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What We Learned From Marvel’s Massive MCU Roadmap

At Comic-Con, Marvel unveiled the future of phases 4 to 6 on both the big and small screens. Here are the highlights and takeaways.

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Comic-Con Superlatives: ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Trailer, Marvel Slate Update, Thrones Hype, and More

Mal and Joanna break down the biggest announcements from San Diego this weekend

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Marvel Has a VFX Problem

As Phase 4 has faltered, the MCU’s effects-heavy visuals—and the ways in which they’re produced—have drawn increased scrutiny

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‘The Rings of Power’ Trailer, Plus the ‘Ms. Marvel’ Season Finale

Joanna and Mal are also joined by ‘Ms. Marvel’ head writer Bisha K. Ali

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Emmy Nominations and ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Reactions

Plus, reacting to the extended trailer for ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’

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The ‘Ms. Marvel’ Season Finale Is a Landmark Moment for the MCU

Although the episode isn’t a fully satisfying end to the season, it’s significant for the franchise at large

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‘Ms. Marvel’ Season Finale Instant Reactions

Plus, discussing the Marvel VFX controversy and what can be done to right the ship

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A Ranking of Matt Damon’s Best Cameos

Scotty doesn’t know, but Damon is the modern master of popping up in movies

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The Best Superhero Introduction

Dave, Joanna, and Neil share their thoughts on the latest ‘Thor’ movie before debating the best superhero debuts of all time

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‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Theories, Easter Eggs, and Mailbag

Mal, Jo, and Jomi delve into some of the biggest Easter eggs from the latest ‘Thor’ film before they open the mailbag to expound on their theories involving Gods and the MCU

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‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ and Five Ways to Fix the Marvel Crisis

Plus, Sean, Charles, and Rob pitch the Marvel stories they want to see on the big screen

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‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Deep Dive. Plus: Director Taika Waititi

Joanna and Mallory discuss how the film compares to the rest of the ‘Thor’ canon before breaking down Gorr the God Butcher and Christian Bale’s captivating performance

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The ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Exit Survey

Jane Foster is back, Christian Bale is gifting the MCU with a GOAT-level performance and, speaking of goats, we should also discuss the screaming ones in this movie

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Four Takeaways From ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ and Its Post-Credits Scenes

What we learned about Thor, Gorr, and more from the latest MCU blockbuster and its accompanying stingers

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‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Instant Reactions

The Midnight Boys also rank the film on the famous Midnight Meter, and give their updated Phase 4 rankings

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‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Is Here!

Plus, Claire Denis joins to discuss her new film, ‘Both Sides of the Blade’

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‘Thor: Love and Thunder’—and Phase 4 of the MCU—Is Lost

The moments of irreverence that made ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ so charming are ill-suited for a sequel whose general aimlessness feels like less of a creative choice than a sign of creative stasis

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‘Ms. Marvel’ Episode 5 Deep Dive

Mal and Joanna discuss Aisha’s journey, time travel in TV shows, and their expectations for the finale

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Everything You Need to Know About ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’

Director Taika Waititi and leading man Chris Hemsworth are back with Thor’s fourth big-screen solo adventure in the MCU. Keep up with all of The Ringer’s coverage right here.

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In ‘Ms. Marvel,’ Family Continues to Trump Mythology

The penultimate episode of the Disney+ series reaffirms its focus on Kamala and her family, but the series stumbles when it strays from that strength

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Christian Bale: From Batman to the God Butcher

After taking off the cowl, the U.K.-born actor retreated to a version of Hollywood that hardly existed anymore. Now he’s back in a superhero movie, though he hasn’t lost any of the traits that make him one of our most visceral performers.

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The Evolution of Thor, Marvel’s Mainstay

Unlike most of Marvel’s original Avengers, Thor is still in the spotlight—and the key to the character’s longevity is his capacity to change

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What You Need to Know Before Seeing ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’

Get prepared for Thor’s fourth big-screen solo adventure in the MCU with a refresher on where we left Odin’s son and a primer on the return of Jane Foster, the arrival of Gorr, and more

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‘Ms. Marvel’ Focuses on Family in a New Way

The Disney+ series has separated itself from other MCU projects by centering on its superpowered protagonist’s family as an influential part of her identity and an ongoing presence in her life

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‘Ms. Marvel’ Episode 4 Reactions

The guys react to the latest installment in this Disney+ series

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‘Ms. Marvel’ Episode 3 Reactions

Van, Charles, and Jomi discuss Aamir’s wedding and Kamala’s fight scene against Najama and her friends

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‘Ms. Marvel’ May Be Different From the Comics, but It’s Integral to the Future of the MCU

A lore-filled third episode answers some unknowns about Kamala Khan’s powers while linking her adventures more tightly to the MCU’s future in Phase Four and beyond

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‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Season Finale Instant Reactions

Plus, breaking down the Miles Morales as Thor backlash

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‘Ms. Marvel’ Episode 2 Reactions

Joanna, Jomi, and Steve discuss the process of Kamala learning more about her powers and break down the show’s villains

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‘Ms. Marvel’ Honors and Reinvents the Traditional Superhero Origin Story

Kamala Khan’s origin story as Ms. Marvel echoes others in the MCU, but it also puts its own distinctive spin on a familiar formula

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‘Ms. Marvel’ Episode 1 Instant Reactions

Joanna and Charles talk about their expectations going into the show, their preliminary thoughts on the premiere, and the post-credits scene

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The MCU Roots of ‘Ms. Marvel’ Run Deep

The new Marvel series feels lived-in from the first scene on, largely because it’s so steeped in the MCU’s established lore