The Superhero Issue 2022

The Inverse Superhero Issue challenges the most dominant idea in our culture today. New articles October 17-21.

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From The Rock to Black Adam: How wrestling laid the blueprint for superhero movies

The growth of superhero cinematic universes, where characters are more important than performers, is making actors more like WWE performers. Kayfabe included.

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How to kill a superhero

The writers behind some of the most iconic deaths in superhero history reveal their secrets.

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The unexpected psychological effects of Marvel’s strangest superpower

She-Hulk consistently breaks the fourth wall. Here’s why that might be a problem.

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Black Panther 2 is wading into the messy history of Atlantis

Atlantis is more than a made-up underwater kingdom — it’s a legend born in Greece, later warped by colonialism and aliens, and now, in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, home to the film’s villain.

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How one Chernobyl survivor is using “Superhero Therapy” to help Ukrainians today

Janina Scarlet on the powers and origin of Superhero Therapy.

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Culture

How a Canadian rock band predicted Superman’s death

31 years later, Crash Test Dummies lead singer Brad Roberts reflects on his prophetic lyrics — and everything that came after.

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Superhero Issue 2022 — a letter from the editor

Inverse presents a collection of stories exploring the frailty of superheroes.

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Merc in the Multiverse

Deadpool 3 could bring back a Marvel Phase 4 fan-favorite, Ryan Reynolds hints

A single tweet suggests a multiverse-centric plot in Deadpool 3.

Eternal Fame

Marvel's Guardians Holiday Special brings back Phase 4’s best running gag

Kevin Bacon isn’t the MCU’s only major movie star.

Imperius Rex

Namor could get the same MCU treatment as the Hulk, Marvel producer reveals

The film rights to Namor are complicated, but there’s a path forward.

Jingle All the Way

James Gunn reveals a heartbreaking Guardians Holiday Special Easter egg

The MCU's first holiday special doesn't have a Star Wars crossover, but instead hides something far more meaningful.

Rock and Gunn

James Gunn's ambitious DC plans have a Black Adam problem

James Gunn is striving to create a unified DC cinematic canon. But does Black Adam actually fall under his supervision?

The Faithful Mantis

The Guardians Holiday Special has a secret Star Wars reference

It’s not just cameos and musical segments that connect the Guardians of the Galaxy to the world of Star Wars.

Spaceman's Best Friend

The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special reintroduces an unexpected comic book hero

Cosmo is finally getting a chance to shine in the MCU.

Sad-Lord

Where is Gamora during the Guardians Holiday Special?

Gamora has been missing since Endgame. How does the MCU’s Christmas special set up her return?

Knowhere to Go

The Guardians are still fixing Thanos' messes in Holiday Special

The team needs a new home before Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 begins.

O Guardians Night

Guardians Holiday Special's Mantis reveal could majorly impact Vol. 3

With the revelation that Star-Lord has a [SPOILER], next year’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 might be its most emotional chapter yet.

I am Groot

Did James Gunn just dunk on Marvel's worst movie of 2022? An investigation

Does James Gunn have beef with Taika Waititi?

I a Groot

Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special release date, time, plot, cast, and trailer for the MCU Christmas special

Everything you need to know about the merry adventures that await the Marvel franchise favorites — and Kevin Bacon.

I am Groot

Does the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special have a post-credits scene?

A spoiler-free guide.

The Inverse Review

Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special is a sweet gift from a plastic MCU

The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special is a featherweight offering with a human heart beating at its core.

House of Mouse

How Bob Iger's return to Disney could change Marvel, Star Wars on streaming

When will there be Star Peace on streaming?

MCU

The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special could kickstart one game-changing MCU trend

Marvel’s newest Disney+ special will shine a spotlight on two of the MCU’s most underrated characters.