The Best Pop Culture of the Decade– Geek Culture Countdown Podcast

On this episode of the Geek Culture Countdown, join us as we look back on the last 10 years and reveal what the fans voted as the Best in Pop Culture from the Last Decade! We counted down comics, games, movies, and more, so listen along to see if your favorites made the list.


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Well, it’s the end of 2019 and you know what they say- hindsight is 2020. As things wrap up and we head into a new year, let’s look back on the best of pop culture during the last 10 years, as voted by the fans! (We pulled our results from this Sideshow Pop Culture poll, and the competition was stiff!)

In categories that cover movies, comics, and more, join us as we reminisce about the most exciting pop culture milestones and stories throughout the decade. Let’s get started!


Best Marvel Cinematic Universe Movie

The Winner- Avengers: Endgame

The Infinity Saga finale Avengers: Endgame decisively won the decade according to the fan votes on our poll, and its partner Avengers: Infinity War came in second. While films like Into the Spider-Verse and Deadpool were highly requested as write-in votes, these were not a part of the proper Marvel Cinematic Universe from Marvel Studios. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, another continual fan favorite, was the third place choice on the list and the highest voted character solo film.


Best DC Movie

The Winner- Wonder Woman

Diana of Themyscira finally made her silver screen debut this decade, after many of her DC Comics co-stars have had countless film adaptations. With her golden lasso and brave rush through No Man’s Land, she landed the top spot of all the DC films of the last 10 years. Newcomer Joker came in second and was a fan-favorite, and the earliest film in the decade, The Dark Knight Rises, took third overall.


Best Disney Movie

The Winner- Coco

Disney’s animated features of the decade were far favored over their live-action films and remakes. Animated films made up 85% of the overall votes, the winner being Coco. Frozen came in close second in the category, no small feat considering there were more Disney movies produced in the past decade than from any of the other movie voting categories.


Best Star Wars Media

The Winner- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Across television and film, Star Wars had a revitalized decade as Lucasfilm joined the Disney family. The first Star Wars standalone film Rogue One won the popular vote, as audiences were introduced to the intrepid rebels who sacrificed themselves for the success of the mission to defeat the Death Star. Newcomer The Mandalorian, streaming exclusively on Disney+, came in close second for audience votes.


Best Comic Book Event

The Winner- Flashpoint (DC Comics)

Yes, Flashpoint did occur this decade. Popular for its depictions of alternate universe version of Batman, The Joker, Wonder Woman, and more, this comic series cemented its place as the top event of the decade. Similarly in the vein of alternate universes, Marvel’s 2015 Secret Wars took close second, showing that readers love seeing new and unique versions of their favorite characters.

Overall, DC’s events took 52% of the vote while Marvel’s took 48%, keeping the Big 2 neck and neck for fan votes.


Best Video Game

The Winner- Marvel’s Spider-Man

It’s no secret that Marvel’s Spider-Man for PS4 stole the scene when it debuted in 2018, practically burying many other major titles that came out that year. Never before had fans gotten the opportunity to step into the suit of a beloved Marvel hero like this (never mind the one suit, how about over 20 different suits?). Coupled with the excitement of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Peter Parker and Miles Morales were the stars of 2018.

Several story-drive and open-world epics tied for second place, including The Last of Us, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. This list also had a lot of write-in suggestions from fans, but in the end it was impossible to highlight every single incredible video game that came out this decade.


Best Comic Series

The Winner- Batman by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo (DC Comics)

There were countless comics published throughout the decade, and this list included a who’s-who of notable books from the biggest publishers, not just Marvel and DC Comics. Still, the Dark Knight won the day with the highest vote tally from fans. 2019’s summer X-Men relaunch House of X and Powers of X took second place, while longtime series Saga and Jason Aaron’s Thor tied for third place.


Best Superhero Casting

The Winner- Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool

Let’s face it- Ryan Reynolds was put on this earth for the purpose of bringing Deadpool to life. It was a long campaign to bring the Merc with a Mouth to the screen, but in the end, it was all worth it. The world can’t get enough of this regenerating degenerate, and two smash-hit films prove it. Tied for second place were Chris Evans as Captain America and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, two powerful, proper shield-wielding heroes. Finally, the newest Spider-Man on the block, Tom Holland, took third place on our poll.


Best Franchise Reboot

The Winner- Mad Max: Fury Road

The Mad Max franchise got a shiny and chrome new reboot with 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road. A post-apocalyptic epic for modern times, this film impressed with its strong story, incredible cast, and unbelievable cinematography. Close behind, the Rise of the Planet of the Apes series took second place, with the reboots for Godzilla, Man of Steel, and Westworld all tying for third.


Best TV Adaptation of a Comic

The Winner- Daredevil (Netflix)

Marvel’s short-lived Netflix universe had its hits and misses but overall, it introduced fans to a number of well-loved street level heroes from the Marvel Universe. Although it didn’t end up all being as connected as the audience had hoped, Daredevil managed to connect to the viewers most of all, being the best comic book adaptation on television this last decade. The Walking Dead, the longest running of all the comic book adaptations of this decade, took second place. Amazon’s recent swing at The Boys made an impression and took third place.


Who is Cuter: Baby Groot or Baby Yoda?

The Winner- Baby Yoda

Sorry, Baby Groot. You’re still adorable. This wasn’t a fair question, but we had to ask! It’s fair to say that both Baby Groot and Baby Yoda stole our hearts this decade.


We want to thank all of our listeners for another amazing year of fun and fandom. 2019 was extremely exciting for pop culture content, and we look forward to bringing you even more podcasts and shows in 2020 and beyond. Thank you for participating in this fan-chosen countdown of some of pop culture’s biggest hits of the decade- we couldn’t have done it without you.

What was your favorite moment in pop culture during the last 10 years? Think we missed something worth mentioning on this countdown? If so, be sure to check out our blog and send us your opinions at [email protected].

And that was the Best in Pop Culture of the Last Decade!


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