Black Panther is one of Marvel's best and most dramatically complex movies

A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky return to discuss the latest—and one of the greatest—from Marvel Studios, Black Panther. Directed by Creed and Fruitvale Station’s Ryan Coogler, Black Panther veers from the template established by Marvel’s previous 18 films by introducing a…

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The entertaining and ambitious Black Panther breaks from the Marvel formula

It’s taken a decade and 18 films, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe has finally produced a superhero movie that feels like it was ripped from the pages of a comic book. Ditching the MCU’s familiar roster of heroes (they don’t get as much as a mention) along with many of the basics of the Marvel film formula, Ryan…

Here's nearly every major player in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, gathered for a class photo

Hard to believe it’s been almost 10 years since Robert Downey, Jr. first put on a metal suit and started punching people really hard, and the world went totally bananas for it. For longtime comics fans, it was a minor miracle. For Marvel, it was a chance to finally build that Scrooge McDuck swimming pool full of…

Here’s everything you should know before seeing Black Panther

Black Panther ascends to the throne on February 16, when director Ryan Coogler will make his Afrofuturist-inspired contribution to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Black Panther is the first spin-off for the Marvel character, but as with all things in the MCU, he’s already carrying a lot of baggage. So The A.V. Club …

Marvel's Black Widow movie has a writer, is one step closer to existing

For years now, people have been loudly wondering why someone, somewhere, won’t give Scarlett Johansson’s immensely popular Black Widow character her own film. (Oddly enough, the people asking this have included the increasingly successful Russo brothers, and Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige, either of whom you’d think…

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…

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Inhumans’ super-sized IMAX premiere will kick off an 8-episode season

IMAX screens are big, but they’re not quite “you can see it from the moon” big. So it’s unlikely the Inhumans will be able to watch their own series premiere, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The occasionally moon-dwelling beings are getting an ABC show rather than a feature film, and now, details of the unusual…