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(Spoiler-free) A fitting end to an era, Endgame will emotionally destroy you while leaving you satisfied

As I try to hold a flood of emotions inside while reminiscing over the glorious moments from all 22 movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), I still find it hard to comprehend that it is actually over. The end of the Infinity Saga. The end of an era. Twenty-one movies, 11 franchises, 11 years and a life-ending snap later, it has all come down to this. Avengers: Endgame finally hit theatres worldwide yesterday, and as a dedicated Marvel fanboy, I watched it on the first day and will probably watch again later this weekend. To say that there were ...

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Assembling the Avengers: 21 Marvel movies ranked from worst to best!

With Avengers: Endgame almost upon us, Marvel is pretty much all the world is talking about this April. Will our favourite heroes come back from the dust? Is Ant-Man really going to expand inside Thanos? Will Tony Stark die? Will Captain America? Nonetheless, in honour of the end of ‘phase three’ of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) this month, we decided to rank all 21 films in the MCU thus far, rating them from the least watchable to the masterpieces that have become our favourites. 21. The Incredible Hulk The movie Marvel wants you to forget ever happened. Not only did ...

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The Avengers: Endgame trailer has given us goosebumps, but will Pakistanis even get to see it?

It’s that time of the year again, when Marvel fans flock together to their nearest theatres to watch their favourite Avengers fight the bad guys and save the world on screen. While Pakistanis are still not over the disappointment of not seeing Captain Marvel in theatres, the new trailer for Avengers: Endgame released by Marvel yesterday has provided significant distraction. There’s a lot to unpack in the second trailer, with a number of theories and observations clouding the internet regarding what our favourite heroes will be up to after the snap. While some are speculating on whether Captain America is dying or ...

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Is Marvel another tool for the US to project its power?

One major pop culture phenomenon taking over the world today is the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Based on comic books created by Stan Lee in 1961, the MCU has come out with several movies, TV shows, short films and digital series since 2008, with its films alone generating revenue of over $17 billion worldwide. I have been an absolute fan of both the comics and the movies for almost seven years now, primarily because the MCU combines action, drama, science fiction, romance, friendship, history, diversity, extra-terrestrial life forms and politics in a single platform. That being said, I am also a ...

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5 burning questions after watching the Avengers: Endgame trailer

Earlier this year, Avengers: Infinity War ended with Thanos wiping out half of the universe’s population and leaving all Marvel fans broken-hearted. I think it is alright to accept the fact we all shed a tear (or two) when we saw Peter Parker fade away in Tony Stark’s arms. When the credits started to roll, we knew our superheroes were at their weakest and that Thanos had really hurled the Avengers down a chasm of despair and helplessness. But I’m sure the world hasn’t seen the last of our heroes, as the trailer for Avengers: Endgame indicates that a new ...

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Excelsior: In honour of the real superhero, here are Stan Lee’s 10 best cameos

Last month, I was sitting in a jam-packed cinema watching Venom. The movie was in its final minutes, and Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock was walking down the street when he ran into an old, white-haired man wearing dark shades. The crowd cheered immediately, and kept spurring while the old guy spoke to Eddie.  Photo: Giphy Obviously the old man knew about Venom, as he was none other than Stan Lee, the mind behind Venom and the other countless superheroes created by Marvel Comics. The fact that almost everyone in a packed theatre at a multiplex in Hyderabad, ...

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Captain Marvel may be the superhero to end all superheroes, but Shazam is the clear winner

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been on a record-breaking streak for 10 years now, and this marvellous (pun intended) train seems unstoppable. However, if you look at how many female superheroes this universe has introduced over the past decade, you’re in for a shock. Apart from Black Widow (played by Scarlett Johansson), the MCU does not have any other bona fide female superhero, which is quite strange. No, Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) does not count in this comparison, and neither does Gamora (Zoe Saldana). Technically, Black Widow doesn’t count either, as she has never starred in her own movie and ...

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Is Priyanka Chopra the ideal choice for Pakistani-Muslim teenage superhero Ms Marvel?

Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) will be entering phase four of its production post Avengers 4, which releases in 2019. Only two movies, a Spider-man sequel and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol III, had been announced for phase four, but recently, Kevin Fiege, president of Marvel Studios, while talking to BBC said that the studio was planning to introduce Ms Marvel to the MCU as well, and that the plans to do so were in the works. Ms Marvel aka Kamala Khan is a teenage Pakistani-American superhero. She was first introduced in 2013 as a young girl, who was inspired by ...

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Is Black Panther’s ‘Killmonger’ the greatest supervillain yet?

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been a roaring success since its inception in 2008. Superheroes brought by Marvel to the big screen, from Iron Man to Thor to Captain America, have all become a major hit with both audiences and critics alike. However, even though Marvel movies have always been well-received and have shattered box office records time and again, these superhero flicks have somewhat lacked in the antagonist department. Yes, you read that right! Marvel villains are, at best, subpar, barring a few exceptions. If you’re asked to name a few Marvel villains, what are the names that will pop ...

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‘12 Strong’ is a cliché post 9/11 war movie glorifying the US military we’ve been seeing for the past 16 years

Remind me again, what year is this? 2017? Well, 16 years on, and Hollywood is still stuck at 9/11. Don’t get me wrong – I believe that the 9/11 attacks are one of the most significant events in modern history. However, I am sick and tired of how Tinseltown has painted the tragedy and its aftermath ever since. While the overtly nauseating patriotism displayed in these movies, and the lack of facts, might do well with the American public, for the rest of us, it’s just another way of how Uncle Sam – in cahoots with the influential Hollywood – wants ...

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