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'Thor: Ragnarok' Destroys and Discards the Thor Mythos

Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok takes a refreshingly iconoclastic approach to Thor, throwing out the old, bringing in the new, and packaging the story in a colourful, gorgeously trashy aesthetic that perfectly captures the spirit of the comics.

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'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Restored the Series to Its Former Glory

More than any previous X-Men film, Days of Future Past engages in deeply geeky, comic book-inspired elements resulting in the best cinematic representation of X-Men comics to-date.

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'Captain America: The Winter Soldier': A Black and White Morality in a Politically Grey Time

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is inspired by paranoid political thrillers of the '70s, making it the most radical departure from the tried-and-true MCU formula up to that point.

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'Thor: The Dark World' Comes Close to Being a Viable Story

In Thor: The Dark World there's a dangerous villain, a universe-ending threat, and a star-crossed romance -- but none of it makes sense.

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'Captain Marvel' Is Predictable

Directors Boden and Fleck skimp on the character development and emphasize the action in the disappointing misfire from the MCU, Captain Marvel.

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How Marvel's 'X-men: First Class' Classed Up the X-men Films

Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class refocuses the series onto its political and socially conscious origins, as well as the philosophical debate at the core of Magneto and Xavier's relationship.

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'Thor' Blasted the Comic Book Superhero Genre Away from Earth

Kenneth Branagh's Thor (2011) took the largely Earth-based, sci-fi genre into the realm of supernatural space fantasy, leading the way for a wider array of comic book superhero films.

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How Jon Favreau's 'Iron Man 2' Peaks -- Then Crashes

Tony spends the first half of the film worrying about his legacy but also trying to have fun with the time he has left. It's rather like MCU's superhero film challenges of the time.

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Old, Gruff, and Gritty: Marvel's 'Old Man Logan #46'

Old Man Logan's time is running out, but rather than fight it, he makes every moment count.

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'Ant-Man and the Wasp' Is Fun But Fails to Remedy Marvel's Most Egregious Convention

Paul Rudd is at the top of his game in Ant-Man and the Wasp, but Evangeline Lilly isn't given an equal platform, despite what the title suggests.

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Marvel Wisely Goes Small with 'Ant-Man and Wasp'

Peyton Reed's campy follow-up to the epic Avengers: Infinity War serves as a welcome breather from saving the world.

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Killing Is Killing: Logan's Enduring Excellence

In a competitive sea of superhero films, Logan continues to stand out with its tremendous performances, thematic complexity, remarkably critical take on violence, and deeply stirring pathos.

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'Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer' Is Best Viewed as a Kids' Movie

There are many instances in Rise of the Silver Surfer when superhero powers are played as gags and paired with a zippy cartoon score to really sell it. It's perfect for a kids movie.

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What's to Like About 'Spider-Man 3'?

Spider-Man 3 can't decide if Spider-Man is silly, dangerous, in control or possessed.

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Ranking the Marvel Cinematic Universe From 'Iron Man' to 'Infinity War'

With the release of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's defining moment that was Avengers: Infinity War, our staff assembles a ranking of the story so far.

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'Avengers: Infinity War' Is Getting High Praise Now, but Will It Last?

The lead up to May 2019's Avengers film promises to completely change people's opinions of Avengers: Infinity War.

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Even a Backup Generator Couldn't Keep 'Elektra' Charged

She's bold. She's beautiful. She's boring.

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Documentary Spotlights Chris Claremont's 'X'-cellent Work

Not only did Claremont save "Uncanny X-Men" from cancelation, he turned it into the company's biggest hit.

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Patience Is Rewarded in 'Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Jean Grey #5'

The culmination of this cosmic journey brings with it the drama, themes, and heart that make Jean Grey's resurrection so meaningful.

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The Darkness in 'Blade: Trinity' Ain't Hiding Much

Comics film Blade: Trinity ended the once-promising Blade series on a low note and, in a way, closed the first chapter of the Marvel film boom.

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'Spider-Man 2' Is Old-fashioned Hollywood Entertainment at Its Finest

Despite being an exciting, fun piece of popcorn entertainment, Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2 has a very serious, somber, mature core.

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'Blade II' Pioneers the Marvel Sequel Yet Remains Hopelessly Outdated

If Blade reflected its time in 1998, Blade II, despite of-the-moment visual effects dazzling action, feels like a film from an earlier era.

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It All Began the Day 'Blade' Sliced Through the Silver Screen

How Blade found success out of the rubble of comic book films and Marvel's bankruptcy.

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'Uncanny X-men #1' Is Twisted, Uncanny, Yet Intriguing

Brutal circumstances breed a harsh, yet compelling, narrative.

Comics

'Ultimate End #5' Ends With a Whimper

This story wants to be a fireworks show, but it's only armed with half a box of matches.

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Redemptions and New Roles in 'Scarlet Witch #1'

Wanda Maximoff enters a bold (and overdue) new era.

Comics

Winning (and Losing) the West: 'Red Wolf #1'

The Old West gives Marvel a new hero and a fresh shot of diversity.

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Dark Side Die Hard: 'Star Wars Vader Down #1'

A classic theme is turned inside out in all the right ways.

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'Extraordinary X-Men' #1 Is Extraordinarily Lacking

A dark time for the X-men is made darker by a lack of details.

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Trials, Tribulations, and Chaotic Sub-Plots in 'Uncanny X-Men #600'

An end to an era is rushed and riddled with errors.

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Covert Subversion in 'Darth Vader #11'

The Force is strong in this intricate, and refined narrative.

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Growth and Regression in 'Amazing Spider-Man #1'

Spider-Man begins a new, but precarious, era.

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Vulnerable Invincibility in 'Invincible Iron Man #1'

Forging a more balanced Tony Stark.

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Mutants, Demons, and Heart in 'Inferno #5'

The final struggle between Colossus and his sister ends on a fitting, albeit rushed note.

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Broken Worlds and Common Themes in 'Years of Future Past #5'

A fitting story ends as well as it can end in a dystopian setting.


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