Avengers: Endgame Review: Time Is on Their Side

There is nothing more impermeable than time. It's fixed, constant. It may be a human construct, but it is one humanity has built atomic clocks to perfect; there is no stopping its ever-forward march. Except in sci-fi. And comic books. In those worlds, it's fluid. There are rules about not killing Hitler or betting on the World Series, but other than that, the structures of time can be bent. This, more than anything, is the core of Avengers: Endgame. Yes, there is—as most fans expected—some time travel. (More on that later, in the spoiler-y paragraphs below.) But its deeper narrative follows a thread about the years people have devoted to Marvel heroes, the nostalgia those fans already have for them, …

Our 11 Favorite Matrix Scenes, Ranked

The Matrix is canon. Its themes, style, vernacular, and visual language lodged so permanently in our brains that they're still referenced—and ripped off—today. Mostly this is due to the genius of the Wachowskis, who made a sci-fi masterpiece that fans watched again and again. But deeper that that, it's because they packed so many brainy, fun ideas into one movie that people spent years hashing, and rehashing, them out. Each of those concepts found life in one very particular scene—a moment that crystalized the idea forevermore. Here, we break down our favorite scenes from The Matrix and explain why they mean so much to our lives. 11. Neo's 'Bullet Time' Moves There are few sci-fi sequences as thrilling as Neo's …

Did Captain Marvel Save Stan Lee’s Best Cameo for Last?

Long before he did one of his now-famous cameos in a Marvel movie, Stan Lee appeared as himself in a film about a bunch of slackers killing time in suburbia. Mallrats was Kevin Smith's second movie after the breakout success of Clerks, and for his follow-up Smith swapped out deep nerdery about Star Wars for deeper nerdery about comics. In 1995, the year of Mallrats' release, seeing Lee show up in a Smith film was the perfect Venn diagram overlap of grunge proto-hipsterdom and comics fan culture. Angela Watercutter Captain Marvel Is About Female Power—Not Empowerment Graeme McMillan The 5 Comics You Must Read Before Watching Captain Marvel Jim McLauchlin 12 Things You Learn Over Two Decades of Lunches With …