Ending Explained

Ending Explained is a recurring series in which we explore the finales, secrets, and themes of interesting movies and shows, both new and old. We see it as an opportunity not only to help readers who need assistance unpacking endings but also as a chance to unpack themes and explore how expanded cinematic universes connect.

Here is an assortment of some of our favorite and most popular ending explainers throughout the years:

Explore the Ending Explained archive below

Captain Marvel Brie Larson

The Ending of ‘Captain Marvel’ Explained


Because maybe you didn’t see ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’

The Umbrella Academy Netflix Season One Ending

The Ending of ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Explained


This time- and mind-bending Netflix series leaves audiences yearning for more.

Bird Box Ending Netflix Sandra Bullock

The Ending of ‘Bird Box’ Explained


Hope is always worth fighting for.

Velvet Buzzsaw Ending

The Ending of ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ Explained


Dan Gilroy’s latest effort believes that the art world has lost its soul.

Serenity Ending Matthew Mcconaughey Anne Hathaway

The Ending of ‘Serenity’ Explained


You won’t believe how this one ends.

Ending of M. Night Shyamalan's Glass Samuel L. Jackson

The Ending of M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ Explained


Nearly twenty years in the making, M. Night Shyamalan finally gets his comic book movie.

Spider Ham in Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse

The Ending of ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Explained


Spider-Man finds his place in his universe and about a dozen others.

Sharp Objects Amy Adams

The Ending of ‘Sharp Objects’ Explained


The HBO series hides all its secrets in the credits.

Hereditary Toni Collette

The Ending of ‘Hereditary’ Explained


Here’s a guide to what you missed while watching through your fingers.