Captain Marvel was officially released in theaters today, March 8, 2019. There are spoilers here regarding the movie and the movie’s post-credits scenes. In addition to the post-credits scenes the movie contains a cameo by the late Stan Lee, and a special bumper/intro honoring Lee.
Fifty years ago this July, the first men landed on the moon, the culmination of the Apollo 11 mission. “Iconic” is an overused word, but the images recorded during that mission deserve it: the blast-off moment, the American flag planted on the lunar surface, Neil Armstrong reflected in Buzz Aldrin’s helmet.
Captain Marvel, the latest dispatch from the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe, was made to seem like it had the entire franchise riding on its shoulders. In some ways, it does.
The first time I realized that Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel, traveled with an entourage was in 2013. Toward the tail end of New York Comic Con, tucked deep into the heart of the Javits Center, was the standing-room-only “Women of Marvel” panel.
About an hour into Leaving Neverland, HBO’s relentlessly devastating documentary about two men who say they were abused by Michael Jackson, Wade Robson tries to explain how it came to be that his parents felt comfortable letting him spend the night in Michael Jackson’s bedroom. Robson was 7 years old the first time it happened, and it was shortly after his parents interacted with Jackson for the first time.
The HBO documentary Leaving Neverland details the stories of two men who say they suffered childhood sexual abuse at the hands of Michael Jackson. The premiere of the film has rocked our cultural memory of one of the world’s most significant pop stars.
The single greatest antidote to poverty and social stagnation is the emancipation of women. Wherever this has been tried, wherever women have been empowered to do as they wish, the economy and the culture have been radically improved.
Trying to describe the plot of Gingerbread, the latest novel from Helen Oyeyemi, is a fool’s errand. That’s because Oyeyemi’s books are rarely plot-driven: If anything is powering them forward, it’s the imagery. Her books are filled with sentences of such precise and evocative language that reading them feels like being pricked by a thorny rose from a fairy tale.
Kylie Jenner is a lot of things: a makeup mogul, a reality TV star, a possible chemtrail truther, a mom. As of this week, she’s also the world’s youngest “self-made” billionaire, per Forbes’s annual billionaires list. This isn’t the first time Forbes implied that the youngest Jenner got to where she is on her own: In July 2018, the magazine published a story on “America’s women billionaires” featuring Kylie, whom it claimed was “set to be the youngest-ever self-made billionaire.”
The world is full of assholes. Wherever you live, whatever you do, odds are you’re surrounded by assholes. The question is, what to do about it?