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The Ultimates are Ready to Avenge the Ultimate Universe

Image: Dike Ruan/MarvelThe new Ultimate Universe has an intriguing start behind it: what if classic Marvel heroes like Spider-Man and Black Panther have only just stepped into their heroic identities? Instead of coming into heroism naturally, Tony Stark (aka Iron Lad) has been tracking down persons of interest and jump starting them into the superheroes we know in love.Ms. Marvel's Directors Talk Embiggening the Show's Superhero ActionCome June, we’ll see how Stark’s faring in doing the same for other heroes in the pages

Part Two Wormussy Popcorn Bucket

Image: Twitter/Warner BrosEverything about the moviegoing experience is merchandisable, and long has been. But the rising trend of increasingly complex and elaborate collectible popcorn buckets might have finally reached the apex with Dune: Part Two, which invites you to place your hand in a very different kind of Gom Jabbar test.Spoilers of the Week April 24-29Tie-in popcorn buckets, and bucket holders, are nothing new—AMC in particular has made a big to-do over them for highly anticipated movies, like holders in the

‘Ant-Man,’ ‘Cat Person,’ ‘You People’

It was a good year at the movies, but that doesn’t mean we weren’t subjected to plenty of stinkers. These are the worst of the worst We’ve covered the best movies of the year, the best TV shows of the year, and the best performances of the year. We even gave you a list of the most overlooked movies of the year. But we’ve saved the worst for last. While it’s been an impressive year for movies, from blockbusters like Barbie and Oppenheimer breathing life into the box office

Marvel Became Its Own Worst Enemy in 2023

This year, the once-untouchable Marvel Studios finally showed some vulnerability. For 15 years, the studio behind some of the biggest and best superhero movies ever was all but invincible. Every single gamble paid off. Every story expertly seeded over a decade blossomed beautifully. And even in the less cohesive few years after Avengers: Endgame, when the studio was releasing all manner of seemingly unrelated, superfluous shows and movies, it all seemed to work out. The Woman Who Would Be PhotonNot so much in 2023—which…

Marvel Just Fired Jonathan Majors. What Now?

While Kang is the most prominent time-traveling villain in Marvel Comics, it’s notable that he never seems interested in using time travel to change the past, preferring instead to visit different eras so he can conquer them, and build up his vast army along the way.  If you gave the executives at Marvel Studios a time machine, though, chances are the first thing they’d do would be to go back and undo their decision to hire Jonathan Majors to play Kang in various MCU movies and TV shows, as the big bad to succeed…

Marvel Star Jonathan Majors Found Guilty of Reckless Assault

Photo: Jon Kopaloff (Getty Images)The jury has reached a verdict in Jonathan Majors’ trial, declaring the Marvel Studios actor guilty of reckless assault in the third degree as well as guilty of harassment. He was found not guilty of intentional assault in the third degree and not guilty of aggravated harassment in second degree. io9 Interview: Oscar Isaac Was 'All In' on Moon KnightThis news, reported by the Hollywood Reporter, brings the case—in which Majors faced charges of assault in the third degree with intent to

Marvel Studios’ Disastrous Year, From Jonathan Majors to ‘The Marvels’

Oh, how the folks behind Earth’s Mightiest Heroes have fallen. Going into 2023, Marvel Studios was still busy licking their wounds from the previous year. Recent big-screen entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe had underwhelmed, notably Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder (despite the involvement of genre MVPs like Sam Raimi and Taika Waititi, respectively). The much-anticipated Black Panther sequel paid tribute to its star Chadwick Boseman, yet his absence somehow made the…

Avatar 2 Made More Money in 2023 Than Most Disney New Releases

Just when you thought James Cameron might take a break from winning, you realize he’s been beating up Marvel, Lucasfilm, Disney, and Pixar without even trying. Let us explain.Spoilers of the Week: July 8thWe all know that Cameron’s 2022 sequel Avatar: The Way of Water was a massive hit. In fact, it was such a big hit, “massive” probably isn’t big enough of a word. Released in December 2022, Avatar 2 went on to gross $2.3 billion worldwide, making it the third highest-grossing film ever. The bulk of that, at least…

Taika Waititi Jokes About Why He Went From Indies to Marvel

At this point, you have to know Taika Waiti is gonna Taika Waititi—especially since it’s been long known he isn’t coming back for a potential Thor 5. But the director’s self-deprecating appearance on the SmartLess Podcast, hosted by comedic actors Will Arnett, Sean Hayes, and Jason Bateman, has left some Marvel fans flummoxed and angry. The Secret to Taika Waititi’s SuccessWhen discussing why he joined Thor: Ragnarok, Waititi gave an answer describing his Marvel Studios experience in a way that’s been taken as somewhat…

Open Channel: Tell Us What You Thought of The Marvels

In the nine months since Ant-Man & the Wasp: Quantumania hit theaters, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has gone through some sizable upheavals. More recent weeks have been particularly heavy with discussions about the megafranchise’s future, something that Marvel itself has quietly acknowledged by pushing back three of…Read more... In the nine months since Ant-Man & the Wasp: Quantumania hit theaters, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has gone through some sizable upheavals. More recent weeks have been particularly…