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Marvel Movie Reflections, Issue 20: The New Mutants

After a roller coaster with soaring highs (X2, Days of Future Past, Logan) and devastating lows (X-Men: Last Stand, Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: Apocalypse), the X-Men franchise has been unpredictable at best. It's hard not to compare every comic book movie universe to the MCU, and while X-Men has been more successful than some (lookin' at you, Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters), it hasn't quite nailed the dependability of Avengers-adjacent films. It's a shame that it wasn't until the mutant-film-verse was in its last gasps that 20th Century Fox decided to branch out from the traditional X-Men style and try something new. It's also a shame that the movie wasn't better.

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The MCU and Daddy Issues

The thing about grief over losing a loved one is, that it is both a very individual experience, and also at the same time, universal. Most people are familiar with what it means to see someone pass that they cared about, particularly parents. The MCU takes several avenues to explore what losing a father can be like, with those universal themes still easy to grab onto, even among gods and super geniuses.

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Star Wars Books, Issue #2 – Thrawn (2017): Averting The Translator Archetype

Language is an important tool in storytelling. The words the characters speak and read add depth to the tale and help build the world they are living in. The characters in Lucas's Star Wars, speak a wide-range of languages adding to the narrative and even give the reader a better understanding of who the character is, where they come from, and how they will act in future events. Throughout Star Wars’ multi-media history, the archetype of the translator has been modeled and led by the golden protocol droid C-3PO. C-3PO has had a role in every Trilogy film, as well as the Clone Wars series, and it has always been the same: his knowledge of language is integral to the heroes and their adventure, he is generally overlooked by the group, and is accepting of what small control he holds over his own life. The same cannot be said about the imperial cadet Eli Vanto in Thrawn by Timothy Zhan.

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Disney+ MCU Reflections, Issue #2: WandaVision – Episode 2

This weekend the first TWO episodes of WandaVision dropped on Disney+, and the general consensus seems to be... confusion? How does this half-hour sitcom sprinkled with brief hints that the world is not as it seems fit in with the action-packed, universe-saving Marvel Universe we know and love? Let's break it down.