The shitty Avengers: 15 movie superheroes not ready for franchising

Minting a successful superhero franchise out of a preexisting comic book is easy (despite what Green Lantern might suggest). It’s far more notable to create an entirely new superhero who can contend on a Marvel scale—which is why no one’s done it. Rather, film history is littered with one-off adventures from new…

The superheroes of Justice League deserve better than another misbegotten blockbuster

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A blockbuster with more studio notes than script (underlined: “Be more Marvel”), Justice League attempts to inject some levity and rock ’n’ roll into Zack Snyder’s dinosaurian version of the DC Comics-verse; in many cases, it ends up with the worst of multiple worlds. Gone are the artistic pretensions and doofy…

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…

Nothing to disagree with here, just a definitive list of the best actors to play each superhero

Many a night at the local watering hole has been spent debating which actor best embodies our favorite superheroes. Luckily, Cracked’s Daniel Dockery is here with a definitive answer, at least when it comes to Batman, Superman, Spiderman, the Joker, the Incredible Hulk, and the Punisher. While most superhero fans…

Behold: a trailer for a Russian action movie starring an armored bear with machine guns

The trailer for the incredible-looking Russian superhero movie Guardians is here, complete with jokes about Borsht and an armored bear who carries machine guns. The plot follows a team of superheroes who were assembled during the Cold War but had to go into hiding until they were called upon by the government to…

Apocalypse, now? How X-Men’s oldest villain brings the franchise into 2016

Although they have been superseded in recent years by the ubiquity of Marvel Studios’ homegrown product, the X-Men remain Marvel’s first and in some ways most important film franchise. Although the filmic destiny of the X-Men is notoriously still controlled by Fox, it is inarguable that the success of every subsequent…