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UPDATED: Thu., April 25, 2019, 1:46 p.m.

The MCU Awards: With the ‘Endgame’ here, we look at greatest and not-so-great moments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

The journey that began in “Iron Man” culminates this weekend with “Avengers: Endgame.” To celebrate the “Endgame,” take a ride with Thor and Mjolnir (his magic hammer) on a journey …


Disney closes $71B deal for Fox entertainment assets

Disney has closed its $71 billion acquisition of Fox’s entertainment business, putting “Cinderella,” “The Simpsons,” “Star Wars” and “Dr. Strange” under one corporate roof.


‘Captain Marvel’ rockets to historic $153M debut

NEW YORK – “Captain Marvel,” Marvel Studios’ first female-fronted superhero movie, launched with $153 million domestically and $455 million globally, according to studio estimates Sunday, making it one of the …


Review: ‘Captain Marvel’ is plucky and pleasing, but also predictable

Academy-award winner Larson is every bit as tough, empowering and even slyly funny as expected, but what’s unfortunately lacking is the unexpected. Even though “Captain Marvel” hits all the right …


UPDATED: Sun., July 8, 2018, 8:08 p.m.

‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ buzzes to $76 million debut

Despite its heroes’ diminutive size, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” opened with typical Marvel might at the box office, with an estimated $76 million in ticket sales.


Judge weighs in on struggle surrounding Marvel’s Stan Lee

The private struggle over the care and legacy of Marvel mastermind Stan Lee played out in public Friday in a Los Angeles courtroom as attorneys working with his daughter shoved …


As Marvel movies soar, Stan Lee sees his private life crumble, with allegations of elder abuse

If the life of Stan Lee were turned into a superhero movie, it would be difficult to tell the good guys from the bad.


A scientist calculated the ludicrous strength of Marvel villain Thanos

Based on a recent “whimsical by design” analysis, Northeastern University engineering professor Steven Cranford calculated that Thanos is powerful enough to dead lift the RMS Titanic.


UPDATED: Sun., April 29, 2018, 5:35 p.m.

‘Infinity Wars’ opens with record $250M, passing ‘Star Wars’

A whole lot of superheroes added up to a whole lot of ticket sales. The superhero smorgasbord “Avengers: Infinity Wars” opened with predictable shock-and-awe, earning $250 million in box office …


Review: It’s not all fun and games in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

“Infinity War” is a very dark film about loss and grief, following our group of superheroes through the traumas and violence they’ve endured. Don’t worry though, there’s still a healthy …


Review: Forget ‘Marvel’ or ‘superhero’ qualifiers. ‘Black Panther’ is bound to be one of the best movies of 2018

Believe the hype: “Black Panther” is easily Marvel’s best film to date. This exhilarating, beautiful and genuinely moving superhero film is firmly rooted in the point of view of director …


Which Chris is the best superhero? A definitive ranking, from Pratt to Hemsworth

There’s been no shortage of Chrises filling the boots of our super heroes. Which one is the best?


Review: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ is a delicious blend of meaty action and sublime silliness

When Cate Blanchett, as Hela the Goddess of Death, strides through the treasure storehouse of her father, Odin in “Thor: Ragnarok,” she casts her eye about. One by one, the …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 6:16 p.m.

Disney streaming service just got a lot bigger

Disney is adding more firepower to the kids streaming service expected in the U.S. in late 2019.


Chris Pine’s ‘SNL’ monologue reminds us how bad Hollywood’s superhero diversity problem is

Whether inadvertently or intentionally, Chris Pine and his tongue-in-cheek ‘Saturday Night Live’ monologue once again highlighted Hollywood’s diversity problem, particularly when it comes to big-budget superhero movies.


’Mississippi Grind’ directors sign on for ‘Captain Marvel’

Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who also collaborated on the Ryan Gosling drama “Half Nelson,” are the latest in a long string of indie directors signing up for studio blockbusters.


James Gunn to write, direct ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’

On Monday, James Gunn announced on Facebook that he would be returning to write and direct “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.” Gunn also wrote and directed the first and …


Netflix/Marvel’s ‘Iron Fist’ epic fail, say viewers, critics

The series centers on Danny Rand, the scion of a corporate titan who returns to New York 15 years after he and his parents died in a plane crash over …


Marvel’s She-Hulk is dropping the ‘she’ and keeping the Hulk buried inside – for now

For the first two issues of the series (the second of which was released Wednesday, digitally and in print), the “Hulk” in the title represents the monster Jen Walters is …


Hong Kong Disney gets $1.4B expansion with Frozen theme area

Hong Kong officials say they have signed an agreement for a $1.4 billion expansion of the southern Chinese city’s Disneyland theme park.


Movie review: ‘Doctor Strange’ trippy, but familiar

“Doctor Strange” makes a big promise to infuse the superhero story with a much-needed frisson of strangeness. But as a product of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s hamstrung by its …


Anthony Mackie makes investment in Falcon

Actors often talk about the investment they make in a role. In the case of Anthony Mackie, who reprises his role as comic book hero Falcon in “Captain America: Civil …


Movie review: ‘Deadpool’ plays to Ryan Reynolds’ snarky strengths

It must be a sign of superhero fatigue that studios are injecting life into the genre via characters who declare that they want nothing to do with heroics.


Force of the Franchise

It will surely stand as one of the most peculiar and possibly ironic entries in a director’s filmography that in between Joss Whedon’s two “Avengers” films there reads “Much Ado …