Mónica Marie Zorrilla

Mónica covers the shows and movies that geeks love at Inverse— 28-hours-a-week, every week.

Most recently, she served as a full-time reporter for Variety, covering the business of television and writing features; she still contributes to the entertainment trade.

In 2020, she was a staffer at Adweek, breaking news in the advertising and marketing landscape. Before moving in April 2019 to Minneapolis, Minn. (where she currently resides), Mónica worked as a full-time general assignment reporter focusing on arts, culture, and entertainment news at two hyperlocal Philly news outlets, Billy Penn and AL DÍA News Media. In 2018, she was distinguished as Philadelphia's Culture Reporter of the Year by the Pen and Pencil Club, the country's oldest press club.

A Cuban-American native of Miami, Mónica earned her B.A. in English (with minors in Psychology and Spanish) from Haverford College in 2017. She began her writing career during her senior year. She is currently working toward her Master's degree from New York University in a virtual program helmed by journalist Adam Penenberg. Steve Zahn portrayed Penenberg in the 2003 fact-based flick "Shattered Glass," opposite "Star Wars" darling Hayden Christensen. She’ll don a violet cap-and-gown in May 2023.

Besides what's on-screen, Mónica loves watching her rabbit, Kiwi, do absolutely anything (because it's always super cute).

Leggo my Eggos

The surprising Stranger Things season you need to rewatch before Season 4

Revisiting the supernatural sci-fi drama’s first season is crucial to understanding Season 4 Vol. 1’s wild ending.

Codex

Mission: Impossible 7 - Dead Reckoning release date, cast, plot, and trailer for Part 1

Dead Reckoning is the third Mission: Impossible movie in the series to be directed by Christopher McQuarrie.

Shulkie

She-Hulk theory reveals a shocking MCU timeline twist

Bruce Banner's arms give She-Hulk's place in the MCU’s timeline away, one fan posits.

The Inverse Review

Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers review: A riotous ode to animation reimagines a classic

Chip ‘n Dale returns with an almost perfect romp around a very meta and multi-studio Toontown-in-Tinseltown.

Retrospective

10 years ago, Rihanna made a terrible sci-fi movie — and launched an even worse Hollywood trend

A decade ago today, movie studios flung open the doors for toy manufacturers eager to branch out.

Entertainment

Doctor Strange 2 deleted scene reveals a shocking death we never saw

The snippet would have explained what happened to Earth-616's Karl Mordo and would’ve resolve the first Doctor Strange post-credits scene.

Codex
Entertainment

Moon Knight almost assembled Marvel's next huge team-up, writer reveals

A Black Knight (Kit Harington) cameo in Moon Knight was scrapped. Was that the MCU's first and last Midnight Sons attempt? Unlikely.

The Rules of Time Travel
Fan Theory

Doctor Strange 2 theory may reveal details about MCU's Fantastic Four

According to a fan, Scarlet Witch wouldn’t have stood a chance against these two characters.

Codex

Avatar 2 release date, cast, trailer, and plot for The Way of Water

We've waited 13 years for this. James Cameron's Avatar is finally back.

The Inverse Interview

Mike Myers unravels his “silly” multiverse in Netflix’s Pentaverate

The new Netflix comedy miniseries is a love letter to Mike Myers from himself.

Op-Ed

Doctor Strange 2 fails its female leads in two crucial ways

The film doesn't fully understand what to do with Wanda Maximoff and America Chavez.

Entertainment

Every cameo in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness explained

Some faces you'll recognize. Some you probably won’t. Here’s how to identify them all.

Inverse Recommends

The one superhero team-up movie you need to watch before Dr. Strange 2

X-Men (2000) introduced Marvel characters to the big screen that are rumored to reappear in the MCU.

Dude, where's my crescent?

Scarlet Scarab: Moon Knight finale's biggest twist is a historic MCU first

Scarlet Scarab makes an official debut in the jam-packed Season 1 finale of Moon Knight.

MCU

Moon Knight finale prediction: Is the true villain this "dead" character?

In the comics, Randall Spector lives to become his brother’s foe.

Last Call

You need to watch the most powerful sci-fi drama on HBO Max before it leaves this week

Catch baby Andrew Garfield and Carey Mulligan in this bittersweet sci-fi movie before it leaves HBO Max on April 30th.

The Inverse Interview

Moon Knight costume designer reveals the brilliant Easter eggs you missed

Look back closely on the Disney+ show’s costumes, and you’ll find hidden clues.

Entertainment

5 years ago, one Marvel series had a better unreliable narrator than Moon Knight

"Legion," adapted by Noah Hawley for FX, did misleading protagonists first in 2017 (and did it better).