Spider-Man: Homecoming

‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ will ensnare you in its web

Someone open the shutters, swing open the drapes, and let the sunshine in! Everyone’s favorite web-slinging superhero Spider-Man has his groove back in the joyous Spider-Man: Homecoming. After an early 2010s run with mixed results and the worry that a new stab at the spider would put audiences off the iconic character, Marvel Studios has…

By Cory Woodroof
Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange Brings Metaphysics and Mysticism to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

By the time you’re watching stoic kung fu sorcerers chasing bad kung fu sorcerers through a labyrinth of twisting cityscapes and magical portals that lead to who knows where, you know this isn’t a normal Marvel Studios venture. The behemoth studio behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe has developed a sprawling storyline that has had some…

By Cory Woodroof
superhero Thor

Where did Storm go?: Representing Race and Gender in Superhero films

Superhero films and the comics that spawned them are famous for their traditionally white male fan-base. It’s a fan-base to which the creators play, with the vast majority of superheroes, and particularly the high profile ones, being white men. This raises issues for the balanced representation of gender and race and for the diversity of…

By Andrew Knighton
superheroes The Avengers

The Fallibility of Superheroes: Fighting the Gorgon

The Avengers Cinematic Universe presents an uncompromisingly problematic worldview. On the one hand, Marvel and Disney have established an unprecedented level of intrigue in their Grand Cinematic Experiment, forcing blockbusters to strive for a higher level, higher budget, higher income, and higher expectations from producers, filmmakers and filmgoers alike. The consolidation of characters and crossover…

By Anthony Pilloud