Wakanda forever: Black Panther and the power of representation

Film critic Leslie Byron Pitt asks why the feature has meant so much to the black diaspora and if it truly stacks up on screen Read More

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Doctor Strange takes audiences on a spiritually insensitive journey of appropriation

by Sonya Lalli  When I went to see Doctor Strange, the question about whether Marvel Studios’ latest blockbuster would be a success seemed to have already been answered. I couldn’t resist the dazzling trailers and adverts, the glowing four- to five-star reviews, and of course the all-star cast. Sweets and popcorn in hand, I settled… Read More

Hollywood’s upcoming films prove it loves Asian culture – as long as it comes without Asians

by Kelly Kanayama  When the trailer for Marvel’s upcoming Doctor Strange movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch dropped a few days ago, parts of the comics Internet were pretty excited. Magic + action + pretend martial arts + a superhero with whom many nerds are familiar but whose name probably wouldn’t be recognised by the average member of the public — this trailer had everything…… Read More

“That’s how we troll” The Great Marvel Diversity Backlash

By Yomi Adegoke The comic book Gods have been doing some serious redecorating this year. After colouring an entirely alabaster comic book canvas with a mixed race Spiderman and Muslim Ms. Marvel, they took it to new heights, administering makeovers even Gok Wan would gawp at. With a strike of lightning, roar of thunder and… Read More