Bryan Young

Contributing Writer

Bryan covers history, pop culture and all things Star Wars for HowStuffWorks. He's worked as a filmmaker, journalist and novelist, and continues to do so. He does a Star Wars podcast called Full of Sith, wrote a book about a presidential assassination and lives in Salt Lake City.

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With the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots heating up, we step back a few decades to look at the first human death by robot.

"The Flintstones" were a modern Stone-Age family, but were they early predecessors of Homo sapiens or Neanderthals?

'The Last Jedi' picks up immediately after the shocking events of 'The Force Awakens,' which doesn't leave much time to mourn the loss of everyone's favorite smuggler.

Though 'The Last Jedi' is firmly rooted in the present of 'Star Wars,' it references a lot of elements from the original three films.

Think "The Last Jedi" only references the original "Star Wars" trilogy? Think again. If you pay attention, you'll see that it's also full of prequel nods.

Carrie Fisher, who plays General Leia in 'The Last Jedi,' made an indelible mark on every one of her cast mates.

The international press conference for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" was a secretive affair, but we were on hand and boiled it down to the five most important points.

Thanos, the purple bad guy hinted at since the very first 'Avengers' film, is finally going toe to toe with the heroes of the Marvel Universe. This can only end poorly.

New "Star Wars" movies always bring about more questions. And the biggest question facing those who follow the mythology is why a Jedi Master like Luke Skywalker would want to end his order.

With Greek and Roman gods so much more well-known, what made Stan Lee and Jack Kirby wade into Norse mythology when they created Thor?

Because a $100 Droid Inventor Kit may allow you to do just that.

To some, 'Star Wars' is akin to a religion, and, like any religion, the debate over dogma and membership is fierce

Why would a cinematic giant like 'Star Wars' go digital first with its newest stories?

When Ron Howard took over the new "Star Wars" film, people wondered how often this type of switcheroo happens. Turns out it's a lot — and it doesn't always end badly.

The 1993 case of Earring Magic Ken shows how marketing and focus groups can inadvertently create a kitsch classic. Mattel found this out the hard way when they asked little girls to offer input.

'Wonder Woman' is arguably the biggest female comic book star to hit the big screen. HowStuffWorks talked to women about why it's so important to them.

When DC Comics rebooted "The Flintstones," few expected it to be a biting social commentary of the age, but guess what?

Wolverine has been an X-Man since the 1970s, but every iteration of the character in live-action films has been played by Hugh Jackman. Here are some of his best moments.

iPhones have gone from wondrous to ordinary in a mere 10 years. We remember some moments that made us want to toss them out the window — and how Apple responded.

Or why combat skills aren't always necessary to gain the upper hand in war.