Today we're voting on Charles Xavier's favorite student, his wicked step-brother, and one of his oldest collaborators. We also offer our assessment on one of the stranger presences from the Australia years, and yet another former villain turned Westchester student.
Captain America: Civil War is now in theaters, heralding a new age for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) fighting for the fate of the Avengers on screens all around the world, ScreenCrush Editor-in-Chief Mike Sampson and Film Critic Matt Singer convened to fight about Marvel’s newest blockbuster. (Hopefully there will be less bruising and fewer arrests.) And below, Matt goes through a few questions they didn’t get to in the video.
Journalist and editor Jennifer de Guzman convened some up-and-coming Asian-American writers for a roundtable discussion about the state of Asian representation in comics. Amy Chu is the current writer on Poison Ivy, a former writer on Sensation Comics, and the co-creator of her own self-publishing imprint Alpha Girl Comics. Sarah Kuhn’s novel trilogy about Asian-American superheroes, Heroine Complex will be released by DAW Books in July. She’s also written for Rosy Press’s Fresh Romance and is currently writing a series of Barbie comics. Jonathan Tsuei is the co-creator with Eric Canete of RunLoveKill, published by Image Comics.
The following post contains SPOILERS — both real and hilariously fake ones that got widely shared online even though they were clearly untrue — for Captain America: Civil War.
X-Men: Apocalypse doesn’t hit theaters until May 27, but the first reviews will arrive on the evening of May 9, showcasing a fair amount of confidence from Fox — particularly with Civil War arriving this weekend. While we wait for the first reactions from critics to trickle in, Jennifer Lawrence has released a new clip from Bryan Singer’s upcoming sequel, featuring Kodi Smit-McPhee’s Nightcrawler and Ben Hardy’s Angel battling it out in a cage match.
Jon Favreau directed two Marvel movies and then left to work on other projects. Joss Whedon directed two Marvel movies and left after some “really, really unpleasant” disagreements with the studio. James Gunn has said he can’t even think about returning for a third Marvel movie at this point. Yet, Joe and Anthony Russo have just finished their second Marvel movie and are so excited to return for two more movies, they’re not even taking a break. Captain America: Civil War is in theaters today and on Monday they start work on the two-part Avengers: Infinity War; a massive project that will be filming for over 10 months later this year. They seem almost invincible to the exhaustion and struggles other directors have had to endure.
I spoke to the Russos at a swanky New York City bar just two days before their movie was set to open in theaters. They moved with almost complete anonymity, despite holding some of the biggest secrets in Hollywood. There they told me that they expect the Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Homecoming to be different than the one in their movie, that Avengers: Infinity War will be “telling a very different story” than the one in the classic comic series and talk about why they still haven’t seen Batman v Superman.
Welcome to Cast Party, the feature that imagines a world with even more live action comic book adaptations than we currently have, and comes up with arguably the best casting suggestions you’re ever going to find for the movies and shows we wish could exist. This week is the first of a four part series spanning the month of May, which envisions a full reboot of the X-Men movie franchise.
Among Spider-Man fans, Mark Bagley is largely known as the artist of Ultimate Spider-Man, and with good reason. The Ultimate line was a shot in the arm for a character who had taken a downward turn in the mid-90s, with an overlong and largely panned story, The Clone Saga. He hadn't fully returned to the spotlight, despite some good follow-up stories.
But to peg Bagley as just the artist of an astonishing run on Ultimate Spidey is to undercut his accomplishments on the regular Marvel U version of the character a full decade earlier. And it's all pretty good.
In honor of America’s favorite sidekick-turned-assassin-turned-bromantic best pal, we’ve gathered a slate of cosplay running the gamut of Bucky in both his teen partner and Winter Soldier states. Whether they’re backing Cap in the classic WWII gear, or facing off against him with the cybernetic enhancements of Winter Soldier, these cosplayers portray the evolution and complexity of Bucky across the ages. These are the best Bucky Barnes cosplays.
Sharon Carter, as played by Emily VanCamp, didn’t really have much to do in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. She’s ostensibly the love interest in the film, but she’s not the woman that Cap actually kisses in the movie (that would be Black Widow). The movie ends and Captain America still doesn’t know that she’s the niece of Peggy Carter. Luckily, despite the massive roster of superheroes in Captain America: Civil War, Sharon has much more to do. Despite her distinct lack of superpowers, she heads into battle, and even shares a moment of romance with Steve, which may disappoint Stucky fans who have imagined a world where Steve and Bucky are the ones in love.
Ms. VanCamp had never heard of the world of internet slash fiction and the fictional gay adventures of Captain America and The Winter Soldier, so we introduced her to that world and talked about the future of Sharon Carter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Minor spoilers for Captain America: Civil War ahead.