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The history of martial arts films is almost as long as the history of cinema. Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings excitingly pushes the genre forward.
Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker.
In a time of increasingly complex geopolitical entanglements and moral failings, these films articulate a yearning for unsullied heroism, effective leadership and appropriate responses to crises.
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Cate Shortland is behind low-budget, art-house films, which focus on women’s coming of age stories. Now, she brings her signature cinematic style to the Marvel Universe.
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Studios like Marvel may be grabbing the headlines — but it is also an exciting time for Australian stories on screen.
When we read comics, we ‘hear’ sound on the page. Creators are experts at this cross-sensory form of storytelling - indeed one database lists over 2500 comic book sounds.
Simu Liu plays the title character in the upcoming film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is becoming increasingly diverse, on and off screen. The franchise’s continued success depends on remaining culturally relevant.
What is Marvel if not mythology persevering?
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‘WandaVision’ reimagines stories from Egyptian and Greek mythology, as well as Buddhist tradition.
State Farm’s ‘Drake’ ad was one of the Twitter winners of the Super Bowl.
Advertisers forked over $5.5 million for a mere 30 seconds of air time during the Super Bowl. Here’s Twitter’s verdict on which brands got social media bang for their bucks.
Disney+ show WandaVision is being released in instalments rather than in one go.
Audiences have a growing appetite for slow weekly released TV.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe brings the virtues and politics of the comic world - indeed the Ancient Greek world - to life. But trusting the message doesn’t mean I trust the corporation behind it.
Northstar’s marriage was prominently displayed on the cover of ‘Astonishing X-Men #51.’
Marvel Comics is frequently referred to as “the house of ideas,” yet the idea of a queer superhero did not fully arrive at Marvel until the 1990s.
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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.