Captain America Civil War VFX - Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, we have an extensive Captain America: Civil War visual effects breakdown revealing all the impressive post-production work on display, which includes most of Iron Man‘s suit. Plus, we have a video essay looking at how the scene transitions in The Matrix enhance the movie, and another about the intricate details of costume design that you may not have noticed. Read More »

Thor Ragnarok - Taika Waititi and Chris Hemsworth

Could Steppenwolf have a new secret origin in Justice League? Do you know who is voicing Uncle Ben in Disney XD’s Spider-Man animated series? Why doesn’t Luc Besson enjoy superhero movies, specifically Captain America? Why did director Doug Liman really leave Justice League Dark? What will Deadpool and Cable‘s relationship be like in Deadpool 2? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Thor Ragnarok

Want to see a deleted scene from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2? How buff is Evangeline Lilly looking for Ant-Man and the Wasp? When is Agents of SHIELD coming back to ABC for the next season? How was Tony Stark‘s “Underoos!” line in Captain America: Civil War translated around the world? Which DC Comics superhero is getting a new roller coaster in Texas? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

The Flash - Batman - Red Death

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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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 - Guardians of the Galaxy

What will the third season of the Guardians of the Galaxy animated series be about? Who was going to voice The Joker on Batman: The Animated Series before Mark Hamill got the job? Who will Danny Trejo play on the new season of The Flash? Who is the villain in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2? Want to see Deadpool fight Old Man Logan? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Justice League

Are you ready for Marvel Generations? Did you catch some of the many Spider-Man: Homecoming Easter eggs? Where does Black Panther pick up after Captain America: Civil War? Will Ant-Man and the Wasp introduce the villain Black Goliath? Want yo have your heart touched by seeing Captain America use sign language at Disneyland? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Spider-Man - Green Goblin Effects Test

Which villains from The Flash does Stephen Amell want to face off against on Arrow? Have you seen the terrifying animatronic Green Goblin mask that never got used for Sam Raimi‘s Spider-Man? Want a new look at the Justice League villain Steppenwolf? Where did the viral Spider-Man ass slap meme come from? Did you hear that Stan Lee‘s lovely wife Joan Lee passed away? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Spider-Man Homecoming IMAX Poster

Which Deadpool character will Weasel have a storyline with in Deadpool 2? When will we find out about the movies coming after Avengers 4, and what could they be? What’s the Merc with a Mouth doing at a kid’s birthday part in Deadpool 2 set photos? Will Joss Whedon have the time to appear at San Diego Comic-Con this summer? Is Eugene Brave Rock‘s character in Wonder Woman a demi god? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Batman v Superman Pokemon Battle

What if Batman and Superman were Pokemon trainers? Who is composing the score for Ant-Man and the Wasp? Do you want to see Ant-Man and Spider-Man team up as Bug Bros? Is Drake Bell playing some form of Nightwing in an upcoming project? Are you ready to see even more Captain America PSAs on the Spider-Man: Homecoming home video release? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »