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Spider-Woman has a cool new costume

Back in August, there was a bit of controversy around the new Spider-Woman series—specifically focusing on a variant cover that was a bit suggestive, like how Basic Instinct was a bit suggestive or Shame was a bit Fassbender-y. One thing that got a bit lost in the controversy: There’s a new Spider-Woman series! Jessica Drew has been a superpowered bench player for decades, and it’s always cool to see another female-centric mainstream superhero series. READ FULL STORY

Watch the Avengers and friends sing Christmas carols in this supercut

How’s this for an Easter egg: Hidden across all of the Marvel Studios films are the lyrics to a whole bunch of Christmas carols. Who knew? Earth’s Mightiest Heroes have been saving the world and bringing loads of holiday cheer all this time.

But thanks to YouTube user James Covenant’s work, Marvel’s secret Christmas agenda has now been laid bare for all to see. Stick around for the end—it’s pretty good.

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Honest Trailer for 'Guardians of the Galaxy' is actually pretty funny

Screen Junkies’ Honest Trailers series is kind of an Internet institution—if there’s a popular movie, chances are, a video of theirs isn’t far behind. Their latest victim? Guardians of the Galaxy, which is out on Blu-ray and DVD today.

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Best of 2014: Who won the year, Marvel or DC?

If you grew up a comics fan, chances are you were faced with one question pretty early on: What’s better, Marvel or DC? It was a big decision, like signing a mortgage at five years old. You were going to spend years investing and defending it, so you’d better pick wisely.

Of course, treating the subject like a binary is inherently silly. There’s no reason not to like both Marvel and DC. Plus, “better” is a purely subjective term—while one publisher’s output might not resonate with some people, others might find it to be the best thing ever.

But thanks to the pervasive popularity of all things superheroic—especially this year—that ancient debate has found new life. And though there are also plenty of comics publishers beyond Marvel and DC, these two are definitely out to dominate the pop cultural conversation in a way they never really have before.

So who wore it better in 2014: Marvel or DC? Let’s take a closer look. READ FULL STORY

Best of 2014: The year in Big Announcements

Announcements are not actual things. They are promises of things to come. But at times this year, it felt like all of pop culture was actually just an announcement about pop culture in the future. That’s because 2014 is the year that every movie studio Marvelized into megafranchise factories, with one company after another making bold (and frequently insane) promises about movies that will come out three, four, five years from now.

2014 is also the year that the whole process of “announcing stuff” took on a decadent pageantry. You can feel how badly everyone wants to break the internet now, attempting to compose their Mega-Announcements with a unique buzz-creating rhythm. Do you host an announcement event, or quietly post an update on your website? Do you tease the announcements for weeks ahead of time, Taylor Swift-style, or just unload lots of top-secret intel all at once,  Beyoncé-style? READ FULL STORY

4 reasons why Benedict Cumberbatch is a perfect Doctor Strange

Casting Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange seemed like a foregone conclusion—once he was rumored to be up for the role, the Internet sort of collectively decided that it belonged to him (although for one shining moment, it seemed as if Joaquín Phoenix might win the role).

Now that the news is finally official, we can narrow down our speculation. Based on what we’ve seen from him before, will Benedict Cumberbatch be any good in the role? Doing the math, he’s definitely one of the smartest choices Marvel could have made: Given that the subject matter for a Doctor Strange film is likely to be a psychedelic occult romp with trippy visuals and lots of chanting, any sort of profile boost the movie can get in the casting department is probably welcomed. In other words, Doctor Strange is not a known quantity, while Benedict Cumberbatch is.

But he might also prove to be a perfect fit for the character, too. Here’s why.

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Marvel announces 'Howard the Duck' by Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones

Guardians of the Galaxy was great and all, but how about that post-credits scene? You know, the one with the anthropomorphic duck? What’s his deal?

Glad you asked. Created by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerick, Howard the Duck is one of the strangest and most subversive characters in the Marvel canon—that unfortunately is mostly known from a terrible film in the 1980s. But, as the old saying goes, the road to redemption starts after the credits of a blockbuster movie—and Marvel is bringing Howard back in a big way. This Spring, the publisher will launch Howard the Duck, a new ongoing comic-book series by Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones in which the talking duck from another planet sets up shop in the Marvel Universe as a private investigator.

Fans of Sex Criminals already know that Chip Zdarsky is one of the funniest people in comics, and Joe Quinones’ fun, clean artwork is a great fit for the off-beat comedy of Howard. To get a feel of what to expect when the book launches, EW interviewed Zdarsky and Quinones about the series.

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Here's what 'Guardians of the Galaxy' would look like as a video game

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James Gunn made sure Guardians of the Galaxy wore its ’80s heart on its sleevein the music, the clothing, and even the cassette player Peter Quill kept on him. The Blu-ray and DVD release is keeping that ’80s spirit alive by re-imagining it as a video game.

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Marvel, Brad and George Takei honored for LGBT advocacy work at Vanguard Awards

The Los Angeles LGBT Center hosted its 45th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards Saturday night, honoring Marvel; George and Brad Takei; and Zev Yaroslavsky for their LGBT advocacy. Cort Lane, Marvel’s VP of Animation Development, accepted the Corporate Vanguard Award on behalf of Marvel Entertainment, presented by Two And A Half Men’s Holland Taylor. George and Brad Takei were the International Vanguard Award honorees, with Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor, as the Rand Schrader Distinguished Achievement Award honoree. READ FULL STORY

'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' gets the 1980s VHS treatment

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier was a pretty fantastic action movie that was also plugged in to some of the Big Issues of today—stuff like drone warfare, surveillance, and the morality of pre-emptive measures. Turns out it also works as a solid and relevant 1980s action movie as well.

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