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We don't want to have to think about our role in creating the individuals who commit violence. Amazingly, Joker asks us to.
The fictional universe of superheroes can teach us about what motivates some of us to believe in gods.
Superheroes may be able to regenerate and fly through walls, but their supernatural qualities differ from those of spiritual beings that attract religious devotion.
‘Avengers – inflate!’
Disney says the Marvel movie just beat 'Avatar' as the top-grossing movie of all time. Inflation tells a different story, as an economist explains.
Cap is probably not a fan of inflation.
It's why Marvel's effort to break the worldwide box office record is doomed, as an economist explains.
Don Cheadle, Bradley Cooper, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson and Chris Hemsworth in Avengers: Endgame.
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Good versus evil, tolerance and discrimination: there's a lot we can learn from the Marvel universe.
In Avengers: Endgame, Clint Barton (aka Hawkeye) experiences insurmountable loss. Perhaps his grief represents our fear of making sacrifices to save the planet.
Although not pitched as one, Avengers: Endgame is an environmental movie. But in reality, we need to face our fears and find solutions, rather than perpetuating the fantasy of regressing into the past.
In the latest Avengers film, our heroes grapple with the consequences of villain Thanos wiping out half the population. The study of resource management shows why this wouldn’t necessarily solve hunger and resource scarcity.
Marvel villain Thanos wiped out half the universe's population to create paradise. But as the Avengers find out in Endgame, solving resource scarcity is not that simple.
Captain Marvel has fun taking us back to the 1990s.
The new Captain Marvel movie takes us back to the 1990s with a look at some of the technologies of the day. Do people still use pagers?
King of a technologically advanced country, Black Panther is a scientific genius.
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The film wowed critics and fans. But its hidden power may be black lead characters who are accomplished scientists – just the thing to help inspire future generations to follow in their footsteps.
Stan Lee (1922-2018).
Remembering the co-creator of Spider-Man, The Hulk, Fantastic Four and all the rest.
Tom Hardy in Venom: the intense action sequences are balanced by disarming humour.
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Venom is an engrossing science fiction film, which balances intense action sequences with disarming humour. Viewing it in 4DX, however, did not add to the experience.
Gilgamesh (right) in his first appearance as an Avenger in the Marvel comic Avengers Vol 1 300.
Unlike the Greek heroes, many Mesopotamian mythical figures have slipped into obscurity. An exception to this is their representation in comics, such as Gilgamesh, who served alongside Captain America as an Avenger.
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.
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Marvel will need to look deeper than basic representation for its future success.
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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.
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Black Panther. Popular discussions about the movie demonstrate a desire for representation in commercial media.
Black Panther arrives at a moment of possibility. Its popularity demonstrates that people are crying out for chances to see themselves and their communities portrayed with dignity—as heroes.
The new Black Panther film has a lot in common with medieval romance tales.
Norse mythology is just a starting point for this all-action comic-book adventure.
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?
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.