This Week’s Cover: Our 2014 ‪#‎SDCC‬ preview gives you an exclusive first look at the big, bad robot causing all the grief in Avengers: Age of Ultron—Marvel’s biggest movie ever. 

Photo Credit: ©Marvel 2014

Real life AU where all superhero movies have female leads. There’s a male avenger in The Avengers though and there’ll be two upcoming films with a male lead, so it’s all fair. There’s a rumor Scarlett Johansson only has a contract for a limited number of movies, so she may be gone after the third Black Widow film. Natalie Dormer, who appeared as Yelena Belova in Black Widow: The First Avenger and Black Widow: The Things They Say About Her, is rumored to take the Black Widow mantel after that. People are still excited over the possibility for a third Hulk movie, but a small number of fans is hoping they might actually make a He-hulk movie. It’s becoming impossible to tell the difference between Gwyneth Paltrow and Pepper Potts, but people love her so much, Marvel will always pay her whatever she asks for. Everyone is loving the X-men movies and Halle Berry is phenomenal in them, but maybe two solo films and four team films entirely centered around her character are enough already. Also, DC chose some relatively unknown actor to play Superman in Batwoman v Wonder Woman: Dawn of Justice, so let’s hope he does well, the character is important. The internet is crazy over Lara Pulver signing for the lead role in Doctor Strange, but tumblr still hoped for someone like Indira Varma. At least we are getting a Captain America film in 2018, and yes, it will be about Mr. America! 

SUPERMOVIES: THIS IS WHAT THE NEXT FEW YEARS OF YOUR LIFE LOOKS LIKE [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Andrew Wheeler

The Warner Bros. announcement on Wednesday of ten upcoming movies based on DC Comics properties neatly fills in a calendar of dates that the studio previously provided — and help flesh out an extraordinary timetable of DC and Marvel superhero movies over the next six years from Warner Bros, Marvel StudiosFox, and Sony Columbia.

ComicsAlliance’s own graphics maestro Dylan Todd put together a timeline that reveals what those six years look like, including 29 confirmed release dates between now and the end of 2020, with several dates and titles still to be announced. For anyone who remembers the days when just one Spider-Man movie seemed an impossible dream, it’s an astonishing representation of how comic book superheroes now dominate popular entertainment.

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Movie Art by Blake Armstrong aka Space Boy Comics

Tumblr and Representation

When it comes to tumblr and representation, it reminds me a lot of that story of the christian woman who asked if the bible was being sold at the book shop in the airport. She got angry when she found out they didn’t sell the bible, but when the guy who worked at the shop asked if she was going to buy the bible, she said she wasn’t. She was just making sure if they sold the bible or not. 

That’s what tumblr is. Tumblr is that white christian lady who gets angry when the book store doesn’t sell the bible, yet if the bible were offered, they wouldn’t take it. They beg for representation and when it’s being handed to them they completely ignore it in favor of something else.

One big example is with Marvel. Everyone on Tumblr was clamoring at Marvel for not giving proper representation in their movies. White guy after white guy has been casted back to back. The women of their universe were pushed to the background and relegated to love interest roles. And with all that clamoring and all that anger, all of you still went out of your way to give them your money, to give them your support, to over analyze every interaction and laud Marvel for their brilliance when really they’re just pushing the same formula down our throats and have been for the past 11 movies. Everyone is so fixated on the lack of representation in Marvel yet completely ignore the representation that is being showed elsewhere. And this is where DC comes in.

With the start of the DC Extended Universe, WB, DC, and Zack Snyder have gone out of their way to provide representation within their universe. We will finally get a female led superhero movie. Half of the Justice League is POC. They have a native Hawaiian playing Aquaman, they have Cyborg, they casted a jewish man as the Flash, an Israeli as Wonder Woman, and they will feature John Stewart as the Green Lantern. Wonder Woman is coming out in 2017, and she already made her appearance in Batman v Superman. The Suicide Squad also features Will Smith, Viola Davis, Jay Hernandez, Karen Fukuhara, and so on. DC doesn’t just provide representation in their movies, but in their TV shows too with POC and with LGBTQ as well. The fact that there is more representation in one DC TV show then there is with all of the MCU is astounding. 

And what’s even more astounding is the fact that Tumblr will go out of their way to completely ignore this representation. We have all of these great shows with great writing. They address issues that minorities deal with, POC and LGBTQ aren’t used as props. They’re not used as their token minority that so many studios feel the obligation to have. They are genuine characters that provide to the story. 

Now that DC has launched their extended universe with Batman v Superman, it was met with so much negativity. What everyone on here fails to understand is that the negativity isn’t coming from the fans and the casual movie goers, but from the critics who have been outright slandering this movie since they first announced it at Comic Con 3 years ago. These are the very same critics that praised Age of Ultron for its phenomenal story line when in reality, it was met with a lot of backlash from the fans. These are the same critics that praised Joss Whedon for relegating Black Widow into nothing more than a casual romance, just so the Hulk can experience his man pain. These are the same critics that praised Iron Man 3 for it’s fantastic story, when yet again, it was met with so much backlash from the general public. Now ask yourself, are these the critics you’re going to trust. These very same critics that have praised everything you hated about the movie?

Batman v Superman isn’t supposed to be fun. It’s not supposed to be family friendly. What it is meant to be is an exploration on humanity. How far will a person go to protect the one’s they love? How much power is too much power? Is there a possibility that the person everyone can trust on can suddenly turn their back on them? This story deals with how people manage loss, destruction, helplessness. There’s nothing funny about that. There’s nothing funny about dealing with the repercussions of death and destruction. 

The DCEU is something that we need. We will finally be gaining representation that Marvel has denied us over and over again. Think about this the next time you decide to listen to the critics. Think about this the next time you see another photo set or text post on why Marvel is the best and DC sucks.Because agreeing to them is acquiescing to the idea that we don’t deserve representation. That we’ll be perfectly fine with seeing another 15 more movies where it’s the straight white male who’s the hero and the token black character and female character who will be pushed to the side. That’s what you’re agreeing to when you watch those movies. That’s what you’re agreeing to when you slander the ones who are willing to offer you representation. 

Don’t ask for representation only to reject it when it’s shown. If you want representation, then support the people who give representation.

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Just a few thoughts of mine that I tweeted after leaving the theatre after watching X-Men: Days of Future Pasts….a few typos here and there so forgive me. If we understand mutants to metaphors for marginalized peoples such as persecuted people of color or members of the LGBTA community then it’s ONLY logical to see sentinels as tools, weapons used to hurt, kill and obliterate these said marginalized groups peoples.

Sentinels will always grab my attention, always. Because if you think about it…there’s a ton of “real life sentinels” targeting people now whether or not people see them and acknowledge them as such.

So please don’t tell me comic books are “just for kids”. Don’t tell me comic books don’t contribute to social commentary and/or that they don’t have any significance, just don’t.

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You don’t have to wait til next year for a POC or woman lead in a superhero film!

Writer/performer Maya Glick took matters into her own hands in late 2013 by launching a crowdfunding campaign to bring her epic vision of Ororo Munroe to life.

RAIN was recently completed and released to the public, and the results are truly electrifying.

Watch now: https://youtu.be/D_W-PBfO57o

*MATURE CONTENT*

Directed by Zane Rutledge and Jeff Stolhand
Produced by Matt Joyce
Score by Luqman Brown
Vfx by ZaneFX
Written by and starring @mayastormx

A Conversation in My Speech Communication Class
  • Me:So are you planning on seeing Deadpool this weekend?
  • Professor:I've heard a bit about it, what's it about?
  • Me:Well, it's based off of the Deadpool comics because he's a comic book character. He first appeared in the X-Men comics. Deadpool is more of an anti-hero, per say, and he's notorious for his smartass comments and breaking the fourth wall. He also-
  • Random Classmate:It's just another superhero movie.
  • Me:BITCH, LEMME TELL YOU SOMETHING RIGHT. FUCKING. NOW. RYAN REYNOLDS AND THE DEADPOOL WRITERS, PRODUCERS, AND DIRECTOR DID NOT WORK THEIR ASSES OFF IN MAKING THE BEST POSSIBLE ORIGIN STORY FOR WADE WILSON JUST FOR THEIR PROJECT TO BE CALLED "ANOTHER SUPERHERO MOVIE". DEADPOOL AS A CHARACTER IS ACTUALLY SO IMPORTANT. LIST ANY OTHER PANSEXUAL COMIC BOOK CHARACTER THAT HAS THEIR OWN MOVIE? OR IS IN A COMIC BOOK MOVIE PERIOD ????? HOW MANY RATED R COMIC BOOK MOVIES ARE OUT THERE? NOT MANY. DEADPOOL IS FAMOUS FOR BEING THE EPITOME OF AN ANTI-HERO. YOU DON'T KNOW THE BATTLE THE FANS HAVE HAD WITH FOX TO NOT JUST MAKE THIS "ANOTHER ORDINARY SUPERHERO MOVIE". SO SIT DOWN, SHUT THE FUCK UP, AND DO YOUR DAMN RESEARCH BEFORE TRYING TO INTERRUPT ME AND TELL ME WHAT DEADPOOL IS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
  • Me, out loud:*eye twitches* Mmm, I don't think so

CONFIRMED: Channing Tatum Will Play Gambit in a Standalone Movie

We’ve been talking about Channing Tatum starring as Gambit, the popular X-Men character, for years and years now. Tatum even auditioned for the part in ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ before the character was eventually cut from the film. But, after all that talk, it’s finally confirmed: Channing Tatum will star as Gambit in an upcoming ‘X-Men’ spinoff movie.

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