The Marvel universe's heroes are basically movie stars with superpowers

From Iron Man on, the gajillion-dollar Marvel Cinematic Universe has toyed with portraying its characters as A-list and B-list celebrities or even actors cast in roles—a Hollywoodian fantasy where superheroes go to lunch, get asked for autographs, mingle at after-parties. (Avengers Tower is supposed to be in Midtown…

Let’s compare this year’s Best Visual Effects nominees with every other winner ever

The Oscars are this Sunday, which means there are only a few days to catch up on the nominees, hone your predictions, figure out more reasons why you hate La La Land, and pre-write snarky tweets about Andrew Garfield’s hair. (You can catch our own takes on at least a couple of those items here.) The Best Visual…

Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson on creating those jaw-dropping visual effects

Whether you loved every aspect of Marvel’s Doctor Strange or, like our critic, were somewhat underwhelmed by the origin story at the heart of the film, there’s no denying the film’s visual effects are a marvel of CGI artistry. Wizardry of the technological kind broke the film out of the mold of the standard Marvel…