REVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – A Fun Mix-Tape that Covers Familiar Ground

REVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – A Fun Mix-Tape that Covers Familiar Ground

There’s a lot to love in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, particularly if you loved the franchise’s first instalment. That initial adventure of Marvel’s cosmic reprobates was among the best the studio has produced; a hilarious, irreverent space opera that initially looked risky and weird but wound up being a weird, thrilling and hilarious surprise with a ton of heart. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits all the same buttons as that first…

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BACK ISSUES: Big Space Weirdos – Marvel’s Elders of the Universe

BACK ISSUES: Big Space Weirdos – Marvel’s Elders of the Universe

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. This week sees the opening of the latest film from Marvel Studios, James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the second instalment in the adventures of Marvel’s space-faring band of rascally reprobates. The first film represented Marvel taking a giant step into the cultish and more than…

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Marvel’s The Defenders Gets A Trailer!

Marvel’s The Defenders Gets A Trailer!

Marvel Studios and Netflix have released the trailer for their upcoming miniseries Marvel’s The Defenders, which sees the sees the stars of each of their separate series, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, team to form a street-level super -team. Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter and Finn Jones reprise their leading roles from their respective series, and are joined by fellow Netflix/Marvel luminaries as Rosario Dawson, Scott Glenn, Elodie Yung, Simone Missick,…

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Brace Yourself for the Teaser for “Thor: Ragnarok”

Brace Yourself for the Teaser for “Thor: Ragnarok”

Of all the first phase Marvel Studios franchises, the Thor series has had the bumpiest road. Even with the considerable charisma of both Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston as leads Thor and Loki, each instalment has struggled to come alive and thrill audiences. Part of that may be its uneasy melding of fantasy elements and more straight forward super heroics. It wasn’t confident enough to try for lofty, and possibly alienating, high fantasy, but neither…

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Marvel and Netflix Reveal “The Punisher” Coming in 2017

Marvel and Netflix Reveal “The Punisher” Coming in 2017

With the release of an evocative poster, Marvel and Netflix have confirmed what until now had been mostly rumour, that “The Defenders” isn’t the only Marvel/Netflix show to look forward to later in 2017. The poster confirms that The Punisher will drop on Netflix later this year, after this summer’s super-team spectacular “The Defenders” sees its 8 episodes released on the streaming service. A series starring the Punisher was a no-brainer following Jon Bernthal’s acclaimed…

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“New Warriors” TV Adaptation Set From Marvel and Freeform

“New Warriors” TV Adaptation Set From Marvel and Freeform

Surprising news today from Marvel Studios and Freeform, as an article in the Hollywood Reporter reports that the companies will produce a 10 episode 30 minute comedy series in 2018 called New Warriors which will feature fan-favorite character Squirrel Girl. Writer/Producer Kevin Biegel, best know for having created “Cougar Town”, is nearing a deal to write and act as show runner for New Warriors, which in the comics medium was a team of young heroes struggling to…

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Official Defenders Teaser Revealed After Leak

Official Defenders Teaser Revealed After Leak

The social media push for Marvel’s Defenders Netflix series is beginning to ramp up. After a leaked version of a new teaser hit the internet briefly earlier today, and was shortly follow up by an official version released through Marvel’s various social media counts. The teaser, along with the accompanying text of the Tweet in which is appears, seem to reveal the release date for the first episode of the show in the time-stamp attached…

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“Spider-Man: Homecoming” Trailer Released, Gives Us More of Tony and the Vulture

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” Trailer Released, Gives Us More of Tony and the Vulture

Today, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios released the second trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming, the latest attempt to relaunch the Spider-Man franchise following Tom Holland‘s scene-stealing debut as the Wall-Crawler in last year’s “Captain America – Civil War.” This trailer gives us a greater sense of the structure of the film, and emphasizing  Sony and Marvel’s arrangement to have this new series of films integrated with the Marvel Cinematic Universe by leaning heavily on the bond between…

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REVIEW: Marvel’s Iron Fist – Season 1, Episode 1: “Snow Gives Way”

REVIEW: Marvel’s Iron Fist – Season 1, Episode 1: “Snow Gives Way”

So far, the Marvel Studios/Netflix partnership has produced some pretty stunning results. “Daredevil” has been a huge success, even if its second season was more uneven than its brilliant first season. “Jessica Jones” is the crown jewel so far, a brilliant and gripping series anchored by a superb central performance. And “Luke Cage”, though it had its faults, wound up overall being perhaps the most aesthetically assured and innovative series Marvel has produced. The streak…

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BACK ISSUES: Essential Iron Fist

BACK ISSUES: Essential Iron Fist

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. Tomorrow, Marvel’s Iron Fist will be released via the studios’ partnership with streaming service Netflix. In honor of the latest Marvel hero to make his debut, today’s column is going to take a look back at over 4 decades of Iron Fist comic book tales and give you…

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