Stories about superheroes

Move over, Pixar! Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has set new benchmarks for animated movies

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a superhero animated movie that pays the ultimate homage to the comic book of its namesake and ticks all the right boxes in the process as well. Miles Morales’ (Shameik Moore) rise from being a confused adolescent teenager to the friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man has been exhibited with the best of animation. The story arch combines the 3D computer animation and comic book sensibilities and tendencies, and churns out a well-rounded package that seems different yet is familiar. The movie is a breath of fresh air among the vast sea of the same Pixar-esque animation style we ...

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From Cartoon Network to DC: Titans is a dark and gritty superhero show done right

As someone who watched Teen Titans on Cartoon Network religiously, I was delighted when I first heard that DC was developing a live-action TV series based on one of my favourite cartoons. I was excited to watch Robin, Cyborg, Raven, Starfire and Beast Boy team up and take down bad guys while also poking fun at each other. The fact that Greg Berlanti, the man behind shows like The Flash and Arrow, was developing the live action adaption of Teen Titans was the cherry on top. I was hoping that the TV series will have a humorous approach fused with ...

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Move over Avengers! ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ will make you root for the “villains” to save the planet!

It was in October 2015, after the release of Godzilla (2014), when Legendary Entertainment announced its plan to create a shared universe franchise which will feature famous monsters like Godzilla, King Kong, King Ghidorah, Mothra and Rodan. The universe, which was titled MonsterVerse, has had two main entries until now, namely Godzilla (2014) and Kong: Skull Island (2017). The trailer for the next entry, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, was released at the San Diego Comic Con. The trailer starts off with Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) standing on a roof top when a catastrophic event takes place. ...

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Incredibles 2: The journey may be predictable this time around, but it’s still a whole lot of fun

More than a decade after they first conquered the big screen with what turned out to be an instant Pixar classic, the Parr family is back for their second adventure in Incredibles 2, a return to the world created by Director and Writer Brad Bird that revisits much of the same turf as the original but makes sure it never ceases to be fun. Our protagonists – parents Bob (voiced by Craig T Nelson) and Helen (Holly Hunter), and their kids Violet (Sarah Vowell), Dash (Huck Milner) and Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile) – are, once again, dealing with ostracisation. Superheroes are still ...

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Spider-Man: Homecoming: Predictable yet apt and entertaining

Marvel Comics’ superheroes have been ruling the summer box office for nearly a decade now. What started with the first adventure of Iron Man in 2008 has since turned into the most successful franchise in movie history. The Avengers have become a cinematic behemoth as more superheroes have joined the folds of the mighty collective over the years, and have altogether produced more hits than misses along the way. The latest adventure in the series takes us on another journey into the world of Spider-Man. A superhero which has already been the subject of two prior series, and is now getting another reboot in the shape of the ...

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Captain America: Is the clash of the Avengers inevitable?

Captain America: Civil War is the continuation of the Winter Soldier (2014) storyline and phase three of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. Bucky Barnes is now on the run from the law while the civilian casualties in the previous battles have led the government to intervene and regulate the superheroes under the UN supervision. Steve Rogers aka Captain America foresees the manipulation of a restricted control of freewill while Tony Stark sees it as an opportunity for the Avengers to legally become part of the United States government and avoid civilian casualties in the near future. Could the two superheroes settle their differences ...

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Captain America: A civil war… an ordeal

Slam bam thank you mam. One 3D IMAX crash after another. Enough already. I felt pulverised and longed for Casablanca. How many superheroes can you throw together and not get a stew? Or bouillabaisse. A mess. Chaos. Drama. Noise. I wanted an exit. Captain America: Civil War begins fair enough with Scarlett Johannsen hauling a** with some of the big boys and she is very adept at this. A true giggle. I thought at last we are going to have an interesting action film. Then Robert Downey, Jr appears and his subtle delivery is the very best of the entire cast. It is ...

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Fantastic Four: When Fox Films tries to play Marvel and fails miserably

Fantastic Four starts with the same wonder and enchantment as films from my 80s’ childhood, like The Extra Terrestrial (ET) and The Goonies, but swiftly loses any further similarities to these classics and succumbs to an overly simplistic action-based plot that fails to take stock of what is important here – the characters (ironic seeing as this reboot is meant to be an origins story). As with many prequels, we think we are here to understand a little more about what drives these superheroes we have come to love while also exploring a journey that we should already feel a part of but instead we don’t get to fill in the ...

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Avengers: Age of Ultron – The epitome of a superhero movie

After the events that unfolded in New York in The Avengers prequel, the superhero club – including Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow, Captain America, Thor, and Hawkeye – regroups itself and these heroes combine their forces to battle another formidable foe in Avengers: The Age of Ultron. The much anticipated sequel has all the factors of a fantastic superhero movie. However, there are also the signs of how the Marvel Universe is attempting to blend and crossover characters from its different realms. Photo: IMDb The movie begins with the Avengers fighting to take hold of Loki’s sceptre from another villain, Wolfgang von Strucker, who plans to use it against the world ...

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Comic history: There’s a hero in all of us

Since the advent of literary print there is one word that comes to mind whenever you hear of comics: superheroes. Superhero comics burst onto the scene with the introduction of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman in the late 1930s. Superman represented the hero we all wanted to be: someone who had the power to move planets, and yet, chose to do good for the world and its people. Batman portrayed the humanistic flaws; how our tragedies and mistakes could be used as motivation to become a hero. And Wonder Woman, who was a symbol for feminism and political hierarchy. These formed the trifecta of DC comics, along with Marvel, and they ...

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