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The Top 10 Comic Book Movies Of the Decade

In the past decade, we’ve seen a meteoric rise in popularity of comic book movies. Especially thanks to the success of films like The Dark Knight Trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan and that of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Since it’s December and there’s no announcement of any other films of the genre being produced before the year’s end, let’s take some time and rank the top ten comic book movies of the past decade starting from 2010 all the way to 2019.

 

 

10. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

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The Dark Knight Rises is the final movie of the critically acclaimed Christopher Nolan directed Dark Knight Trilogy about DC’s caped crusader, Batman. This movie has Batman (played by Christian Bale) face off against one of his most famous villains, Bane (played by Tom Hardy.)  The movie borrows inspiration from three different Batman story-lines, Batman: Knightfall, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, and Batman: No Man’s Land. In this film Batman deals with the consequences caused by his nemesis, Joker (played posthumously by Heath Ledger.) Eight years have passed since then, and organized crime is a thing of the past because of the Dent Act giving the police more power. However, this peace is disrupted by the sudden appearance of Bane who plans to destroy Gotham and the rest of the world. 

9. Wonder Woman (2017)

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Although not the first ever female-led comic book movie, Wonder Woman was the movie and hero that we needed in this era dominated by blockbusters and comic book movies. The movie is an origin story of one of DC’s most famous characters and arguably the most famous female superhero, Wonder Woman (played by Gal Gadot). The movie’s plot discusses her origins in Themyscira, the island of the Amazons, and her eventual departure from the island to try and protect the world during World War 1 from the threat of Ares the God of War. The movie was a critical and box office success that succeeded in proving that female-led superhero movies can be a success, potentially opening doors for more female directors and female-led blockbusters in the future. Despite brilliant performances and amazing sequences, the film’s final act holds it back. The film rushes to the finish and eventually devolves into a stereotypical fight against a giant CG Monster that is too dark to see well on screen. However, Wonder Woman’s final speech about fighting for love rather than hate is an empowering speech that anyone should take a chance to listen to.

 

 

8. Black Panther (2018)

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In the past decade, there are few films that reached the magnitude of Black Panther. The movie was a cultural phenomenon that can only be found once every couple of years. Coincidentally, we got two films like this in back-to-back years, with Wonder Woman in 2017 and Black Panther in 2018. A nearly all black blockbuster/ comic book movie was exactly what was needed at the time, even if it wasn’t the first of its kind. Rolling off the success of the introduction of the character in Captain America: Civil War, T’Challa (played by Chadwick Boseman) returns in his first standalone film as the King of Wakanda where he faces the struggles of becoming a King before he believes that he’s ready. To make matter worse, T’Challa also faces the addition of a new external threat in the form of Killmonger (played by Michael B Jordan) that threatens to start an worldwide uprising due to his troubled past. The massive success of this film led to more doors being opened to more black superheroes and blockbuster movie leads as well as making Michael B Jordan and Chadwick Boseman superstars in Hollywood. 

 

7. Captain America: Civil War (2016)

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Captain America: Civil War is the followup to the critically acclaimed Captain America: The Winter Soldier, where members of the Avengers find themselves at odds with one another and with governments around the world because of their involvement and culpability in recent large scale threats. In this film, we are given an on-screen adaptation of the famous story-line of Marvel’s Civil War comic book. The movie’s crossover story-line has many of the characters and their story-lines interacting with people taking either the side of Captain America, who chooses to resist governments’ intervening with the heroes, or the side of Iron Man, who chooses to stand with those governments. The film follows a similar plot line; however, the inciting issue seems to be the the Sokovia Accords, a document that is signed by many countries of the UN demanding that the Avengers have all their actions be monitored and dictated by the UN. 

 

 

6. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

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We finally reached the Endgame. All roads that we took led us to this movie. The third film MCU film that was directed by the Russo Brothers, solidified them as A-List Directors that could possibly do no wrong. After the smash hit of Infinity War and the big box office but weak critical response of Captain Marvel, we are given the final film in what is now called the Infinity Stone Saga. In Avengers: Endgame, The Avengers face off once again against the Big Bad of the Universe, Thanos. The film is huge, it’s loud, exciting, emotional, tense, and beautiful. It was a jaw-dropping spectacle that could only be fully felt after enjoying the journey that were the 22 films that preceded it. Disney and Marvel outdid themselves in this film by doing the impossible: making this dream of a large-scale universe of separate stories that eventually intersect a reality. 

 

5. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

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Now, I know that I just took time to drool over Endgame. However, I feel like the story of the Endgame is only as good as it is because the climax of the story was so groundbreaking and breathtaking. ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ fully introduced us to Thanos, the big bad that was hyped up for viewers of these movies since the first Avengers film. Endgame couldn’t be as powerful if it wasn’t for this film. In this film, the Avengers face their biggest threat, The Mad Tyrant Thanos whose goal is to collect all the Infinity Stones to help finally enact a plan. It also takes a step back and makes the main character of the film not the Avengers, but the villain Thanos. We follow him for most of the movie and learn what drives him to achieve his goal of acquiring all the stones. Portraying Thanos less as a Monster that just seeks destruction and more as a person that wants to help the Universe. A man with a noble cause however feels the ends justifies the means. 

 

4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier is my favorite film in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. This movie, while not as big as some of the other films on this list, was still financially successful and critically acclaimed. It was also the first film the Russo Brothers directed for the MCU. Winter Soldier takes the typical comic-book movie and spins it on its head, making it a political spy thriller. The film follows Captain America (played by Chris Evans) two years after being thawed out after being frozen for seventy years and helping stop Loki from taking over the world with the Tesseract, with him still trying to get acclimated to life in the 21st century. But things turn weird when someone attacks Nick Fury, nearly killing him. This new threat arrives: The Winter Soldier. The film is a fun and smart way to place the traditional Captain America character in a modern world. I recommend that everyone who loves comic book movies see it, because it’s shrouded in mystery, action and social commentary that’s timeless. 

 

3. Joker (2019)

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 Joker is a creepy, tense and breathtaking movie that drives inspiration from films like Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy. The movie is directed by Todd Phillips, who is known primarily for directing comedies such as the Hangover Trilogy. The film is an origin story for the most iconic comic book villain The Joker (played by Joaquin Phoenix) that takes us through the life of Arthur Fleck, a socially inept man that suffers with some psychological issues, that dreams of one day becoming a famous comedian in hopes to put a smile on everyone’s face. However, he lives in Gotham, a rough and tough city that resembles New York City in the 1980’s. The film is a combination of masterful acting from Phoenix, proving that he is clearly one of the best actors working today, and Todd Phillips who proves himself to be a multi-talented director in his own right. It’s a smart, dark and gritty film that is unafraid to take risks and play with expectations. I’d highly recommend it.

 

2. Logan (2017)

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Logan is another one of those comic book movies  that transcend the genre for its plot. It’s one of those films that say, ‘This is what a comic book story can be.’ Logan discusses topics that aren’t usually discussed in comic books, especially since comics are usually a medium only for children. But this film tackles topics like, old age, death, loss, mental issues, depression and stagnation. The film is shot and feels like an old western film even down to the Johnny Cash song, ‘Hurt’ as the main theme for the trailer. The movie is heavily inspired by the comic-book story-line of ‘Old Man Logan’ which is an alternate story-line that is about a world where all the heroes that we know aren’t exactly how they used to be. At the center of the story is Old Man Logan aka Wolverine. I should preface that this movie isn’t as powerful without seeing the previous X-Men and Wolverine movies that preceded it. However, I will argue that this movie still stands up on its own because of the timelessness of the story. This film was marketed as the last film that we will see Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) and Sir Patrick Stewart (Professor Charles Xavier) portraying their characters in the Fox X-Men Franchise. So when I saw it in theaters when I finished I couldn’t help but cry…. I mean sob, because it’s the end of an era because these actors have portrayed these roles for nearly 20 years.

1. Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse (2018)

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Alright, let’s do this one last time. Let me end this list off with Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse, an animated comic-book movie that’s the first ever appearance of Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore), one of the newest additions to the Spidey Family. This film is the origin story of Miles Morales, a half Puerto Rican and half African American teen who becomes Spider-man in an alternate time-line to the one with Peter Parker that most people know. He’s bitten by a radioactive Spider and is just as riddled with insecurities, struggles and a knack for quips Parker is. Into the Spider-verse also introduces other members of the Spider family, such as Spider-Gwen, Spider-Ham, Spider-Man Noir, and Peni Parker: all alternate timeline Spider-Man incarnations. This film surprised everyone who saw it, because who would have thought that the best comic-book movie to come out since 2010, would be an animated film that featured a talking pig. I know that when the movie was announced and people saw the trailer, many thought it would be a good movie, but no one expected it to be as amazing as it was. It tackles topics such as taking risks, family life, and resiliency. Even discussing the idea that anyone can be great, that anyone can be spider-man. That reinforces the idea that greatness is something achievable as long as we work for it and aren’t afraid to take a leap of faith.

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J.J. Abrams’ ‘Spider-Man’ Comic Opens With A Shocking Twist

Any J.J. Abrams project is going to be full of surprises. Whether it’s television shows like Lost or films like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there’s always something unexpected when it comes to Abrams’ storytelling. Now, his signature style has extended into the Marvel universe.

This week saw the release of Spider-Man #1, the first issue in a new limited series co-written by Abrams and his son Henry. The first issue not only introduces readers with a new villain, but also opens with the shocking death of a beloved character.

 

 

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

 

A grown-up Peter Parker faces off against new villain Cadaverous, and it does not go well: His arm is severely wounded, most of Brooklyn has been destroyed, and his wife Mary Jane gets killed right in the opening pages.

 

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Fast forward twelve years later, Peter has lost his arm and has retired from being Spider-Man to raise his son, Ben Parker. Only after discovering that Ben has spider-like powers like his father, does Aunt May gives him Peter’s old spider suit and encourage him to become a hero.

 

 

Abrams’ Spider-Man is a big step away from the traditional webslinger stories that we are used to, but if the first chapter is any indication, Spider-Man fans are in for something truly intense should they choose to stick with the new series.

Will you be picking up Spider-Man #1?

 

 

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Are The Classic 90’s Marvel Cartoons Coming To Disney+?

Disney+, Disney’s upcoming streaming service, is set to have a huge lineup of Marvel content ready at launch. This includes new series such as Loki and WandaVision as well as the films in the MCU like Black Panther and Captain Marvel. But nothing can beat the classic Marvel cartoons from the 90’s. Fans of those shows might be excited by this news.

 

 

 

Though it hasn’t been officially confirmed, those who have had early access to the streaming service has gone to Twitter to say that Disney+ plus will feature 90’s Marvel cartoons such as the original Spider-Man and X-Men cartoons. Other 90’s cartoons include Silver Surfer, Incredible Hulk and Fantastic Four.

 

 

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The tweets came after Disney+ launched a free trial for the service exclusively in the Netherlands. According to the original source, there are even more classic Marvel cartoons on the service.

 

 

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We’re still 60 days away from the launch of Disney+, and the photos and tweets themselves don’t officially confirm anything, but the prospect of being able to stream these classic cartoons whenever you want is surely to get people talking.

 

 

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Don’t Clean Your Room! Read About The Top 8 Books About Dust

Riddle me this: What is everywhere in your room but doesn’t clutter up any space?

DUST!

Dust is actually very important, as far as books go. They can set a scene, they can create a mood, they can be an important plot element. So before you go off and clean your room or procrastinate about cleaning your room, you might just want to read through this list about our top 8 books that feature dust as an important element in the story.

 

 

8-Amelia Bedelia

 

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Before we get dark, let’s start with a happy children’s book. Starting in 1963, Amelia Bedelia stars, well, Amelia Bedelia, which started this hit children’s series. Funny, brilliant, this stories often follow Amelia Bedelia, a maid in the Rodgers family, who often misunderstands various commands of her employer by always taking figures of speech and various terminology literally.

 

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Notably, she takes the command “dust the furniture” literally and, well, mayhem ensures.

Lucky, after a series of comic misunderstanding and general mayhem, Amelia Bedelia is usually able to the win the family over with a delicious pie or cake. After a while the Rodgers family becomes astute enough to realize that Amelia Bedelia takes everything they say literally so, instead of firing her, they give her more specific commands such as “undust the furniture”.

So remember: You shouldn’t ‘dust around the house’, you should ‘undust the house’. Or you can dust the house. I don’t care, you do you.

 

7-Cinderella

 

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With that out of the way, let’s get dark. Dust can set a scene, set a mood, and you know that things are dark when this story opens with a little girl dusting the house while her step-mother and step-sisters are lounge around the house.

 

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Since her father’s death, Cinderella’s has been left in the dust, left in the squalor of her step-mother’s tyrannical rule. We all know where the story goes from here, either from the Disney movie or Grimm’s Fairy Tales, with her rising from the dust and into the arms of someone who loves her.

6-Infinity Gauntlet

 

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Before the monsters of movies, Infinity War and Endgame, hit theaters, comic readers knew since 1991 that there was a chance our favorite heroes might get dusted. Though we weren’t sure if Disney was going to go through with it, we sat back in awe as our favorite characters, including Spider-Man, bit the dust.

If you want to see where this plot point came from, we’ll buy this comic and listen to Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust” as you see characters you know and love and characters you don’t know but will love get dusted. Be warned:

 

 

It’s some heavy stuff.

 

 

5-Howl’s Moving Castle

 

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Published in 1986, Howl’s Moving Castle is a fantasy novel by British author Diana Wynne Jones. A runner-up for the annual Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, the book was adapted into in 2004 was adapted as an animated film of the same name in 2004 and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

 

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The importance of dust cannot be understated. After her father dies, Sophie Hatter takes over her family’s hat shop but encounters some trouble when she meets a witch who believes Sophie is doing some magic in her territory. In the book Sophie’s guilty as charged, so the witch curses her into looking like an old woman.

She runs away and, cold alone, sneaks on board a moving castle. But she’s found out!

This is when dust comes into play. See, Sophie’s cover story is that, since the castle is old and dusty, she’s the new house keeper! A quick look around and everyone is satisfied with her story, and Sophie ends up actually cleaning the castle.

The story goes on from here, but the most important moral of the story is this: Dust is helpful.

 

4-The Help

 

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Published in 2009, Kathryn Stockett’s The Help is about African Americans working in white households in Jackson, Mississippi, during the early 1960s.

A story about oppression, prejudiced, and hope, this story utilized dust to symbolize the hardships people go through and the impossibilities in cleaning away hatred.

 

3-Les Miserables

 

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You might know the film, the play, or Victor Hugo’s magnum opus, this story shines a lighter on the misery and the pain of poverty and finding redemption in a cruel world. From the grimy streets of Paris to the dirt of the taverns, this story is known best for this image:

 

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There’s a reason for that. A young girl cursed to poverty, to survive and not thrive in a dirty world, she’ll have to work hard and, with a little luck, she might be given a new start and a clean slate.

 

 

2-Series of Unfortunate Events

 

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In this series the Baudelaire orphans can’t catch a break. While they are bounced around to guardian after guardian, they are met with increasingly dire circumstances and squalor beyond repair. From a greedy man who just wants them for this vast fortune to a man engulfed in smoke who keeps them (including the baby!) working in a lumber mill, the orphans are no stranger to dust, grime, filth, and dusty things.

Thankfully, they never seem to catch a case of the sniffles, so I guess they’re lucky in that regard.

 

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Darkly funny and disturbingly horrific, this series is certainly something that’ll make you thankful because, even though dust seems to follow you everywhere you go, at least you’re not being chased by a villain.

If you are in fact being chased by an evil villain, considering calling 9-1-1.

 

1-His Dark Materials

 

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Does dust follow you everywhere you go? Well, that might be a good thing. In the His Dark Materials trilogy, dust are elementary particles associated with consciousness and are integral to the plot. Everyone is chasing dust.

In the first book, young Lyra is bombarded with adults who claim that dust is evil, a terrible particle that causes all the misery in the world. Even her father, Lord Asriel, tells her that

Somewhere out there is the origin of all the Dust, all the death, the sin, the misery, the destructiveness in the world. Human beings can’t see anything without wanting to destroy it, Lyra. That’s original sin. And I’m going to destroy it. Death is going to die.

In the first book, Lyra believes this wholeheartedly, but at the end of the novel her eyes are opened up to the wonders of dust when her daemon, Pantalaimon, asks her:

We’ve heard them all talk about Dust, and they’re so afraid of it, and you know what? We believed them, even though we could see what they were doing was wicked and evil and wrong…We thought Dust must be bad too, because they were grown up and they said so. But what if it isn’t?

From there, Lyra realizes:

If Dust were a good thing…If it were to be sought and welcomes and cherished..

‘We could look for it too, Pan!’ she said

The moral of the story? Don’t dust your house, because dust is magical.

 

 

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The Door Is Closed on the Spider-Man Deal, OR IS IT?

“For the moment the door is closed,” Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra said during Variety’s Entertainment and Technology Summit Thursday, so that’s that on Spider-Man returning to the MCU.

OR IS IT?

According to Comic Book Movie writer and reviewer Mikey Sutton, Sony is making these kinds of announcements to put pressure on Disney so that the company settles with a lesser agreement.

 

 

Despite previous reports that Disney wanted to go from 5% of the first dollar box office gross of all Spider-Man movies to a 50% of the first dollar box office gross (in addition to keeping 100% of the merchandising rights), they actually wanted to jump from 5% to 25%. This new deal would apply to new Spider-Man-related characters that would be folded in the MCU, such as Venom and Morbius.

Sony instead wanted to keep the original deal.

 

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Talks fell through, the news broke, and now  Sony Pictures chairman is saying “the deal is closed”. But he didn’t actually say that, did he? No, he said “[f]or the moment the door is closed”, for the moment being a key phrase here.

 

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According to Mikey Sutton this is a mere tactic called “The Takeaway,” a move commonly practiced in the business sector. Remember how after reports came flooding in that Disney was buying Fox, the deal was apparently called off? Then, a few weeks later, the deal has been signed.

Previously, Sony blamed Disney purchasing of Fox on the deal going through, putting down a statement that claimed that “the many new responsibilities that Disney has given him [Feige] – including all their newly added Marvel properties – do not allow time for him to work on IP they do not own”.

 

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That statement stunk of lies, after all Spider is the crown jewel of Marvel and the MCU has put plenty of stock into him leading the MCU a la Tony Stark/Iron Man.

This new tactic, ideally, is to make Disney desperate in this effort to get Spider-Man back into the MCU. It also serves as a PR stunt in case the deal does not go through, effectively saving them from looking like the bad guys.

 

 

The problem is that this tactic seems to have backfired.

 

 

 

 

If the door is truly now permanently closed, Sony seems to have shot themselves in the foot. While Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse enthralled moviegoers everywhere, their previous efforts without Marvel have done, well, not great. Spider-Man 3 and the two Amazing Spider-Man and Amazing Spider-Man 2 films proved that Sony was struggling with the character.

That means they are 3-3 with pleasing audiences with this character.

Can they earn back audience trust? For now, I’ll leave you with the words of senior media analyst at Comscore, Paul Dergarabedian

 

“The emotions are running very high, particularly with the fans, and words matter very much”

 

 

 

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