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‘Batgirl’ Debacle Pushes DC Back Once Again

Warner Bros. isn’t in the business of making bad movies. At least, that’s the common refrain on social media now that David Zaslav, chief executive of the newly combined Warner Bros. Discovery, is in charge. What seems to be a more accurate assessment is that Warner Bros. isn’t in the business of making movies that […]

Where Marvel’s Multiverse Saga Could Go

Marvel Studios’ return to San Diego Comic-Con was the showstopper fans have come to expect. After months of hand-wringing from Marvel devotees about their needing a clear map of where the post-Endgame phases were headed, and concerns that Marvel Studios didn’t have an overarching plan in motion (which, come on. Of course, it did), the […]

‘Nope’: The Meaning Behind Jordan Peele’s Most Terrifying Scene Yet

[This story contains spoilers for Jordan Peele’s Nope.] What’s the deal with the chimp? Well that chimp, Gordy, is the key to the whole bloody affair. Let’s back up for a moment. Jordan Peele’s latest film, Nope, further cements the filmmaker as one the most important contemporary voices in cinema. Across three films, Get Out […]

How ‘Ms. Marvel’ Finale Easter Egg May Signal Kamala Khan Becoming the MCU’s Forefront

[This story contains spoilers for the Ms. Marvel season finale.]  “There is no normal,” Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) says in the finale of Ms. Marvel. That turns out to be an understatement, as the true extent of her powers is revealed to her in the final minutes of the series. The six-episode Disney+ drama, led […]

Controversial Miles Morales Story Shows Limits of Marvel Comics

Anyone can be Spider-Man. At least, that was the idea when Miles Morales first hit the scene in 2011 as the successor to the Ultimate universe’s Peter Parker. An Afro-Latino teenager taking up the mantle of Marvel’s most beloved and well-known hero, even if it was in an alternate universe, was a game-changer. The possibilities […]

‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Tests Sustainability of a Franchise

“Bigger. Why do they always have to go bigger?” Dr. Ian Malcolm’s (Jeff Golblum) question about Jurassic World Dominion’s new carnivorous antagonist, the Giganotosarus, could be applied to the Jurassic film series as a whole. It could even be attributed to the vast majority of franchise filmmaking today, which is a game of constantly attempting […]

How ‘Doctor Strange 2’ Intriguingly Moves MCU Multiverse Narrative Forward and Why That’s Important

[This story contains spoilers for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.] What is it that disturbs you, Stephen? No, that’s not a line from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, though it very well could be. It’s the title of the 1997 Eisner-winning Marvel one-shot by Marc Andreyko and P. Craig Russell that […]

‘Moon Knight’ Series’ Grand Storytelling Required More Than Six Episodes

[Warning: This story contains spoilers for the finale of Moon Knight.]  So, that was weird, huh? My reaction to the Wednesday conclusion of Marvel Studios’ Moon Knight is a sentiment likely shared by many of those who have followed the Disney+ series for the past six weeks. The series, currently billed as limited, and without […]

How Underselling ‘The Northman’s’ Fantasy Proved to Be Its Biggest Box Office Battle

Blood, fire and fate. These three elements swirl about the films of Robert Eggers, as he borrows from the old in order to create something that feels novel, surprising in its authenticity and driven by a perspective that could only stem from modern times, but a voice that feels distinctly outside of it. Eggers’ latest […]

‘Morbius’ and When the Critical Consensus Bites

What do we want out of comic book films? It’s a question I’ve been grappling with recently, particularly because so much of my writing revolves around those movies. I don’t have superhero movie fatigue. Not even close. But I am fatigued by so much of the discourse surrounding these movies, the bad-faith arguments, preemptive ratings […]

Why ‘Moon Knight’ Will Be Debated Even More Than Most Comic Book Adaptations

In a cinematic universe populated by gods, aliens, supersoldiers, galactic guardians, witches, androids and immortals, Moon Knight journeys into a previously uncharted territory of the mind. Head writer Jeremy Slater and lead actor Oscar Isaac take on arguably one of the MCU’s biggest challenges yet: dissociative identity disorder (DID). While looking at mental illness through […]

‘John Carter’ Changed Hollywood, but Not in the Way Disney Hoped

Mars. The Red Planet. Barsoom. Edgar Rice Burroughs delivered a treasure trove of spectacle and sci-fi fantasy wonder with his John Carter series, beginning with 1912’s serialized story, Under the Moons of Mars, later collected as a novel and retitled A Princess of Mars. The subject of numerous works, by Burroughs and later others, the […]