Does the MCU hate Thor?

Despite the inflammatory title, I actually love the MCU’s depiction of Thor. His first solo movie is in fact one of my favorite MCU films and, in my humble opinion, the best origin movie Marvel Studios has done to date, Iron Man and Black Panther included. All the typical tropes of a superhero origin movie …

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The changing face of blockbusters

As we venture head-first into 2018, it’s worthwhile to take a look back at the unique blockbuster season that was 2017. For the first time since 1958, the top three highest-grossing movies all feature a female lead. The combined strength of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Beauty and the Beast, and Wonder Woman bought in …

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Video game movies suck – here’s why

Video games have become a multi-billion-dollar industry. Although video games were initially seen as a kid’s toy, they have matured into a wide-appeal form of entertainment. There is a video game for every preference. Such a wide-appeal creates a passionate fandom, something which comes up often in every form of media. These passionate fans are …

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The 3 things the Bond franchise needs to learn before Bond 25

The James Bond film franchise is a true testament to the ever-lasting appeal of the titular super-spy. James Bond has survived since the 1960s because he is always in a constant state of change.   Bond has been played by 6 actors, across 24 films, over 50 years. In all that time, Bond has had to adapt to the film and societal climate he …

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Keep the X-Men out of the MCU

The X-Men are one of Marvel's most iconic franchises. There are dozens upon dozens of X-Men comic books, from the mainline series to the spinoff character books such as Deadpool and Wolverine and spinoff team books such as X-Force and X-Factor. While always a good seller, their popularity grew in the mid-90s with the X-Men Animated Series and their popularity skyrocketed in the early 2000s with the …

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Is the Marvel Cinematic Universe still special?

This week I had an interesting conversation with a friend regarding the MCU. Through the discussion, an interesting idea was raised. With the MCU becoming so vast across movies and television shows, will the release of a new Marvel property ever feel special again? I initially scoffed at the idea. Marvel properties, both TV and …

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