The Importance of Villainy in the Arrowverse

There’s one thing that every superhero really needs in their story, even more than powers, and that’s a villain. Not just any old villain, but a good villain. One who not only poses a credible threat, but challenges everything that makes them a hero in the first place. Of the four CW shows that make up the DCTV universe, which ones did their villains correctly?…
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Is Different But Still Awesome

Any film that follows up the surprise smash hit Guardians of the Galaxy is put in an inherently difficult position, with the shadow of the original looming ominously. Should audiences be given more of the same and risk it becoming stale, or try something different and potentially lose the magic that made the first movie so beloved?…
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The Flash and Supergirl Are Utterly Charming In “Duet”

The Flash and Supergirl are two things that need to come together more often. And if “Duet” proves anything, it’s that when you have a cast made up of musically talented actors, you bend reality itself to give them an opportunity to sing. Fortunately, doing so provided us with one of the most delightful episodes of the series, as theA Flash and Supergirl are forced to sing their way out of a magical coma.…
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The Flash And A Messy Relationship With Time Travel

At this point, it’s hard to imagine The Flash without time travel. So much of its three seasons have revolved around the concept, with the whole series actually instigated by the Reverse-Flash’s temporal machinations. The first half of this current season was motivated entirely by the consequences of Flashpoint and with time travel mostly beaten to death as a plot point by now, Barry’s accidental trip to the future at first seemed like more of the same.…
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Supergirl Was The Show 2016 Needed

For the show’s second season, Supergirl moved to The CW to join the rest of the Arrowverse and that meant a lot of changes, noticeably the loss of Callista Flockheart’s Cat Grant. I’ve made no secret of my love for Melissa Benoist’s superhero before but so far this season, Supergirl has been a bright spot in the world, unafraid to push forwards in ways that have never been so important.…
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Superheroes and Doctor Who: The Crossover To Save Christmas

This has been a very long year for Doctor Who fans. A whole 365 days without a new episode, which is a damn shame because Peter Capaldi was nailing it last series and a true delight to watch on screen. The annual Christmas special, “The Return of Doctor Mysterio” was a lot of fun, just as it should be, but probably suffered a little from the long wait.…
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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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Civil War‘s Big Airport Scene Is More Than Just A Good Time

With Captain America: Civil War released on DVD and Blu-ray this last week, this movie was obviously on my mind. It’s been widely regarded as one of Marvel’s strongest films so far and I know that when I think of the movie, the big hero vs hero battle at the airport is one of the first things that comes to mind.…
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I Actually Didn’t Hate the Justice League Comic-Con Teaser

I’ve made no secret about my dislike for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Injustice, for reasons that I will refrain from getting into again. The idea that Zach Snyder is still directing Justice League seemed absurd, considering the critical backlash to BvS, but decisions liike the addition of Geoff Johns to the creative leadership showed there may still be hope for the movie.…
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The Quicksilver Paradox – The Best and Worst Part of the X-Men Franchise

One of the most impressive scenes in Apocalypse is Quicksilver’s arrival at the Xavier’s school for the gifted, where he uses his super-speed to save the lives of everyone inside from an explosion that tears the building apart. Technically it’s a brilliant achievement of a scene, incredibly well put together and very entertaining to watch.…
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