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    Loki S1E2: Joyful Destruction in “The Variant”

    Loki S1E2, bluntly titled “The Variant,” rolls with the new show’s Loki-esque brand of misdirection and easter eggs. Mostly. Jumping right in: the biggest twist came (massive spoiler) in the form of Lady Loki, played by British actress Sophia Di Martino. While many fans knew this was coming—if for nothing but the egregious and obvious […] More

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    The Falcon and the Winter Soldier S1E5: ‘Truth’ (and Consequences)

    The Falcon and the Winter Soldier structures its penultimate episode (S1E5, ‘Truth’) akin to the calm before the storm—the pause for breath to consider and contextualise—as all of our characters attempt to discover their own personal truth. ‘Truth’ is a perfect summation of Malcolm Spellman’s series to date, which has existed in the shadow of […] More

  • Men walk on a tarmac in Falcon and Winter Soldier S1E3 "Power Broker"

    The Falcon and the Winter Soldier S1E3: Power Brokers and Consequences

    Power, and the use of power, beget consequences. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has grappled with consequences across many of the interconnected lattice of films it boasts, and those of Avengers: Age of Ultron have lingered among the longest. Both The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and WandaVision before it are as haunted by Joss Whedon’s […] More

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    The Falcon and the Winter Soldier S1E2: Star-Spangled Men without Plans

    Symbols are growing ever more central to superhero fiction as the power and meaning of modern and classical images, heroes and structures continue to bedevil commentators and audiences in reality. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier contributes to this discourse as it continues in S1E2 to frame the entire series around not just Captain America’s […] More

  • The Falcon looks down at the Captain America shield on a table

    The Falcon and the Winter Soldier S1E1: New World Order(s)

    Later this year, Marvel debut their animated series What If…? which explores alternate universe takes on classic Marvel universe stories, but one unlikely to appear is this: what if The Falcon and the Winter Soldier had been the first Disney+ MCU series released? Thanks to Covid-19, like with much else in the world of culture […] More

  • Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes exchanged glances

    MCU Primer: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

    Originally intended for release back in August of 2020 (shortly after what would have been Black Widow’s big-screen premiere in May of 2020), The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is finally entering the fold this Friday, March 19th on Disney+ as the second entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s much-anticipated Phase 4, which began with […] More

  • Wanda and Vision stare at their kids from a doorway

    WandaVision and the Future of the MCU: The Craziness Has Just Begun

    **This article features spoilers to many MCU films and WandaVision** Despite an ongoing discourse to the contrary, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is an ever-evolving art project with twists, turns, switcheroos, what-have-yous, and WTFs. I’m not here to argue the merits of the cinematic value of the MCU (or, at least, not in this article. Anyone […] More

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