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Is the Marvel Cinematic Universe lost in space?

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With the news dominated by seemingly omniscient beings refusing to act against the greatest challenge facing planet Earth, what better time for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to introduce its cosmic counterparts? Indee...

Universe review – Brian Cox’s trip to the stars is sheer cosmic cowardice

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I don’t know how you make an hour-long programme that takes you slowly through 14bn years of history, but the BBC and Prof Brian Cox have done it with the first episode of Universe. Possibly it is a space-time paradox...

Universe: Brian Cox’s OTT space odyssey is no match for Attenborough

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I’ve been trying to figure out who, based on the defining factors that shaped Professor Brian Cox’s keyboardist-to-astrophysicist career pivot, might be our next Professor Brian Cox. We all know his origin story by no...

Tom Gauld on expanding the Hey-Diddle-Diddle universe

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Roald Dahl’s universe might not be a golden ticket for the writer’s fans

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It has been a lucrative week for the estate of Roald Dahl and an expensive one for Netflix, which purchased the Roald Dahl Story Company for a reported £500m and though neither organisation would confirm the exact sum...

Viruses may exist ‘elsewhere in the universe’, warns scientist

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The Covid pandemic has already turned life as we know it upside down – and no doubt prompted some people to want to leave the planet. Now a leading scientist has warned that viruses may not only be found on Earth, but...

Dark matter: one last push to crack the biggest secret in the universe

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Deep underground, scientists are closing in on one of the most elusive targets of modern science: dark matter. In subterranean laboratories in the US and Italy, they have set up huge vats of liquid xenon and lined the...

Now Zuckerberg wants Facebook to be master of the virtual universe

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Brace yourselves: Mark Zuckerberg has a new pivot for Facebook. The visionary genius who brought us the pivot to video, the pivot to privacy, the pivot to trusted news and the pivot away from trusted news is now prepa...

Scarlett Johansson and a decade of gender politics in the Marvel universe

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In the history of Hollywood, there are far worse moments than the deeply cringeworthy one in Iron Man 2 when Tony Stark eyes up Black Widow and tells his aide: “I want one.” Anyone who has hit play on Pulp Fiction in ...

The clockwork universe: is free will an illusion?

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Towards the end of a conversation dwelling on some of the deepest metaphysical puzzles regarding the nature of human existence, the philosopher Galen Strawson paused, then asked me: “Have you spoken to anyone else yet...

Moses Boyd: Live from the Barbican review – master of the universe

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Although there’s no audience, Moses Boyd’s Barbican live stream has all the trappings of a major event – the opening gig in a spring series at this London venue. Swathes of white fabric billow from ceiling to floor; io...

How I learned to stop worrying and enjoy the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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I devoured 20 of the films in a month-long frenzy. But I can’t quite shake off the guilt that comes with this guilty pleasureI started England’s second lockdown last year with good intentions: I was broke and underemp...

Does Zack Snyder’s Justice League signal the end of the DC Extended Universe?

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League is a movie that would never have existed without Covid-19. Just as the pandemic has, on occasion, given the rest of us time to pause and reflect on our place in the world, it gave Snyder t...