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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.”
Screen Time is a bi-weekly blog featuring TPN staff member’s takes on all things film and television.
June 25, 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.”
March 18, 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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May 22, 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...

Black Panther revitalizes the stagnant superhero genre

Chadwick Boseman stars in
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 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
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...

Marvel v DC: the battle for the multiplex

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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...

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?
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,...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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