Just Loot Boxes: Predatory Monetization Is Everywhere

The UK recently declined to regulate prize draws as a form of gambling, but does it matter? The industry has moved on to more problematic ways to make money.

TikTok and Twitch Streamers Are Trading Sleep for Cash

“Interactive sleep streamers" accept donations from folks who want wake them up with lights or loud noises. Is it worth it? 

Six-Word Sci-Fi: Stories Written by You

Here's this month's prompt, how to submit, and an illustrated archive of past favorites.

Is Beyoncé’s Renaissance a Sign of the Apocalypse?

Probably not, but tell that to the conspiracy theorists.

Gabrielle Zevin Believes Games Show People Who They Really Are

In Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, the novelist explores the intimacy of gaming together.

A Glimpse of a Future Without White People

Mohsin Hamid’s The Last White Man is a book about race metamorphosis—and the seduction of power.

This Hardcore Band Is a Product of the Internet—in the Best Way

Turnstile breaks most of the rules of their genre. Their fans, who grew up online and care less about convention, follow them because of it.

Bookstagram Is Fueling an Unnerving Trend

Authors aren't above criticism—but when they're tagged in negative social media reviews of their books, it can stifle the conversation.
Story Addict

The Best Podcasts for Everyone

Get your fix of tech, true crime, pop culture, or comedy with these audio adventures. 
Movies

Patton Oswalt on Life, Love, and Catfishing

The actor and comedian breaks down the net-heavy world of his new movie, I Love My Dad.
TV

Alan Tudyk on His Favorite Sci-Fi to Watch Right Now

The Resident Alien star—and science fiction fan—gave WIRED his picks for the best shows on TV, from Severance to Peacemaker.
Roadblocks

No NFTs in Minecraft? This Crypto Group Will Make Its Own Game

In the battle over digital ownership, both NFT Worlds and Microsoft-owned Mojang claim to be putting players first.
Movies

Nope Rightly Challenges Our Love of Spectacle

Jordan Peele’s sci-fi western is all about the danger of looking in our image-obsessed culture.
Swoopsie-daisy

A New Time-Travel App, Reviewed

The ChronoSwoop company has appeared out of nowhere and dropped an addictive new app, with “Swoop left/Swoop right” functions.
Video Games

Activision Blizzard Workers Keep Fighting for a Seat at the Table

It’s been one year since the harassment lawsuit that rocked the games industry. Employees say the company hasn't changed enough.
1-Up

For Kids in the Hospital, Video Games Are Part of Recovery

In-house gaming technology specialists play with and support the youngest patients. Plus, research shows that playtime gives literal health points.
Comic-Con 2022

Comic-Con Is Back! Will It Live Up to Its Former Hype?

The annual pop culture confab held a series of smaller and/or online events during the pandemic. Here's what to expect from this year's in-person event.
Cat's cradle

Stray’s Post-Apocalyptic World Evokes the Walled City of Kowloon

This now-lost city on the outskirts of Hong Kong is perhaps the most influential gaming location you've never heard of.
button mashing

A Father’s Quest for an Accessible Game Controller

After months of writing hardware companies and developers for help, Andreas Karlsson finally found a hero in retro controller maker 8BitDo.
Sound Machine

How to Promote Your Music Online

From TikTok to Patreon, here's how musicians can use the internet to cut through the noise.
Books

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow Shows Games Are a Shared Art

Gabrielle Zevin’s novel makes a case that video games are one of the most empathetic forms of creativity—something the writer and her husband know well.
Video Games

This Band Wrote the Best Legend of Zelda Song of 2022

Among the Boston slowcore group's inspirations are The Ocarina of Time, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, and Mario Party 3.
your choice

How to Support People in States Where Abortion Is Under Threat

Donating to national organizations is great. But these local reproductive health care services—in places under immediate threat—could use your help, too.
Video Games

The Agony and Ecstasy of Playing Out Your School Years in Games

It's a formative, and sometimes traumatic, time in many people's lives. So why do so many video games want to revisit it?
Podcasts

Richard Matheson Explored Loneliness Through Sci-Fi

His son, Chris Matheson, examines his father's legacy in the new book 'Conversations with the Father.'
The Monitor

The Emmy Nominations Prove No One Knows How to Watch TV Anymore

Not that folks have forgotten the mechanics, it’s that there’s no longer any order to the medium.