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‘Captain America’ Star Anthony Mackie Is Right: Kids Deserve More Diverse Superhero Movies

Anthony Mackie is one of those underrated and substantially gifted actors who livens up just about any movie he shows up in, and his unique fusion of genuine warmth and unflappable cool is particularly welcome in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But his most important contribution to the comic-book movie universe may well have occurred off-screen, at a recent promotional roundtable, when he said this about playing a black superhero: “When I first got this role I just cried like a baby because I was like, ‘Wow, next Halloween, I’m gonna open the door and there’s gonna be a little kid dressed as the Falcon.’ That’s the thing that always gets me. I feel like everybody deserves that. I feel like there should be a Latino superhero. Scarlett does great representation for all the other girls, but there should be a Wonder Woman movie. I don’t care if they make 20 bucks, if there’s a movie you’re gonna lose money on, make it Wonder Woman. You know what I mean, ’cause little girls deserve that.” Or, to put a more cynical spin on his comment: why are all the comic book superhero movies about white guys? … Read More

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How to Make a Great Superhero Movie: Hire a Comedy Director

If you look up the filmographies of Anthony and Joe Russo, directors of the new (and very good) Captain America: The Winter Soldier, you’re not going to see much that screams SUMMER TENTPOLE ACTION MOVIE MAKERS. Their only two previous features were the mostly unseen Big Deal on Madonna Street remake Welcome to Collinwood and the mostly unloved Owen Wilson comedy You, Me and Dupree. And then you will find lots and lots of television comedy, everything from the monkey-doctor comedy Animal Practice to more acclaimed programs like Arrested Development, Happy Endings, and Community. The natural assumption is that the powers-that-be at Marvel who handed the Russo brothers the keys to Captain America were taking a big chance. But Marvel has reached a point where it’s actually more unusual for them to pick conventional action directors for their films — in fact, what’s making their big-screen efforts stand out from the blockbuster pack is their tendency to place them in the hands of, when you get down to it, comedy filmmakers. … Read More

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Marvel on Netflix: Is TV a Step Up for the Superhero?

The news that Netflix’s latest, most ambitious foray into original programming will be a joint venture with Marvel comics makes intuitive sense: the latest torchbearer of the premium TV gold rush (sorry, HBO) and the driving force behind the past decade’s proliferation of superhero franchises (sorry, DC) are a match made in heaven. But shifting gears from the multiplex to the small screen — or in the case of many, many Netflix users, the laptop — isn’t just a logical progression for the costumed characters who head up the world’s most bankable franchises. Television might not be merely a good format for Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and their peers; it also offers an opportunity to move beyond the blockbuster flick and overcome the genre’s ever-more-apparent shortcomings.  … Read More

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‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Is Not the Next Great Joss Whedon Show — Yet

Few shows this fall — or in anything resembling recent memory, really — have premiered with the kind of ballyhoo that’s accompanied Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. A television spin-off of the über-profitable cycle of Marvel film adaptations that culminated in last year’s The Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D. plays like a direct sequel to that movie, with Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson resurrected for starring role and a “special guest” appearance by Cobie Smulders’ Agent Hill. Most importantly, last night’s debut episode was directed by The Avengers’ Joss Whedon, who co-wrote (and co-executive produces) the show with brother Jedd and sister-in-law Maurissa Tancharoen, with whom he previously collaborated on Dollhouse and Dr. Horrible’s Singalong Blog. Alas, in spite of those credentials and a few other friendly faces (hiya, Ron Glass!), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is not the Next Great Joss Whedon Show — at least, so far. … Read More

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Joss Whedon Said Some Stuff About ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ This Weekend

The showrunner was predictably tightlipped about the Avengers spinoff series, but Whedon’s conversation with the Television Critics’ Association did reveal some interesting… Read More

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Disney Princesses Redrawn as Superheroines

Comic book fan art is having a banner week: first our favorite female superheroes got Williamsburg’d; now, Tumblr user aegistkitty has created a series of mashups between various superheroines and Disney’s most iconic princesses. Written up by The Mary Sue, the “Super Disney” series combines Rogue and Belle to create “Southern Belle,” Wonder Woman and Snow White (“Wonder White”), and Cinderella and Emma Frost (“Cinderella Frost”). Two awesome groups of fictional ladies, together at last. Get into it. … Read More

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