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'Avengers: Endgame' Culminates 2010's Pop Culture Phenomenon

Avengers: Endgame features all the expected trappings of a superhero blockbuster alongside surprisingly rich character resolutions to become the most crowd-pleasing finalés to a long-running pop culture series ever made.

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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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'Big Hero 6': Disney Viewed through a Marvel Lens

Big Hero 6 draws its themes and central relationship from the classic Disney and Pixar templates but includes all of the trappings of a Marvel superhero origin film.

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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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'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Is a Shared Universe Cautionary Tale

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a contrived mess of four disparate competing plots and set-up for a shared cinematic universe that would never come to be. Why did Sony Pictures blow it?

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The Long, Troubled, and Redemptive History of Latinx Superheroes

Frederick Luis Aldama's Eisner-winning history, Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics, uncovers ways in which the mainstream American comic-book industry regularly shortchanges characters who represent marginalized peoples.

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Doctor Strange and the Racial History of a Marvel Icon

The Asian legacy of Doctor Strange is more complex than you know.

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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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Marc Webb's '​The Amazing Spider-Man​' Is a Reboot That Deserves a Rewatch

Perhaps it was redundant after the previous Spider-Man trilogy, or was overshadowed by more high-profile summer 2012 superhero films, or was lumped in with its truly awful sequel, but The Amazing Spider-Man is a fine superhero film.

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Losses, Journeys, and Ascensions: 'The Life of Captain Marvel #5'

Carol Danvers life will never be the same. That's a good thing.

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Jean Grey Exercises the Power of Emotional Intelligence in 'X-men Red #11'

Jean Grey and Cassandra Nova have their final showdown in a war of ideas, wherein Jean applies a different tactic to quell the conflict.

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On Melodrama and Family Ties in Marvel's 'X-Men: The Exterminated #1'

Cable's death doesn't bring much drama in Marvel Comics' X-Men: The Exterminated #1, but it will have a dramatic impact on future X-men comics.

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A Journey of Damned Souls (to a Point) In Marvel's 'Weapon X #26'

Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente tap into hellish themes, but not enough to affect hardened souls.

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An Uncanny Deconstruction of Superheroes in 'Uncanny X-men #1'

A new kind of existential threat strikes the X-men, but it has little to do with hatred, fear, or killer robots.

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Class, Clones, and Killer Robots in Marvel Comics' 'X-23 #6'

The family dynamics between Laura and Gabby are on full display in X-23 #6, but not much else.

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Ascent of a True Queen: 'X-men Black: Emma Frost #1'

Through flexible morality and uncanny sex appeal, Emma Frost establishes a truly regal status.

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Marvel's 'X-men Red #9' Gets into Psychic Wargames and Battling Ideas

Jean Grey and Cassandra Nova finally do battle, but their tactics and principles couldn't be more different.

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Carol Danver's Past Has a Twist in 'The Life of Captain Marvel #4'

A surprising revelation changes the history, but not the spirit of Carol Danvers in Marvel's 'The Life of Captain Marvel #4'

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'What If? Punisher #1' Toys with Spider-Man

What if Spider-Man's concept of power and responsibility were different?

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Master of Magnetic Personas: 'X-men Black: Magneto #1'

Chris Claremont returns to reaffirm what makes Magneto such a compelling and relevant villain.

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Healing and Nuance Amidst the Violence in 'Return of Wolverine #1'

Wolverine coming back to life surprises no one, but the particulars bring unexpected intrigue.

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'X-men-Origins: Wolverine' Can't Tell Which Story to Tell

Conflicting viewpoints and intentions and external issues beyond anyone's control culminate in a film that is an unfocused, inconsistent mess.

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Time (Inevitably) Runs Out for the Superheroes in 'X-men Blue #35'

The time-displaced X-men confront overdue consequences and existential crises.

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Heroes, Criminals, and Heroes Operating As Criminals: 'Astonishing X-men #15'

Havok's efforts to redeem himself clash with a conflict that creatively twists the X-men's long-standing feud with the Reavers.

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Tenuous Temporal Deconstruction in Marvel's 'Extermination #1'

The Original Five X-men's time is up -- and they're woefully unprepared.

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Unforgettably Unforgotten: 'Fantastic Four #1'

Dan Slott and Sara Pichelli remind us how much we've missed the First Family and why they matter to the MCU.

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'X-men Gold Annual #2' Is a Summer Camp Snoozer

This issue of X-Men makes us think that it's time for Kitty Pryde to grow up.

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Fighting for Love: Marvel's 'Mr. and Mrs. X #1'

Marriage is a catalyst and not a hindrance to superheroes Rogue and Gambit.

Comics

Milestones, Achievements, and Slumber Parties: Ms. Marvel #31

In the context of a milestone issue for a teenage superhero, a slumber party is a fitting setup.

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Misguided Matrimonial Bait-and-Switch: X-men Gold #30

It's quite possibly the greatest bait-and-switch in the history of comics, turning the marriage of Kitty Pryde and Colossus into the marriage of Rogue and Gambit.

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'Deadpool Assassin #1' and the Maturation of (Regenerating) Degenerates

Deadpool is crazier than a sack of ferrets but he still maintains a code of conduct that sets him apart from less scrupulous mercenaries.

Comics

Overdue Resurrections and Heartfelt Reflections: 'X-men Red Annual #1'

The return of Jean Grey brings back the heart and compassion that the X-men have sorely lacked in her absence.

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Friends Matter in 'Hunt for Wolverine: Mystery In Madripoor #1'

Granted, Wolverine can be a violent, cynical, beer-loving brute, but he can also be insightful and sincere.

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In 'Deadpool 2' the Obscenity Delightfully Continues

If you enjoyed 2016's raunchy breakout hit Deadpool, you're almost assured to love its even raunchier sequel.

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'Deadpool 2': The (X-)Force Is Strong with This One

The blasphemous, unyielding Deadpool 2 doesn't outdo its predecessor, but rather gives more of a good thing.

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