Examining The Powers Of Cyclops And How They Help Him To Be A Strong Leader

Cyclops is one of the X-Men’s most well-known characters. As leader of the team, Scott Summers has fought to make the world a safer place for mutants. His tactical ability ranks him among Marvel’s greatest strategists, with Cyclops leading the X-Men to victory again and again. Scott is known for his power to shoot ‘optic blasts’ and his need to wear ‘ruby-quartz’ lenses to control them. While his optic blasts are impressive, it’s Cyclops’ ability to harness his powers that have turned him into the leader of the X-Men. I’m taking a look at how his abilities work. Continue reading “Examining The Powers Of Cyclops And How They Help Him To Be A Strong Leader”

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What Makes Doctor Doom Marvel’s Most Prolific Villain?

The Marvel Universe features some of the most compelling villains to ever be created. From Magneto to Thanos, the best villains believe themselves to be the hero of their own stories. Doctor Doom is cut from the same cloth. Doom’s arrogance and intellect have given him a desire to gain as much power as possible. On the other hand, the character has a sense of honour and a genuine love for his people. These conflicting traits have made him a complex person.

Doctor Doom has been matched against more heroes than any other villain. I’m taking a look into what makes him such a memorable character and what drives him. Continue reading “What Makes Doctor Doom Marvel’s Most Prolific Villain?”

Guest Blog: Iron Man: A Wounded Heart And The Armour Of A Narcissist

Understanding the psychology of a superhero is a good way of making them feel relatable. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Robert Downey Jr has done an incredible job of making the audience feel for Iron Man. Over a decade, fans have seen Tony Stark’s emotional journey play out. Laura Ferron offers some great insight into Iron Man’s psychology and his motivations for saving the world.
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Investigating Vietnamese Identity With Karma And Her Status As An Important Superhero

Over the past few decades, Vietnam has become one of the most revitalised countries in the world. The Vietnam War left its mark and the political landscape changed forever. A comic character that represents the struggles of the Vietnamese is Karma. She was among the boat people who fled the country after the rise of Communism. As a culturally important superhero, Karma is a representation of Vietnamese resilience. A founding member of the New Mutants, Karma is one of the most believable X-Men characters. Continue reading “Investigating Vietnamese Identity With Karma And Her Status As An Important Superhero”

Venom Review: A Buddy Comedy Where Everyone Is On The Menu

Marvel have become the machine of superhero films, churning out hit after hit every year. So, when a different studio make a film about a popular character, you know there is going to be high expectations. Sony’s Venom features one of Spider-Man’s greatest enemies without the web-slinger being a part of it. It made me curious to see how Venom could exist without Spider-Man’s presence. Backed by the acting chops of Tom Hardy, Venom is a dark buddy comedy that doesn’t deserve the amount of negativity it’s received from critics. Continue reading “Venom Review: A Buddy Comedy Where Everyone Is On The Menu”

What Makes Sunfire A Symbol For Post-WW2 Japan?

Japan features some of the most distinctive superheroes in the world, particularly in the Marvel Universe. The most famous is Sunfire, a mutant who stirs the same national pride as Captain America does in the USA. Shiro Yoshida has been a part of the X-Men, Avengers and Big Hero 6, highlighting his prominence. The character’s backstory has turned him into a symbol for post-WW2 Japan and I’m looking into Sunfire’s history to see what makes him so important.
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The History Of Big Hero 6 And Their Quest To Protect Japan

Superhero teams can be found all over the world, especially in the Marvel Universe. America is known for The Avengers, England has Excalibur and Canada has Alpha Flight. With its technological prowess and booming economy, you’d think Japan would have a superhero team, and you’d be right. Japan’s Big Hero 6 protects the nation from outside and inside threats. The team was featured prominently in a 2014 film of the same name, though Big Hero 6 got its start in Marvel.

The original comic team was made up of Silver Samurai, Sunfire, Hiro Takachiho, Honey Lemon, Baymax and Go-Go Tomago. I’m looking into the history of the group to see how it was formed and what brought each member onto the team. Continue reading “The History Of Big Hero 6 And Their Quest To Protect Japan”