Dissecting Holland’s Spider-Man, Peter Parker

Researchers from the University of California, Merced have found that troubled children may find inspiration from superheroes (2015). And not just superheroes, but rather the people underneath their respective mantles. Psychologist Chris Fradkin and his colleagues forwarded a study on children relating more to "pre-cloak" versions of characters such as Spider-Man. While radioactive spiders that grant…

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Spider-Man: Homecoming, Homage and Familiarity

Spider-Man: Homecoming opens against the backdrop of New York City and its iconic skyline. Traffic buzzes on the Brooklyn Bridge, and people flock the streets while the sun reaches its zenith. The colorful atmosphere of the five boroughs give life to the busy city. Meanwhile, a teenager hastily throws his clothes away as he enters a…

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One with the Universe: Living in the Age of Shared Movie Universes

Film franchises are nothing new. Ever since filmmakers realized that they can continue the story of a successful film and make more out of it, movie sequels became the norm. From James Bond to Star Wars to Harry Potter, movie studios have used film series and franchises for both their benefit and the enjoyment of…

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‘Legion’: 12-Year-Old Mutants and Personal Identity

Identity remains to be perhaps one of the most enduring issues a person can experience in one's lifetime. However, FOX's Legion TV series presents us with another question: what if you don't know where to begin? Matter-of-factly, as I ponder upon the issue myself, I realized I wasn't an exception to David Haller's personality crisis. It makes sense -…

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Doctor Strange: Mystics, Swirlies and Human Folly

When you're thrown into a world you can barely comprehend, it may be time to forget what you think you know. Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange does just that, magnifies the confusion, and forces us to do the same. In two short, perfectly-interwoven hours, the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe was shaken to its core. Or maybe because we…

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X-Men: ResurrXion, Inhumans and “Rebranding”

It definitely is a high moment for the X-Men, and like any pro-mutant supporter out there, I hope this wouldn't be a swan song. As far as expanding the comic books is concerned, Marvel's got us covered. Legion gets his own television series. Hugh Jackman is about to end his X-Career as Logan. And in a…

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