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2020 as Told by Pop Culture Memes Is a Mood

Tony Stark saying Earth is Closed Today

The year 2020 is hard to explain. When you start to, you either get lost in how World War III was happening back in January or you start losing track of the months that have passed us by during a global pandemic so…it’s a big ol’ bag of yikes. But now, as a way of trying to explain what the hell is happening in this godforsaken year, many on Twitter have taken to describing it using stills from their favorite properties.

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Whether utilizing a comedy or something spooky like The X-Files or even the entire world of Marvel, fans are trying to make sense of everything happening by sharing jokes made from their favorite things. The amount of strange content we have from pop culture is hilarious and wild (and we should probably unpack how many toilet paper jokes exist in entertainment at some point). Viewed through the lens of 2020, however, this content becomes even better and even terrifying prescient.

But, alas, here is 2020 as told by your favorite properties.

May we all go into 2021 with a bit more clarity but also … we still have 4 months of this hellscape and a presidential election to make it through. Who knows what piece of media will be most applicable as commentary by then? We shudder to think.

(image: Marvel Entertainment)

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Rachel Leishman
Rachel Leishman (She/Her) is an Assistant Editor at the Mary Sue. She's been a writer professionally since 2016 but was always obsessed with movies and television and writing about them growing up. A lover of Spider-Man and Wanda Maximoff's biggest defender, she has interests in all things nerdy and a cat named Benjamin Wyatt the cat. If you want to talk classic rock music or all things Harrison Ford, she's your girl but her interests span far and wide. Yes, she knows she looks like Florence Pugh.

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