MCU and the Sherlock Effect: An Addendum

Last week saw the end of my latest film appreciation course at Northern Virginia Community College, where we spent the last few weeks dissecting the production logics of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, from auteur theory and the rise of the (currently beleaguered) brand showrunner-auteur, to its unusual deployment of arc storytelling in a cinematic context, […]

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Doctor Strange in a Strange Land, or The Transnational Logics of Blockbuster Casting (part one)

Last week, my Tumblr dashboard was flooded with opinions about the casting of Benedict Cumberbatch as Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the upcoming film of the same name. While some were excited, there was also┬ásubstantial backlash to the announcement that was echoed in other corners of online fandom. On my own Tumblr dash, concern centered on […]

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