One thing that keeps occurring to me while watching Agents of SHIELD lately: This show is pretty much 100 percent serialized now, with huge elements of soap opera as well as ongoing plot strands. There’s zero “monster of the week” stuff. That’s been true for a long time, but lately the show is doing this incredibly… »
When Supergirl isn’t about competing with the absentee Superman (whose dreamlike cameos represent a vision of heroism that is so iconic, it can only be seen via abstraction, or synecdoche), it seems to be a show about women who show affection by criticizing and belittling each other. And weirdly, the show makes this… »
The Singularity is coming soon! Artificial intelligences will reinvent everything, and there will be unlimited rice pudding. Except, of course, that when we imagine artificial intelligences in fiction, they’re often not that smart. Case in point? These 10 ridiculously dumb artificial intelligences. »
Pop culture is full of weak villains with nonsense origins. And the latest James Bond film, Spectre, was Exhibit A for “villains ruined by ridiculous new backstories.” But it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are 10 villains who actually have origins that make them better and more monstrous. »
The key conceit at the center of the new TV show Supergirl is that we never actually meet her cousin, Superman, but she’s constantly in his shadow. The show pushed this pretty far in last night’s episode, and it just did not work. Spoilers ahead! »
Okay. So Halloween might be behind us, and I can’t quite believe I’m saying this about a Marvel comic—especially one starring the Avenging Android that was one of the most charming parts of Age of Ultron. But the first issue of The Vision is a strangely chilling, page-turner of a comic. And it is fantastic. »
James Bond is back! And not just on the big screen—Britain’s most famous spy has returned to comics after decades away in today’s release of James Bond #1 by Warren Ellis and Jason Masters. To mark the release of issue one, we spoke Ellis to discuss how he brought Ian Fleming’s classic hero to life.
Agents of SHIELD is getting into its third season, and by now Marvel’s spy show has covered the same ground a few times. What was great about last night’s episode, “A Wanted (Inhu)man,” was that it kept finding new twists on the familiar storylines. »
For a moment there on last night’s Agents of SHIELD, I thought I was going to have to throw my TV set out the window and possibly set fire to some stuff. »
Just over a month from now, Marvel’s next TV show debuts, featuring Jessica Jones. But who is Jessica? She’s not as well known as Daredevil or the Agents of SHIELD, even though she spent some time as an Avenger in the comics. So here’s everything you need to know about Marvel’s most superheroic detective. »
Marvel Comics is launching a new series featuring the members of Guardians of the Galaxy: all of them. The galactic team-up will feature characters from the original lineup last seen in Guardians 3000, all the way up to the modern makeup. »
Superhero movies have tried hard to leave behind some of their Silver Age comic-book trappings in the past decade. We’ve seen darker, grimmer versions of Superman and other heroes—but the new Fantastic Four reboot goes beyond darkness, into actual self-loathing. It’s kind of bizarre. »
Comics are a visual medium—but most comics still rely heavily on narration and dialogue. Once in a while, though, a series, a single issue, or even one great scene in a comic will forgo text, or keep it at a minimum, to tell a gorgeous story with just images. Here are 10 pieces of comic art that don’t need words to… »
Marvel’s latest superhero movie, Ant-Man, is very well made. It has some good action and a few really clever bits. There are some funny parts, along with some not-that-funny parts. This movie pretty much gets the job done. But it’s not particularly memorable, or especially amazing. »
Like we said the other day, the Suicide Squad footage that premiered at Comic-Con really was stupendous. And after poring over it for a whole 24 hours, we’ve noticed lots of fascinating details and easter eggs. Here’s our complete breakdown of everything you might have missed. »
It’s a lesson many people (and zombies) have learned the hard way—do not mess with Rick Grimes. But if you thought Rick taking charge of the Alexandria Safe Zone was somehow going to put an end to the group’s troubles, this lengthy, brutal Comic-Con trailer for season 6 will make you think again.