After ‘Iron Man,’ ‘Eternals’ is the most important movie of Marvel Studios’ existence

by Mima M No one, save for a few die-hard fans (me included), cared about Eternals before Kevin Feige officially announced it in Hall H at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, bringing out heavy hitters such as Salma Hayek and Angelina Jolie as confirmed members of the film’s cast. Who could blame them, really—it’s not…

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The Quiet Brilliance of Nia DaCosta’s Little Woods

by Mima M Little Woods is a quiet film. There is nothing flashy about it. The physical experience of this movie—from its soundtrack to its color palette—is unassuming and muted. But that’s because the vehemence of Little Woods lies in its compelling performances and the power of its story and message. Nia DaCosta masterfully brings…

What Marvel Studios set out to do was a gamble. Then it changed Hollywood.

by Mima M The Gamble The year was 2003. In a compact office on Santa Monica Boulevard, a small group of staffers were writing script notes to studios who were making films about some pretty popular comic book characters—characters which were technically owned by their employer. This was Marvel Studios then, a tiny operation whose…

From Cave to Space: Iron Man’s Legacy

by Mima M When Marvel Studios was casting for Iron Man in 2006, Jon Favreau—who was hired to direct the first film of the nascent movie studio just months before—wanted to cast reformed Hollywood bad boy Robert Downey Jr. to play the titular character. Kevin Feige (then only second in command in the Marvel Studios…