Eric Alt: '“Media Genres: Media Marvels” will allow Blumberg--a pop culture historian and comic industry veteran--to dig into how Marvel created a cultural landscape where millions of non-geeks pay to watch a talking raccoon fight a Kree zealot on the Nova Corps home world.'
Joseph Oldham: "Whilst certain ‘high-end’ television series are routinely praised for bringing supposedly ‘cinematic’ values to television, it seems to me that the Marvel series doing something which might be conceptualised as the reverse, porting modes of serialised storytelling that have been prominently developed on television over the last few decades into a popular film series."
Jeff Gomez: "More than another action-packed superhero romp, “Winter Soldier” serves as a primer in successfully structuring and steering a sprawling franchise, and stands as a warning to rival Warner Bros. and its DC superheroes that old school one-off tent pole development is becoming a thing of the past."
Travis Langley: "Why are we fascinated by supervillains? Posing the question is much like asking why evil itself intrigues us, but there’s much more to our continued interest in supervillains than meets the eye."
Mark Wilson: "[Jer Thorp's infographics] meticulously and elegantly plot the appearance of every one of the 132 Avengers through almost 50 years of issues, with each hero designated by a three-color shield borrowed from Captain America."
Sophie Woodrooffe: "Five years, $100 million in global marketing and Samuel L. Jackson. That’s what it took for Marvel’s The Avengers to earn over $700 million its opening weekend – a box office record."
Adam X. Smith: "Lots of media relies on our nostalgia for something we remember from when we were children, and no matter how well or how badly it is executed, the tactic often works for one pretty good reason" ...
Spoilers for Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD and Captain America: The Winter Soldier ahead.
The Digital Rocking Chair's insight:
Michael R. Underwood: "When Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD was announced, there was excitement, there was wariness, and everything in-between. An ongoing TV show as a tie-in to a powerful superhero franchise? This was something new, something different."
Gene Demby: "Artist Orion Martin recently posted several images reimagining X-Men characters as people of color. This touched off a conversation about race in comic book worlds, and how these comic book depictions relate to real life."
The Nerd Machine: "Not content with ruling the big screen when it comes to comic book movies, Disney/Marvel has inked a rather epic deal with Netflix: four series with 13 episodes each, all leading up to a final team-up miniseries" ....
Seth Rosenblatt: "Comics fans are getting a double-dose of digital innovation this summer, as DC Comics lets you choose your own Batman adventure and revel in new tales of the campy '60s Batman."
The Digital Rocking Chair's insight:
Despite the odd hiccup, comics seem to be successfully embracing digital whilst also growing their traditional print base. It makes a great lesson for any of the creative industries struggling with the transition to digital.
Alex Garland: "Dredd moves, his character changes, but he’s like a glacier, you don’t see it change, maybe retrospectively you think ‘hang on, that’s a foot further down the valley than it used to be,’ but it’s kind of it. So that traditional story arc doesn’t apply in Dredd."
Noah J Nelson : "Here’s the heart of the speculation at present: that this TV show will somehow tie into the Marvel “cinematic universe”. Which means that charcters from the TV show could turn up in the next Avengers, or Thor, or Batroc The Leaper."
Jeff Gomez: "Our love of team-ups, in fact, dates back to the Stone Age. Early man imbued all things around him with animus, and the coolest things — the sun, the moon, the ocean — were either the incarnations of, or controlled by superior beings, gods. It was just a matter of time before pantheons formed, relationships got complicated, and villains arose to challenge the benevolent"...