Loki’s fifth episode, “Journey Into Mystery,” is chock-full of Lokis, and an Alioth to boot. Tom Hiddleston finds himself among himselves in the Void at the end of time, and Sophia Di Martino’s Sylvie is still bent on finding out who’s behind the TVA.

Things really come to a head this episode, and as “Journey Into Mystery” ends, we’re teed up to hopefully find out who’s behind it all.

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Like the God of Mischief himself, Loki has never been afraid to lean into the ridiculous. The series treats its central drama seriously enough, of course, and some would even say it does so with a somewhat surprising dark streak. But that doesn’t mean the writers haven’t been having a total blast, throwing in Easter eggs and comic book references that’ll make any Marvel fan’s head spin. The latest episode is no exception, but you’ll have to keep scrolling as we dive deep into that hilarious and spoilery detail.

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Superman - Drew Struzan Sketch

(Superhero Bits is a collection of stories, updates, and videos about anything and everything inspired by the comics of Marvel, DC, and more. For comic book movies, TV shows, merchandise, events, and whatever catches our eye, this is the place to find anything that falls through the cracks.)

In this edition of Superhero Bits:

  • Get a look at the Avengers Campus breakfast menu
  • Watch a Spidey and His Amazing Friends clip
  • See how Kevin Feige and Drew Struzan paid tribute to the late Richard Donner
  • Hear how Stephen Dorff disparaged Black Widow for some reason
  • All that and more!

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Luke Cage Canceled

It’s really difficult to remember a time before we all subscribed to 100 different streaming services, but let’s try to flash back a bit. About a million years ago (back in 2015) when Netflix ruled the streaming space, they began a partnership with Marvel to produce several interconnected series that built up to Marvel’s Defenders. The first three, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage, were welcomed with open arms and debuted to massive hype and success. Though Netflix famously doesn’t release viewership details, these shows were stripped down, action-packed fun, until their abrupt successive cancelations in 2019. And so went the end of an era.

Six years later, Marvel has a new home for its MCU series on Disney+ where its new trio of shows WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Loki will be followed by many more giant, universe-altering series. And back on Netflix, the street-level heroes remain, all cut off before fully concluding. Many fans were disappointed to learn that the shows would not continue their stories, either on Netflix or the newer Disney streaming service. And it turns out that disappointment is shared by those in front of the camera, too.

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suicide squad comics

Writer/director James Gunn‘s long-awaited comic book movie The Suicide Squad debuts one month from today, which gives comic fans plenty of time to brush up on some source material before seeing what Gunn has up his sleeve. One particular stretch of comics you should hone in on is writer John Ostrander‘s 66-issue run from 1987-1992, which helped modernize the team after their initial Silver Age appearance and served as a big creative inspiration for Gunn. Here’s how reading John Ostrander’s Suicide Squad comics will help you prepare for The Suicide Squad. Read More »

Polka-Dot Man isn’t the first character you’d think of as being the scene-stealer of a big tentpole superhero movie. A punchline maybe, or an early victim of The Suicide Squad‘s apparently high body count. And yet, there’s something behind that absurd polka dot costume and David Dastmalchian‘s mopey look as he audibly yearns for death that stirs the heartstrings. Couple that with director James Gunn‘s penchant for turning the most obscure comic book characters into movie icons, and well, you’ve got the recipe a new fan-favorite character.

When I visited the set of The Suicide Squad back in 2019, no character earned more chuckles and derision than Polka-Dot Man. Did that immediately make me want to protect him? Maybe. But it wasn’t just that which convinced me that Polka-Dot Man would be the obscure character of The Suicide Squad to achieve newfound superstardom à la Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy. It was the movie’s inventive approach to Polka-Dot Man’s very silly gimmick, and Dastmalchian’s obvious care for the character, that did the trick. Read More »

The Suicide Squad Release Date

Back in 2016, the DC Extended Universe was quickly expanding and followed up their super-sized superhero clash Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with a possibly more exciting romp villain romp, Suicide Squad. It was a great move at the time — the trailer promised explosive fun and everyone loves the idea of a rogues gallery coming together to tackle greater evil and discover their heart! Or at least, everyone was supposed to love it. Instead, things went pretty off the rails and David Ayer’s Suicide Squad was widely considered a disappointment to critics and fans alike.

So of course, 5 years later, another DC movie is quickly approaching its release date, this time titled The Suicide Squad.

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The Suicide Squad

In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, director James Gunn gave us the misfit team of cosmic criminals known as the Guardians of the Galaxy, and he gave them a rockin’ soundtrack too. Now the filmmaker is tackling another ragtag group of comic book characters with the DC Comics adaptation The Suicide Squad. Even though this film is guaranteed to give us plenty of comic book action and an assembly of morally questionable characters at the center of it, producer Peter Safran says The Suicide Squad will be much more than DC’s version of Guardians of the Galaxy, and James Gunn couldn’t agree more. Read More »

the suicide squad at fantasia film festival

Any James Gunn fan knows just how integral a role the soundtrack plays in his movies. In 2014, Gunn announced himself to mainstream audiences and immediately set the tone with Redbone’s “Come and Get Your Love” blaring over the title card of Guardians of the Galaxy. A few short years later, he thoroughly outdid himself with the chaotic and frenzied opening credits of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, featuring the team battling an extradimensional monster set to the strains of Electric Light Orchestra’s “Mr. Blue Sky.” Even beyond these attention-grabbing initial scenes, highly-charged emotional moments throughout his films are almost always accompanied by some perfectly chosen needledrop.

It should come as no surprise, then, that Gunn has more of the same planned for the upcoming The Suicide Squad.

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Venom Fight Scene

Tom Hardy: Actor, producer, and… writer? Is there truly nothing this Renaissance Man can’t do? Not content to rest on his well-earned laurels after a string of roles involving weirdly iconic voices and tons of physicality, Empire brings us the unexpected news that Hardy will actually be getting a “Story by” credit for the upcoming, preposterously-named Venom: Let There Be Carnage.

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