And just like that, with the airing of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s midseason finale, fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe now have nothing left to look forward to in 2016. Across four television shows and two movies, it's been another big year for the ever-growing franchise, which remains a critical and financial success all over the world.
On the big screen, many of the heroes we've been meeting since the franchise launched in 2008 came into conflict with one another, while all-new faces like Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, and Black Panther got to make their debuts. On the small screen, we tagged along with Peggy Carter for an adventure in 1947 Hollywood, took to the streets of Harlem with Luke Cage, witnessed the Punisher come violently crashing into Daredevil's world, and continued to follow the exploits of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as they battled their most dangerous foe yet and crossed paths with the supernatural Ghost Rider.
Before we start looking ahead to what's to come in 2017, let's first take the opportunity to look back at all that went down this year in a spoiler-filled effort to sort out the best the MCU had to offer...