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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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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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It Looks Like Most Rock Docs and Feels Like Most Rock Docs -- It's 'I Am Thor'

He’s a tank that keeps on plowing through the fields in the face of opposing forces, and it’s somehow admirable and inspirational that he hasn’t given up.

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Heavenly Beginnings: "Angela: Asgard's Assassin #1"

Angela is now a part of the Marvel Universe. This is a story of how she stakes her claim in it.

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Title Fight, the Dissent: "Thor #1"

When something as big as Thor #1, that completely alters the character after more than 50 years of publication history, the only proper response is our very first "Title Fight".

Comics

Title Fight, Majority Opinion: "Thor #1"

It's only very, very rarely that we come across issues of such great importance, that present us with such divergent opinions.

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Secrets No Longer Buried : "Original Sin: Thor and Loki #1"

Revelations are often messy and chaotic, but this is one case where the impact is as seamless as it is profound.

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'Thor: The Dark World' Brings the Hammer (and the Enthusiasm) Down

Thor worked due to its surprisingly-effective Shakespearean framework. Thor: The Dark World follows conventional Hollywood tropes and suffers for it.

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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.

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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.

Comics

'Thor' Reconsidered As Both Vital and Dangerous for Marvel Studios

With the end The Mighty Thor, perhaps now's the perfect time to reconsider Kenneth Branagh's critical box office success as a metaphor for the challenges facing the upcoming Thor: God of Thunder.

Jeremiah Massengale
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Avengers Assembled! 'Ultimate Avengers Movie Collection'

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

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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.

Comics

If Ye Be Worthy: Thor and Identity and Idris Elba

What's really behind the Council of Conservative Citizens' call to boycott Kenneth Branagh's Thor? It couldn't be so obvious a matter as Idris Elba's race. Could it?

Julian Chambliss
Film

'Thor' Spot

One of the biggest issues a comic book movie adaptation has to overcome is staying/not staying "true" to the source. However, when there are multiple configurations of same, such creative reverence becomes harder and harder.

Sports

Super Bowl 2011's Best Commercials

The Super Bowl isn’t just the biggest night of the year for football fans, it’s also TV advertising’s main event.

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All or Nothing! Back to the '80s With Cauldron

Got a craving for some classic heavy metal? Canadian trio Cauldron evokes the classic sounds and aesthetic of the '80s better than anyone today.

Comics

Hollow "Victory": J Michael Straczynski 'Reboots' the Mighty Thor

J Michael Straczynski's storytelling stands out as one of the most inventive in recent mainstream superhero comics.

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