Ta-Nehisi Coates announced today that he will soon be taking over the Captain America comic book series. While Coates began writing comics only recently, he's an incredibly exciting choice. For starters, his run of Black Panther, which laid the groundwork for the perfect piece of art that is the movie, was beyond brilliant. But his work in journalism also gives him a unique and exciting perspective on this character and comics in general.Read More
Sebastian Stan can't tell us flat-out if Marvel has plans to pass Cap's shield onto his lifelong best friend, Bucky Barnes. If he did, Marvel agents would find and disappear him. But Stan can talk about how he feels about the matter.Read More
The comics are pretty clear on the ground rules: "Whosoever holds this hammer, if he [OR SHE] be worthy, shall possess the power of THOR." But how does this work?Read More
The Super Bowl gave us eagles fighting patriots like a dystopian vision of the America we're headed towards, but it also gave us so much more: actual new glimpses of Infinity War—life-giving trickles of superhero-infused water in our vast desert of what we actually know about Infinity War.Read More
Buckle up, kids, it appears that there's a new shield in the house.Read More
We're still mostly in the dark.
Marvel kicked off an official 100-day countdown until the debut of Avengers: Infinity War, a movie that we know vanishingly little about except that every movie star in the universe is starring in it.
Here's what we do know.
While many people on planet Earth were psyched to see the official Avengers: Infinity War trailer go up, for a segment of the population with a deep emotional attachment to these characters and their world, today has been like Christmas morning mixed with Ragnarok.Read More
The first Infinity War poster gave us a glimpse of Chris Evans' Cap rocking a full nomadic beard and a dark blue suit. Now new promotional art gives us a better view, plus some strong new styling for Black Widow and Falcon.Read More
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?Read More
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.Read More
“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.”Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Holy mother of everything, what did I just witness?Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More