All of the original Avengers got matching tattoos, except for Mark Ruffalo, who is a coward

If the Avengers are the superhero version of work friends, then facing down an intergalactic villain like Thanos is the ultimate team-building exercise. Our six original heroes—Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Hulk, and Thor—likely emerged from Infinity War closer than ever, bonded by their successes…

No one in Marvel's Avengers universe has a character arc that compares to Tony Stark's

As easy as it often looks to be Tony Stark—the success, the money, the endless array of awesome gadgets—the question of who, exactly, Tony Stark is as a person is more difficult to pin down. From movie to movie (and often even within a single film), no other character goes on as transformative a journey as Iron Man.

Joss Whedon's alternate versions of The Avengers sound wild

Avengers: Infinity War, the culmination of roughly three dozen films and lots of loud noises, arrives this Friday. Like every Marvel film that came before it, there’s bound to be lots of frantic, breakneck battles that climax with a final half-hour that’s bound to leave you slack-eyed and drooling into your 32-ounce…

Here’s what you need to know going into Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War is the beginning of the end, one of two films (the second coming in May 2019) which mark the conclusion of “Phase Three” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a universe that began a decade ago with the first Iron Man. Marvel has been very clear that these movies will mark a decisive endpoint to…

What four films define you? (No, really)

Sean O’Neal: This week, yet another movie-based personality quiz overtook Twitter—specifically, Film Twitter, that loosely defined consortium of critics, industry types, and eager film buffs united by their love of movies and making others feel bad about the movies they love. The “FilmStruck4” challenge was issued by …

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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The Avengers watch the Justice League trailer, decide it looks pretty okay, actually

Last week the Justice League hype machine spun into a new gear, with not just a trailer released but also a teaser for the trailer and a long sequence of close-up snapshots, including one extremely questionable one of Wonder Woman apparently using the bathroom. The trailer itself features the familiar dark blue hues…

Hugh Jackman would’ve kept playing Wolverine if he’d joined The Avengers

Despite the fact that Hugh Jackman’s been talking about retiring the sideburns for the last two years or so, Wolverine fans—and studio execs—have had a hard time accepting that Logan will be his last appearance in that role. Jackman’s reconciled himself to the fact, though, and is prepared to let someone like Daniel…

Civil War II will make you yearn for the time when bad comics were good fun

Bad comics used to be fun. The first Civil War, 10 years in hindsight, had charm—a well-made piece of hokum that falls apart the moment one looks away. It was a fun book to flip through and pick out weird or awful or (occasionally) interesting sequences. It doesn’t hold up, not proportionate to the weight Marvel…