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Avengers: Age of Ultron

Think Marvel is only for superhero fans? Think again

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We here at BookTrib don’t like to peek at spoilers, so we don’t know exactly what you’re going to see when Avengers: Age of Ultron opens on Friday. But whatever it is, it won’t be a superhero movie. Wait…what!? Will it be filled with costumed super-beings laying the smackdown on the bad guys? Yeah, it’ll have plenty of that. But what has made the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) so brilliant is that its offerings go well beyond the adventures of the costumed crusader du jour. MCU movies aren’t really superhero movies—they’re movies from very specific genres with very specific messages that just happen to have superheroes in them. The hero that kicked things off for the MCU is a perfect…

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75 Years of Marvel Comics celebrates the origins of the movie blockbusters

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In the 75 years of its existence, Marvel Comics has never been as far to the forefront of our culture’s consciousness as it is now. Avengers: Age of Ultron, the highly-anticipated sequel to the 2013 mega-hit Marvel’s The Avengers, is due to hit theaters May 1, followed by Marvel Studio’s 12th superhero flick, Ant-Man, on July 17. Marvel Comics also announced recently that the Marvel Universe, the most ambitious effort at serial fiction ever produced by humankind—a continuous storyline that has lasted more than 53 years—will come to an end and be replaced by a new universe this year. And the iconic images of Marvel’s mightiest characters now grace merchandise from T-shirts to knapsacks to bed sheets to guitar picks.…

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