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After three super fiascos, Deadpool finally made a superstar out of Ryan Reynolds After three super fiascos, Deadpool finally made a superstar out of Ryan Reynolds

In the opening moments of Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds turns directly to the camera and asks a rhetorical question: “Whose balls did I have to fondle to get my very own movie?” (The answer: “I can’t tell you, but it does rhyme with Polverine.”) As with everything else about Deadpool, there are layers at work here. Ryan…

Briefly but blissfully, Age Of Ultron plays like an Avengers hangout movie Briefly but blissfully, Age Of Ultron plays like an Avengers hangout movie

One day, we’ll get the Avengers party movie. Maybe. Hopefully. The best scene of Joss Whedon’s 2015 blockbuster Avengers: Age Of Ultron arrives early on, after the Avengers bust up a HYDRA compound in Eastern Europe and retrieve Loki’s stolen scepter. They’ve all returned to the Avengers Tower in New York, and they…

With Guardians Of The Galaxy, Marvel made household names out of interstellar second-stringers With Guardians Of The Galaxy, Marvel made household names out of interstellar second-stringers

Marvel was feeling itself. That’s the only real explanation. The comic book company had recovered from bankruptcy, blown out the idea of what a movie franchise could be, and been absorbed into the Disney maw. It had gotten the general public involved in dorked-out comic book ideas about extended continuity and…

Years before the Infinity War, the Avengers assembled for Marvel’s first crossover blockbuster blast Years before the Infinity War, the Avengers assembled for Marvel’s first crossover blockbuster blast

In the past decade, Hollywood has attempted to transform the franchise into something else: the cinematic universe. It’s a lofty and slightly absurd goal. Movies, we are now to understand, never exist as stand-alone stories, unless they’re arthouse flicks or Oscar bait (and even then, maybe not). They don’t exist as…

Marvel somehow got Captain America and his adventure-serial origin story just right Marvel somehow got Captain America and his adventure-serial origin story just right

“The Marvel Universe has gone nuts; we’re going to have a fricking Captain America movie if we’re not careful.” This was Zack Snyder speaking to Entertainment Weekly in 2008. Every once in a while, that quote finds itself recirculated online, evidence of Snyder’s philistine ideas about superhero movies and what a…

Mandy looms, triumphantly bloody, over a year when action and horror fused Mandy looms, triumphantly bloody, over a year when action and horror fused

A funny thing happened to action movies in 2018: Horror movies swallowed them whole. This wasn’t an across-the-board thing, but a lot of the year’s best action movies weren’t just action movies. They existed in some lost B-movie nether region, a place where historically disrespected genres come together and commingle…

Scott Pilgrim is more zero than superhero, but his movie is still a zippy comic-to-screen delight Scott Pilgrim is more zero than superhero, but his movie is still a zippy comic-to-screen delight

Scott Pilgrim is not a superhero. He is not a hero. He is only barely a functional human being. He is a dipshit. So maybe we should be talking about Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World in a column about dipshit movies, not one about superhero movies. (Side note: I would absolutely read a column about dipshit…

The Watchmen movie proves you can be faithful to a comic and still miss its whole damn point The Watchmen movie proves you can be faithful to a comic and still miss its whole damn point

In a lot of ways, Watchmen, the comic series that Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons started publishing in 1986, is a story about the folly of human ambition. It’s about superheroes, and yet there are no actual heroes in the book, super or otherwise. The characters dress up in masks and costumes to serve as forces of good,…

Does the most important year for superhero movies belong to The Dark Knight or Iron Man? Does the most important year for superhero movies belong to The Dark Knight or Iron Man?

Midway through Christopher Nolan’s 2008 movie The Dark Knight, the Joker gets himself arrested so that he can then break out of his holding cell and continue his grand experiment in human darkness. While he’s locked up, he’s placed in the custody of the Major Crimes Unit, the police force that’s supposedly been…

Venom may be bad, but at least it didn’t cast Topher Grace in the title role Venom may be bad, but at least it didn’t cast Topher Grace in the title role

Here’s a fun mental exercise: Describe Venom to a child. I’ve tried it. It’s ridiculous.

Superman returns, but he forgot to bring the action and the fun back with him Superman returns, but he forgot to bring the action and the fun back with him

If Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins was the first movie to really take superheroes seriously, then maybe Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns, released the following year, was the first movie to take superheroes too seriously. Singer even took the non-serious parts of his story too seriously. In retrospect, it’s hard to…

Christopher Nolan dragged Batman (and superhero cinema) into a more serious “real” world Christopher Nolan dragged Batman (and superhero cinema) into a more serious “real” world

Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies are as revered as any franchise of summer blockbusters can really be in this day and age. But when people make fun of them, they always seem to settle on one thing in particular: the Batman voice. When he’s in his Batman suit, Christian Bale doesn’t have too many long conversations,…

The Incredibles didn't need comic-book source material (or origin stories) to do superheroes right The Incredibles didn't need comic-book source material (or origin stories) to do superheroes right

Nobody starts with the origin stories. At least when I first fell in love with comic books, the lure wasn’t the story arcs of these individual heroes. It was in finding out about this whole world full of outsized characters, many of whom had decades worth of interconnecting storylines. When I’d pick up individual…

Hulk didn’t smash Hulk didn’t smash

It could’ve worked. Maybe it should’ve worked. You can understand what everyone involved was thinking. Superhero movies were making money. Marvel movies were making money. Just a year earlier, Spider-Man had been a global phenomenon. Superheroes weren’t necessarily nerd shit anymore. Computer-generated effects had…

Sam Raimi’s bright, fun Spider-Man doubled as a valentine to a post-9/11 New York Sam Raimi’s bright, fun Spider-Man doubled as a valentine to a post-9/11 New York

Sony Pictures could’ve owned the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it could’ve owned it for cheap. The rights to the Spider-Man character had been bouncing around Hollywood for more than a decade before Sony finally got ahold of them in 1998. (The studio had to trade away to MGM its rights to make an alternate…

How did a great Alan Moore comic become a lousy Johnny Depp mystery? How did a great Alan Moore comic become a lousy Johnny Depp mystery?

If you wanted to take a good, hard look at the difficulties of translating comic books into movies, Alan Moore makes a good case study. Moore is, by pretty much any serious criteria, one of the greatest comic book writers who has ever lived. He did not, of course, invent the genre, and he didn’t conceive vast armies…

The modern era of the superhero movie begins in earnest with X-Men The modern era of the superhero movie begins in earnest with X-Men

Throughout the ’80s and ’90s, the X-Men comics captured the collective imagination of the kids and teenagers who were willing to pay attention to comic books. The books had rich casts of characters. They had great storytelling, with long and ambitious plotlines that would stretch over months or even years. They had…

Mystery Men clumsily spoofed superhero movies before the genre even really took flight Mystery Men clumsily spoofed superhero movies before the genre even really took flight

For whatever reason, a lot of the early superhero movies were also superhero-movie parodies. Before the genre was fully formed—before it was even close to fully formed—movies were using it as grist for jokes. The idea, I think, was that the superhero was a ridiculous and outdated form of American cultural lore, the…

Blade paved the way for the Marvel blockbusters of the new millennium Blade paved the way for the Marvel blockbusters of the new millennium

Stan Lee always wanted to make movies. In the ’60s and ’70s, the comic book writer helped to create dozens of characters, and he also laid the groundwork for hundreds more to come into existence. He’d always had the idea that these characters belonged in movies. By 1981, he’d moved away from Marvel’s New York offices…

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