We Was Kangs: On Jonathan Majors’ Lively ‘Loki’ Performance

It has been a minute since the season one finale for Loki aired. These last few Loki-less Wednesdays [not counting the making-of special last week] have been brutal, but they’ve allowed me to take a sort of reflective look at the Marvel series.

The finale reminded us in many ways that time is a bittersweet, finite thing, and that everything good eventually has to come to an end. Okay, bleak outlook aside, the finale episode of Loki was just as exciting and time/mind-bending as the rest of the season. And though it did leave our emerald-clad heroes Loki and Sylvie separated at the end of time and the beginning of a new multiversal war, the season also made a lot of exciting promises for the future. Like the promise that Jonathan Majors is about to become a household name.

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The Middle Geeks Episode 28: Palestine in Pop Culture and ‘Loki’

Palestinian historian and scholar N.A. Mansour joins us to discuss the situation in Palestine, where the situation stands now, how pop culture plays into the dehumanization of Palestinians, and what you can do to help and learn more about Palestinian people and their struggles. We also discuss all of Loki Season 1! What did we like about the series, and what themes resonated with us? Where could it have done better in areas? We also give our recommendations, and much more!

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NOC Interview: Olga Kurylenko on ‘Black Widow’

Incredibly excited to share this all with everyone. First of all, it’s the first Marvel Studios interview I’ve conducted in my life! And second, it couldn’t have been with a more wonderful actress — Olga Kurylenko!

Now for those of you who have not seen Black Widow yet, I not only encourage you to do so because 1.) it’s awesome (I really don’t care what the haters say!), and 2.) the below contains pretty heavy spoilers pertaining to the movie.


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New Featurette for ‘Black Widow’ Reveals Connections to the MCU

This is it folks! This week, we’ll all finally get to see Black Widow! And in anticipation of the release of the film, Marvel Studios has released a new featurette for the film, featuring Kevin Feige and Scarlett Johansson talking about the film’s connections to the larger MCU.

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‘Black Widow’ Thrives on Epic Action, Family, and Legacy

We’ve needed a Black Widow film since the character was first introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2010’s Iron Man 2. Throughout the eleven years with Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), audiences have learned so much about the character’s difficult upbringing in the infamous Red Room to her time with the Avengers and her  ultimate sacrifice in Endgame. In Black Widow, we are given a glimpse into Natasha’s past and how that made her into the badass assassin we know today. 

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Loki’s Bisexuality and How to Move Forward in the MCU

With three episodes in and I’m already obsessively hooked on Marvel’s Loki, even more than the previous two Marvel Disney+ shows. The first episode, and every episode after, has gotten me into a new little weekly routine.

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Ming-Na Wen on Exploring Fennec Shand in ‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch’

The latest Star Wars animated series, The Bad Batch, finds the galaxy at a turning point. The Clone Wars just ended and the Empire is quickly rising to power. Clone Force 99, a squad of elite clone troopers with genetic mutations, along with a young female clone named Omega, must navigate this rapidly changing galaxy. Along the way, they are quick to learn that to play it low might be the most difficult task, when they have the likes of Fennec Shand after Omega.

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‘Dinner is Served’ Director on Trying to Fit in and Finding Himself in the Process

Hao Zheng is no stranger to creating stories that touches on the human spirit. The award-winning director, who was recently named a 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree and recognized at countless film festivals, has been recognized for his work with the 2019 First International Film Festival Directing Lab and now as a 2020 Disney Launchpad Director and 2020 HBO Access Directing Program Fellow, where he continues to explore themes of identity and belonging.

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Springing into Action at the ‘Black Widow’ Press Conference

There’s honestly nothing in this world that makes me happier than Marvel Studios does. And naturally, we have not done a press conference for an MCU film since Endgame back in 2019. And I know we’ve had three shows to kick off Phase 4, of course; one of which I was lucky to attend a press conference for. But to be honest, there’s something different and special about the films that just represents everything we love about this universe. And to be able to say we’ll have the chance to return to theaters and see the MCU play out on the big screen again? That’s just incredibly exciting and wonderful!

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NOC Interview: Tiana Le on Disney+’s ‘Big Shot’

Tiana Le made her series regular debut as Destiny Winters in David E. Kelly’s new hit series Big Shot, which premiered on April 16. You might recognize the actress from her recurring roles on HBO’s Insecure, Amazon Prime’s Just Add Magic, and Netflix’s No Good Nick. The season 1 finale, as well as the entire first season, of Big Shot is now available to stream on Disney+.

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NOC Review: Pixar’s ‘Luca’ is Molto Bello

I’ve done several Pixar reviews for this site already, dating back to Toy Story 4 through to Soul. And every single one I cover tends to start with the usual: something something unique, something something they set the standard, etc. By now you know the drill. They’re still considered the best in the business. And while several other animation studios are worthy of the mantle (particularly Laika, Walt Disney Feature Animation, and Sony Pictures Animation are coming for it), at this juncture, Pixar’s only greatest competition is Pixar.

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Updated: New ‘Black Widow’ Official Clip and Featurette Come In Hot + Tickets Now On Sale

This is it folks! Tickets for Marvel Studios’ Black Widow are now officially on sale! And while I got mine for the opening night event, I’ve noticed they are going faster than Quicksilver did in Age of Ultron (too soon?). However to celebrate our return to theaters and the release of real actual theatrical tickets, the good folks at Marvel Studios dropped another behind the scenes featurette highlighting the action from the film.

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Endless ‘Pasta’bilities at the ‘Luca’ Press Conference

The countdown is on! In approximately one week, Luca, Pixar’s latest masterpiece, will be hitting Disney+ on June 18. The film, helmed by first-time feature director, Enrico Casarosa, the film tells the coming of age tale of two sea monsters who spend an unforgettable summer in the one place they’re not supposed to be; the monster-hunting Italian village of Portorosso. To celebrate the release of the next one-of-a-kind masterpiece from the studio, cast members Jacob Tremblay, Jack Dylan Grazer, Emma Berman, Maya Rudolph, and Jim Gaffigan — along with Casarosa and producer Andrea Warren — virtually gathered before members of the press to talk about the film, and take questions about what it took to bring it all together.

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There is No Mephisto in ‘Loki’

Warning: Spoiler alert for the first episode of Loki

When WandaVision premiered, fans speculated that the series Big Bad was going to be Mephisto, a devil-like demon from Hell, and stuck with the idea that he will eventually be introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When he did not appear in WandaVision, many fans hope for the red devil were lost until the premiere of Marvel’s new series Loki. Obviously, when the first episode of Loki dropped – fans observed every little detail – including a scene which featured TVA agent Mobius (Owen Wilson) traveling to a crime scene where TVA soldiers were found killed. He proceeded to ask a young child who was present on who killed the men in the church. The child then pointed to a stained glass of a devil.

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NOC Review: Kneel Before ‘Loki,’ the Best Marvel Studios Series Thus Far!

I realize I’ve only seen two episodes, but as of this moment, Loki is absolutely already my favorite of the Marvel Studios shows so far. Don’t get me wrong. WandaVision is incredibly original and ambitious. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Captain America and the Winter Soldier was relevant and politically aware. But after the first two episodes of each, I found myself questioning whether or not I loved the shows as much as the films. Yes it’s great to give us time to explore these characters as more than just B-members of The Avengers, playing second fiddle to the original six. But was it really going to give me the same feelings I got whenever I’d walk out of the cinemas after another rousing $200M budgeted 2-3 hour installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

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Marvel’s ‘Loki’ Series Style Inspired By ‘Se7en’ and ‘Silence of the Lambs’

In the global press conference today for Marvel’s Loki, director Kate Herron and writer Michael Waldron revealed the style of the drama-crime series was inspired by the films, Se7en, Zodiac, and Silence of the Lambs. The series does have a dark aspect — muted colors around the series — which Herron used to highlight similar film noir aspects.

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Owen Wilson Talks About Being in the MCU in New ‘Loki’ Featurette

It’s been a long time coming for the celebrated actor Owen Wilson to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s hard to believe he’s never been in a Marvel film or television series. Having been part of the Disney family since 2006 in Disney Pixar’s Cars as the voice of Lightning McQueen, Wilson never really thought about being part of the MCU until he was pitched to by Loki director Kate Herron. Now, Wilson plays Time Variance Authority (TVA) agent, Mobius, who works with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to stop a rogue variant from killing more of his Time Agents in Marvel Studio’s Loki.

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Sun’s Out, Fun’s Out with These Adorable New ‘Luca’ Character Posters

We’re counting down to the summer release of Pixar’s latest sure-to-be masterpiece, Luca! And to help celebrate the release of the film, Disney and Pixar have released these adorable new posters featuring Luca, Alberto, and Giulia!

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New Look at ‘Black Widow’ Sneaks its Way Online

We’re almost there fans! Just a little over a month before we return to theaters (or Disney+ with Premier Access) for our next big MCU experience, Black Widow! With A Quiet Place Part II and Creulla lighting up the box office in a huge way this weekend, along with the excellent rate at which we’re getting people vaccinated, it’s not hard to speculate this could be the biggest theatrical opening ever in a post-pandemic world. And honestly, it’ll be nice to return to a theater again. We’ve of course loved WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Captain America and the Winter Soldier. And we’re absolutely sure we’re going to love Loki. But there’s honestly really nothing like the experience of seeing real MCU action on the biggest screen possible in a darkened theater. And Marvel Studios knows this!

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‘American Eid’ Director Aqsa Altaf on the Importance of Muslim Stories and Finding Her Voice

Disney’s Launchpad: Shorts Incubator — a filmmaking program dedicated to amplifying underrepresented voices — celebrates six directors in its inaugural year to create a story centered on the theme of ‘Discover.’

One of the voices came from Los Angeles-based filmmaker Aqsa Altaf who wanted to capture what it meant to be a Muslin American. Growing up in Kuwait by Pakistani and Sri Lankan parents in a Muslim home, Altaf realized there were not many stories surrounding Muslim stories, especially positive ones that celebrates the culture. Instead, Altaf only saw negative stereotypes of Muslims in the media. She wanted to change all of that and became fascinated with telling diverse stories that reflected on subject matters that are universal.

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John McCrea on Playing Cruella’s Ride or Die and ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’

In the upcoming retelling of the 101 Dalmatians villainess Cruella de Vil, Disney’s Cruella tells the story of a young Cruella (Emma Stone) and her rise as a famous (or infamous) fashion designer and future dog-killer. The film follows Cruella’s upbringing and the friends (or minions) she makes along the way. One of those friends is queer vintage shop owner, Artie or Art “as in work of art,” played by British actor/singer John McCrea. 

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The Talent Behind Disney’s ‘Cruella’ Talks Creating Her Origin Story

Set in the vibrant punk era of ’70s London, Cruella is the origin story of the stylishly villainous Cruella de Vil. The all-new live-action film reveals the fascinating tale of how a gifted, nonconforming, and rebellious young girl evolved into one of cinema’s most notorious villains. The talented cast includes Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, Emily Beecham, Mark Strong, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, and Tipper Seifert-Cleveland.

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Summertime Splash: A Q&A with the Filmmakers of Pixar’s ‘Luca’

Over the past few weeks, we’ve had the opportunity to give our readers a sneak peak at Pixar’s latest film, Luca, and the hard work the geniuses at Pixar have put into crafting this bright and sunny coming-of-age story. You can check out those full articles here and here. In addition to getting a fantastic behind the scenes look at the film, we were also treated to a press-wide virtual Q&A with director Enrico Casarosa and producer Andrea Warren. Here’s what they had to say to various questions from the press about the latest Pixar classic-in-the-making:

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