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VIDEO ESSAY: Super: A Brief History of Superhero Films

With the unparalleled box office success of The Avengers, superheroes are back in the spotlight. Most comic book aficionados are delighted with the recognition. But believe it or not, there are those such as myself who are dismayed at how superhero films, though more popular than ever, seem to be losing their luster.
  • By Michael Mirasol
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  • May 11, 2012 10:02 AM
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GREY MATTERS: Black Widow Spins Webs Around THE AVENGERS

Black Widow is the first hero seen in "The Avengers," the latest entry in Joss Whedon's career-long feminist project.
  • By Ian Grey
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  • May 11, 2012 9:27 AM
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SIMON SAYS: On THE AVENGERS, Joss Whedon, Dan O'Bannon, and Zapped Toads

In the beginning of "The Avengers," when Hawkeye says, “Oh, I see better from a distance,” I feared the worst and I thought of Joss Whedon, Dan O’Bannon, "Lifeforce," and "X-Men." I thought, “Oh god, that poor toad in the X-Men movie got hit by lightning and a bad line of dialogue all over again.”
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • May 3, 2012 8:45 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: THE AVENGERS: Marvel's Redemption?

Amazingly, the Marvel movie brand has been able to survive with an enthusiastic audience—even in the midst of artistic failure.
  • By Nelson Carvajal
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  • April 20, 2012 9:00 AM
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