Virtual assistants are often assumed to be female – perpetuating gendered assumptions in our imagined future.
Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff in Avengers: Infinity War.
©Marvel Studios 2018
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.
The Justice League should be a sum of its parts but the question remains: Who is the protagonist? From left: Cyborg, Flash, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman.
The reviews are coming in pretty harsh for Justice League. If Superman is awesome and Batman is awesome and Wonder Woman is awesome, shouldn’t the three of them together be thrice as awesome?
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.
Captain America was one of several nationalistic superheroes created during the Second World War era.
Speaking with Jason Dittmer on superheroes and fascism.
America's flirtations with fascism in the 1930s and the influence of the Second World War gave rise to nationalistic, quasi-fascist superheroes who are still relevant and popular today.
Black Widow, in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, released this week.
Jay Maidment ©Marvel 2015
Avengers: Age of Ultron, released this week, is one of many superhero films destined for the multiplex in the coming months and years. What's behind this trend? And what kind of villain would be powerful enough to stop it in its tracks?
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…