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Have you ever wanted to see Deadpool sing in a bar just like Gaston in Beauty and the Beast? Which Supergirl guest star just got upgraded to a series regular? When is the next trailer for Justice League arriving? What would Michael Shannon look like as Cable? Is Chris Evans up for more Captain America after Avengers: Infinity War? Will Guardians of the Galaxy 2 get you pregnant? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

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After last week’s disappointing episode, Legion is back on track in a big way. “Chapter 7” finds FX’s X-Men series topping itself once again – this is one of the most clever, frightening, bizarre, and funny hours of television we can hope to see all year.

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“We’re really gonna be able to jack up our prices if we’re two-time galaxy savers.” Like their prices, it looks like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be jacking up their runtime, too.

With less than two months to go before it hits theaters, the sequel to the runaway 2014 Marvel hit revealed its official runtime — the latest piece of new info after those new stills from the other day and a sneak peek into the visual effects behind Kurt Russell’s character, Ego the Living Planet.

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spider-man spin-off

Last week, Sony announced that they were making a Venom movie. And now, it looks like they’re trying to go all-in on the Spider-Man spin-off business, as a film centered on Black Cat and Silver Sable is on the way. The two characters, both adversaries and allies of Peter Parker depending on the storyline, represent the studio’s desire to stay in the comic book movie business, even though their stable of characters is a bit limited.

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Which comics inspired or influenced the Wonder Woman movie? What does James Gunn think of the Howard the Duck movie from 1986? What’s the official rating the MPAA gave Wonder Woman? What other Marvel character would Anthony Mackie like to play? Which MCU star helped Sacha Dhawan land a role on Iron Fist? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

michael shannon cable

When you’re looking for someone to play a grim, muscle-bound, super-powered soldier displaced from his dystopian alternate future timeline, you probably don’t think about Michael Shannon. And yet, according to a new report, the two-time Oscar nominee, who is, you know, just one the finest actors currently drawing breath on the planet, is currently the frontrunner to play the stoic superhero Cable in Deadpool 2.

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Sony Pictures plans to have a Venom movie in theaters by 2018, but we still have no idea what story they’ll be telling.

The toothy alien symbiote that famously corrupted Spider-Man during his “black-and-white suit” days has been around since 1984, so there’s plenty of comic book stories to choose from. The problem is that most of these tales will only work if Sony decides to do what they did with Marvel in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming and work within an already established cinematic universe. Venom’s story is so intrinsically linked to Peter Parker that it’s hard to separate the two without the aid of a sonic blaster, but as you’ll see, some of the character’s best and most famous storylines are actually pretty intriguing… and out of this world.

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(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Marvel’s new Netflix series, Iron Fist.)

For the most part, Marvel’s latest Netflix foray, Iron Fist, has been critically panned. The issues are plenty, and the resulting conversation has only served to underline exactly how the series falls short. There’s the story, the characterizations, the casting, the editing, and – this is a criticism that’s been leveled against all of Marvel’s Netflix series — it’s just too long. DaredevilJessica JonesLuke Cage could all have done with a little trimming.

In the case of Iron Fist, an altered cut could result in a drastically different and better show. It just requires a little bit of Garfield Minus GarfieldThere’s an interesting show lurking somewhere within Iron Fist…as long as you remove Iron Fist himself.

Spoilers lie ahead, of course.

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audio commentaries

A trend in audio commentaries for comic book movies? They’re often much lighter than, say, a historical drama or a war movie. The participants are typically jovial, and perhaps it’s because they finally see the light at the end of the tunnel after a two or three experience, or maybe even more than that in some instances.

After spending a few years on a project, and coming out of that high-stakes process with a movie they’re actually proud of, the filmmakers in commentary tracks for comic book movies seem more than happy to go down memory lane. If you’re in the mood to get some insights into some of the finer comic book adaptations from the past few years, here are five recommendations on where to get started.

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Want to know how to make a standing LEGO Batman Movie cake? Why are some people freaking out about Wonder Woman not having armpit hair in the latest movie trailer? How would Gal Gadot pitch Wonder Woman to skeptical boys? Will Deadpool 3 be an X-Force movie? How many times did Jay Baruchel watch Batman v Superman last year? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »