The Tragedy of Steve Rogers

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are at this post-Endgame point where they are at their third, fourth, or even fifth screenings, analyzing every detail and every line. This is not unexpected, of course—after all, Avengers: Endgame is a once-in-a-generation movie event that took 11 years and 22 films to make. It takes up a … Continue reading The Tragedy of Steve Rogers

The Quiet Brilliance of Nia DaCosta’s Little Woods

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 this all together, … Continue reading The Quiet Brilliance of Nia DaCosta’s Little Woods

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

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 biggest products were … Continue reading What Marvel Studios set out to do was a gamble. Then it changed Hollywood.

From Cave to Space: Iron Man’s Legacy

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 hierarchy) strongly supported … Continue reading From Cave to Space: Iron Man’s Legacy