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Doctor Strange Is a Beautiful 'Headtrip'

Don't miss it in 3D IMAX, say critics

(Newser) - Following up its latest Captain America flick can't have been easy, but Marvel Studios has apparently aced the task. With a 90% approval rating from both critics and audiences on Rotten Tomatoes , Doctor Strange is a superhero movie almost universally adored. Here's what critics are saying:
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The New Iron Man: a Female Black Teen

Marvel Comics is shaking things up yet again

(Newser) - Robert Downey Jr. better watch his back. Time reports Marvel Comics is getting a new—female—Iron Man: a black teenager named Riri Williams. Williams will be stepping into the role of Iron Man at the conclusion of the current Civil War II event. “She’s probably smarter than... More »

Marvel's New Baddie Looks a Little Familiar

'Mental Organism Designed as America’s King' clearly riffing on one Donald Trump

(Newser) - Marvel's newest villain is orange-hued, more than passingly racist, and less than subtle: Dubbed the Mental Organism Designed as America’s King, the Telegraph reports that "MODAAK appears to be a riff on US presidential candidate Donald Trump." In a comic released last week, MODAAK rags on... More »

The X-Men Franchise May Have Just Imploded

It's a 'hollow, unfocused mess'

(Newser) - Critics predicted 2014's X-Men flick would be a tough act to follow—and they were right. There's plenty of explosions, plus star power from James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence, but X-Men: Apocalypse just doesn't measure up. Here's what critics are saying:
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Nerds Are Outraged Over New Captain America Reveal

Spoiler alert, everybody

(Newser) - A few weeks after Captain America: Civil War blew up the box office, Marvel Comics blew up Captain America. Captain America: Steve Rogers #1, released Wednesday, contains a twist so shocking fans are already calling for a boycott. SPOILER: Captain America has been a double agent working for Hydra this... More »

Captain America Might Be Best Marvel Flick Yet

'Summer, we have liftoff'

(Newser) - It's a battle of good versus … good? Captain America: Civil War sees your favorite Marvel superheroes (almost literally every one) clash over whether their actions should be supervised by the UN following a mission gone wrong. Critics and audiences alike are impressed, according to Rotten Tomatoes . Here's... More »

Stan Lee's Legacy: Villain or Hero?

Or maybe a little of both? Vulture digs in with a profile

(Newser) - How somebody feels about Stan Lee might depend on how deep their knowledge of the comic book industry goes, and Abraham Riesman digs into this complicated legacy in a profile at Vulture . On the one hand, the 93-year-old Lee is arguably "the single most significant author of the pop-culture... More »

What Competition? Deadpool Romps Again

$55M payday for Marvel anti-hero

(Newser) - Marvel's R-rated antihero smash Deadpool continued to dominate movie theaters over the weekend, reports the AP , earning an estimated $55 million and trouncing a trio of newcomers. After pulling in a massive $152.2 million in its President's Day weekend four-day debut , the comic book adaptation from 20th... More »

Real Life Thor's Hammer Can't Be Lifted

Electrical engineer builds working Mjolnir

(Newser) - By the hammer of Thor! An electrical engineer made a working replica of the mighty Mjolnir using powerful magnets. In Marvel comics, only Thor and a few other "worthy" characters can lift the giant hammer. CNET reports the real-life version is a trick YouTuber Sufficiently Advanced, aka Allen Pan,... More »

First Black Superhero Gets Fancy New Writer

Ta-Nehisi Coates announced as new Black Panther writer

(Newser) - Fresh off a nomination for the National Book Award, Atlantic correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates is going where an increasing number of very successful people are finding themselves: the Marvel Universe. Starting this spring, Coates will be writing for Marvel's Black Panther, the first black superhero, the New York Times reports.... More »

Stan Lee Releasing a Most Appropriate Memoir

Marvel Comics icon's book will be a comic book

(Newser) - Stan Lee is publishing a memoir—and, of course, it will be in the form of a graphic novel. Lee, 92, the former head of Marvel Comics and creator of such iconic comic book (and now major motion picture) characters as Spider-Man and the X-Men, says in a statement that... More »

Superhero Movie Genre About to Fizzle

It probably won't survive the coming glut of movies from Warner Bros: columnist

(Newser) - News that Warner Bros. is planning no fewer than 10 DC comics movies in the next six years is great news for superhero fans, yes? No, writes Stephanie Merry at the Washington Post . In fact, the announcement might just herald the end of the genre. "Decades from now, cinephiles... More »

Mystery of China's Terracotta Army Solved

Scientists finally figure out what binding material was used

(Newser) - Every member of First Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Terracotta Army—thousands of replicas of Chinese imperial guards rendered in clay around 221 BC—is unique and incredibly realistic, which is why they've fascinated researchers since they were discovered in 1974. Now, scientists in China say they’ve peeled back... More »

Guardians of the Galaxy Is 'Shamelessly' Fun

Latest Marvel installation

(Newser) - Guardians of the Galaxy—what the AP describes as a "3-D space opera" starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper—opens today, and reviewers seem happy. As of this writing, 91% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes approve of the Marvel flick, mainly... More »

New Captain America Is Black

Longtime Cap ally Sam Wilson takes over mantle

(Newser) - There's a new Captain America, and he looks more like a whole different swath of Americans. Marvel has announced that a black hero—longtime Cap ally Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon—will be taking over his star-spangled mantle in Captain America #25, the New York Daily News reports. Classic... More »

Thor Just Became Female

But this is still Thor, not She-Thor, people

(Newser) - We have seen the future Thor, and she is female: In a rather startling change, Marvel revealed today (to The View, naturally?) what it calls "one of the most shocking and exciting changes" to rattle the ranks of its biggest heroes—it seems our "classic Thunder God" is... More »

Hey, Hollywood: You Could Learn From Comics on Islamophobia

New Muslim-American superhero shows what can be done: Muaaz Khan

(Newser) - The world is about to get a new superhero, courtesy of Marvel Comics, who just happens to be a smart Muslim-American teen girl . Well done, writes Muaaz Khan at the Guardian , who hopes the fictional Kamala Khan proves to be just as much of a role model for young Muslims... More »

New Marvel Superhero: Muslim Teen Girl

Introducing Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel

(Newser) - A new Marvel superhero coming in February is unique in a few ways: For one thing, the hero is a heroine, and a teenage one at that. For another, she's Muslim-American, reports the New York Times . The comic will center on Kamala Khan, a teen girl in New Jersey... More »

Marvel Reveals Actor for Next Avengers Villain

James Spader will play Ultron

(Newser) - The next Avengers movie has its new villain and the actor to go with it. Marvel announced today Emmy award-winning actor James Spader will play the part of Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Newsy reports: More »

Avengers 2 Stars Battle 'Cheap' Marvel

Deadline Hollywood: Some actors may not sign for sequel without bigger payday

(Newser) - The Avengers may have been a blockbuster hit for Marvel, but many of the stars may not return for its sequel if the notoriously tightfisted comics company (now owned by Disney) won't cough up more cash, Nikki Finke reports in a Deadline Hollywood exclusive. While marquee name Robert Downey... More »

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