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Features

Sunday, June 10 2012

The Sky Is Falling: Images of Mass Destruction in 'The Avengers'

If you find yourself in a Hollywood film this summer and you’re not wearing a cape, watch out for falling debris.


Wednesday, May 9 2012

Black Panther: The Next Avenger

The politics of Marvel's Black Panther would make this unsung character a smart addition to the next Avengers movie.


Thursday, May 3 2012

"A Terrible Privilege…": Why It Needs to be "Joss Whedon's" Avengers

There's a reason Robert Downey Jr. refers so poignantly to his Iron Man armor as a "terrible privilege". But to understand that, you'll need the full backstory on not only the Avengers, but on Free Comic Book Day as well.


Monday, April 30 2012

Hot Stuff: The 2012 PopMatters Summer Movie Preview (May)

It begins with a bang, as one of the most highly anticipated comic book movies battles beleaguered vampires, underwater aliens, and the return of Agents J & K for May's monetary consideration.


Wednesday, April 13 2011

Six Reasons Why Joss Whedon Is the Perfect Director for 'The Avengers'

It was announced last year that Joss Whedon would direct the most ambitious superhero movie ever, teaming Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, and Hawkeye all in one enormous film. Matthew Hurd thinks Whedon was the perfect choice.


Columns

Sunday, June 15 2014

The Rise Fall and Rise of Marvel Comics on Film Part 3: Our Universe(s) at War

Suddenly, movies from all walks of the Marvel Universe began to rage against the big screen with three distinct universes vying for control of box office gold.


Monday, April 23 2012

Comics to Film (and Film to Comics): The Two-Way Street Between Page and Screen

Movies like The Avengers are better thought of as character adaptations than adaptations of specific books. When seen that way, we recognize the characters as transmedia creations.


Reviews

Wednesday, September 26 2012

Let's Do a Roll Call on Joss Whedon's 'The Avengers'

From this smooth integration of the ensemble, you might not guess that the production felt, as Joss Whedon says on the commentary, "one step ahead of the crumbling Earth" every step of the way.


Thursday, May 3 2012

Harry Dean Stanton Occasions a Brief Respite in 'The Avengers'

The Harry Dean Stanton scene shows why you've been thinking that Joss Whedon is the best and only person to make The Avengers. The rest of the movie is less convincing.


Blogs

Monday, May 21 2012

Surprise: The Avengers Uses CGI!

When we do finally reach the CGI-infused Last Stand in the breathtaking third act, we are cheering for those heroes in ways that we never quite have before.


Wednesday, May 16 2012

The Billionaire (Super Hero) Boys Club

At the core of every mega-hit is something strategic: simplicity.


Monday, May 14 2012

This Is All There Is: The Boredom of Lessened Expectations

The Avengers and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel opened on the same day... they're less different than you think.


Wednesday, May 2 2012

Get Ready to Marvel at 'Marvel's The Avengers'

Marvel's The Avengers is a minor masterwork. Considering what Joss Whedon had to work with, however, it's a miracle as well.


Monday, April 30 2012

'The Avengers': The First Superhero Chick Flick?

The Avengers is the first full blown superhero movie that honestly speaks to women. Not only has Whedon done the impossible cinematically, he's done something unheard of demographically.


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News

Monday, May 21 2012

‘Battleship’ is no match for ‘The Avengers’ at box office

LOS ANGELES — The box-office debut of “Battleship” — an attempt to transform the kids’ strategy pastime into a summer blockbuster — looked like a very different board


Monday, May 14 2012

‘The Avengers’ takes the bite out of ‘Dark Shadows’

LOS ANGELES — Even an A-list star like Johnny Depp was no match for “The Avengers” at the box office this weekend, as the superhero adventure


Friday, May 11 2012

Samuel L. Jackson on his ‘master manipulator’ Nick Fury in ‘Avengers’

LOS ANGLES — After a succession of quick cameos in almost every Marvel Studios movie, Samuel L. Jackson’s mysterious Nick Fury is at last stepping


Friday, May 11 2012

Even Johnny Depp won’t be able to stop ‘The Avengers’ at box office

LOS ANGELES — “The Avengers” will take a big bite out of the opening of “Dark Shadows,” as the superhero blockbuster is set to dominate the


Thursday, May 10 2012

‘The Avengers’: Seven lessons of Marvel’s box-office success

LOS ANGELES — With a huge opening overseas, Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” was poised for a smashing weekend in the U.S. But no one


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