Want to see an animated Guardians of the Galaxy short where Gamora is basically a Disney princess? How are Dark Phoenix‘s box office prospects looking? Will Blade debut in one of the Marvel animated shows on Hulu? Will the Black Widow movie take place in the 90s? Should we believe a rumor about a new Fantastic Four movie coming in 2020? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
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Who will replace Matt Murdock as Daredevil in Marvel Comics this August? Which X-Men are coming to Marvel Strike Force later this year? Did you notice a cool wardrobe detail for Rocket Raccoon in Avengers: Endgame? Did Brightburn rub DC Comics the wrong way at all? Why did Tilda Swinton have to reshoot some of her scenes for Avengers: Endgame? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
Would you like to see a big Image Comics crossover with Spawn and more? What sad title did Avengers: Endgame translate to in Korean? Want to see concept art of Batman helping with an Atlantean invasion of Sydney in Aquaman? What other superhero would Joe Russo like to take a crack at directing a movie for? What DC Comics characters are getting their own animated shorts? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
(Welcome to Road to Endgame, where we revisit the first 22 movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and ask “How did we get here?” In this edition: Marvel Studios enters spiritual territory with Doctor Strange.)
Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) adheres to Hollywood’s orientalist “white saviour” tradition, and Doctor Strange even whitewashes an already complicated Tibetan character, The Ancient One — an issue that has since been discussed from all angles (including by the director). However, in other, less apparent ways, the film proved to be Marvel’s first step into a larger world, one outside the series’ American and western defaults.
Marvel Studios had seen the occasional non-American setting thus far; London in Thor: The Dark World, South Korea in Avengers: Age of Ultron, various vaguely Middle Eastern towns in Iron Man. Doctor Strange however, felt like the beginning of a more noteworthy trend, one wherein not just the locations, but the creative viewpoints felt fresh.
The series’ shift in artistic worldview continued noticeably through the likes of Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther (and more subtly with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), with Marvel slowly beginning to cater to a wider array of perspectives. The MCU began to introduce ideas that felt more eastern, more non-white and more postcolonial in approach, rather than the series continuing its bad habit of harping half-heartedly on American militarism.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe began as military propaganda eight years prior. Iron Man, the first film in the series, was subsidized by the U.S. Department of Defense, and thus, its script had to be military-approved (as was the case with Iron Man 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain Marvel). By 2016, the MCU had evolved into a landscape-dominating phenomenon, for better and for worse. On the “better” side lies Doctor Strange which, despite the film’s white, western gaze towards some of its characters, is not only aesthetically alluring, but employs eastern philosophies like Buddhism and Taoism to build its narrative framework — a far cry from the way most Hollywood stories are told.
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With Avengers: Endgame right around the corner, we’re getting closer to learning exactly what Marvel Studios has planned for the future. But as Kevin Feige previously said, any solid plans for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe won’t be officially announced until after Spider-Man: Far From Home hits theaters in July. However, we at least know where one of Marvel’s future movies will be shooting.
Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox included taking ownership of Fox Studios Australia in Sydney, and the federal government has agreed to provide Disney with a $171.1 million subsidy for Marvel Studios to shoot a film there. But what is the next Marvel movie shooting in Australia? Read More »
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Need a recap of the first season of Cloak and Dagger? How many credits scenes does Shazam! have? Would you want to see a Marvel vs DC video game from the creator of Mortal Kombat? What happens when Thanos stops Ant-Man from pulling off his gross special move that fans are obsessed with? Could Doctor Strange 2 end up being a 2020 release for Marvel Studios? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
You may not be able to fly or punch a planet, but you could prove to have the endurance of a superhero with a Marvel movie marathon that could earn you $1,000. In anticipation of the release of Avengers: Endgame, Cable.TV.com is offering people the chance to earn $1,000 and a ton of Marvel swag — if they can watch 20 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe nonstop. Talk about a dream job.
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How much has Captain Marvel made at the box office so far? Who is taking over as showrunner for The Flash next season? What is the working title for The Suicide Squad? Did Scott Derrickson tease the arrival of Namor in the MCU? What questions did kids ask Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson about Captain Marvel? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »