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The Decline of Superhero Films

The end is nigh for superhero films. At least this is what we’re told, every time a new one is badly reviewed or doesn’t do as well as expected. And it’s being said now, after Birds of Prey massively underperformed financially. They (whoever they may be) might be right. There’s only so long that the […]

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Martin Scorsese on Marvel superhero films: “not cinema”

Martin Scorsese recently made news, and not just for the release of The Irishman, heralded as his greatest film since Goodfellas. No, Scorsese made headlines a few weeks ago by claiming in an interview with Empire that Marvel superhero films are “not cinema”. Scorsese’s main point was that he had attempted to watch a Marvel […]

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Sorry Marvel – unlike Thanos, your power is finite

Following the success of Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home (FFH), Marvel were incredibly secretive about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Union. What could follow the cinematic event of Endgame, and its epilogue in FFH? The answer, much like Age of Ultron to Avengers Assemble, could only be underwhelming. The announcement of Black […]

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Farewell, Stan Lee

This week, the universe lost a superhero. Stan Lee, one of the founding figures of Marvel Comics, died at the age of 95 on 12 November, 2018. The characters that Lee and Jack Kirby created have weaved their way into our world in such a way that there is rarely a superhero movie not in the […]

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Venom and the Proliferation of Movie Franchises

Ten years in the making,Venom is the latest movie in the Sony and Marvel collaboration to hit the big screens. But with a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 33 per cent to match its $100 million budget, is this just another superhero flop? Starting as Timely Productions in 1939 and changing to its prolific contemporary branding […]

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Black Panther

What is there to say about a film that defines a generation, succeeds against all odds, and rises up out of the ashes of all films before it to make a proud declaration: I am here, standing tall, and I will never fade away? This is the question raised by the unstoppable addition to the […]

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Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok left me conflicted. While the film kept me thoroughly entertained for the entirety of its roughly two-hour run time, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of disappointment. As with many of Marvel’s recent offerings, Thor: Ragnarok is very formulaic, providing no real surprises in its story. This doesn’t make the movie bad […]

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Spider-Man: Homecoming

In the beginning was Tobey Maguire, then came Andrew Garfield, and now the Spider-Man we have before us is Tom Holland. His brief but supremely effective introduction was one of the best things about 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. Set two months after his involvement in Civil War’s airport battle, Jon Watts’s film sees Peter […]