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Which Gotham co-star is directing the 100th episode of the season? What is Stan Lee‘s official cause of death? Which comic book movie landed on the National Board of Review‘s list of the 10 best movies this year? Which Marvel directors reunited on the set of the Star Wars series The Mandalorian? Why don’t Kevin Smith and Ben Affleck talk anymore? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Rick and Morty Drunk Recording

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, watch rival college marching bands team up to pay tribute to the late Stan Lee. Plus, see more drunk recording sessions with Rick and Morty co-creator and voice star Justin Roiland, and Ready Player One star Ben Mendelsohn runs through some of the more memorable characters from his career. Read More »

Aquaman Funko Short

What’s up with the new dinosaur named after Thanos? How much has Venom made at the global box office? Will characters from Eternals appear in Captain Marvel or Avengers 4? Did Zack Snyder throw shade at Justice League on Thanksgiving? Is T.J. Miller going to appear in Deadpool 3? What did Kevin Feige have to say about his final meeting with Stan Lee? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Captain Marvel Comic Cover - Brie Larson

How many Academy Awards categories is Deadpool 2 by vying for this season? When will the Aquaman soundtrack be released? Want to see some alternate designs for the Batmobile in the universe in which Titans takes place? Will Rocket Raccoon and Groot get their own series on Disney+? How much of Aquaman will be presented in IMAX format? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Arrowverse - Elseworlds Comic Cover

What kind of DC Comics attractions are at the Warner Bros. theme park in Abu Dhabi? Will there be public memorials for Stan Lee? When does Birds of Prey start shooting? Want a first look at Quake in the new season of Agents of SHIELD? What stupid thing did Bill Maher say about comic book over the weekend? Which characters might be in The Eternals movie? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse Shot

What one sacred item did director Scott Derrickson save from Doctor Strange before his house burned down? What happens when you type “Excelsior” into Netflix’s search engine? When can Amazon Prime members catch an early screening of Aquaman? Will the Avengers 4 trailer arrive before the Avengers: Prelude comic hits shelves? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Stan Lee Transformation

(Welcome to Role Call, where we examine two performances from an actor – their first defining role and their most recent/last – to get a sense of who they are.)

My Stan Lee story is the same as everyone else’s. I was milling around the Marriott Marquis at one of a hundred sponsored parties at Comic-Con when the Marvel legend walked up to me, struck up a conversation, and chit chatted for a few minutes before moseying along to a comfy lobby couch nearby. I don’t remember if he had a drink. I don’t remember what we talked about. I remember that I shook his hand.

I also remember that there was no force field between Stan Lee the persona and Stan Lee and person. He’s the celebrity most comfortable with celebrity that I’ve ever met – at once energized by the attention without being desperate for it or to avoid it. He was treated like oxygen at Comic-Con: some people gasped and flailed for him while others took him as a casual component of the atmosphere.

Obviously he wasn’t an actor so much as a person hired to play himself in movies. Yet his on-screen personality fascinates because of its singularity. Famous people have been hired to drop in as themselves with a wink and nod since Hollywood’s early days, but Lee created a story engine that would, half a century later, morph into a cinematic powerhouse that held him as its mascot, good luck charm, and ever-present unnamed character. Read More »

Captain America - US Agent Concept Art

What was Stan Lee working on with his daughter not long before he passed away? What caused Watchmen star Jeffrey Dean Morgan to lash out at abandoned Batman star Armie Hammer? Why did Sam Raimi forge Stan Lee‘s signature when he was younger? What was Nick Fury doing before Avengers: Infinity War? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Sam Raimi Thor Movie

Nowadays you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a comic book movie in theaters every few months. Hell, nowadays you can’t swing a dead cat period. But at one time, comic book movies were not considered to be lucrative prospects at the box office, and plenty of opportunities to bring some of the biggest superheroes of the big screen today to theaters were turned down without hesitation.

In fact, long before he got a chance to bring Spider-Man to the big screen for the first time, director Sam Raimi was lined up to bring another Marvel Comics superhero to theaters instead: the god of thunder himself, Thor. Read More »

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Final Stan Lee Video

Ever since the passing of Stan Lee, tributes have been pouring out all over the place from fans, collaborators, and those who knew the Marvel Comics legend best. But that love went both ways, and a new video of Stan Lee recently surfaced through his official Twitter account that showed how much the co-creator of Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, X-Men, and more cared for all of his fans. This is a candid moment caught in between shooting official video, and it’s such a touching tribute to fans of Stan Lee. Read More »