Marvel Movies

Captain America: Civil War

Captain America: Civil War was probably my most anticipated Marvel movie ever. I mean, that’s not a particularly difficult title to achieve. I only finally saw Guardians of the Galaxy about six months ago, enjoyed Ant Man more than most of their movies, and still haven’t seen the first Captain America, despite watching Agent Carter. But The Winter Soldier was fantastic — …

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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

I wouldn’t have chosen to read The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl myself. I mean, it’s a Marvel comic about a girl with squirrel powers. What even are “squirrel powers”? Why would a superhero have them?? But I got a copy for Christmas, and I’m so glad I did. This comic is amazing. And hilarious. And amazing. Doreen Green is the …

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Marvel Television

Jessica Jones vs Supergirl

Jessica Jones is not what all female superhero stories have to be. Since both Supergirl and Jessica Jones were announced for release this fall, people have been desperate to compare them. The two series have nothing in common, beyond the general superhero setup and the fact that they have female protagonists, and yet people have almost treated them …

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Ant Man and the Problem of Marvel’s Necessary Women

Over the weekend, I saw Marvel’s Ant Man, and, much to my surprise, I really enjoyed it. It’s an incredibly fun movie, full of schemes and adventure that strike a great balance between dramatic and ridiculous. But, like many Marvel movies before it, it has a slight female character problem. Yes, the movie has multiple named …

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Analysis Marvel Movies

Beyond Love Interests

So, I’m a bit of a shipper. I love a good romantic subplot in a story, and that investment in a potential couple is often what pushes me from liking a series to all-out obsession. But Black Widow’s role in Age of Ultron has once again got people talking about whether romance has a place in the plot …

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How to be a female superhero, according to Age of Ultron

Another spring, another blockbuster Marvel movie, another conversation about women in superhero stories. Overall, Age of Ultron was a pretty fun movie, although I thought it suffered from an overflow of undeveloped ideas and an insistence on Whedon-esque witty dialogue over consistent tone. But several moments unsettled me as I watched it, and that feeling of disquiet …

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Marvel Marvel So Far Series Movies

Marvel So Far: Iron Man 2

Why does the world seem to hate Iron Man 2? Sure, its superhero vs supervillain plot isn’t the best, but the movie is a lot of fun, and has a lot of great character stuff to boot. Perhaps it’s not particularly thrilling as a standalone comic book movie, but as an instalment in the growing Marvel …

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Marvel So Far: The Incredible Hulk

Despite being the movie that Marvel forgot, The Incredible Hulk has a lot of interesting elements. It’s a superhero movie set post origin story, and one that deals with the horrific side effects of supposed superpowers. The plot is built around the “superhero” searching for a cure. And for the first half, at least, it’s shot as …

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Marvel So Far: Iron Man

I’ll give Iron Man this: it tries. It tries to include female characters and overcome sexist tropes. It doesn’t try very hard, and it doesn’t do a very good job, but the signs of effort are there. Disclaimer: I’m not a comic book fan. Although I have picked up some tidbits about comic book plots here and …

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