“Is Bucky Barnes a victim or a villain?” While the answer seems obvious to some, the MCU’s perspective is murkier. Fans hoped that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier would allow Bucky to work through his victimhood; a meaningful project both in-universe and out. But this does not transpire onscreen. Instead, the show turns the trauma that Bucky suffered into trauma he caused. The story retrofits a previously nonexistent agency into Bucky’s past as the Winter Soldier. Rather than telling a story of survival and recovery, TFATWS retcons Bucky’s history in order to more comfortably deal with it.

Broken "Narrative Promises" Through the Lens of Supernatural, Marvel, & More

At the end of the day, it takes two to tango, and though it’s true that properties can do whatever they want, it doesn’t mean they should. There’s a reason why shows like Avatar: The Last Airbender and Hannibal are so universally loved by their fans, and that is because they tell the stories they promise to tell and unfold satisfying arcs and resolutions—and not out of the desire for shock value, nor for spite, nor fear, do they stray from them.

The Disappointing Rejection of Found Family in Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame

For some reason, in the movie where it should have mattered the most, the grand finale that is Avengers: Endgame, the central idea of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was not only forgotten but soundly rejected. Instead of concluding a decade’s worth of storytelling premised on the notion of the found family by emphasizing the idea, Endgame separates the heroes, both visually and emotionally, at every turn, and completely annihilates the MCU’s beloved chosen family in favor of establishing the dominance of the normative one.

If Only The Bachelor Would Embrace Polyamory Instead of Rejecting It

“I think I’m falling in love with more than one person.” It’s a familiar refrain, heard on nearly every season of ABC’s The Bachelor franchise. Though the long-running show purports ideals of traditional monogamy—setting up a narrative where, in the end, there can only be one, and a lack of a fairy-tale proposal equates to failure—it simultaneously engineers a situation wherein the complete opposite version of a relationship is not only encouraged, but successfully illustrated to millions of viewers.

Hannibal: 10 Pieces of Unexpected Life Advice from NBC's Hannibal

Most people wouldn't immediately think of NBC's Hannibal, created by Bryan Fuller, when thinking of TV shows that offer inspirational life advice. But it turns out, the good cannibal has a lot of wisdom to share, and so do some of his friends. Hannibal Lecter is a psychiatrist after all, and he really is trying to help everyone around him live their most fulfilled lives (even if, for some of them, he truly believes that means they should end up on a plate). So put on your dinner best, tuck in your napkin, and get ready to live your life the way Hannibal would hope for you.

Pokémon: 10 Facts About Ash Ketchum According To His Voice Actor

For the last couple of decades, there has been no one closer to Ash Ketchum than Veronica Taylor, Ash's Pokémon voice actor of now over 20 years. At New York Comic Con, Taylor joined fans to discuss the series, her work, and, most importantly, one of her proudest accomplishments, Ash. RELATED: Why Pokémon Fans Are Worried Ash Is Being Written Out Of The Anime With the conversation ranging from discussion of who Ash's father might be, to who he would most want to take out on a date (a contentio

Falcon & The Winter Soldier: 5 Fan Theories We Hope Come True (& 5 We Don't)

With Falcon & The Winter Soldier due to start filming in November, speculation about what this show will entail for the Marvel world and its characters is at an all-time high. But while there are things fans are really hoping to see, there are also some stones that may be better left un-turned. From the specific, to the universe-affecting, from the silly to the serious, here are 5 fan theories we hope come true in Falcon & The Winter Soldier.

Captain Marvel review: Soaring into the future of the MCU

In a sentence, Captain Marvel delivered on everything it promised. In a slightly longer sentence, Captain Marvel was a brilliant depiction of a female superhero, a deft introduction of a new face to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a bright, funny, and nostalgic nod to all of the franchise’s longtime fans, and a powerful, inspirational story about looking for a home, finding one’s self, and what it really means to be a hero.

Winter Soldier No. 3 review: Of surly teenagers and slowly building trust

Bucky Barnes has taken in another stray, Hydra’s latest Winter Soldier attempt, RJ. Redemption is never an easy process, full of hiccups, obstacles, and prolonged pain, but trauma is better dealt with, and slowly but surely, every day becomes easier than the last. There are a few places that Marvel fans never imagined they’d see Bucky Barnes, and one of them is almost certainly as an adopted father-figure to an ex-assassin crafted in his own image and sent to kill him. On the other hand, if Buc
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