Chris Hemsworth as Thor: he plays the part of the hunky God with disarming humour.
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The third in the Thor series, directed by New Zealand wunderkind Taika Waititi, is thoughtful, hilarious and looks magnificent.
Gil Birmingham (Cory) and Jeremy Renner (Martin) in Wind River: grieving fathers who come together in the realm of the dead.
Production Co: Acacia Filmed Entertainment, Film 44, Ingenious Media
American cinema mines Greek myth most strongly at times of profound social anxiety. In the age of Trump, we are already seeing key political battlegrounds framed as underworld quests in film.
A Panel from the Marvel Comics series ‘The 'Nam.’
Because they're mass-produced and written in a serialized format, comics can be seen as historical documents that reflect the political moment.
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.
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.
A scene from the TV mini-series, ‘Mars’.
The recently broadcast TV mini-series, “Mars”, combines fiction and nonfiction in a way that places them in balance. This kind of combination is likely to feature in more television series and films.
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Star Wars offshoot Rogue One was originally intended to be darker – but it looks like it might be rather vanilla.
The first issue of Black Panther, a Marvel series written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, was released last month.
In the entertainment industry, the success or failure of a minority lead can be a referendum on whether or not to use diverse leads for future projects.
Captain America (Chris Evans) takes on a political crisis – and some beautifully choreographed fight scenes – in Captain America: Civil War.
Superhero movies – at their best – reflect the political concems of our time. Captain America: Civil War is a two-and-a-half hour, action-packed critique of post-9/11 government overreach.
DC has dialled up the grit, as Batman grimly faces off against Superman.
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has committed performances and Zack Snyder's trademark action. But it can't overcome a confused internal logic – and has the colour palette of an ashtray.
The ubiquitous superhero finally seems to be growing up and moving on.
Eneas De Troya
It was the year of the grown-up superhero. Dark, witty and complex, superheroes on the big and small screen have – mostly – matured past mindless violence.
Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze.
House of Retro
An inspiration for Batman and Superman has faded into obscurity. Can he experience a revival?
Superman’s over the hill.
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The flop of the Fantastic Four seems to suggest that viewers are more eager to embrace characters who reflect our inherently flawed humanity.
The Guardians of the Galaxy – whose protagonists are a morally-gray motley crew – could be seen as a satire of the classic hero tradition.
A beautiful assassin. A superstrong thug. A star-lost child of the ‘80s. A sentient tree. A gun-toting raccoon. Meet the morally gray protagonists of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, the film that raked…
When superheroes die on the page, fans have learned not to mourn their deaths.
Among comic book fans, there’s the joke that the only characters in superhero comics who stay dead are Spider-Man’s Uncle Ben, Batman’s parents, and Captain America’s sidekick Bucky. For everybody else…
In the fall of 2010, as The Walking Dead was about to debut on TV, I launched my Media Genres: Zombies course at the University of Baltimore and examined what that horror subgenre reflects about our culture…