Jon Bass on the Parallels Between ‘She-Hulk’ and Real-Life

Television shows and movies are planned and written months in advance. So when a series is so reflective and representative of current events, audiences assume that it was written and filmed immediately in response. But that’s not how it works in real life. Marvel’s She-Hulk planned out their plot and storylines prior to the outrageous – and often misogynist – responses from “fanboys” who deemed the series as “man-hating.” Actor Jon Bass — who plays Todd, aka HulkKing, a character not far off from those commenters — was surprised at how much the series paralleled what was online in real life.

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The Projection of ‘Men’ May Lead to the Projecting of Men

I don’t doubt that when Alex Garland began work on his latest project, Men, that he suspected it would release at such a relevant time. Civil unrest is at an all-time high for a number of reasons — one of which involves a large percentage of the population daring to ask for basic rights over themselves — really any time since the founding of this great nation could be considered a relevant time. But it’s true, Men was already shaping up to be quite the controversial movie before the general audience got a chance to see it.

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‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Rejects Rugged Individualism in the Face of Mass Catastrophe 

There’s a running joke that we will never run out of superhero sequels; I, myself an Xennial elder, have lived through nine Spider-Man movie releases thus far. I’ve watched almost all nine in theaters, not even counting Spider-Man’s appearances in the Avengers films and am happily surprised to find Spider-Man treading new ground. 

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Number One Son: Tarantino’s Bruce Lee Disrespect is Not New in Hollywood

In a survey conducted by The Asian American Man Study that asked “Who is the Asian American man you most admire and why,” the person with the second most votes was Bruce Lee.

The most votes went to “I don’t know/can’t think of one.”

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‘The Little Prince(ss)’ Director on Femininity, Toxic Masculinity, and Finding Acceptance

Growing up in a conservative town like Hunan, China, Peng was met with discouragement from the neighborhood over their femininity. As a queer and non-binary filmmaker who grew up in China, their focus has always been to address the working class and the intersectionality of the queer community. Peng was fortunate to have supportive parents who love them and always encouraged Peng to be who they were. The same could not be said of the parents of their friends. This is how The Little Prince(ss) was developed.

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