marvel 10 years

Gold is usually reserved for 50-year anniversaries, but we’ll let it slide for Marvel Studios. The studio is celebrating an unlikely 10-year anniversary that began all the way back with Iron Man in 2008 — a movie that no one expected to launch a cinematic universe spanning 10 years and 19 movies. But jump forward to 2018, and here we are: there’s a brand spanking new anniversary website and collection of posters to celebrate Marvel’s first 10 years.

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Captain Marvel Agent Coulson

It’s been six years since we’ve seen Agent Phil Coulson on screen in a Marvel Studios movie, but we’ll soon get a chance to see a younger version of the character in the upcoming Captain Marvel, which is a prequel set in the 1990s. Now actor Clark Gregg is talking about where we’ll find Coulson when the new movie hits next year. Read his full Captain Marvel Agent Coulson quote below. Read More »

avengers movies

The Marvel Cinematic Universe will be forever changed after Avengers 4 hits theaters in 2019, except for one thing: there will always be Avengers movies. The culmination of the first three phases of the MCU may be reaching its conclusion in the next Avengers film, but that doesn’t mean it’s the end of the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. That is, not if Disney has anything to say about it.

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Marvel Cinematic Universe romance problem

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: after the release of Avengers: Infinity War, Lindsey Romain takes stock of the MCU’s romance problem.)

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is, at best, a series of intricately laced human stories amplified and filtered through the lens of absolute power. At worst, it is a series that never hits the emotional highs and lows of its characters, favoring spectacle and applause over the metrics of human condition. Avengers: Infinity War falls somewhere in the middle of this chart. It is undoubtedly geared to deliver stadium-style hoots and hollers, but goes for the jugular in a few key moments. Youll laugh, youll cry. Its a lot of movie.

Its also a good reminder that the MCU is loaded with troubled romances that have a hard time feeling relevant. It wouldnt be much of a problem if the films climax wasnt anchored almost totally on the relationship between a young woman and a character that is essentially a sentient Siri in human skin, a couple so important that we have to buy that they would risk humanity to save their love. The highest of stakes are predicated on two characters the world probably wouldnt miss that much, but Infinity War still begs us to fret over. Even though, by my measure, it doesnt care itself about developing Wanda beyond what she provides to male narratives, or Vision beyond his omniscient but hackneyed origin story. That sort of sums up Marvel romance in a nutshell: hollow and unearned fabrications that only matter apocalyptically.

There are many layers to MCUs romance problem, so lets take a deeper look at what its done right, what it cant seem to master, and what it might do to rectify this issue going forward. Spoilers ahead. Read More »

Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer

If you’re still reeling from the downright depressing ending of Avengers: Infinity War, here’s some light-heartedness to cheer you up. A new Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer has arrived, loaded with jokes, action, and definitely not a bunch of scenes of heroes dying en masse.

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Avengers: Infinity War is now playing in theaters everywhere, and we want to know what you thought of Marvel’s latest blockbuster. Did you love it? Did you hate it? Did it leave you a sobbing mess as the credits rolled? We want to know! Tell us your Infinity War reactions!

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Red Skull Infinity War

There are a lot of surprises in Avengers: Infinity War, and I’m not just talking about which characters live or die. Below, learn which surprising MCU character ended up being recast for Infinity War. And, of course, beware of spoilers.

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Age of Ultron Defense

(Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or sets their sights on a movie seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: why Avengers: Age of Ultron is actually superior to the other Avengers films.)

What do we want from the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Do we merely want a collection of cool moments; the realization of decades upon decades of comic book splash pages brought to digital life on a big screen with booming surround sound? Do we want the joy of recognition; the giddiness that comes when a familiar easter egg appears and we knowingly elbow whomever we’re seeing the movie with, as if to say, “I recognize that; do you?” Or do we want something challenging? Something that takes the raw materials that make up the MCU and builds them up into something entirely unexpected?

Better yet – what if we could have all of those things, together? As it turns out, we did. It was called Avengers: Age of Ultron. And people weren’t happy about it.

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Kevin Feige is Sorry About Thor’s Dyed Eyebrows

thor's dyed eyebrows

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has a lot to be proud of – the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to grow astronomically, and Marvel Studios is more powerful than ever. But there’s one thing Feige regrets about the MCU: Thor’s dyed eyebrows in the first Thor movie.

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mcu timeline

Folding Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe was one of the best decisions that Marvel (and Sony) ever made. But it also may have just messed up the tightly-plotted MCU timeline for good. Is there any way to explain away the timeline inconsistencies caused by the eight-year time jump in Spider-Man: Homecoming? Well, Avengers: Infinity War co-director Joe Russo is going to try.

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