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Jon Morris' 'The League of Regrettable Sidekicks' Is Itself a Victim of Questionable Standards

Mere mediocrity on the part of the superhero sidekicks doesn't seem a high enough bar for inclusion in a tome such as The League of Regrettable Sidekicks.

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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.

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What Is It About TV These Days?

Can it still be called television if there's no network? Or even no actual, physical television?

Film

How Does It End? Narrative Closure in the Marvel Universes

In Marvel's comics, narrative closure is always deferred, every ending a new beginning. Iron Man 3, with its now world weary characters and aging actors, draws attention to how live action is different from comics.

Comics

Fanboy Fury and Authoring 'Before Watchmen'

Why have fanboys, this group of devoted readers, turned against the mainstream comics industry?

Television

Lost In Translation, or, Why 'The Hangover' Can't Just Be 'The Hangover'

Thanks to translation, the cult '60s British show The Avengers is known to French viewers as Chapeau Melon et Bottes de Cuir, literally "bowler hat and leather boots", a title which could be misconstrued for a show about bondage tips and foot fetish.

Music

Penelope Houston: On Market Street

On Market Street is an interesting counterpoint to Houston's output with the Avengers. This isn't punk rock, but these "grown-up" songs still surge with a youthful charge.

Matthew Fiander
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

Epic Ideas, Epic Images: Adapting Comics to Film

Superhero comics have become eminently exploitable resources for filmmakers seeking images, characters, and concepts that can be matched to the scale of the theater screen.

Reviews

Avengers Assembled! 'Ultimate Avengers Movie Collection'

These films are the spiritual successors to Batman: The Animate Series.

Film

The Billionaire (Super Hero) Boys Club

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

Politics

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.

Costa Avgoustinos
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.

Sports

Super Bowl XLVI: Battle of the Commercials

Which Superbowl commercials did we love? What was just a waste of our time?

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
Film

Time...and 'The Avengers'

With a 2012 release date and the daunting task of trying to find a story solid enough to carry all of these characters, it remains a job so gigantic, so Herculean in proportion and anticipation, that only the bravest (or dumbest) among the entertainment elite would face it head on.

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