Meaning is found in love and risk, not in superpowers.
In the latest ‘Thor’ movie, the character Jane Foster raises questions about the impact of cancer on ideas of worthiness, responsibility and power — and what it means to be a superhero.
Muslim participants of different backgrounds who participated in an audience study said they identify with Kamala Khan, also known as Ms. Marvel, because she’s connected both to her ancestral culture and her American one.
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Ms. Marvel represents a break from the ‘Muslim equals Middle Eastern’ portrayals popular in western media.
Ms Marvel is making her debut this year as the first female muslim superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Marvel universe is expanding with new heroes in new films and shows that break new boundaries and tackle new genres.
Toronto-based comedy duo ‘Wishful Genies’ is behind spoof superhero trailer ‘Habib,’ which has had over 80,000 YouTube views since its March upload.
Twenty years after 9/11, in a climate of anti-Arab and anti-Muslim racist backlash, two comedians use satire to help change the stories we tell.
An Argentine justice crusader who calls himself Menganno has been patrolling the streets of the city of Lanus since 2010. Netflix has now picked up his character.
Netflix Latinoamérica (screenshot)
In Latin America, common citizens have often donned outlandish outfits and comic book-inspired personas to lead demonstrations and promote social change.
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.
Technology can give superhero abilities to people in real life.
Some Ms. Marvel comic storylines have revealed her as a well-rounded character while others have advanced Islamophobic themes.
The Urdu-speaking powerhouse, Ms. Marvel, has destabilized stereotypes of Muslims and reinforced ideas about American exceptionalism.
With over 100 issues, ‘Young Love’ was one of the longest running romance comics series.
Gary Lee Watson Comic Book Collection, Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, University of South Carolina Libraries
During the ‘love glut,’ roughly 1 in 5 of all comic books were romance comics, as publishers scrambled to appease readers’ appetites for scandalous storylines.
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.
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.
It’s every kid’s dream to have her own supersuit.
Billions of people already have ‘superhero powers’ like the ability to see things far away and summon their friends from far-flung locations. Next up? Enhanced physical abilities.
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.
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.