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    Loki S1E5 “Journey into Mystery” and the Marvel Multiverse

    The fifth episode of Marvel’s third Disney+ series wraps up many of Loki’s character arcs and prepares us for the crazy new MCU content we’re going to get in the finale. To start: it appears that Loki and Sylvie’s titular Nexus Event from S1E4 was not just a potential romantic connection, but their choice to […] More

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    Someone Good: Loki S1E4 “The Nexus Event”

    Loki S1E4 “The Nexus Event” hit us with a million different whacks to the head from every direction. (There’s a reason this article is coming out two days post-airing.) The completion of Loki’s first character arc, Marvel’s meta-examination of villainy, commentary on religious extremism or bureaucracy, Sylvie’s backstory, how the Timekeepers connect to the greater […] More

  • Loki decides to run away with his fellow variant, bathed in red light.

    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

  • 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

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    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

  • 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

  • The Scarlet Witch holds a scary magic book in front of her while her arms are held up and spinning magic. Wanda's eyes glow red.

    Two Wandas? About That Last WandaVision Scene

    In the final mid-credits scene of WandaVision, we zoom in on Wanda and a small cottage surrounded by mountains, nature, and a complete lack of drama. It is an isolated location where she can’t mind control anyone. Wanda is sitting on her porch and is mostly still. She goes inside and takes a tea kettle […] More

  • Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) cries looking at Vision's dismantled form

    Grief in WandaVision: Memory Made Real

    “It’s not fair. It shouldn’t be you, but it is.”  That’s what Vision told Wanda Maximoff when he begged her to destroy the Mind Stone and himself with it in Avengers: Infinity War. The superhero couple shared a mere 20 minutes total in the subsequent Avengers films but the love story burgeoning between witch and […] More

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    WandaVision Finale Wrap Up: A Special Marvel Roundtable

    Much has happened in the past two months since Marvel’s WandaVision premiered on Disney+. Join Rachel Stewart, Will Johnson, and JP Nunez, as they make sense of all that transpired for those held captive in Wanda’s technicolor TVland. Spoiler warnings on!  Rachel Stewart: Hello out there in TVLand, dear readers…we’re back, as promised, to discuss […] More

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