Tagged Marvel

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...

Season 2 of Jessica Jones Went the Logical Route

Warning: Spoilers follow! After what felt like an eternity, and a rather mediocre side trip with The Defenders, season 2 of Jessica Jones finally premiered on March 8, 2018. In all honesty, I had a crush on Jessica (Krysten Ritter). It had to be her smart-ass attitude, or her strength (physical and emotional), or maybe I just like a girl that enjoys whiskey. Anyway, I was obsessed with season 1; I felt that it was the pinnacle of Marvel...

With Infinity War Almost Here, It’s Time to Revisit Marvel’s Villain Problem

With Avengers: Infinity War rapidly approaching, I’ve found myself thinking far more about Marvel movies than I ever thought I would. In fact, originally I didn’t expect to even like them that much at all. I’ve never been the biggest fan of action movies—I enjoy them as much as the next guy, but they don’t really tend to leave the theater with me, and for a while, that was how I approached the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well. I...

Erik Killmonger Isn’t a Villain—He’s an Indictment of America

Black Panther spoilers ahead. Every superhero movie has a supervillain. The archenemy who is the counter to the hero. They’re supposed to make you hate them and love the hero; to create the tension that you’ll be relieved to see resolved; to give you a shadow that the hero can shine brightly against. They’re not generally made to make you think. And usually, it’s the acting range, costume and makeup, or catchy one-liners of the actor playing them that...

The Trippy, Technicolor Trip of Thor: Ragnarok

Director Taika Waititi has taken the drab world of the Thor movies and injected it with a hefty dose of 1980s tone and style. After all, the nine realms of this universe can’t all be dreary Shakespeare (though they seemed to be before now, given how eager the god of thunder was to get back to Earth in his previous solo films). Since there’s no woman or threat to Earth at the moment, the weird worlds of the realms...

The Latest Black Panther Trailer Is Us

By now, you likely have seen Marvel’s latest trailer for Black Panther—if you haven’t, I strongly recommend that you take a few minutes and rectify that immediately. The anticipation for this release is due as much to the gripping visuals and ensemble cast as it is to the fact that this is only Marvel’s second superhero film in which the primary protagonist is black (the first, of course, being the woefully overlooked and underrated Blade). It is shaping up...

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...

6 Reasons You Should Be Playing HeroClix by WizKids

HeroClix is a tactical-combat collectible miniatures game that is centered around comic book characters, mostly from the DC and Marvel universes. Are you a fan of Yu-Gi-Oh!, The Lord of the Rings, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Star Trek, BioShock, Assassin’s Creed, Halo, or Iron Maiden? Yes, Iron Maiden—they have all those too. New sets are released on a regular basis, so there’s always a chance to add fresh characters to your team. Some people may be intimidated by the...
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