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Academics on Endgame - Image 7Academics on Avengers: Endgame, Part 2

As mentioned in Part 1, we got so many contributions that we had to split this article up into two parts. Below is the second half, and we hope you enjoy it. And again…BEWARE…FOR SPOILERS… [more]

Academics on Endgame - Image 5Academics on Avengers: Endgame, Part 1

Avengers: Endgame is a cinematic generational event. The epic conclusion to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first arc that began with 2008’s Iron Man and encompasses twenty-two films. As of this posting, Avengers: Endgame has grossed… [more]

avengers endgameAvengers: Endgame, Iron Man, and America

Disclaimer: this article includes spoilers starting in the third paragraph, so I wouldn’t read too far if you haven’t watched Avengers: Endgame yet. It also won’t make much sense if you haven’t watched Endgame and… [more]

Carol DanversMy Thoughts on Captain Marvel: It’s Complicated

Here be spoilers… I went into my 10:30a showing of Captain Marvel not really knowing anything about Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel. At a time when the entire media market is glutted with superhero films… [more]

Weiner - book cover Marvel moviesAcademics Discuss their Book Marvel Comics into Film and the Secret Origins of the MCU

Matthew J. McEniry is an assistant metadata librarian at Texas Tech University and describes digital manuscripts for online discovery. Robert Moses Peaslee is an associate professor and chair of Journalism and Electronic Media at the… [more]

The Avengers posterThe Dawn of Cinematic Universes: What Shared Continuity In Film Is Telling Us About The Future Of Cinema

There is no secret that a new trend has emerged in mainstream films, a trend that is specifically connected to the inclusion of famous characters and epic worlds, all of which have now joined together… [more]

duvernayMarvel Studios Selects Ava DuVernay to Direct Black Panther

For those unaware of her work, Ava DuVernay is an award winning and Golden Globe nominated director (Selma 2014) with a pedigree rooted in African-American-themed films. She debuted in 2008 with a documentary about ’90s… [more]

walking-dead-zombieEating Brains: Zombies and Dystopianism

In 2013 I was at SDCC meeting Julian Darius for the first time. After a long, harrowing comic-con experience we both went to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund after party. There were famous people… [more]

superman3Five Reasons Why Comics Scholarship is Important

Before getting into comics, I had no idea where to start, or how to approach comics as a body of work. Over the course of several decades comics have diversified into a multi-headed beast. There… [more]

Avengers-Age-of-UltronAvengers: Age of Ultron is Conflicted

I’m very conflicted about Avengers: Age of Ultron. Not about what sort of movie it is: this is a wall-to-wall headache-inducing, exhausting action-fest where lots of stuff blows up. I’m sure there are lots of… [more]

imageDefending Guardians of the Galaxy

Okay. Let’s do this. *Cracks knuckles* Recently Julian Darius wrote a real mic-drop of a response to Guardians of the Galaxy. It was pretty incendiary. Like everything Julian writes it was excellent, and made me… [more]

Guardians-of-the-Galaxy-poster-21It’s Okay to Criticize Guardians of the Galaxy

I read Julian Darius’ essay on Guardians of the Galaxy with great interest, just as I read Stephanie Zacharek’s review of the same film. Both of them have come under fire on social media (Julian’s… [more]

Guardians of the GalaxyWe are the Candy Bars of Pop Culture: Guardians of the Galaxy Broke Something in Me

I just can’t take it anymore. I know we’re in a new age of Hollywood spectacle, in which intelligence is largely relegated to a few TV shows, and viewers feel there’s no point shelling out… [more]

Charlie CoxCharlie Cox is Daredevil

Marvel has confirmed the rumors that Charlie Cox has been cast as Daredevil in the upcoming Netflix series, scheduled to run 13 episodes in 2015. Cox is best known for playing Tristan Thorne in the… [more]

Edgar WrightWhy Edgar Wright Leaving Ant-Man is a Big Deal

On Friday, news broke that Edgar Wright was leaving as director of Marvel’s Ant-Man film, which he’d long helmed and represented to the public. Wright is probably best known for 2004′s Shawn of the Dead. That… [more]

guardians-of-the-galaxy-logoMarvel Studios, Risk, and James Gunn

This month’s release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier has once again reaped both high box-office numbers and critical praise for Marvel Studios. Their formula for success has been to bring fan favourite characters to… [more]

Michael Douglas 001Michael Douglas Adds to Ant-Man’s Legacy

While Marvel Studios’ Avengers franchise (and appendages) tends to garner the most ink, I have to say I find development on the studios’ secondary properties far more fascinating, as it demonstrates their willingness to continually… [more]

Amazing Spider-Man posterMaybe this Franchise Thing is Out of Control

It’s hard to believe, but there was a time when super-hero movies were few and far between. Now, they’re so ubiquitous that even super-hero fans worry there are too many. Marvel’s had success tying movies… [more]

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. posterThe Marvel Cinematic Universe is About to Become the Marvel TV Universe

One of the things that bugs me about franchises is that people rarely see them objectively, from a remove. The most fondly remembered installments overshadow everything else, even when “everything else” is the larger work.… [more]

Thor: The Dark World posterI’d Need a Lobotomy to Enjoy Thor: The Dark World

It’s hard to find the words to adequately describe how stupid Thor: The Dark World is. Before I try, a warning: this review contains spoilers. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. And in case you’re… [more]

The Wolverine teaser posterThe Other Marvel Cinematic Universe?

With all of the attention paid to the development of the Marvel cinematic universe, it’s worth addressing the other Marvel cinematic universe: the one run by 20th Century-Fox.

Iron Man 3 poster #2Why Iron Man 3 is the Best Iron Man Film to Date

Iron Man 3 might not be an Avengers-like, nonstop action fest. But it’s the best of the three Iron Man films. In fact, it’s the only one that really understands the character.

Iron Man 3 posterIron Man 3 — Second Biggest Opening in History

It’s official: Iron Man 3‘s opening weekend in the United States is the second biggest in history, after only The Avengers. Iron Man 3 took in an estimated $175.3 million in its opening weekend, which… [more]

Iron Man 2 image (Tony Stark)On Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2: What Tony Stark Once Suffered to Learn, Tony Stark Soon Forgot

Everyone’s at least something of a villain in Iron Man 2, except for some of our superhero’s friends and those thoroughly unaccountable Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and yet one of the very worst of the bad… [more]

Thor movie posterThor as Camp

Thor is a glitzy, glossy summer movie. It’s also high camp in the traditional sense: super-serious and apparently blissfully unaware of how utterly ridiculous it is on every level. It may take itself more seriously… [more]