Tag: marvel

Notes on Streaming: RUNAWAYS and THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL

Recently premiering on the Hulu streaming service and now debuting new episodes every Tuesday, Runaways offers a different spin on the Marvel universe. Rather than the darker, more violent take offered by the label's flurry of Netflix shows -- Daredevil,...

Notes on Streaming: THE PUNISHER, Geysers of Blood, Torture and Violence

After sampling The Punisher, Marvel's latest small-screen series, I shared my reaction on social media: "Unrelenting brutality of Frank Castle + extreme bloodshed through 3 eps. is wearisome." Boy, was I wrong -- I vastly underestimated the capacity for torture...

Notes on Streaming: THE DEFENDERS, Marvel's Diminishing Returns

With its cinematic universe well established, Marvel looked to television to expand its screen presence. First came Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on the ABC broadcast network in 2013. Later that year, we heard about their ambitious plan for four interconnected...

Now on Blu-ray: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2's Daddy Issues Light Up Your TV Screen

When it was announced that cult film favorite James Gunn (Super, Dawn of the Dead, Slither) was going to take the reigns of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, a segment of the film underground was taken aback. While the MCU...

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING's Jacob Batalon on Iron Man, Batman and Being "The Ultimate Sidekick"

Playing the geeky computer nerd Ned Leeds in Spider-Man: Homecoming, Jacob Batalon talked with me about keeping Spidey’s secrets, bonding with co-star Tom Holland, and sharing a stage with Iron Man and Batman.   The Lady Miz Diva:  I just...

Review: SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Comes Home in Fun Style

When is an origin story not an origin story? When super-producer Kevin Feige and his brigade of talent behind the unyielding success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe took the creative reins of Sony's third go at Spider-Man in 15 years,...

A DEADPOOL Animated Series by Donald Glover is on The Way

Wow oh wow, is this awesome news! Reports are out that Donald Glover and his brother Stephen are going to write, produce and serve as showrunners for a new animated Deadpool series for FXX.    The 10-episode series will launch...

THE DEFENDERS Trailer: Nice to Meet You (Again)

After four series spent introducing the characters, a new trailer for The Defenders sure spends a lot of time introducing them all over again. "Blind guy? This is Jessica." "Jessica, meet Luke." "Luke, meet a guy with an iron fist."...

Destroy All Monsters: IRON FIST Doesn't Just Suck, It Sucks the Rest of the Marvel Television Universe Down With It

Iron Fist isn't just the worst thing in Marvel's nearly-ten-year MCU arsenal; it's indeed one of those rarest of pop cultural entities, an outright creative disaster. It can be used as a teaching case in universities for everything from film...

Destroy All Monsters: It's Not About You, DOCTOR STRANGE

One of the running jokes in Doctor Strange has Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) constantly having to reassert his title to anyone and everyone, because after the accident that shatters his hands sends him scouring the world for a cure, no...

Review: DOCTOR STRANGE Brings Psychic Psychedelic Action

Once upon a time, when Iron Man turned out to be quite watchable and it became known what exactly Disney and Marvel were planning with their "Cinematic Universe", we were wondering how the hell they were going to fit in...

Review: DOOMED! THE UNTOLD STORY OF ROGER CORMAN'S THE FANTASTIC FOUR Stretches, Hits, Burns, then Disappears

"The world's greatest comic magazine!" So reads the masthead above the title of nearly every “Fantastic Four” comic book ever published. Too bad the same can't remotely be said about the FF movies. The track record for attempts at adapting...

DOCTOR STRANGE: Cumberbatch & Co in Hong Kong with Marvel's Sorcerer Supreme

Earlier today, Marvel Studios kicked off the global promotional tour for Doctor Strange with their Asia press junket in Hong Kong. President Kevin Feige was in attendance, together with director Scott Derrickson, but all eyes were on the film’s two...

Destroy All Monsters: LUKE CAGE, Democracy, and the Voices Outside the Majority

I'm not a political writer, though like many professionals and non-professionals on the pop culture beat this year, it's been difficult to hold back some political views. Part of this is the inevitable nature of the thing: we have a...

Destroy All Monsters: As The DCEU Burns, The Studio's Model Needs To Change

There are two general narratives among film fans with respect to superhero movies, which somewhat overlap: 1. The Marvel Cinematic Universe films are samey studio product with predictable beats and styles, lacking the stamp of directorial control; (I don't really...

Destroy All Monsters: Ideals Will Destroy Us All, And Other Things I Learned from CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

A lot has been written about the broody darkness of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice; but in its way, Captain America: Civil War is the most quietly nihilistic superhero movie in years. Full disclosure: I still haven't seen BvS,...

Review: In X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, Greed Is God

The 1980s are back whether we like it or not. Like Zack Snyder's Watchmen before it, X-Men: Apocalypse adapts mainstream super hero comic book material from the eighties as taking place then. Like that film, it tries hard, but remains...

Cumberbatch Awakens In First DOCTOR STRANGE Teaser

The first teaser trailer for Marvel's Doctor Strange has just dropped and there is plenty to get excited about. Emanating a strong Batman Begins vibe, the film shows Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) having his mind well and truly blown...

Destroy All Monsters: A Negasonic Teenage Warhead Is About To Go Off

All right, I don't know what "negasonic" means. Or if it's even a word. It's been a long time since I've read my Grant Morrison (or listened to Monster Magnet), and Google is no help to us in situations like...

Review: DEADPOOL, A Marvellous Meta Movie With A Mouth

Although it is cut from the same cloth as other superhero origin stories before it, both in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) and X-Men world, Deadpool prefers its material vibrant, filled with polka dots and stained with blood. Ryan Reynolds plays...