The X-Men need a priest

In the X-Men comics, Nightcrawler is everyone’s best friend. Since his introduction in 1975’s Giant Size X-Men #1, he’s been one of the most beloved characters in Marvel’s mutant pantheon, in large part because he’s a mutant that’s overcome tremendous adversity to become not just comfortable in his furry blue...

Spider-Man can finally come to Disney Plus

Disney Plus is the streaming home for almost the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. One of its most glaring exceptions has always been one of its most popular superheroes: Spider-Man, specifically his MCU solo outings Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home. On Wednesday, however, Sony and Disney — who share...

One weird trick animators use to make movement look fast

Some seemingly normal video game animations have a single still frame of body horror snuck in. They’re called smear frames. There was a time when smears were vital in games, but they don’t happen much anymore, and there’s a very good reason for their disappearance. Smears harken back to the...

Attack on Titan couldn’t escape controversy in the end

After a 12-year run, Attack on Titan has come to an end. The final panels of the manga jumped years after the Rumbling, focusing on a plot conceived by series protagonist Eren Yaeger to effectively enact genocide on the world at large. The coda is a tangle of images, sprinting...

The Demon Slayer movie Mugen Train carves out characters with exhilarating action

The 2020 Demon Slayer movie made headlines and history when it premiered in Japan in late October. The first feature-length film based on the popular Shonen Jump manga and anime series amassed more than $350 million at Japan’s box office during its opening weekend, surpassing not only the record set...

Are you watching The Nevers or The Irregulars? A handy guide

Every once in a while, there’s a moment of pop-cultural serendipity suggesting that a bunch of film and TV creators are thinking about the same things at the same time. Consider when Turner & Hooch and K-9 both premiered in 1989, a year when we clearly had a lot of...