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Being one of Marvel’s biggest and most popular characters over the years, Spider-Man has had plenty of exposure throughout mass media. In addition to the comics, we have seen Spider-Man in multiple cartoon shows since the 1960s, live action tv show in the 1970s, and multiple iterations in the movies. We first saw him in Sam Rami’s Spider-Man trilogy in the early 2000s. Then Sony opted to reboot the character for the Amazing Spider-Man films. Unfortunately, the reboot was not as well received as Marvel Studios and the Marvel Cinematic Universe proved to have a great formula that is now pretty much the standard for superhero movies.

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Though it turned out to be a successful addition to the Marvel cinematic universe, grossing $519 million worldwide and generally getting good views from both audiences and critics, for a long time prior to its release, fans were expecting a very different kind of movie from Ant-Man. For a long time the director behind the world famous Cornetto Trilogy, Edgar Wright, was attached to the direct the movie, having been involved since 2006 – two years before the release of Iron Man. His vision combined with the wealth of Ant-Man source material would certainly have made for an interesting film and many fans were eager to see it. (more…)

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been one of the most successful franchises in recent history. Starting with Iron Man way back in 2008, the MCU had continued to grow to help birth the current age of superhero films. Sure, we love the characters and their heroics, but the MCU films also have had a wide reach with their audience. That is mostly due to the fact that all MCU films have had the family-friendly PG-13 Rating. While the Netflix Marvel Television shows have toes the line with Luke Cage and Jessica Jones doing the nasty and the constant barrage of the N-word on Luke Cage, they are still relatively tame compared to anything Tarantino would ever put out. Marvel Studios has played it safe with their 15 films by having them all be PG-13.

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When Spider-Man burst into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: Civil War, fans reactions were mixed, to put it lightly. While Tom Holland‘s incarnation of the masked webslinger seemed inoffensive enough in the small part he played in his debut Marvel movie, it marked the third reboot of the character in less than twenty years. Although there was a good chance the new series would be of decent quality now that Marvel is really hitting its stride in terms of its cinematic output, some people were cautious about finding room for another Spider-Man into their lives. (more…)

Ever since he debut in Captain America: Civil War, fans have been eagerly anticipating for T’Challa to have his own solo film. His character was fresh, fun, awesome, and had a great arc in last year’s superhero ensemble movie. With an upcoming movie on the way, and a kickass cast (Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman, and more), Black Panther is one of Marvel’s most anticipated movies for next year.

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Any given day you can find some sort of argument online between DC and Marvel fanboys. The constant “Marvel vs DC” debate has been ongoing since before most of us were born, since Marvel and DC were young comic book publishers.  Now that there are cinematic universes surrounding DC and Marvel characters, the endless debates have continued to a new medium. Now, of course, we don’t have to pick a side. As comic fans, it’s perfectly OK to like both equally. In fact, many actors/producers/directors in both universes often offer praise to each other for the success of their films and many endlessly gave DC their props for Wonder Woman. Now, the heads of the Marvel and DC cinematic Universes joined together in praise of someone else.

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The wait is over. Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2 has been released to theaters everywhere. Joyous is the sound of fans and general audiences, singing the praise of another smash hit from director James Gunn and co. It’s true. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 – albeit not as fresh and new as the first one and perhaps a little too big a spectacle for its own good – is way fun, warm (a lot of feels in this movie), and is everything going to the movies should be – a good time. While numbers are still rolling in, it saw $56 million at the box office on opening day, and is targeting a big $140 million weekend. Suffice to say, it delivered and is performing as well as everyone hoped it would. And no one is as thankful and as happy as the films director James Gunn.

Taking to Facebook earlier today, Gunn put out one of the sincerest and earnest thank you to fans, opening up about his time spent making the series, what influences both shaped and saved his life, and what box office success really means to him. (more…)

In a Marvel film, you can always count on a few things. It’s going to be entertaining as hell, and there will no doubt be a Stan Lee cameo. Considered the godfather of Marvel (and comic books in general), Stan Lee is responsible for giving us most of the characters we hold dear to our hearts. Although the 94-year-old has since retired from his position at Marvel, he almost always has made cameos in the films based on his properties.

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There’s a new teaser out for the upcoming Netflix/Marvel Defenders series that brings the four heroes together. While it is short as teasers tend to be, there was a huge clue right in front of everyone in the top right corner. An IP address that leads to the archive pages of the New York Bulletin, that’s the paper that Karen Page from Daredevil ends up writing for. Check out the teaser and some of the extras from the hidden site below. (more…)