Avengers Endgame Tour

Even though Avengers: Endgame ended up not being able to topple James Cameron’s Avatar as the highest-grossing movie of all time, Marvel Studios still has plenty to be proud of. This year’s colossal sequel, which marked the culmination of more than a decade of superhero movies, turned out to be pretty damn great, and the studio is extending its victory lap beyond the sure-to-be-adoring crowd of Comic-Con’s Hall H on a nine-city tour across the country, bringing special guests along for the festivities.
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Spider-Man contract

The specifics of major Hollywood contracts are notoriously difficult to ascertain, and the occasional insights we do receive often come from actors revealing how many movies they have left in a particular franchise. But a new report has uncovered a Spider-Man contract stipulation which would allow Sony to wriggle out of its deal with Marvel Studios and once again give Spidey’s original studio home full autonomy over the character’s cinematic adventures. Good thing that won’t happen. Read More »

miles morales in the mcu

We know that Miles Morales, the half-black/half-Latino kid who will one day become Spider-Man, exists in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Donald Glover’s low-level criminal Aaron Davis obliquely references Miles during an interrogation scene, saying that he doesn’t want weapons on the neighborhood streets because his nephew lives around there. Miles was introduced to the film world in last year’s Oscar-winning animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, but we’ve still yet to see him in the flesh on the big screen.

But we may not have to wait for long, because Sony’s Spider-Man: Far From Home lays out a path for how Miles could be incorporated into the MCU. Read More »

spider-man far from home box office tracking

Face front, true believers: there’s a new Spider-Man movie in theaters. At twenty-three films and counting, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been going on long enough now that it has its own history and needn’t be a slave to comics history (not that it ever was). Reviews have nonetheless pegged Spider-Man: Far from Home as one of the more comic book-y entries in the MCU.

While it strays from its source material in some notable ways, leaning into a more tech-friendly interpretation of the Spider-Man mythos, there are a number of plot points in the film that do draw from Marvel Comics tradition. Sometimes they’re just subtle nods, Easter eggs for eagle-eyed comic readers to spot. Other times, having knowledge of movie and comics history may be essential for understanding the significance of certain moments, including those that we see play out in the requisite mid-credits scene and post-credits scene.

If anything left you scratching your head in Spider-Man: Far from Home, or you just want to have a deeper appreciation for the layers of history behind the web-slinger’s Old-World summer adventure in Europe, then don your best fishbowl helmet and let’s take a spoiler-filled dive into those right now.

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far from home phase 3 ending

It’s been more than three years since the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 3 kicked off with Captain America: Civil War, the film that introduced Tom Holland’s version of Spider-Man to the world. It’s fitting, then, that Phase 3 has now officially come to an end with Spider-Man: Far From Home.

A lot has happened since Civil War – The Avengers experienced an unprecedented upheaval in the wake of their battle with Thanos, losing key members along the way; we met characters like Black Panther, Doctor Strange, and Captain Marvel; and Holland already holds the record for the most times anyone has played Spider-Man on the big screen. But here’s how Spider-Man: Far From Home finally closes the book on Phase 3, by far the longest and most consequential phase of the MCU thus far.

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Spider-Man Far From Home - Tom Holland as Peter Parker

In his novel White Noise, which won the National Book Award, Don DeLillo famously wrote of an “Airborne Toxic Event.” It almost sounds like a plot device from a superhero blockbuster. Think: Suicide Squad’s self-conscious recognition of the “swirling ring of trash in the sky” trope. The weakest part, visually, of Spider-Man: Far from Home — an otherwise super-enjoyable romp through the post-Endgame MCU — is its CG “Elementals.” These were glimpsed in trailers so it’s no big spoiler to say they’re part of the movie or that one of them does internally swirl in a ring-like formation.

What’s interesting about the Elementals is that they’re loosely based on Marvel Comics villains yet their function in Far from Home, beyond the obvious spectacle, is largely symbolic. Full of sound and fury, signifying something, they’re the superhero blockbuster equivalent of a tweetstorm. Cross-reference: DeLillo’s Airborne Toxic Event. Notwithstanding the recent victory of Thanos, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has struggled in some ways to bring to life its supervillains with as much panache as its heroes. In this one respect, the intellectual-property farm of Marvel Comics has never quite enjoyed its full harvesting potential for Marvel Studios.

Not to worry: Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is now batting 2-for-2, villain-wise, in his solo movie adventures. The media loves a good scene-chewing villain: can we agree on that? Rather than argue politics in a superhero movie review, let’s objectively consider the idea of an attention-grabbing public figure who consistently “cuts through all the static” — vast, continental clouds of white noise — to make sensational headlines. Is he the anointed one, this man? Can he be trusted with ultimate power? To talk about that, we’ll need to get busy with some spoilers for Spider-Man: Far from Home.

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Spider-Man Far From Home sets up

At first glance, Spider-Man: Far From Home may seem somewhat inconsequential in the grand scheme of MCU movies. After all, its primary plot involves Peter Parker (Tom Holland) trying to express his feelings for MJ (Zendaya) while on an international school trip, but he’s continually distracted by being called upon to fight new threats popping up around the globe.

But by the time the lights come up in the theater, secrets are exposed around this movie’s edges which reveal that Far From Home has more up its sleeve than we all thought. Here’s a spoiler-heavy look at how the new film may be setting up future entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe beyond just a third solo Spider-Man film. Read More »

Marvel Legends Comic-Con 2019 Exclusive Two-Pack

San Diego Comic-Con is inching closer and closer, and every week, plenty of new exclusives are being revealed that fans will only be able to get their hands on at the convention. Hasbro consistently brings great stuff to Comic-Con, and fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be very happy with an exclusive Marvel Legends two-pack featuring the two cosmic siblings known as The Grandmaster and The Collector, as portrayed by Jeff Goldblum and Benicio del Toro in Thor: Ragnarok and Guardians of the Galaxy respectively. Check out the Marvel Legends Comic-Con 2019 exclusive two-pack below. Read More »

Marvel Cinematic Universe Honest Trailer

Who would have thought that the Marvel Comics characters that no movie studio wanted very much would help launch the most successful film franchise of all-time? Kevin Feige did, and Marvel Studios was so successful that they got bought out by The Walt Disney Comapny before it was cool. And with Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home wrapping up this first era of the Marvel Cinematic Universe this summer, now is the perfect time to tackle (almost) all the movies in the 300th Honest Trailer. Read More »

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Netflix may be the streaming giant to beat, but with Disney amassing the forces of Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, and now Hulu behind it, that giant could be knocked down a peg. And the House of Mouse and its upcoming streaming service Disney+ could hit Netflix where it hurts most: their subscribers. A new poll suggests that Netflix users could cancel their subscription to the service if it lost Disney or Disney-related titles like Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and the Star Wars films. But saying you would cancel Netflix is different than actually going through with it.

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