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Who Is Your Favorite Superhero, and Why?

I spend a lot of my time thinking about superheroes, that ever-growing pantheon that means so much to so many of us. One question I've been pondering lately: what is it that makes any particular hero your number one, and how did that happen?

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A Love Letter to Chris Evans’ Captain America Beard, Which Is Dark and Full of Secrets

Dear Chris Evans' beard: It's so good to see you again, and I'm thrilled to know you've found work on Infinity War. You're doing great so far.

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Things We Saw Today: Fiona the Hippo Reunites With Both Her Parents

“Fiona has been exploring the outdoor habitat with her mom for several weeks and has had contact with Henry inside, but today was the first time that the three hippos have been together.  Bibi was protective of Fiona and gave Henry cues about how to interact appropriately with the little one.”

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TMS Writes Fanfic: Steves on a Plane

I regret nothing.

From time to time, we here at The Mary Sue have Slack conversations that spin off wildly into "Are We Just Writing Fanfic Now" territory. Submitted for your approval, here is a fanfic that grew out of the above image that quickly spiraled out of control and crash landed in ... the TMS Slack Zone.

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In the Year of Nazi Captain America, A #DoodleforJack Would Remind Us What Jack Kirby Stood For

A new fan campaign is asking Google to honor Jack Kirby, the "King of Comics," with a Google Doodle on what would have been his 100th birthday.

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Marvel Hints at Captain America’s Redemption and I Literally Could Not Care Less

Oh my God, I'm so tired.

What do you do with a problem like turning your greatest Nazi-fighting superhero into an agent of Hydra, upsetting fans for months? Continue to milk the storyline unto infinity, if you're Marvel Comics!

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Things We Saw Today: Chris Evans Says Avengers 4 Will “Wrap Things Up” for Steve Rogers but What About Me, Chris? What About Me?

Listen, Chris, I love you and your earnest activism and your adorable dogs, but Steve Rogers is my favorite and I'm not going to give him up without a fight.

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Marvel’s Stupid HydraCap “Twist”: It’s Not About “Understanding Comics,” It’s About Creators Thinking Beyond Themselves

When I'm not Mary Sue-ing, I'm a writer of fiction. I love making up stories and sharing them with people. And when I talk about pop culture here, I tend to come at it from a place that gives writers the benefit of the doubt and asks readers to be patient, and let a story unfurl past one chapter, or episode, or issue before letting the complaints fly, so that you don't miss out on someone's unique way of telling a story. But creators have responsibilities, too.

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Things We Saw Today: Spider-Man Tom Holland Performing Rihanna’s “Umbrella” Will Change Your Life

Holy mother of everything, what did I just witness?

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Marvel Asks Us All To “Politely” Wait and See Before Judging Nazi Captain America

No, you move.

Oh hey, it turns out that Marvel Comics has heard about the massive blowback to the Psych!-Captain-America-was-always-Hydra concept and now they think we should just twiddle our thumbs and trust them. Hmmm.

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All the Best Responses to the Captain America Was Always Evil Reveal

Many of us found Marvel executive David Gabriel's comments about diverse characters being the cause of falling sales particularly infuriating and dumbfounding, because readers are tired of expensive and disappointing events—and oh yeah CAPTAIN AMERICA BEING A GODDAMNED NAZI.

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Hey Marvel! Re: Captain America—What Exactly Are You Trying to Prove Here?

SPOILERS for Secret Empire #0 ABOUND!

The original Civil War story was the first superhero story I'd ever read, and I loved seeing how nuanced writing for superheroes could be. It wasn't just capes and tights (although those are great, too!). Serious stories about complicated people could be told. I'm a sucker for a good anti-hero. Thing about an anti-hero, though, is that they are ultimately still a hero. So, what the hell is Marvel doing with Captain America?

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Things We Saw Today: Here’s Some 90-Second Animated Versions of Movies Because You’re Too Busy

Russian animation company 420 (heh) created 90-second animated versions of some of the biggest movies in recent memory.

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Things We Saw Today: Felicity Smoak, Superhero

Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim shared concept art of Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) suited up for action, complete with purple cape and black mask.

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Chris Evans Is Finished With Donald Trump—and Captain America

We're still with him 'til the end of the line.

Chris Evans, my lawfully wedded spouse who is best known for playing the star-spangled man with a plan, is the subject of an extensive new profile in Esquire. Like the rest of us, Chris Evans still can't believe that Trump was elected President. Unlike the rest of us, Chris Evans is ready to leave Steve Rogers behind.

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Chris Evans Now Actually Captain America, Fighting the KKK on Twitter

This isn't freedom. This is fear.

If there's one thing that's been uplifting about recent events, it's been seeing so many people we already liked coming to the defense of those less fortunate than themselves. It's always uplifting to see anyone in real life live up to the values we see them represent on-screen, but there's a particular joy in watching Chris Evans effectively become actual Captain America in this political climate.

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In Brighter Political News, San Jose Council Member Holds Captain America Shield at Swearing In

You wonderful nerd.

Hey! Do you need a helpful reminder that not everything in politics is terrible right now? This is for you.

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Sebastian Stan Holds a Shield, We Speculate Wildly, That’s All It Really Takes

Where are my grains of salt?

Yesterday, Sebastian Stan posted a photo to Instagram of him holding a shield that looks a heck of a lot like Captain America's shield.

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Kevin Feige Is 100% Right That Captain America Movies Don’t Need to Star Steve Rogers

Addressing the fact that the Captain America mantle is now up for grabs, Kevin Feige gave something of an elusive answer as to who--if anyone--could be filling in that role in the MCU.

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[VIDEO] TMS Interviews the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Cast About Ghost Rider and Steve Rogers Ditching the Captain America Mantle

As part of our New York Comic-Con coverage, we were able to speak with Luna, along with Clark Gregg (who plays Phil Coulson) and Chloe Bennet (who plays Daisy Johnson/Quake) about how he will affect the show and what we can expect from the rest of the season.

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