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The Marvel Universe Has Lost an Icon

Steve Ditko, the artist who helped Stan Lee introduce Peter Parker to the world, has died

(Newser) - Steve Ditko, the Marvel Comics artist who gave the world the woven webs and soaring red-and-blue shape of Spider-Man and the other-worldly shimmer of Doctor Strange, has died at age 90. Ditko was found June 29 in his Manhattan apartment and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said, per... More »

'Good Vibes' Dominate Ant-Man and the Wasp

Film's 'goofball charm' wins over critics

(Newser) - A size-adjustable superhero finds trouble and a partner in Marvel's Ant-Man and the Wasp, so far much better received than its predecessor. The film from director Peyton Reed features Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly (Kate, from Lost) in the titles roles— a first for a female Marvel character. As... More »

Stan Lee's Manager Accused of Elder Abuse

Keya Morgan arrested for filing false police report

(Newser) - Los Angeles police are investigating reports of elder abuse against Marvel Comics' Stan Lee, court documents show. The investigation was revealed in a restraining order granted against Keya Morgan, who in recent months has been acting as Lee's business manager and personal adviser, the AP reports. Morgan has inserted... More »

Deadpool 2 Works, Thanks to Reynolds

Critics are mostly happy with the snarky superhero sequel

(Newser) - Now pondering fatherhood, Deadpool is back to kick butt and crack jokes in Marvel's Deadpool 2 , featuring Ryan Reynolds and more than a few F-bombs. Its predecessor ruled the box office in 2016, but does this sequel from David Leitch—which cost a stuntwoman her life —have the... More »

Infinity War Breaks All-Time Record

'A Quiet Place' takes distant second

(Newser) - A few dozen superheroes lifted Avengers: Infinity War to a record $250 million in ticket sales over the weekend, narrowly surpassing Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the highest opening weekend of all-time, the AP reports. According to Disney's estimates Sunday, the Marvel Studios superhero smorgasbord bested the previous... More »

A Great Villain Helps Avengers 3

Josh Brolin gets props as Thanos

(Newser) - Your favorite Marvel superheroes from Black Panther to Spiderman rally against a villain hoping to destroy half the universe in Avengers: Infinity War , the lengthy (2 hours, 40 minutes) third installment in the series slated to wrap up next year. Setting the stage for an epic conclusion, the film directed... More »

The Hype Is Real: Black Panther Is Fantastic

'One of the best times I've had at the movies this decade,' says Richard Roeper

(Newser) - Black Panther , directed by Ryan Coogler, has been hyped as one of the first superhero films to feature a predominantly black cast. It's those actors—led by Chadwick Boseman as leader of the African kingdom of Wakanda—who ensure the film only exceeds expectations, according to critics, who... More »

3rd Thor Movie Cleans Up With $121M

Thor: Ragnarok is a bright spot in an otherwise dismal fall for movies

(Newser) - Thor: Ragnarok thundered to one of the year's best box-office debuts, opening with an estimated $121 million in North American theaters, the AP reports. The robust debut for the third Thor movie was a welcome shot in the arm for Hollywood and theater owners, who have just suffered through... More »

Netflix Decides Now Isn't Time to Roll Out Violent New Show

Cancels 'Punisher' events after Vegas shooting

(Newser) - Netflix has decided that now is not the time to roll out its adaptation of one of Marvel's most violent comics. The company says it has canceled Saturday events in Paris and New York where the first two episodes of The Punisher were to be screened, Variety reports. "... More »

A 'High Point' in Summer Movies: Spider-Man

Tom Holland's Peter Parker gets high praise from critics

(Newser) - Critics had high hopes for Tom Holland's Spider-Man after an appearance in last year's Captain America: Civil War. But can he handle a movie all his own? Apparently, yes. Critics have given Spider-Man: Homecoming a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes , noting sometimes basic is just better. More:
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This Is Not Your Typical Superhero Movie

Hugh Jackman's latest turn as Wolverine is fantastic in 'Logan'

(Newser) - After 17 years as Wolverine, Hugh Jackman is apparently calling it quits. If so, critics love his finale. In Logan , Wolverine believes himself to be one of the world's last remaining mutants. Then he meets a mute girl with claws just like him. Here's what critics are saying:... More »

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 »

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