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The Case for Better Black Supervillians

Marvel Comics
Marvel Comics

Black superheroes have undergone a necessary evolution over the last 50 years. Luke Cage was originally a jive-talking hero-for-hire, but he's become an altruistic mainstay of the Marvel heroes. Storm leads the X-Men, while Black Panther makes decisions that gravely affect the state of the universe. The growth and variation of black superheroes has brought them out of the shadows.

But we're still lacking the same sort of evolution and diversification for great black supervillains. Off the top of your head how many can you name? And of those, how many are iconic?

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The Definitive Ranking Of Every Single ‘Lego Spider-Man’ Minifigure

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Your friendly neighborhood Lego Spider-Man, clicking away like only a Lego Spider-Man can. Over the last few years, Lego has been in the Peter Parker business, and the result is a range of figures with surprising depth to their roster --- and some really surprising additions (and exclusions)! As huge Lego fans, ComicsAlliance has been picking and clicking Lego Spider-Man characters since they launched five years ago. And clearly we needed to rank them!

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Anthony Mackie Says Marvel TV and Movies Are ‘Different Universes’

Marvel Movie TV Different Universes Anthony Mackie
Marvel / Netflix

Even as Marvel’s Iron Fist finally completed the sequence of Netflix heroes that will bring us The Defenders team-up, certain fans will never give up hope that the four could join the larger collective of cinematic Avengers. Sadly, The Falcon is none-too-keen on such a crossover, as Anthony Mackie dismisses Marvel’s TV heroes as “different universes, different worlds.”

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Woman With The Iron Fist: Revisiting Jo Duffy’s Classic ‘Power Man & Iron Fist’ Run

Marvel Comics
Marvel Comics

There's no getting around it; Danny Rand, the Immortal Iron Fist. the champion of K'un Lun, is an insensitively conceived character; a white guy who stumbles on an immortal race of Asian people and turns out to be better at their whole existence than them. That's the bedrock any creator has to deal with when crafting his stories.

A similar challenge faces the blaxploitation-themed Luke Cage, who became Danny's partner in 1972 in Luke Cage, Hero For Hire, which became Power Man & Iron Fist, in order to save both characters from cancellation. Originally written by Chris Claremont, the book passed to Jo Duffy when he left to focus on the increasingly popular X-Men franchise. Duffy's solution to Iron Fist's problematic backstory? Make him an idiot.

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‘Iron Fist’ FAQ: Your Biggest Questions About Marvel’s Final ‘Defender,’ Answered

Iron Fist FAQ Review
Marvel / Netflix

Marvel’s ‘Iron Fist’ brings his glowing justice to New York as early as this Friday, introducing MCU takes on Colleen Wing, the Meachums and more along the way. We’ve already reviewed Marvel’s biggest misfire yet, but before your own binge, get answers to some of ‘Iron Fist’s most burning questions with our spoilery FAQ review of the first six episodes!

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Best Cosplay Ever (This Week): Sailor Pluto, Yuri Plisetsky, Elphaba, Red Hood And More

In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.

This week's selection of the best cosplay ever includes Sailor Pluto, Soulcalibur's Ivy Valentine, Yuri On Ice's Yuri Plisetsky, Elphaba, Batgirl and Red Hood, and more!

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Good Thing: Mahershala Ali’s Incredible Year

Netflix / Marvel
Netflix / Marvel

Mahershala Ali has been in just about every great thing over the past twelve months.

Netflix fans probably first noticed his work in House of Cards on Netflix, in which he played lobbyist and presidential chief-of-staff Remy Danton opposite Kevin Spacey's unctuous Francis Underwood. That's a scary enough proposition for even a veteran actor, but Ali gave a stellar performance, and followed it up by being easily the best thing about another Netflix series, Luke Cage. Ali has established himself as an intriguing and formidable force, and a name to keep an eye on throughout 2017. And I'm loving every moment of it.

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David Walker And Nelson Blake II To Take ‘Luke Cage’ To New Orleans

Marvel Comics
Marvel Comics

Right now is definitely Luke Cage's moment, and while the character hasn't had a solo ongoing series since 1992's Cage, he's stepping back into the spotlight later this year for a new adventure. In May, David Walker will make the jump from Power Man and Iron Fist to a new Luke Cage solo series with art by Nelson Blake II, which takes Cage to New Orleans and re-examines his relationship with the man who gave him his powers.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates To Launch ‘Black Panther And The Crew’ With Yona Harvey And Butch Guice

John Cassaday / Marvel Comics
John Cassaday / Marvel Comics

Black Panther is one of the hottest characters under the Marvel umbrella right now. Not only does he have a huge blockbuster film on the horizon for next year, but there are two critically acclaimed ongoing titles that bear his name. Later this year, that number climbs to three as current steward of the franchise Ta-Nehisi Coates team up with poet Yona Harvey and artist Butch Guice for Black Panther and the Crew, which takes T'Challa to Harlem and re-teams him with some of his closest friends.

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New ‘Defenders’ Photos Reveal Sigourney Weaver’s Villain and More

Defenders Photos Sigourney Weaver Villain Name
Netflix / Columbia

Despite all we know of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and their respective casts, The Defenders has kept deadly silent on Sigourney Weaver’s mysterious villain. No longer, as new photos reveal not only said villain’s nom de guerre, but also some Luke Cage crossover, and more.

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