The MCU Villain Problem: But What About Ego?

Spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 The Marvel Villain Problem is the name is the moniker given to the succession of uninteresting villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film series. I’ve included pictures of a few below, and if you don’t remember the names of them, then I can hardly blame you. I’m a… Continue reading The MCU Villain Problem: But What About Ego?

The Irritating Language Barriers in Marvel-Netflix Shows

I hope my readers can forgive the clickbait title – this is a minor gripe that I had in the first season of Marvel’s Daredevil, and I forgot how irritating it was until I started watching The Defenders.  In The Defenders, it was when Sigourney Weaver’s villain, Alexandra, speaks with one of her allies, Murakami. Alexandra is American, Murakami is… Continue reading The Irritating Language Barriers in Marvel-Netflix Shows

Teaming Up: The Increasingly Popular Type of Story

Stop me if you’ve heard this story before: there’s an ensemble cast in an action/sci-fi/fantasy/superhero movie (especially superheroes). First, the viewers get to know all the characters separately. Then, the characters unite under a common cause, fall apart after some disagreement, and reunite with an even stronger bond to take down the greater evil. This… Continue reading Teaming Up: The Increasingly Popular Type of Story

With Great Power Comes Great Subtlety: What I Loved about Spiderman Homecoming

I finally got around to seeing Spiderman Homecoming, and even though everyone else has probably shared all their thoughts on the movie, I figured I’d share mine. Obviously, there will be spoilers from Spiderman Homecoming. When Zack Snyder was given the task of introducing Batman into a universe that was already centered around Superman, many people wondered how they’d do that.… Continue reading With Great Power Comes Great Subtlety: What I Loved about Spiderman Homecoming

Intertextuality: The Empire Strikes Back and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

This post will have spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. It will also have spoilers for The Empire Strikes Back, but I know that you’ve seen that movie because literally everyone has. The Marvel Cinematic Universe films exist in Disney’s pantheon of intellectual properties alongside the Star Wars franchise. In that way, these movies are linked together.… Continue reading Intertextuality: The Empire Strikes Back and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Captain’s Log: May 2017

Game of Thrones Trailer! So, the first Game of Thrones season 7 trailer was released this month, and it looks phenomenal. It’s really neat to see that the show is starting to build towards its end with climaxes and resolutions we’ve been promised for six seasons now. This might be considered lazy writing, but I find my… Continue reading Captain’s Log: May 2017

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