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The ‘Spider-Man’ of Sudan: the real-life superhero of the protest movement – documentary

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In Sudan's capital, Khartoum, an anonymous protester dressed as Spider-Man joins the hundreds of thousands of protesters desperate to protect their fragile civilian government after the military coup in October 2021. ...

Spider-Man at 20: the superhero film that changed blockbuster cinema

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It seems positively absurd to say this now, but in the summer of 2002, Spider-Man reached cinema audiences as a relative novelty. The superhero genre wasn’t dormant, though neither was it all-consuming. The goth-kitsc...

Best podcasts of the week: Inside the life of Phoenix Jones, Seattle’s real-life superhero

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The Superhero ComplexWidely available, episodes weeklyThe phrase “real-life superhero” may sound like a contradiction in terms, but not according to this new series about Phoenix Jones – the man who patrols Seattle’s ...

Beat it Batman – this foppish baronet was the world’s first superhero

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The year is 1868 and the place is rural Hungary, where a little girl called Emma is celebrating the fifth birthday of her elder sister at a masquerade party where the women dress as men and the men as women. But the g...

Peter Sarsgaard: ‘Have we reached superhero saturation? Probably’

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Peter Sarsgaard peers into the webcam, half-man, half-beard. “I’m in the Kenny Rogers camp right now,” says the 50-year-old actor. “I look like a dropout. Whenever I’m not working, I feel like I’m growing hair in case...

No way back! Why the superhero multiverse is a totally bonkers idea

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The Multiverse – or should that be Multiverses, as there are now Marvel and DC versions? – is clearly a good thing for superhero movies. Just as naysayers had begun to suggest comic book flicks might have exhausted al...

SuperMoustache! Sounds like a job for Venezuela’s socialist superhero

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No – it’s a Venezuelan propaganda campaign designed to burnish Nicolás Maduro’s strongman credentials with the help of a caped crusader called SuperBigote – or SuperMoustache. The musclebo...

Golden generation survivor Steven Gerrard is writing his own superhero story

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There is an interesting, and no doubt very common phenomenon called parasocial interaction. This is where people feel they have an intimate, reciprocal relationship with a famous person, a belief that by consuming ima...

‘It hits you when people say they can’t afford milk’: the superhero plumber who keeps his community warm

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In March 2017, heating engineer James Anderson received a call that would change his life. The man on the other end had just been told he needed a new boiler, but wanted a second opinion. Anderson drove from his home ...

No dramas: superhero movies and their opening weekend cash cows crowd out realistic films

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It was not a shock to hear Jane Campion become the latest in a growing line of high-profile directors to announce her dislike of superhero films. But the issue is not just about taste – it is about money and how the m...

Jane Campion criticises superhero films: ‘I actually hate them’

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Jane Campion has spoken out against superhero films calling them “noisy” and “ridiculous”. The Oscar-winning writer-director of The Piano was asked about her thoughts on the genre at a recent screening of her new awar...

The Guide #7: the Marvel trap – how superhero movies cage the stars

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In April, with her film Nomadland, Chloé Zhao claimed a much-coveted double victory: Best Picture and Best Director gongs at the Academy Awards. It’s a dual accolade that puts the film-maker in some pretty lofty compa...

Tymal Mills answers bat signal to be England’s death bowling superhero

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It is easy to forget in the middle of all that sound and light, the frivolity in the stands – not to mention, in Abu Dhabi, a PA system overseen by the holder of the World’s Most Excited Man title – that T20 is a brut...

Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon review – B-movie thrills in New Orleans superhero gumbo

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Iranian-American director Ana Lily Amirpour serves up heaped spoonfuls of B-movie thrills in Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon, in which a supernatural teen wanders wild in New Orleans. If the film is finally more moony th...

PSG – and Ligue 1 – want Lionel Messi to defeat time and be their superhero

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Superman had a decision to make: stop one nuke or the other. Having diverted the missile Lex Luther had fired at New York, he was not able to stop the other missile, which exploded in California and led to earthquakes...

Aakash Odedra: Rising review – superhero speed with a light touch

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Ten years ago Aakash Odedra was the next big thing. Mentored by Akram Khan, in 2011 Odedra got himself noticed internationally by commissioning three big-name choreographers to make solos for his show Rising. A decade...

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