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Screen Time: Ode to Fox’s ‘X-Men’

Front row, from left: Andrew Stehlin, Nicholas Hoult and Michael Fassbender in “Dark Phoenix.”

By Melanie Pantano & Thomas Wick, Staff Writers

June 26, 2019

When most people think of superhero movies, they think of Marvel Studios. When most people think of Marvel Studios, they think of the Avengers — the superhero squad consisting of Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow — and their string of box office-topping and family-friendly action films. Though this team mastered the art of the comic book-to-movie adaptation, they by no means invented the art itself.

‘Captain Marvel’ packs great performances and action in a crowded plot

Brie Larson stars as the lead role in “Captain Marvel.”

By Victoria Pfefferle-Gillot, Senior Staff Writer

March 19, 2019

“Captain Marvel,” written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, is the twenty-first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the first to feature a solo female lead.

‘Deadpool 2’ delivers laughs and action

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By Victoria Pfefferle-Gillot | For The Pitt News

May 23, 2018

“Deadpool 2,” released May 18, claims to be a family movie, despite leading with a murder — no different than movies like “The Lion King” or “Bambi,” according to the title character. But based on its R rating and crude jokes, it’s safe to say “Deadpool 2” doesn’t qualify. ...

Black Panther revitalizes the stagnant superhero genre

Chadwick Boseman stars in

By Vikram Sundar | For The Pitt News

February 20, 2018

Director Ryan Coogler enters new territory with “Black Panther,” peeling back old layers of the formulaic superhero narrative to reveal fresh and exciting elements rarely seen in the genre. Following the enormous box office success of Marvel’s latest entries — “Guardians of the Galaxy Vo...

The poetry of panels: Marvel’s first black woman writer and Pitt professor Yona Harvey pens new series ‘World of Wakanda’

Theo Schwarz / Senior Staff Photographer

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

August 21, 2016

Poetry and comics have more in common than you think. Yona Harvey, a Pitt English professor, recently accepted a deal to write a 10-page story for the upcoming Marvel “Black Panther” spin-off comic series. Ta-Nehisi Coates, writer for The Atlantic and author of “Between the World and Me,”...

Marvel v DC: the battle for the multiplex

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By Ian Flanagan / Culture Editor

May 10, 2016

Eight years after “Iron Man” set the stage — and perfected Marvel’s new brand — Disney’s unprecedented superhero franchise is still running like clockwork. Disney released the 13th entry in its hugely popular canon, “Captain America: Civil War,” last Friday to universal praise and a ...

The name’s May, Aunt May: Have the studios taken superhero universe-building a bit too far?

The name's May, Aunt May: Have the studios taken superhero universe-building a bit too far?

By Jack Trainor / Staff Writer

January 12, 2015

Since their launch to prominence in America during World War II and their cultural takeover from the 1960s onward, superheroes have always represented the best of intentions — whether that’s escapism, entertainment or perpetuating good old American values of bravery and heroism. Superheroes are symbols...

‘Big Hero 6’ has heart beneath layers of visual candy

'Big Hero 6' has heart beneath layers of visual candy

By Hannah Marshall / For The Pitt News

November 12, 2014

"Big Hero 6"Directed by: Don Hall and Chris WilliamsStarring: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, T.J. MillerRated: PG for action and peril, some rude humor and thematic elementsNow showing at AMC Loews Waterfront, SouthSide WorksGrade: A-All the way back in 2009, when a bushy-tailed and gray-free Barack Obam...

‘Winter Soldier’ more than just an appetizer for next ‘Avengers’

'Winter Soldier' more than just an appetizer for next 'Avengers'

By Ian Flanagan / Staff Writer

April 7, 2014

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier"Directed by: Anthony and Joe RussoStarring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony MackieGrade: BWith “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” taking shape, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” does exactly what Marvel needs for its mega-franchise — it provides brawny, if forg...

Newest Thor installment shows Marvel’s second phase will keep pace

Newest Thor installment shows Marvel's second phase will keep pace

By Ian Flanagan / For The Pitt News

November 7, 2013

“Thor: The Dark World”Directed by: Alan TaylorStarring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christopher Eccleston, Tom HiddlestonGrade: BMarvel Studios continues their unmatched streak of dependably enjoyable comic-book-themed films with “Thor: The Dark World.”As “phase one,” which included al...

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