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How ‘Hawkeye’ Finally Gives an Avenger His Due

[This story contains spoilers for Hawkeye episodes one and two.] Hawkeye has always made for something of a hard target in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. From his brief introduction in…

‘No Way Home’ and the End of Spider-Man

“They’re starting to come through, and I can’t stop them!” Doctor Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) warning may be bad news for Peter Parker (Tom Holland), but it’s a long-awaited payoff for…

Why ‘Eternals’ Is Dividing Audiences

The Marvel Cinematic Universe was shaken up this weekend with Chloé Zhao’s Eternals. Based on Jack Kirby’s epic 19-issue series The Eternals (1976), the film explores a group of immortal aliens…

How ‘No Time to Die’ Ends the Reign of Daniel Craig

[This story contains spoilers for No Time to Die.] A reign has ended. No Time to Die, the 25th installment in Eon’s iconic franchise, has concluded Daniel Craig’s tenure as James Bond. Director…

Where ‘Venom’ Goes After That Mid-Credits Scene

[This story contains spoilers for Venom: Let There Be Carnage.] Venom has once again made a bond with audiences, and if the weekend’s box office predictions hold, a third installment…

‘Venom’ and the Return of the Superhero B-Movie

In an age where so many superhero-centric comic book adaptations take great pains to ease audiences into the weird nature of their source material, and gently encourage a certain forgetfulness about

Unpacking ‘Malignant’ and the Twist Dividing Audiences

[This story contains spoilers for Malignant.] Every once and a while, a genre film comes along that’s so off-the-wall, so against the grain of the current pop-culture zeitgeist, and so wholly…

Where ‘Shang-Chi’ Will Take Marvel Next

[This story contains spoilers for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.] Marvel Studios has big plans for Shang-Chi (Simu Liu). If it wasn’t clear from the latest marketing for Shang-Chi and…

Unpacking ‘Candyman’ and Its Darkest Revelation

[This story contains spoilers for Candyman.] He is the writing on the wall, the whisper in the classroom. Without these things, he is nothing. Director Nia DaCosta doesn’t merely write or…

‘Lovecraft Country’ Stars Jonathan Majors and Michael K. Williams Reflect on Reuniting for Series and Their Special Bond

Michael K. Williams and Jonathan Majors have never experienced a relationship quite like the one they shared making Lovecraft Country. The HBO drama series, boasting 18 Emmy nominations, is…

The Mythology Behind Marvel’s ‘Eternals’ and Its Villains

“We’re Eternals. We came here 7,000 years ago to protect humans from the Deviants.” With the final trailer for Chloé Zhao’s Eternals, Marvel Studios unveiled a whole new mythology at the center…

James Gunn and the Future of DC After ‘The Suicide Squad’

[This story contains spoilers for The Suicide Squad.] James Gunn has made his mark and given his heart to the DCEU with The Suicide Squad. The filmmaker brought his trademark…