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The MN Guide to Free Comic Book Day 2019

Every year on the first Saturday in May, comic shops open their doors to give out specially designated comics for free as well as take the opportunity to host creator appearances, sales, giveaways, and more. This year, Free Comic Book Day also coincides with my all-time favorite holiday: May the 4th! Whether you celebrate Star Wars Day or not, there are some solid comics deals going on in the Twin Cities. Click here for the full list of free...

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...

Captain Marvel Blasts through Marvel’s Cinematic Glass Ceiling

Nearly a year ago, Avengers: Infinity War left us jittering with joy when Nick Fury’s uber-pager flashed that familiar eight-pointed star in red and blue. Captain Marvel was officially in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Flash-forward to today, and Carol Danvers is hitting screens to take things higher, further, faster. Here’s your spoiler-free review of the MCU’s first female-led film. We’ve known for a while that Captain Marvel would take place in the ’90s and wouldn’t link up to the events...

Did the Punisher Kill It in His Final Netflix Season?

In between watching season 2 of The Punisher and sitting down to write this article, it became common knowledge that the series, along with Jessica Jones, had been canceled by Netflix. It was highly predictable this would happen, given that the other Marvel Netflix series had already been canceled, and the rumor and innuendo are that some if not all of them will reappear on the Disney streaming service that’s in the works. Still, I can’t say I wasn’t disappointed....

Jump into the Spider-Verse for the Best Spider-Man Tale to Hit the Big Screen

Over the past two decades, there have been somewhere around 67 different Spider-Mans (Spider-Men?) swinging into theaters as part of their respective re-reboots of the franchise. It’s easy to feel exhausted at the idea of sitting through yet another Spidey origin story, disillusioned by all the awfulness to come before it. But not this time. Sony’s animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse doubles down—in fact, septuples down—on your love of friendly neighborhood protectors, and it’s a real winner of a...

Iron Fist Season 2 Was the Iron Fist We Deserved

In 2017, I wrote about the first season of Netflix’s Iron Fist. In that article, I argued that though the show fell short, especially in comparison to Jessica Jones or Daredevil, it was not nearly the disaster it got credit for being. With that said, I binged the second season of Iron Fist after it was released last month, and I would like to declare that its creators obviously heard the complaints and bad reviews and definitely did their homework...

The New Spider-Man Game Is a Great New York City Simulator that Also Lets You Beat Up Bad Guys

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be Spider-Man? To swing through the iconic New York City skyline? To acrobatically dodge bullets as you take down a group of would be bank robbers? To be evicted from your apartment because you can’t keep a job thanks to your crime fighting? Well, good news! Marvel’s Spider-Man lets you live out all of those webhead fantasies and then some. But the real question is, is it worth your...

Ant-Man and the Wasp Brings Some Much-Needed Levity Back to the Marvel Universe

After the bitter storm that was Avengers: Infinity War, the return of Ant-Man is a charming diversion of classic superheroism. The hero may not have as complex of a moral dilemma in his desire to do good, nor do his villains have all that grand a scheme to make them unique. But there’s a clear motive of fun here, and a heart that beats with family bliss throughout. Not all of it sticks, and it may take an easier...

Deadpool 2 Isn’t Groundbreaking, but It Brings the Mayhem and the Fun

After Thanos snapped his fingers and turned our collective hearts into dust in Avengers: Infinity War, it’s time for something a bit more lighthearted. This time, Josh Brolin only wants to kill one person, not half the universe. He’s also significantly less purple but still has a bit of a hard-on for time travel. I gotta ask: has anyone checked on Josh lately? Does he need a hug? Because he’s out here causin’ all kinds of chaos, and it...

The Dilemma of Sacrifice and Selfish Heroes

*Avengers: Infinity War spoilers ahead* The battlefield is set. Spaceships have unloaded thousands of weird alien dogs, the Children of Thanos are itching to recover an Infinity Stone, and hundreds of Wakandan warriors line the meadow—led by our favorite MCU heroes—prepared to fight. But why? To buy time for Shuri to free Vision from the Mind Stone and save his life. Life. This concept drives the plot of the entire film—we must save everyone. Vision offers to sacrifice himself...
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