Jeff York

The Revisionist “Joker” Challenges the Norms of Comics and Villainy

The Revisionist “Joker” Challenges the Norms of Comics and Villainy

********* SPOILER WARNING ********* Searing onto the screen as both a revisionist backstory of an iconic villain character and a pointed commentary on the cuddlier aspects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the new Joker movie is bold, violent, and unnerving. There have been many exceedingly dark takes on the greatest foil of Batman’s through the […]

 Jeff York

Producers At Comic-Con State Their Intention Not To Stray Too Far Into The Unknown

Producers At Comic-Con State Their Intention Not To Stray Too Far Into The Unknown

At Comic-Con in San Diego two weeks ago, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) mapped out all of the projects in their “Phase 4” for the next few years. What was surprising was how much of what they’ve got planned is for the small screen. As part of what they’re calling Disney+ series, a host of […]

 Jeff York

“Spider-Man: Far from Home” Spins a Modest and Satisfying Tale

“Spider-Man: Far from Home” Spins a Modest and Satisfying Tale

Where should the Marvel Cinematic Universe go after the epic, all-hands-on-deck finale of Avengers: Endgame? It looks like Spider-Man: Far from Home has the right idea. This Spidey sequel tells a story that’s smaller, more intimate, and with a distinct emphasis on character.  It may not reach the heights that last year’s animated and Academy […]

 Jeff York

The Five Best Narrative Surprises That Elevated “Avengers: Endgame”

The Five Best Narrative Surprises That Elevated “Avengers: Endgame”

It’s not surprising that Avengers: Endgame beat a half dozen box office records this past weekend including the biggest worldwide opening ever ($1.2 billion). What is startling is how well Marvel Studios managed to keep such a tight lid on the many narrative surprises in the concluding chapter to last year’s Avengers: Infinity War. Marvel […]