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Want to see how Medusa‘s hair on Inhumans looks when it’s in motion? Why does Batman have The Flash‘s powers in a new DC Comics story arc? Did you know Emily VanCamp almost appeared as Agent 13 on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD? Why doesn’t Spider-Man: Homecoming ever reference Uncle Ben by name? What’s Hayley Atwell doing at Marvel’s offices this week? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

fragile masculinity of the mcu

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, and opinionated about something that makes us very happy…or fills us with indescribable rage. In this edition: a dissection of the fragile masculinity of Marvel movies, the overlooked homoeroticism of superhero stories, and how everyone can do better.)

The Marvel Cinematic Universe. Whether you realize it or not, it’s considered one of the biggest pop culture institutions defining modern American manhood. Heroes like Captain America, the Falcon, Iron Man, War Machine, Hawkeye, and Thor are considered red-blooded, hypermasculine American men (despite Thor’s role as a Norse god), and even outer space heroes like Star-Lord and lower-rung Avengers like Ant-Man evoke the ideals of fanboy manhood through snarkiness and Teflon attitude.

But all of this is really just a façade for a bubbling societal fear. These characters are archetypes for the fragile masculinity that affects too many men in America. That fear of not being “masculine” enough leads to misogyny, self-loathing, fear of homosexuality, and, at its most extreme, the deaths of gay and trans people (usually trans women).

I can already feel you getting overwhelmed, so let me scale this discussion back a bit to look at the small picture: Marvel and Disney. How does Marvel and Disney’s beloved MCU perpetuate this idea of fragile masculinity? How does it affect their audience? And, most importantly, what can they do to stop the cycle? Take a journey with me as I pick apart the MCU, its men, and why Marvel and Disney shouldn’t be afraid to show them as the vulnerable, soft-hearted human beings they actually are.

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Wonder Woman - Ares Concept Art

Why has Daredevil retired at the beginning of The Defenders? Will Justice League introduce a new Wayne Manor? Is the old man in the Deadpool 2 teaser Uncle Ben? Could we see Peggy Carter return in some capacity for Captain Marvel? Which Batman comics are inspiring Gotham season four? What does Henry Cavill have to say about the mustache controversy surrounding Justice League? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

agent carter season three

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Hayley Atwell teases what season 3 of Agent Carter would have been about
  • Tia and Tamera Mowry are working on a Sister Sister reboot
  • Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail talks about season 3
  • Watch the Ballers season 3 trailer
  • Ben Schwartz is still hoping for a Stranger Things cameo
  • And more!

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Wonder Woman Poster

Want to see Michael Rooker with Mary Poppins at one of Disney’s theme parks? What can you expect from Agents of SHIELD‘s fifth season? Which Fantastic Four villain would James Gunn like to use in Guardians of the Galaxy? What’s in store for DC Comics when the Doomsday Clock storyline arrives this fall? Do you want to see Tom Holland play Spider-Man for decades? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Did Marvel receive bomb threats after James Rhodes became Iron Man in the old comics? What would the specs be on The LEGO Batman Movie‘s Batmobile if it were real? Should the recently ordered sixth season of Arrow be its last? What villain is rumored to be part of the animated Spider-Man movie? When is the new Logan trailer coming? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Captain America: Civil War LEGO

What if DC’s Legends of Tomorrow had the opening credits of Power Rangers: Time Force? Is Anne Hathaway up for a Catwoman spin-off? How did Agent Carter set the stage for the conflict between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark in Captain America: Civil War? How did Supergirl get permission to use Superman on the show? What does Amy Adams have to say about the Batman v Superman fallout? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Hayley Atwell in Agent Carter

Hayley Atwell was on a Television Critics Association panel for her new series Conviction, just after ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey spoke about the decision not to move forward with a third season of Agent Carter. After the panel, Atwell spoke with reporters about her feelings about Agent Carter and gave us hope of seeing Peggy Carter again. She was prepared to do both shows if ABC would let her.

“I think they would have figured something out in terms of making a special or waiting until we finish this season and then me doing something else with another network perhaps,” Atwell said. “All I’m saying with that is it’s still a much-loved show for the people involved in the making of it and we know that the fans, it has a special place in their hearts. That’s something that I would be very happy to go back to if the opportunity came.”  Read More »

New Marvel Studios Logo

ABC has been wanting to expand their Marvel slate. Marvel Television developed a pilot for Marvel’s Most Wanted, a spinoff featuring two characters from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Bobbi Morse (Adrianne Palicki) and Lance Hunter (Nick Blood) were even written out of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to set the stage for their own show. However, ABC ultimately decided not to order Marvel’s Most Wanted to series. Should it fail to find another home, could Palicki and Blood return to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?

“Interesting question, one that Marvel’s probably best positioned to answer,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said during the panel. “The characters were sort of disavowed in the show as they call it, but I never underestimate Marvel’s ability to bring people back.”

Dungey also touched upon the decision to cancel Agent Carter, teased other Marvel ABC shows in development, and discussed the Castle cancellation. Read More »

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Netflix’s little corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to expand in a big way, with Luke CageIron Fist, and The Defenders all coming in the next year or so. But today, we have some updates on what we won’t be seeing from them in the near future. The company has revealed that they’re holding off on Jessica Jones season 2, Daredevil season 3, and Punisher until after The Defenders, which means we likely won’t see them until 2018 or so. Oh, and they’ve also explained why they opted not to pick up Agent Carter, which became the MCU’s first cancelled series earlier this summer.  Read More »