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Tenoch Huerta dove into Black Panther head-first

The breakout Mexican actor who brought Namor to life talks about learning to swim, brutal workouts, and changing stereotypes. This article is a part of Inverse Scene Stealers 2022.

Best in Entertainment
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Film editor Paul Rogers on parallel universes, The Matrix, and A24's breakout hit 'Everything Everywhere All At Once'

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2022 belonged to RRR director S.S. Rajamouli

The director of this year's crossover Indian action epic RRR talks Top Gun, Avatar, and propaganda.

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Meet the Inverse Scene Stealers class of 2022

These eight actors stole the spotlight in our favorite shows and movies of the year.

Scene Stealers 2022

How Jaymes Butler gave the scariest movie of 2022 a dose of reality

The Barbarian actor reveals his character’s secret backstory and more.

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How Ismael Cruz Córdova became the toughest elf in all of Middle-earth

The Rings of Power breakout star was rejected (three times) before finally getting the role.

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How Ruth Codd became Mike Flanagan and Netflix’s newest breakout star

The Irish actress opens up about her sudden career change and her future.

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Boyd Holbrook is the Nightmare that dreams are made of

How the ultimate scenery-chewing supporting star became The Sandman’s most terrifying villain.

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How Patty Guggenheim became Marvel’s biggest meme of 2022

Give Madisynn the MCU spin-off she deserves.

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Tenoch Huerta dove into Black Panther head-first

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In 'Mythic Quest,' Charlotte Nicdao is her own “dysfunctional” avatar

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How Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio became the darkest musical of the year

Co-screenwriter Patrick McHale talks about writing songs with del Toro, why they chose to include Benito Mussolini, and more.

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How Jenna Ortega reinvented the Scream Queen title in 2022

Wednesday's child became this year’s indisputable scream queen.

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How 2022’s best movies defied the most annoying trend in cinema

From Top Gun to Scream, this year’s sequels managed to break some genuinely exciting new ground.

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The 25 best movies of 2022

The movies are back! Here are Inverse’s top films of the year, ranked.

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Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead want to break your brain

Meet Marvel’s next dynamic duo...

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Ralph Macchio takes his victory lap

“I think that it can go on,” the Karate Kid and Cobra Kai star tells Inverse. “You get a feeling when you overstay your welcome.”

Best in Gear
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The 7 best action cameras of 2022

2022 introduced a ton of action camera variations beyond the traditional GoPros that we’re used to.

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The 7 best noise-cancelling wireless earbuds of 2022

From the premium to the mid-range, there’s never been a better time to pick up some wireless earbuds with ANC.

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The 4 best over-ear headphones with ANC released in 2022

Protect your hearing while getting the best music-listening experience.

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Sorry, metaverse is the word of the year whether you like it or not

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The best tech of 2022

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Arc is the best web browser to come out in the last decade

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The 7 best smartwatches of 2022

Whether you wanted a giant smartwatch for extreme sports or something more casual for tracking your steps, 2022 delivered.

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The 4 best wireless earbuds without noise-cancellation released in 2022

Wireless earbuds with active noise-cancellation got more love this year, but there were still some gem buds without ANC.

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2022 was the year of the gaming handheld

The Steam Deck and Playdate are two key parts of 2022’s perfect storm of handheld gaming.

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The best gaming hardware of 2022

2022 blessed us with two terrific handhelds and some rock-solid gaming gear.

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The 9 best smartphones of 2022

From feature-packed slabs to more durable foldables, 2022 was a great year to upgrade your phone.

Best in Science
Into the abyss

9 deep-sea discoveries from 2022 showcase the ocean's weirdness

Breakthrough Awards

Four researchers who changed science in 2022

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This neuroscientist taught brain cells to play Pong — and shifted how we view human intelligence forever

Brett Kagan and his colleagues at Cortical Labs want to understand what motivates brain cells.

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This ecologist is on a mission to save Earth’s microbiome — and he’s closer than ever

To save our planet, we need to preserve the microbial diversity hidden in Earth’s vast soil ecosystems.

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Inside NASA's monumental effort to deliver the first Webb Telescope images

After 20 years and $10 billion, here’s how the NASA team scrambled to make the first images happen.

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This physicist helped confirm Einstein's greatest predictions in our cosmic backyard

Mariafelicia De Laurentis helped us understand our home galaxy’s supermassive black hole in 2022.

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The 10 biggest space launches and missions of 2022

Here’s what had us looking to the sky this year.

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This neuroscientist’s breakthrough experiment could herald a new era of psychiatry

Sergiu Pașca has spent the last 13 years building a clever new way to model psychiatric disorders in the human brain.

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The 10 weirdest animal discoveries of 2022

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The 10 most dazzling space images of 2022

The most impactful pictures from space this year.

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15 remarkable images from JWST's first year in space

History in the making.

Best in Gaming
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Tactics Ogre Reborn is the most important remake of 2022

A new take on an all-time classic.

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'Elden Ring' is undeniably Game of the Year — and that’s a problem

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The best boss battle of 2022 proves this Nintendo shooter is an all-time classic

An Inkredible end to the trilogy.

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Sonic Frontiers composer says “loneliness” shaped 2022's best game soundtrack

Sonic boom.

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The 10 most underrated games of 2022

The under-the-radar games deserve another look.

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The best mobile game of 2022 is impossible to put down

Gotta snap ‘em all.

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2022's best video game narrative is out of this world

A story out of this world.

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The 10 best indie games of 2022, ranked

Small, but mighty!

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The best video game romance of 2022 breathes new life into a timeless theme

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 wins best romance of the year... in my heart.

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The best video game smooch of 2022 makes me feel less alone

The depiction of love in Signalis is heartbreakingly beautiful.

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The 10 best action games of 2022

With plenty of punches, kicks, and sword slashes.

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The 10 biggest RPGs of 2022

A landmark year for role-playing fans.

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The 10 best PlayStation games of 2022

First-party titles headlined a fantastic year for PlayStation.

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The 10 best Xbox Game Pass games of 2022

The best deal in gaming got even better this year.

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The 10 best Nintendo Switch games of 2022

No Mario? No problem.

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Tactics Ogre Reborn is the most important remake of 2022

A new take on an all-time classic.

Sky guide

Wolf Moon and more: 5 stunning celestial events in January 2023

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'Elden Ring' is undeniably Game of the Year — and that’s a problem

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The best boss battle of 2022 proves this Nintendo shooter is an all-time classic

An Inkredible end to the trilogy.

Into the abyss

9 deep-sea discoveries from 2022 showcase the ocean's weirdness

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Sonic Frontiers composer says “loneliness” shaped 2022's best game soundtrack

Sonic boom.

Huge Chonkers

11 biggest video games of 2022 (by file size)

Yes, we mean that literally.

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The 10 most underrated games of 2022

The under-the-radar games deserve another look.

Gear

The 5 best budget soundbars under $300 released in 2022

If you’re looking for an affordable way to upgrade your TV’s barebones audio, look no further.

Breakthrough Awards

Four researchers who changed science in 2022

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The best mobile game of 2022 is impossible to put down

Gotta snap ‘em all.

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The 7 best action cameras of 2022

2022 introduced a ton of action camera variations beyond the traditional GoPros that we’re used to.

Breakthrough Awards

This neuroscientist taught brain cells to play Pong — and shifted how we view human intelligence forever

Brett Kagan and his colleagues at Cortical Labs want to understand what motivates brain cells.

Gear

DJI is still the undisputed king of drones, for better or worse

With four more drones released this year, DJI cemented its spot as the top pick for consumer drones.

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Film editor Paul Rogers on parallel universes, The Matrix, and A24's breakout hit 'Everything Everywhere All At Once'

Liftoff

The 10 most important space launches scheduled for 2023

Mark your calendar!