The new Netflix-Marvel series asks interesting questions about human dignity, but falls into individualism and identity politics instead of answering them.
For my money, the best Spider-Man is a short-lived, small-screen animated series called ‘The Spectacular Spider-Man,’ a superhero cartoon that ran from 2008 to 2009.
The edge of extinction storyline begun in ‘House of M’ through the end of ‘Avengers vs. X-Men’ resulted in a slog of increasing irrelevance for Marvel’s merry band of mutants.
So, does the film do away with Uncle Ben’s nugget of wisdom, ‘With great power comes great responsibility’? No, it’s just softer in this film.
This new ‘Spider-Man’ has none of the sweetness of the old comics or movies, none of the suffering—but all the gadgets and heroism audiences want.
‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ affords the opportunity to compare Peter’s pursuit to wield super-powers responsibly with other, older heroes’ endeavors to do the same.
The actor’s comedic portrayal of Batman may not be considered the greatest or most moving. But he made all other Batmans possible.
Too often, Hollywood gives us attractive villains and bad-boy heroes. Our narratives are morally muddy. Thankfully, ‘Wonder Woman’ avoids this pitfall.
The new ‘Wonder Woman’ film transcends our political moment and offers something—or rather, someone—both inspiring and thoughtful.
The movie is wrapped up in faux Greek mythology, true, but there’s no mistaking the Christology here.
The film’s egotistical celestial is exactly the sort of figure atheists condemn. Thankfully, whatever else the Christian God may be, he is not Ego.
Wonder Woman is a perfect storm of PR disaster. She cannot be written without triggering something that is completely and utterly unacceptable to trigger.
‘Legion’ has shown filmmakers and showrunners how to make a bad guy very, very good.
Their comic books have lost their core of good storytelling, and are instead pandering to social justice warriors and offering phony diversity pushes.
Rather than on superpowers, FX’s ‘Legion’ focuses much more on treating (and supposedly saving) a broken man dealing with his demons, figurative and otherwise.
Here’s what is really at stake in ‘Deadpool’ and what its success says about dark changes in American individualism.
This Batman is the Dark Knight living in the Caped Crusader’s Gotham City, and ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ buries every film in Warner Brothers’ ‘DC Extended Universe.’
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