The Only Reed Richards in the New Marvel Universe Is A Bad Guy

Reed Richards is one of the most important characters in Marvel’s history. He’s the father figure of the Fantastic Four, the first superhero series that began turning a then-unremarkable publisher into a cultural powerhouse. There used to be dozens of versions of Reed but now there’s only one. And he’s not here to… »10/30/15 7:00pm10/30/15 7:00pm


Futurenauts: Speculation on the Future of the Fantastic Four

There has been a metric ton of discussion and speculation on the future of Marvel’s first family. Ever since Bleeding Cool reported on rumors that Marvel’s publishing arm had been given an embargo on properties whose film rights are owned by 20th Century Fox (specifically the FF and the X-Men), every movement on the… »10/22/15 10:00am10/22/15 10:00am

Everything You Need To Know About Marvel's "All-New, All-Different" Comic Universe

Next month, Marvel is introducing a whole new line up of comics—and a whole new universe to go with them. Don’t know your Earth-616 from your Earth-65? What the hell is with this Secret Wars thing? Will your favorite hero still have a comic? Will they even be the same person? Here’s everything you need to know going… »9/14/15 4:09pm9/14/15 4:09pm

Elected Queens and Princess Senators: How the Politics of Star Wars Work

Greetings, my magnificent mail-minions! I’ve got a swell—dare I say it, keen group of questions in this week’s mailbags, but I want to try something. If you have a question for the postman, you can email me, but you can also leave it in the comments of this article, and I’ll try to round them up for next week’s column. »9/10/15 5:30pm9/10/15 5:30pm

The Most Important Scenes from Fantastic Four (As I Remember Them)

The new Fantastic Four movie is unquestionably a box office bomb, which critics have savaged with scathing reviews such as “More like the Unfantastic Four!” For those of you who want to avoid sitting through it, I have taken the liberty of chronicling the movie’s major moments… as best as I can recall them happening. »8/11/15 12:17pm8/11/15 12:17pm

Fantastic Four is The Most Self-Loathing Superhero Movie I’ve Ever Seen

Superhero movies have tried hard to leave behind some of their Silver Age comic-book trappings in the past decade. We’ve seen darker, grimmer versions of Superman and other heroes—but the new Fantastic Four reboot goes beyond darkness, into actual self-loathing. It’s kind of bizarre. »8/07/15 11:29am8/07/15 11:29am

Sure Seems Like Marvel Comics Is Ditching the Fantastic Four for a While

In a way, nothing matters in the comics Marvel is publishing right now. The future of the company’s superhero universe just got officially revealed today, via teasers that leaked out earlier this week. And the Fantastic Four—as a team and as a family—is nowhere to be seen. Secret Wars might hold the reason why. »7/01/15 2:30pm7/01/15 2:30pm

What's Behind Marvel's Campaign To Remove The X-Men From Merchandising?

It’s not too surprising that Marvel and Fox are engaged in a little “secret war” of their own, over the licensing of the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. But as Fox presses forward with movies based on both properties, that war is slowly becoming public. Here’s a guide to how Marvel is trying to erase two of its biggest… »5/28/15 4:45pm5/28/15 4:45pm

Top Ten Marvel Villains to Adapt to Live Action

Last week I posted lists of twenty different Marvel heroes/teams we haven’t seen adapted to live action. To be honest, I’m amazed that I was able to get twenty good choices for heroes that we haven’t seen in live action. This list, however, is much, much easier to write. I could expand it to twenty plus easily. »4/25/15 4:37pm4/25/15 4:37pm

10 Superheroes Who Can Never Have Sex

It’s tough to be a superhero. Not only do you have to drop everything and get into a brawl at a second’s notice, but you’re frequently misunderstood. Superheroes’ personal lives are a mess — especially their sex lives. But it gets worse. Here are 10 superheroes who are physically unable to have sex. Ever. »2/13/15 2:03pm2/13/15 2:03pm

​The Pros And Cons Of Making Fantastic Four A Straight Scifi Film

Greetings, sports fans! No, wait. Hello, people who like getting in detailed conversations and arguments about nerdy minutiae! Today we're talking about the Fantasticness of certain Fours, how Time Lords handle Time Babies, and the best legal representation in Westeros. (Hint: It's a dude with a sword.) »1/28/15 2:06pm1/28/15 2:06pm