What's The Point Of A Shared Universe If Not Every Fan Can Access It?

So, Agent Carter. Pretty good! At least, I hear that. Like most of the UK and Europe, I've not seen it - and it's unsure when or if we will. It sucks just as much as it usually does when we're left waiting for a show, but in this case, it paints a worrying precedent as more creators establish shared universes. » 1/16/15 10:24am 1/16/15 10:24am

Would It Have Been Better For Batman V. Superman To Be Split In Two?

Over the weekend, we had the crazy rumour (one pretty much immediately quashed) that Batman v. Superman would be split into two films. It's not to be, but let's have a bit of a thought experiment - what if we did get the split movies? Honestly, I think it might have been better for DC's fledgling cinematic universe. » 1/14/15 4:25am 1/14/15 4:25am

The Lesson I Hope Comic Book Media Remembers From 2014: Have Some Fun!

The start of a new year is a time for looking forward - and as a fan of Comic book movies and shows, there's definitely lots I'm excited for in 2015. But looking back on the last year, I find myself hoping that all the Comic loveliness ahead of us remembers one of the best lessons learned in 2014: it's okay to be fun. » 1/03/15 9:59am 1/03/15 9:59am

Why 2015 Is A Hugely Important Year For The Marvel Cinematic Universe

2014 has been a great year for Marvel: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy dominated the blockbuster market this year, Agents of SHIELD found its footing and they unveiled big plans for the next 5 years. But 2015 might be the Studio's most important year since Iron Man débuted in 2008. » 12/29/14 1:57pm 12/29/14 1:57pm

Are We Entering The Age Of The Practical Superhero Costume?

This year two big Superheroines have gone through major redesigns - Batgirl and, this week, Spider-Woman. Both designs shared a similar mantra: ditch the spandex, and get practical. But are they first steps in revitalising superhero designs into something more feasible in the 21st Century? » 12/19/14 4:14pm 12/19/14 4:14pm

Black Mirror's Christmas Special: A Yuletide Nightmare You Have To See

The idea of Black Mirror, the twisted British dystopian series, having a Christmas special might seem odd. But while White Christmas does give us a dark near future that's not all tinsel and lights, its trio of tales is really all about a truly Christmassy message of compassion and empathy. Spoilers ahead... » 12/17/14 3:51pm 12/17/14 3:51pm

Losing Andrew Garfield Could Be The Saddest Part Of A Sony/Marvel Deal

New rumours surrounding Sony say that any potential deal between them and Marvel for Spider-Man movies á la MCU would see the end of Andrew Garfield's time as Peter Parker. But why ditch one of the few great things to come from Sony's mishandling of the Spider-Man franchise? » 12/15/14 11:59pm 12/15/14 11:59pm

Why Are Some Franchises So Content With Retelling The Same Story?

As you might have known, this week an officially licensed game set in the HBO version of the Game of Thrones universe was released. Naturally as a fan, I checked it out - and while I enjoyed it, I was jarred by how much it felt like it was just a retread of stories Game of Thrones had already told. » 12/06/14 1:04pm 12/06/14 1:04pm

How Peter Jackson leaving Middle-Earth might give hope for Fantasy Films

With the première for The Battle of The Five Armies this week, many sites reported on comments made by Jackson about legal issues could keep him away from the rest of Tolkien's Middle-Earth tales. While it's still sad to see these sagas end, his departure might mean good things for Epic Fantasy at the Box Office. » 12/04/14 10:49am 12/04/14 10:49am

What Doctor Who is telling us about the changing ways we watch TV

Earlier today, the BBC released new internal ratings figures for Doctor Who's most recent season, and they show it's becoming a growing trend that less and less people are watching live. But this isn't just happening to Doctor Who, it's happening for TV all over - especially when it comes to genre TV. » 11/28/14 6:03pm 11/28/14 6:03pm

Why are we so fascinated by Origin stories?

Hollywood loves an Origin story - we're constantly getting remakes and reboots so we can re-experience them, we're even mining as many characters as we can for origin tales, as per the crazy trailer for Pan we saw yesterday. It can be a tiring trend sometimes, but why do we yearn to learn where our heroes start? » 11/27/14 3:02am 11/27/14 3:02am

Why James Gunn Is Right About Shared Universes

We're living in the age of the Shared Universe - more and more studios want a snifter of Marvel's money, and we're due for even more Cinematic Universes in our moviegoing future. But over the weekend James Gunn raised an excellent point on Facebook that really highlights the potentially ruinous flaw in this new boom. » 11/24/14 4:50pm 11/24/14 4:50pm

7 Worldbuilding Tropes Science Fiction and Fantasy needs to Stop using

Last week our own Charlie Jane Anders gave us some excellent advice on the difference between good Worldbuilding and great Worldbuilding - but sometimes creators of some of our favourite worlds run afoul of a few tiresome Worldbuilding tropes. Here's seven clichés that need to stop cropping up in Sci-Fi and Fantasy. » 11/24/14 12:56am 11/24/14 12:56am

How World of Warcraft has evolved from videogame to Pop Culture icon

This Sunday, November 23rd, is the 10th Anniversary of the release of World of Warcraft. Its impact on video games cannot be understated - but its impact on wider popular culture itself can't be either. So how did a fledgling MMORPG from 2004 become still relevant to the pop culture world of today? » 11/21/14 5:44pm 11/21/14 5:44pm

Comic Book Movies should be anything but 'Lo-fi' and 'Ultra-Real'

The internet was busy this week ripping it out of the news that the Fantastic Four reboot will feature a radical reinvention of Doctor Doom. But it was Toby Kebbell's other comments that bothered me: Why is he bandying about buzzwords like 'Lo-fi' and 'Ultra-Real' like they're good things for Comic book movies? » 11/13/14 3:10am 11/13/14 3:10am