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Will Marvel’s Jessica Jones be More Than Just Another Strong Female Character?

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Still waiting for Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel to anchor a major comic book movie? Tired of seeing female superheroes shunted to the sidelines? (Hey, I’m talking about you, Black Widow and Storm.) Well never fear, Jessica Jones is here. Yes, Marvel and Netflix just dropped the teaser trailer and release date (November 20) for the newest superhero series that fits in the acclaimed Marvel Daredevil universe.   Just one problem. Who the hell is Jessica Jones? I’ve been reading Marvel comics since Sue Storm was in pigtails and yet all that I know about Jessica is that she married Luke Cage, aka Power Man. And therein lies a problem. Is Jessica Jones just one more Strong Female Character (SFC)…

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Marvel Cinematic Universe to Spider-Man: Welcome home, Web-slinger!

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OK, fanboys and girls, this is huge. This is bigger than huge. This is Marvel-ous! Ever since Sony Pictures Entertainment was electronically hacked last year, the blog-o-verse has been flooded with reports of Sony and Marvel Studios negotiating the return of the motion-picture rights to Spider-Man, Marvel’s most iconic hero, to the studio that is currently at the forefront of the recent wave of super-hero blockbusters. Every day, another rumor; every day, another denial or “no comment” from Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige. Then came the blockbuster announcement to bust all blocks: Sony is retaining rights to Spidey, but it is partnering with Marvel Studios to bring the web-slinger into the expertly crafted, multi-billion dollar Marvel Cinematic Universe. Which…

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Huckleberry Finn, Holden Caulfield and…Spider-Man? Literature’s great teenage characters

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The modern-day superhero may have started with Superman in 1938. But the superhero as we know him—the first to be truly considered a “character” in a literary sense—was unveiled in 1962, in the most unlikely circumstances, when a radioactive spider bit a shy, bookworm of a teenager in the pages of Marvel Comics’ Amazing Fantasy #15. That was when Spider-Man was born. Spider-Man was a marked departure from teens who had preceded him in the comic book pages. He was, in fact, not a man, but a boy—or a young man, at least. Until 1962, most comic-book teenagers were sidekicks to their grown-up counterparts—Robin to the adult Batman, or Bucky to Captain America. (Unlike the Bucky made famous in the…

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Attention Web-Slingers! The Spider-Man Cheat Sheet (spoiler-free!)

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So you’re off to see The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but you’re not a huge fan of the genre, and the fact that you don’t know what’s going on is bugging you. (Yes, we know, spiders are arachnids, not bugs, but we’ve been holding onto that pun since the last Spider-Man movie). Fear not, true believer! As always, we at the BookTrib Nerd Squad have got you covered. Everything you need to know to enjoy the film and amaze your geekish friends is right here! (And when they ask you how you know all this stuff, tell them that the movie set off your “spider-sense.” Trust us. That’s really a thing.) Peter Parker: He may have four limbs and not eight,…

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