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How ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths,’ one of the most important comic crossover events ever, will work on TV

Avengers: Endgame and the end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s “Infinity Saga” may have gotten all the attention this year (and definitely earned all the money), but there’s another live-action superhero mega-event happening this December. It’s the annual crossover of The CW network’s stable of DC Comics series. The heroes of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and more will join forces this December to put one of comics’ most important and revered stories on-screen, creating an event that even Marvel, for all its billions, hasn’t pulled off.

To understand this achievement, you need to understand the original Crisis…


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The next phase of Marvel’s movies is much weirder than you realize

Now that Marvel Studios has wrapped up 11 years of superhero storytelling with Avengers: Endgame, which has made more money than any other movie in the history of cinema, the company finally felt comfortable telling people what’s next. At last week’s San Diego Comic-Con, the studio announced and/or confirmed its next nine movies, including new heroes, expected sequels, and a few surprises. But the biggest surprise is that the new, Avenger-less Marvel Cinematic Universe doesn’t make much sense.

To be fair, Marvel Studios is in a bit of a trap, even if it’s one of its own making. Two of…


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Spider-Man may take center stage for now, but someone’s going to need to put on that armor eventually

(This post contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame, but come on.)

Avengers: Endgame may end up as the highest-grossing movie of all time — it’s very close to edging out Avatar — but it hasn’t earned all that money without a cost. It marked the end of Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, and now the Marvel Cinematic Universe has a Robert Downey Jr.-shaped hole that needs to be filled. In Spider-Man: Far From Home, Tom Holland’s Peter Parker is clearly being groomed for the position. Here’s why that won’t work.

Although Endgame was the conclusion to Marvel Studios’ first 11 years…


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On its 30th anniversary, much less has changed than you’d think

Last week, actor Robert Pattinson became the latest square-jawed actor to win the role of Batman. Predictably, a bevy of nerds freaked out. Much the same happened just over 30 years ago when it was announced that Michael Keaton was cast as Batman in Tim Burton’s film. The more things change, huh?

Actually, it turns out more things have stayed the same since Batman premiered in 1989. It broke ground for superhero movies in a lot of ways, much of which today’s Marvel and DC blockbusters still tread. …


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How our favorite superheroes ruined the world they meant to save

It’s no spoiler to reveal that in Avengers: Endgame, the good guys end up defeating the bad guys. That’s just how superhero stories work — at least in the second half of a two-part film series. But the Avengers don’t seem to realize that they’ve created many more problems in the process. The end result: The Earth of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is still totally screwed.

(Major spoilers for Avengers: Endgame follow. But come on — you’ve already seen it.)

Oh, those Avengers. Both individually and together, they’ve saved the planet many times over. Sure, sometimes they accidentally create a…


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The comic book legend’s work didn’t just shape pop culture. It changed lives, too.

When Stan Lee passed away Monday, the world lost a pop culture titan — a man who revolutionized his medium, but whose personal life turned to tragedy even as the comics and characters he created turned into billion-dollar franchises. There are plenty of wonderful pieces this week covering Lee’s entire life and career, and how, for a few years in the 1960s, he was a creative genius — a man arguably as ground-breaking and brilliant and important to comics as the Beatles were to music. But his importance stretches far beyond that. …

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