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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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What Went Wrong with Tim Story's 'Fantastic Four'?

Tim Story's film should have been a smash. So why did it fail in its adaptation of the groundbreaking Marvel comic book?

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Black Panther Brings Much Needed "Black Joy" to the World

This movie doesn't exist in a vacuum, and there's something positive for the world to be found in embracing "black joy".

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'Black Panther' Turns Repeatedly to Women for Better Judgment

Will it take the Black Panther world as long as it's taken every other white comic book hero world to build itself around wondrous women?

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'Kirby: King of Comics' Proves the Marvel Universe Lives and Dies on Paper

Comics films are fun but they barely scratch the surface of that other world, where comics really live and die.

Comics

Marvel vs DC: It's a Real 'Slugfest'

Slugfest offers a fascinating look behind the scenes, detailing the treachery and real-life good vs. evil scenarios being played out between the twin giants of comics, DC and Marvel.

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Trapped in the Negative Zone: The Fantastic Four on Film

The dust has cleared on the fourth attempt to bring The Fantastic Four to the big screen. Why is this team of comic characters so important? What keeps going so horribly wrong?

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CONTEST: The Stan Lee Starter Set

Enter for your chance to win this set, which includes a $50 Visa gift card, The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence, Meet the Marvel Super Heroes, a Stan Lee t-shirt, and candy bar.

Comics

The Legacy of Uncanny X-men

After 50 years, the Uncanny X-men reflect a message and a struggle that is still as relevant as ever.

Games

Music, Movies, TVs, Games: October's Best Entertainment Options

Need a break from the real world? Here's the best of everything entertaining that requires an electrical outlet. This'll at least get you through October -- so long as the power holds.

Books

The Staff Become Characters Themselves in 'Marvel Comics: The Untold Story'

Licensing deals became all important, with comics becoming vehicles for selling things like toys, towels, and shampoo.

Books

From Warhol to Koons, Koons to Hirst: The Branding of 'Taste' in 'The Art Prophets'

Such a book as this is a useful reminder that everything, from every source of cultural and technological output, is marketable to someone, somewhere.

Comics

Messrs. Waid, Rivera & Martin Reintroduce a Devil You Don't Know But Should

It's hard to read a Daredevil book and not recall gifted creator Wally Wood. In the hands of incoming series-writer Mark Waid, the tragedy of Wood's life becomes woven into the very fabric of the Daredevil character.

Comics

Once More, With Feeling: Stan Lee's Soldier Zero #8

The real question for Soldier Zero, flagship title of industry legend Stan Lee's new line of comicbook heroes, is not whether the character can compete with Lee's classic Marvel creations like Spider-Man, Hulk and Iron Man, but how.

Charles Moss
Comics

The Death of Captain America

"The Iconographies" is a series of weekly features focusing on iconic moments, creators, characters or publications in the ongoing 'biography' of graphic literature. This edition looks at the 2007 death of Marvel superhero, Captain America.

Comics

The Death of Captain America

"Out of time", Captain America summons to mind two classic icons of the American popular imagination.

Television

Starz Inside: Comic Books Unbound

Comic Books Unbound offers only cursory consideration of the media conglomeration that has made comic-film box office domination possible.

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Who Wants to be a Superhero?

Being mere mortals, contestants are not expected to leap tall buildings, stop bullets, or outrace locomotives. Instead, they are tested on the human qualities of heroism: compassion, intelligence, attentiveness, and selflessness.

Michael Abernethy
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Spider-Man

In Spider-Man's New York, adults are corrupt and irrational, as likely to thwart good deeds as to aid them.

Robert Rue

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