Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), Peter Parker (Jake Johnson), and Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage) in ‘Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse.’
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Even superheroes can't do it alone -- relationships are the most important factor in protecting us from negative outcomes and teaching us adversity doesn't have to be harmful.
MIss Fury had cat claws, stiletto heels and a killer make-up compact.
Miss Fury was the first female superhero written and drawn by a woman. The comic in which she featured was syndicated in 100 newspapers but her creator has largely been excluded from the pantheon of comic greats.
Jason Momoa as Aquaman in the forthcoming film.
With his beard, trident, and status as Atlantean ruler, the superhero Aquaman borrows many traits from the sea gods of mythology.
Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff in Avengers: Infinity War.
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Marvel will need to look deeper than basic representation for its future success.
Avengers: Infinity War is more than empty spectacle, particularly due to its complex villain Thanos.
To some, superhero films are the equivalent of fracking. But they offer audiences transcendence, mystery, a moral compass, and even the hope of salvation.
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Hollywood will allow the world of the Black Panther to be black, only if it doesn't hurt white people's feelings.
Why did this woman, so devoted to her political cause and to her vision of a united France, chose to be burnt at the stake at the age of 19 instead of acquiescing to her judges’ directives?
Essays On Air: Joan of Arc, our one true superhero.
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Joan of Arc has been depicted as a national heroine, nationalist symbol, a rebellious heretic and a goodly saint. Forget Wonder Woman and Batman – Jeanne d’Arc may be our one and only true superhero.
King of a technologically advanced country, Black Panther is a scientific genius.
Seeing black lead characters who are accomplished scientists could be just the thing to help inspire future generations to follow in their footsteps.
Of all his characters, Sir Walter Scott's outlaw Rob Roy appealed most to the public and has paved the way for outsider heroes ever since.
Jason Mamoa as Aquaman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman are the best things about Justice League.
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The makers of Justice League embed the film in a post-9/11, post-global warming, post-Brexit, post-Trump context. But it is loud and disappointing with some genuinely unimaginative action sequences.
Thor: Ragnarok sees Thor do battle with Hulk.
The new Thor: Ragnarok movie out today tackles some of the superhero issues fans have long questioned. But how does the science stack up?
Joan of Arc depicted on horseback in an illustration from a 1505 manuscript.
Forget Wonder Woman and Batman. The Maid of Orléans - an uneducated, teenage girl who led armies to victory - is a hero for our times.
From shapeshifting octopi to acid-firing beetles.
A scene from The Mummy: the first in a Dark Universe multi-film franchise that will include characters such as Frankenstein’s monster, and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
The new mummy film is the latest foray into 'shared universes', the seemingly critic-proof movie juggernauts that have come to dominate our cinemas.
Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart depict something unusual for superhero films in Logan: ageing.
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As DC and Marvel battle for movie domination at the box office, older people are being left out.
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Superheroes are either men, or women drawn by men. Couldn't there be another way of creating a 21st century superheroine?
Kamala Khan is a Muslim, Pakistani-American teenager who fights crime in Jersey City.
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The Marvel superhero directly confronts a 'war on terror culture' that regards Muslim-Americans as threats.
Superheroes – and villains – are more popular than they’ve ever been.
From Wonder Woman to Doctor Strange, superheroes are at peak popularity. As political orthodoxies across the world fall away, these flawed, but good-hearted characters speak to modern anxieties.
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The superhero film currently appears to be the closest thing to that ever-elusive cinematic holy grail: the guaranteed box office hit.
Koen West, played by Hunter Page Lochard, is the Cleverman.
Australia's first Indigenous superhero can heal like Wolverine and hear the voices of the Dreamtime. Superhero expert Dr Liam Burke sat down with Cleverman cast and crew to talk powers and politics.