The Avengers

Think Christian: “O Superhero Death, Where Is Your Sting?”

This might be the piece I’ve had the most fun writing, probably because it’s about something I know well that’s been part of the mainstream conversation: superhero deaths.Comic book readers are well aware that dead superheroes always come back. In fact, one of my earliest comic book memories was reading a letter in a 1986/87 …

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Review: You Already Know if You’ll Like Avengers: Infinity War

“This movie is for fans, not critics.”Defenders of bad but popular films love trotting out that maxim as a justification for their affection. And while the statement itself gets caught in an epistemological knot (critics can’t be fans?), it does contain a kernel of truth. Some movies exist simply to give fans what they want.Avengers: …

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Something to Avenge: The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Hero Problem

Richard Donner’s Superman: The Motion Picture (1977) and Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) may have already proven that moviegoers want to see superheroes on the screen, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been successful beyond expectation. Starting with 2008’s Iron Man, the MCU has been telling a large-scale story without precedent, spanning fourteen big-budget Disney feature …

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