Tagged Marvel Comics

4 Ways Marvel Comics Has Proven Thanos Needs to Die

’Tis the season for noble eradication! Many fans of various fandoms have hopes this spring of being relieved of villains that have been plaguing their favorite characters for way too long. Earlier this month, Seth Rollins opened Wrestlemania 35 by slaying the beast, Brock Lesnar, for the WWE Universal Championship. Wrestle fans everywhere rejoiced of a new champion that actually cared about showing up to work and being a fighting champion. April also marked the beginning of the end...

Avengers: Endgame Brings an Operatic Conclusion to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Avengers: Endgame aims to be the grandest of closers not only for Marvel’s Phase Three but also for an entire generation of varied and interconnected Marvel movies. Starting with Iron Man in 2008, we’ve watched a legion of legendary comic-book heroes grace the screen over the course of 21 movies. Now we bring them all together once more—for the biggest battle, yes, but also for a definitive end of an era for the many arcs that have been brewing...

It’s a Visually Stunning New Era for Marvel’s Venom

When it comes to on-screen depictions of Venom, the mishandling of David Michelnie and Todd McFarlane’s creation in the 2007 Spider-Man 3 still stings, and Tom Hardy’s crazed yet slightly entertaining portrayal in the 2018 blockbuster Venom is fresh in the mind. But in the comics, writer Donny Cates and company have been able to take a silly character and put him at the center of a compelling and complex narrative-driven tale that exceeds expectations in all ways. It...

Get Ready for the Black Panther Movie with Black Panther: A Nation under Our Feet

Being the comic-book geek that a lot of my Marvel Cinematic Universe fan friends know, I often get asked questions along these lines: “Okay, so the new film? Is there something I should read?” For Black Panther, the answer has been easy: Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Hugo-nominated Black Panther: A Nation under Our Feet. Other comic-book aficionados may disagree, but when I watched the trailer for the upcoming Panther film, I was visually triggered for Brian Stelfreeze’s art. The costumes have...

It’s Afrofuturism for the Win in Nnedi Okorafor’s Black Panther

After a widely reported major misstep in April 2017 wherein Marvel’s vice president, David Gabriel, suggested that sales had slumped due to too much diversity, the publisher is being very savvy about who it hires, particularly to write Black Panther titles. For Black Panther: Long Live the King, a six-volume comiXology Originals digital series, it has recruited someone probably very familiar to Twin Cities Geek readers: award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor. The daughter of Nigerian immigrants, Okorafor is known for...

What X-Men Fans Can Learn from Gambit’s Fearless Individualism

Gambit. Remy LeBeau. His fans love him fiercely, but it can be hard to admit loyalty toward him—even fellow X-Men devotees who are supposed to respect individuality, as it is a main theme of the franchise, can be pretty vicious in their criticism of the Ragin’ Cajun. Gambit has been called the lamest mutant, the wussiest mutant. And yet, for all the disdain he’s given, he is still going strong, immune to all those put-downs. Not bad for the...

The Minnesota Twins Welcome Geeks for Themed Nights at Target Field

Our hometown Minnesota Twins recently held a Marvel superheroes theme night. Fans had the opportunity to purchase a special ticket package that included a T-shirt featuring the “Guardians of the Infield,” with the Guardians of the Galaxy characters Star-Lord, Drax, Baby Groot, Gamora, and Rocket Racoon. The first 10,000 fans through the gates also received a special Twins Rocket Racoon bobblehead. Twins players were immortalized on the scoreboard as different Marvel characters, and Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Captain America...

What If Wolverine Were Reimagined with a Native American Origin Story?

Wolverine’s first appearance was in 1974, but he went more than two decades without anyone knowing much about him, including himself. Young fans like me were content with this status quo, though when writers gave us nuggets of information through new characters and villains who had a secret history with him, we never stopped turning the pages to find out more. But in 2001, Marvel Comics decided to do the unthinkable: they were going to reveal Wolverine’s origin. After...

10 X-Men of Color Who Would Blow Up the Movie Franchise

X-Men comic fans have always hailed the series for its appreciation of diversity and its attempts to understand and undo bigotry. More than any other franchise both within and without Marvel, the X-Men’s blend of sci-fi and real-world prejudice makes it a true force in advocacy. I’m enjoying the X-Men movie franchise so far, but it’s past time that its creators take the necessary steps towards diversity that make the comics so popular. The “save the world” X-Men movies...

A Case for Aquaman as Our Champion of Earth

Each member of DC Comics’ league of heroes has a mythic quality. It’s exciting to see what creative writers and filmmakers do with the core values that each hero represents. Bruce Wayne, the billionaire seven-year-old who chooses to spend his life, infinite wealth, and privilege to become Batman, represents the heroic potential of humanity when gifted with ultimate freedom. The story of Kal-El making his home on Earth is akin to a sci-fi angel who comes to save us...
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