The 19 best fan theories of 2019: Avengers, Star Wars, Joker, and more

Explained, analyzed, and debunked (if necessary).

2019 fan theories
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2019 was a banner year for geek culture, with the biggest franchises in fantasy, sci-fi, and superheroes all coming to some sort of epic climax. And alongside behemoths like Avengers: Endgame and Game of Thrones, smaller stories like Netflix’s Russian Doll and even DC’s “low-budget” Joker also sparked the imagination of fans, leading to endless speculation on niche subreddits, social media, and anywhere fans congregate IRL.

Was Bran the Night King? (No.) Would the Avengers use time travel to beat Thanos? (Duh.) What the heck is going on in HBO’s Watchmen? (We’ve got you covered.)

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'Game of Thrones' Season 8

Here at Inverse, we love a good fan theory, and while it’s always a rush when you predict the way a story ends months before it’s told, the more ridiculous theories that delve into little-known lore are often just as entertaining. The weirder the better might as well be our superhero catchphrase.

So to celebrate the end of a year that launched a million of them, here are the 19 best fan theories of of 2019, explained, analyzed, and debunked if necessary. Grab your tinfoil hats, it’s gonna get weird.

Part 1: Avengers: Endgame, Joker, and Last Christmas

Part 2: The Mandalorian, Stranger Things, Watchmen, and True Detective

Part 3: Rise of Skywalker and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Part 4: Game of Thrones and Russian Doll

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