The Marvel/Disney Partnership | The Science of Adaptation

In 2009, media empire Disney added another number to its repertoire – Marvel Comics and everything that came with them. This was a logical purchase – Marvel, coming off of the success of Iron Man and already laying the seeds for 2012’s massively successful The Avengers, it only made sense that one of the biggest names in Hollywood wanted… Continue reading The Marvel/Disney Partnership | The Science of Adaptation

Personal Favorites: The Empire Strikes Back

Pop Cultural Studies

empire-strikes-back-2In science fiction cinema, (for whatever reason, this happens most frequently in SciFi) there are what I call “the Holy Sequels.” Great second installments in beloved franchises which surpass the original, or in the case of certain franchises, are held on an equal level to a superb first entry. The Holy Sequels are Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Aliens, and of course, the greatest of them all, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

Director Irvin Kershner was hesitant to direct the film at first, having concerns about trying to follow up one of the greatest films of all time. But in following it up, he ended up making one of the greatest films of all time.

This movie did so much for science fiction, for movie sequels, and for Big Reveals. For what it’s worth, Flickchart…

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Saint Peter Parker: Christian Allegory in Superhero Movies

Two thousand years of western fiction have lead to what is one of the most common storytelling tropes. It’s been in everything from The Old Man and the Sea and The Grapes of Wrath to Game of Thrones and Harry Potter. Characters who take exhibit qualities resembling the Bible’s Jesus Christ hold a special place in fiction, because of what they indicate… Continue reading Saint Peter Parker: Christian Allegory in Superhero Movies