Author: Chloe MacPherson

The Badass Animated Girls From My Childhood

Representation matters a lot, especially when you’re a young child. I don’t think I’m alone when I say as a kid I sought out characters–often in cartoons–who I was similar to. And I was lucky enough to never be lacking in representation, being Caucasian. I was always the “tomboy” of any friend group as a child. I wore a lot of baggy clothes and would often gravitate to the boys’ clothing section rather than the girls’ as I got older. I wasn’t necessarily athletic or into sports, but I remember almost always having a bruised knee or dirt-smudged cheek from...

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“Dark Phoenix” Movie: A Case of Nepotism Over Character

There have been a lot of rumours that the sequel to X-Men: Apocalypse might be a Dark Phoenix story, and in late April, Entertainment Weekly confirmed on everyone’s speculations. X-Men: Dark Phoenix will release worldwide on November 2, 2018, after New Mutants (April 13) and Deadpool 2 (June 1). 2018 will truly be the year of the mutants. As even a casual reader of Marvel comics will probably know, the Dark Phoenix Saga is one of the most well known X-Men stories and is considered a modern classic. Many X-comics have references or tried to replicate it (Phoenix—Endsong, Phoenix—Warsong, Avengers vs. X-Men, etc.), but have never...

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Top 5 X-Men Villains the Movies Should Utilize

Even though the X-Men film franchise is not as strong as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it still has a lot kick left to keep going. 2016’s Deadpool reinvigorated fans, and the latest release, Logan, did not disappoint by any standards. The two movies have deservedly earned a lot of praise, leading many people to say they’ve both been the best comic book movies to date because of their fresh takes on the genre. This has put Fox in a crucial position—with all eyes on them—to continue to meet the standard their last two films have set. There are five X-Men films currently...

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Going Back to Sci-Fi Roots with The OA

When The OA debuted this past December, it was heavily measured against fellow Netflix original show Stranger Things (which premiered only five months earlier). The comparison between the two programs is not unjustified; both are science fiction shows that deal with the concept of alternate dimensions and feature doctors experimenting on unwilling test subjects. Stripped of all that makes these shows unique–characters, plot, and tone–the two television series do sound similar by their synopses. But they could not be any more different when it comes to executing similar topics. Stranger Things is an overt and purposeful homage to ’80s sci-fi that is...

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New Mutants Movie: Illusions of Diversity

Over half a year ago I talked about how the upcoming New Mutants movie–which was still in the early stages of development–did not choose to include the character Xi’an Coy Manh/Karma in the team lineup. Karma was a founding member of the New Mutants team, but throughout her publication history, she has been sidelined by writers who did not know how to incorporate her and her powers in their stories. To see her ignored by director Josh Boone and the Fox executives in charge of the X-Men film franchise, although not surprising, was still disappointing. I felt this issue was extremely significant...

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