Spider-Man: Homecoming Is Peter Parker And Spider-Man At His Best

Coming to the second reboot and our third Spider-Man in the last decade or so, there’s a risk of fatigue with Spider-Man: Homecoming. How will Tom Holland perform in the shadows of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield? Did we really need another Spider-Man movie? The answers are great and yes, respectively.…
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Wonder Woman Remembers the “Hero” in “Superhero”

After a series of underwhelming and almost aggressively dark entries into the DC movie universe, Wonder Woman had a lot to prove. Fortunately,¬†Wonder Woman‘s greatest strength is the titular hero herself, as played by Gal Gadot and allows the franchise to reconnect with the superhero genre. Though Gadot was considered one of the best parts of Batman v Superman, her own movie plays to her strengths much more than before.…
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Is Doctor Strange Actually Guilty of a Marvel “Formula”?

Although garnering a generally positive response from critics and audiences alike, Doctor Strange has been criticized of following the Marvel formula too hard, bearing structural similarities to Iron Man (2008) and Ant-Man (2015). But how much merit does this argument have and is it really a fair criticism? (Doctor Strange spoilers included) When it comes to it, Doctor Strange is a superhero origin story and usually this means following certain conventions.…
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Donnie Darko (2001) and Its Schizophrenic Identity

Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko is an odd film. A grab-bag of references, influences and story components. The titular character part-ways through the film is prescribed as being a paranoid schizophrenic, and that is a good a way as any to describe the film itself. Here I will outlay the various constituent parts and personalities that make up Donnie Darko.…
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Did Dawn of Justice Cripple Its Own Future Storytelling?

Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was designed to kick off the new DC Cinematic Universe, introducing Batman, Wonder Woman and the other members of the Justice League into the universe started in Man of Steel. But considering this was meant to be the start of the story, in many ways Dawn of Justice set itself several handicaps right out of the gate.…
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Agent Carter – One of Marvel’s Finest Heroes

With Captain America: Civil War on the immediate horizon, it’s a suitable time to appreciate Cap’s first and best girl from The First Avenger (2011); Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter. Atwell charmed audiences as Agent Carter, leading first to a Marvel One-Shot on the Iron Man 3 (2013) home release and from there to her own series, which recently concluded its second season and created one of the most compelling heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.…
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In Defense of Joss Whedon and Age of Ultron

Despite being responsible for an incredible cinematic achievement in 2012’s The Avengers, Joss Whedon seems more focused on his supposed failures in last year’s sequel, Age of Ultron. Maybe it’s just that we so recently had Batman v Superman: Yawn of Justice to show us how much worse it could really get, but Age of Ultron still has plenty going for it.…
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Kick-Ass (2010) – Superhero Worship and Indie Freedom

Earlier this year Deadpool appeared and thrilled the mainstream movie going public with its cutting satire (read: hamfisted masturbatory self-referencing), bloody violence and naughty language. Though it certainty was interesting to see Fox Marvel taking some cheap shots at itself and superhero films in general, a film that this in a more extreme manner six years earlier is Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass.…
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Unbreakable (2000)

In the fifteen years since Unbreakable, director M Night Shyamalan has gone from the next big thing to a filmic punchline. His blindsiding twists became his undoing with sub-par, and un-intentionally hilarious, efforts like The Village, Lady in the Water and The Happening disappointing crowds, before completely losing all creditability with The Last Airbender and After Earth.…
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