Marvel Asks Ava DuVernay: Will You Direct our Next Superhero Movie?

Will Selma filmmaker Ava DuVernay direct the next Marvel superhero movie? The comic giant certainly hopes so, and insiders suggest… Read More

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Now They’re Just Cold Replacing Black Widow in ‘Avengers’ Toys

What’s fascinating about the trouble that’s swirled around
To add insult to injury, Scarlett Johansson’s Widow isn’t even… Read More

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Jeremy Renner Will Not Stop Slut-Shaming Black Widow

The word “slut” has already been reclaimed, repurposed, turned inside out, and analyzed ad nauseam since the ’90s. In the past few decades we’ve encountered Kathleen Hanna’s stomach “slut” scrawl, were Slutwalks, The Unslut Project, Slut! The Play, as well an entirely new term for an old concept: “slut-shaming,” a phrase that has become increasingly common shorthand for something that shouldn’t be done but is done so often that it leads to bullying and worse. Even Monica Lewinsky is fighting back against slut-shaming, while discussions about race, gender identity, and slut-shaming flourish on the Internet.

And then there’s Marvel superhero slut-shaming. … Read More

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Leaked Sony Email Confirms Marvel’s Just as Clueless About “Female Movies” as You Thought

The Sony hack continues to present a conundrum for those of us with an interest in the “business” half of the movie business equation — yes, it’s stolen property, and a violation of privacy, and we’re all going to hell, and so on. But these emails also provide a rare unguarded (and thus valuable) look at how the sausage is made; they’re a guide to exactly how Hollywood’s most powerful people view matters of race and the pay gap (and, in the latter case, said emails have provided artillery for demands of parity). And now, a bit of newly unearthed correspondence reveals just how dense the folks who make your comic book movies are about who wants to see them, and who they should be about. … Read More

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‘Age of Ultron’ Opening Weekend: Insanely Huge, Quietly Disappointing, or Both?

On Film Twitter — as, I suppose, on Twitter in general — the speed with which prevailing opinion and contrarianism appear and invert can give the casual reader whiplash, and the reactions to the opening weekend of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron were a prime case study. It opened big on Friday, as everyone expected — and then dropped off sharply, taking in less in its second day than its first, which is (to put it mildly) a rarity among giant opening weekends. It closed out the weekend with $187.7 million in the bank domestically — a giant number, and a number roughly $20 million shy of the first Avengers’ debut three years ago. Some observers pointed out that this could be perceived as a bit of a backslide (particularly since industry experts were expecting it to shatter the first film’s record by anywhere from $3-$23 million). And as soon as that opinion was out there, it was dismissed; as Vulture’s Bilge Ebiri asked, “Is anybody actually calling Ultron’s box-office a disappointment, or is this yet another hot-take-friendly straw-man?” Well, I guess this is that hot take. … Read More

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‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and the Inevitable Onset of Superhero Fatigue

Superhero movie fatigue is a real thing, and I’m afraid your correspondent has come down with a case of it. Sure, there have been dribs and drabs before, in the grim solemnity of Zack Snyder’s joyless Man of Steel or the endless recycling of the Spider-Man franchise. But amidst all the clutter, the Wolverines and Ghost Riders and Green Lanterns, the Marvel movies have been an oasis (y’know, Thor movies aside). Iron Man gave us a hero with real dimension, acted sharply by Robert Downey Jr. and directed with intelligence by Jon Favreau. Captain America: The First Avenger had a golden glow of nostalgia and a giant heart at its center. Joss Whedon injected the series with a shot of genuine wit in the first Avengers — he insisted that blockbusters could be (in fact, should be) funny, a notion taken up well by Iron Man 3 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He’s back at the helm of The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which has several thrilling action sequences, a great many good jokes, and an unshakable sense that everybody is just going through the paces. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to 2015 Summer Movies

This Friday, just like the first weekend of every May since 2007, a new movie based on a Marvel comic book will open in thousands of theaters across the country, will make all the money, and will serve as the official starter pistol for summer movie season. And for many a seasoned moviegoer, that’s a cue for despair; after all, summer has become synonymous with big, bloated, stupid blockbusters of the Transformers school. And make no mistake, there’s plenty of those on the runway this season (how ya doin’, Terminator Genisys, it’s pretty funny that you’re actually going with that spelling). But don’t go into cinematic hibernation just yet; there’s also a steady stream of first-rate indie-flick counterprogramming on the runway, and some of the big movies actually sound pretty good. So, as a public service to you, the discerning moviegoer, we’ve assembled a month-by-month look at what might actually be worth your time and… Read More

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