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Joss Whedon's '​Avengers: Age of Ultron' Ages Well

Joss Whedon defied expectations with his ambitiously muted, psychological approach to Avengers: Age of Ultron but despite his best intentions and genuinely interesting vision, this would be his only effort with Marvel Studios. It was a good effort.

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Deconstructing the Avengers: Language Transcended ... Almost

Black Widow’s reputation for cajolery, subterfuge, coaxing, and subtle persuasion endow her with a silver tongue that almost transcends Hulk’s chaos and unbridled, unreasoning emotion.

Film

Deconstructing the Avengers: Good and Bad Language

From the very outset Age of Ultron was weighed down by a lot of artistic, cultural, and commercial expectations: You don't take care of this particular problem by adding more weight.

Comics

Cars That Will Kill You, An 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Triptych Finalé

Thus far, we've seen director Joss Whedon leverage the history of comics fandom and of Hollywood film in a grand and postmodern experiment. Here's why.

Film

Is Black Widow Still a Hero? Dissecting the Misogynistic Outrage Against the Avengers

Black Widow may very well be the pinnacle of the modern action heroine, so why is there so much backlash about her role in the new Avengers film?

Film

Deconstructing the Star Beast: How the 'Alien' Saga Went Wrong

Alien was a planned B-Movie that transcended its genre and spawned the rare sequel that is neither imitation nor complete deviation. Then the saga went to hell.

Television

The Upside of No-See Me: Invisibility and 'Buffy, the Vampire Slayer'

For Buffy, turning invisible allows her to indulge all her worst impulses; but in doing so, she realizes that she is not embracing life, but fleeing it.

Film

The 20 Most Anticipated Films of 2015

Over the next 12 months, we will be bombarded with all manner of proposed cinematic spectacle. Here are the 20 films we are most looking forward to.

Books

With Feeling: 'Joss Whedon: The Biography'

The only problem with the sincerely enjoyable Joss Whedon: The Biography is that we learn a heck of a lot more about his creative endeavors than we do about the geek god himself.

Books

Why Are So Many Still Fascinated with 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'?

Cover to cover, Fan Phenomena: Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a solid collection, well rounded, well researched, and written in an accessible tone.

Television

Marvel Studios' Major TV Launch Will Benefit from Staying Close to Its Comics Roots

While Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may stem directly from The Avengers film franchise, like those movies, the show also has comics in its DNA.

Television

Joss Whedon Is Back on TV with 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

With the help of Joss Whedon's cleverness, develop S.H.I.E.L.D. into an entertaining series, offering something like a mini-Marvel movie every week.

Games

Why 'Firefly' Should be a Videogame

In spite of the ongoing thirst for more Firefly content and ongoing rumours of a game adaptation, nothing has come to fruition, which makes the official announcement of a game exciting because the series fits so nicely into a video game template.

Film

Joss Whedon Tells Comic-Con About New Film 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

On Sunday at Comic-Con, geek fave Joss Whedon shared details about his upcoming film, 'Avengers: Age of Ultron', set to release in the summer of 2015.

Film

"It's Fun Being An Asshole!": An Interview with Fran Kranz on Joss Whedon

The actor behind the lovable stoner from The Cabin in the Woods and Dollhouse's conniving programmer dishes about working with Joss Whedon, horror movies, and fan attention.

Laura Berger
Reviews

SXSW Day 2: Four Films and No Food

One writer dares to brave day two of SXSW Film 2013 on an empty stomach and it totally pays off.

Television

'Firefly: Browncoats Unite': Crew and Cast Members Remember

Even as we're reassured that the set was a place for invention and its own sort of hopeful adventure, we're also reminded by writer and executive producer Tim Minear that the show's dire ratings situation affected the episodes during production.

Film

The Pragmatic Anarchy of the Long Take

The Long Take can at once be subtle enough to be missed by the audience and astounding enough to entrance that same audience... depending on who is paying attention.

Film

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.

Film

The Billionaire (Super Hero) Boys Club

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

Film

Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion

PopMatters' latest book, Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion, releases tomorrow in the US/Canada and Friday in the rest of the world. To give you a preview, you can sample many of the book's articles here, but you'll want to pick up a copy of the book for the complete articles and its many exclusive essays and features.

Film

Joss Whedon's 'Avengers' Reaches Apex of Averageness, True Believers

The Avengers may be awesome, but that doesn't mean it's any good. The new standard for superhero films seems to be that they don't suck as opposed to actually containing any ideas of interest.

Film

'Cabin' Fever

It seems that those who do not like what Buffy creator Joss Whedon and Cloverfield's Drew Goddard have created in The Cabin in the Woods have spent the better part of the last two days filling their reviews with massive (and in some cases, major) spoilers.

Film

SXSW Film Festival Day 1: 'The Cabin in the Woods' + 'The Babymakers'

Two words accurately describe the first day of the 26th annual South by Southwest Festival, or, as it’s more commonly known now, the Hipster Mecca of the Universe: “Wet” and “Shhhhhhhh!”

Film

Zealot Zombies vs. Apolitical Vampires: Bruce LaBruce's Political Enlivenment of the Undead

Bruce LaBruce's pornographic zombie films are politically and artistically engaged in ways in which too few contemporary horror narratives are.

Justin Linds
Theatre

Voluntary Amnesia in 'Dollhouse' and 'Pygmalion'

Long before Dollhouse's Echo submitted herself to five years of memory loss, Eliza Doolitle of Pygmalion experimented with some personal tabula rasa.

Reviews

Where Have All the Snarky Girls Gone?: Batgirl #22

It's a fond farewell to one of DC's most consistently well-written titles in recent years. Good night sweet Stephanie "Dork Knight" Brown. You will be missed.

Michael D. Stewart
Film

Spotlight: Joss Whedon

In the past two decades Joss Whedon has emerged as one of the most influential figures in all of pop culture, most famously by altering many of the standard conventions of television, but also through his screenwriting for films and his extensive comic book work.

Film

Can’t Stop the Serenity: Taking Fan Activism to the Next Level

A member of Whedonites United, a Tennessee group associated with the Can't Stop the Serenity movement, explains how a group of fans of Joss Whedon and the film Serenity takes fan activism to a new level by actively trying to make the world a more humane and just place.

Lisa Anderson
Television

“I’d Very Still”: Anthropology of a Lapsed Fan

Joss Whedon has not only created great shows; he caused fans to reach out to other fans to share their mutual enthusiasm for shows and for specific characters within shows. Here Lily Rothman writes of her involvement with others who came together thanks to Oz from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Lily Rothman
Film

Whedon and Company: Worlds Await

The formal creation of Buffy Studies -- and therefore Whedon Studies -- was born with the creation of the online journal Slayage 10 years ago. Here the coeditor of Slayage, Rhonda V. Wilcox, offers some reflections on our obsessions with the output of a certain TV creator.

Rhonda V. Wilcox
Film

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.

Matthew Hurd
Film

Joss Whedon 101: The Avengers

The Avengers will be Joss Whedon's most ambitious project to date, the culmination of a string of Marvel Studios superhero films, including the Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and Captain America films.

Kristin M. Barton
Television

The Life of an Alien Lizard Queen: An Interview with Monica Baccarin

PopMatters sat down with Firefly and V. star Morena Baccarin in February 2011 to get her thoughts on working with Joss Whedon and playing an alien lizard queen.

Television

Joss Whedon: Pioneer of the Body Count

Among Joss Whedon's greatest contributions to television has been the continual use of the Body Count, the willingness to kill off recurring characters in order to ratchet up the narrative tension and create a sense of danger.


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