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5 Daredevil easter eggs even a blind superhero could spot

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Is there anything Marvel Studios can’t do right? Currently, Avengers: Age of Ultron is destroying the worldwide box office, and is expected to gross nearly two biiiiiiillion dollars before it’s through. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel’s Agent Carter have just been renewed for new seasons. And the company’s second summer tentpole film, Ant-Man, is readying for its July 17 release, and it promises to be another high-concept, unexpected hit, much like last year’s mega-smash Guardians of the Galaxy. And then there’s Daredevil. The Man without Fear made his Netflix debut last month. His show was dark, thrilling, extremely violent—and it was magnificent. From Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, the blind lawyer by day/vigilante by night, to Vincent D’Onofrio’s terrifying…

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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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Superhero movies reach Olympian heights with Hercules

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In this new era of superhero movies, has telling one champion from another become a Herculean task? If so, here are a few tips to help you remember the name of the latest hero to smash his way onto the big screen: he’s big, he’s brawny, he’s got a bad attitude, and he very well may have been the first superhero to ever capture the imagination of the public at large, having made his debut, oh, about 2,300 years ago. If that isn’t enough to help you remember his name, may we refer you to the trailer of his new movie, in which you may have heard him bellow, “I—AM—HERCULES!” That’s right, after a parade of movie super-characters that’s included…

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The Uncanny X-MEN: Heroes for the outsider in all of us

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One of the hallmarks of the great mythical hero is that he or she is apart from society—an outcast. Sure, Robin Hood may steal from the rich and give to the poor, but what thanks does he get? He’s branded an outlaw, hounded by the authorities, and forced to live in the forest. So it is with Marvel Comics’ Uncanny X-Men, heroes who, while maybe not possessing the household name of a Superman or Spider-Man, have defined the pinnacle of comic book success during the past five decades. The X-Men were created by two of comicdom’s most legendary figures, writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, in 1963. Lee and Kirby envisioned a team of young mutants—people born with special…

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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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