Thor 2: The Dark World

The Marvel Cinematic Universe By the Numbers

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by Jacob Hall April 30, 2015 @ 2:28 PM
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With the arrival of Avengers: Age of Ultron this week, we are officially 11 movies deep in the wildly ambitious and massively popular Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not including TV shows like Daredevil, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter, that’s approximately 23 hours of superhero content, or 1,384 minutes to be exact. When you have that much content and so many recurring characters, patterns start to emerge. You begin to see the habits and tropes that define any franchise played out on an unprecedented scale. It encourages some genuine nerdery. Just how many times does Captain America throw his shield? How many times does Thor boast? How many alcoholic beverages does Tony Stark consume?

The Ultimate Marvel Marathon 2015 Live-Blog

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by Matt Singer April 29, 2015 @ 3:41 PM
Marvel
By the time you read this, I will be on my way to “The Ultimate Marvel Marathon.” It’s 11 films back to back to back; all the official entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, from 2008’s Iron Man to this week’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. By the time the final credits roll, I will have sat through — and hopefully written about — approximately 27 hours of superhero movies.

The Worst Superhero Movie Villains of All-Time

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by Jacob Hall April 29, 2015 @ 8:00 AM
A great movie villain can elevate the hero and his journey. A great villain is the key to conflict, and conflict fuels an effective story, and an effective story is what allows a movie to linger on long after a movie has finished screening. This is all especially true in the realm of the superhero movie, where characters who can do impossible things need a bad guy who can realistically threaten them. All of the truly great superhero movies have a villain who balances the heroes, a sinister force who gives them something to fight. This list is not about those guys. It’s about the other guys. The ones that suck.

The 25 Best Superhero Movies of the Last 25 Years

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by ScreenCrush Staff April 28, 2015 @ 11:23 AM
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After selecting the best sci-fi movies of the last 25 years and the best comedies of the last 25 years, the only logical way to wrap up our #CountdownToUltron and Avengers 2 here on ScreenCrush was to choose the best superhero movies of the last 25 years as well. Initially, this was just supposed to be a brief essay. But on an innocent field trip to the world’s most advanced genetics lab, this blog post was bitten by a radioactive list and transformed into the gargantuan piece you see before you. On that day, we all learned a valuable lesson: That with great power must come great listicles.

The 10 Greatest Superhero Movie Villains of All-Time

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by Jacob Hall April 15, 2015 @ 7:14 AM
Marvel
Without a great adversary, what good is a superhero? Without someone to punch in the face, Batman would just be some rich schmuck driving around in a weird-looking tank. Without someone on the receiving end of his shield, Captain America would just hang out at the V.F.W. all day. So let’s celebrate the villains. Let’s bring on the bad guys and give them their moment in the sun. With Avengers: Age of Ultron introducing another memorable baddie in the form of James Spader’s titular metallic menace, let’s take some time to run down the 10 greatest superhero movie villains of all time.

The 50 Coolest Easter Eggs From the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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by Matt Singer April 8, 2015 @ 9:32 AM
Every movie set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe contains at least a couple Easter eggs (along with a cameo from famous Marvel writer Stan Lee). They’re there — if you know where to look and what to look for (it helps to have spent a lifetime reading comic books and books about comic books and watching television shows based on comic books and you get the idea). For those of you still acclimating yourself to the magical world of Marvel — and for those Marvel zombies who just want to make sure they caught everything — we’ve compiled this extensive gallery of the best and geekiest Marvel Easter eggs so far.

Relive the Marvel Cinematic Universe So Far With This Video Tribute

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by Jacob Hall August 1, 2014 @ 3:10 PM
http://youtu.be/cInu82fWFfQ
With the release of 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' we are now 10 movies deep in the Marvel cinematic universe and nothing seems to be slowing down. The films keep on making money, they keep on garnering great reviews and they...

Watch Every Marvel Movie Easter Egg Up Through 'Thor 2'

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by Nick Romano August 1, 2014 @ 9:53 AM
Marvel Studios
Part of the fun of watching a Marvel movie is looking out for all those Easter eggs strewn throughout, and you can be sure 'Guardians of the Galaxy' has a handful, as well. But in case you missed any of them, from the first 'Iron Man' movie all the way up to 'Thor: The Dark World,' MTV compiled a handy video running down all of them, explaining their significance.

The One-and-Done Marvel Movie Characters, Ranked

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by Mike Ryan April 4, 2014 @ 11:30 AM
Marvel
With the release of ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier,’ we now have our ninth film of the Marvel Studios continuity since the first ‘Iron Man’ debuted in 2008. It’s a weird thing, these movies have happened so relatively fast, re-watching them now, it’s hard not to have that, Oh, that’s right, Jeff Bridges was actually in ‘Iron Man’ moment. The Marvel movies come so quickly, it almost feels like an analogy to the current state of hyper-accelerated culture itself.
Anyway, here’s a ranking of all of the one-movie-only peripheral Marvel characters played by known actors that we haven’t quite forgotten, but at least deserve to be remembered as part of an Internet list. (Marvel One-Shot short films do not count.)

Marvel One-Shot 'All Hail the King' Unleashes New Clip

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by Britt Hayes February 17, 2014 @ 8:54 AM
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Just last month, Marvel released the first clip from their upcoming one-shot, 'All Hail the King,' and today they've unleashed a new one featuring quasi-villain Mandarin -- or Trevor Slattery, rather, played by Ben Kingsley. Seems we haven't seen the last of Slattery following his involvement in 'Iron Man 3,' and we'll be able to see more of his story when 'Thor: The Dark World' hits DVD and Blu-ray this month. If you're impatient, we've got another sneak peek at Kingsley reprising his role in the new short.