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    The Limitations of the Marvel Formula

    Marvel has used the superhero movie genre to tell a wide variety of stories – for instance, a heist film (Ant-Man), a spy thriller (Captain America: TWS), and a war film (Captain America:TFA). The same is true on television, where the Netflix series deals with such serious issues of race, sexual abuse, toxic masculinity, and much more. As the slate of superhero content stretches out massively into the future, can it be constantly used to tell varied interesting stories, or are the limits already beginning to show?

    • This is a great topic! Especially in the wake of Deadpool 2! The first Deadpool was a rom-com, while the second was a family movie at its roots. Because this is such a bizarre approach for a superhero movie, there's theories floating around about what the next Deadpool will be. (The AtZ Show on Youtube speculates that it might be a mock-umentary, something to look into btw.) – M K Keane 2 years ago
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    • What is the 'Marvel Formula'? I like this topic but the formulaic aspect is unclear to me. Are you saying that Marvel movies are usually action type films? Huh. If so, I think Marvel's use of humour can be a limitation, in the sense that it's a staple in Marvel films. On another note, there's the overarching plot (or continuity) that blankets all individually released films—the past few led up to Infinity War. But what's next? Marvel's cinematic universe is amazing, but I worry for the day when it could seem 'dragged out'. (Then again I'm an uncultured non-comic book reader who doesn't know what'll happen after Infinity War, ack.) – Starfire 2 years ago
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    Chuck was a fantastic show. It’s a really interesting aspect of the show that even though Chuck was initially presented as this underachiever, wasting his potential, the show never makes the glamorous spy life the goal. I think the Season 2 finale change was a really cool idea, but the thematic implications were, as this article points out, a lot more of an issue than might be initially assumed.

    Chuck, the Anti-Spy

    I wasn’t familiar with the study by Pennell and Behm-Morawitz. I think the fact that simply having female superheroes featured is absolutely not enough is an important rarely addressed issue. This article does a great job of comparing instances in which costuming has logically fit the character, the rare and mostly very recent few, and demonstrating their advantages over the sexualized alternatives. The Wonder Woman/Justice League example is great, no one objected to the outfits in the former, there was absolutely no need to switch to the illogical and uncomfortable looking latter.

    Sexism, Impracticality, and the Hopeful Future of Costuming

    Both James Franco and Kevin Spacey appeared in new trailers this week. As this article points out, Hollywood should absolutely not be giving them roles.

    Stop Rewarding Abusers In Hollywood