Marvel Villains: Understanding the Enemy

My newest article on Femnista is live! For this special Halloween issue (‘Villains’), I’m talking about some of our favorite Marvel villains.


“In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves.”

Ender’s Game

The Marvel Cinematic Universe now boasts over twenty films (and multiple TV shows). Stories woven together into one near-seamless, overarching narrative. With so many films, there’s bound to be a few not-so-great ones… and a few not-so-great villains as well. While there have been some truly standout Marvel baddies—from The Avengers’ Loki to Black Panther’s Killmonger—there have also been some rather disappointing and forgettable antagonists. Who remembers the name of the villain in the first Iron Man film? What about that weird elf guy in Thor: The Dark World? And why on earth did Marvel execs waste Lee Pace’s epic…

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five movies to watch this autumn.

source. How are we almost through October already??? Since we only have one month (and a bit) of autumn left, let's make the most of it with these five great films! (None of which I have seen this year. *sadness* But I'm hoping to at least watch the first one before December sets in.) (Caveat: … Continue reading five movies to watch this autumn.

the Glenn Ford Blogathon: ramblings about Ben Wade.

In an era of filmmaking where most villains were played by nameless toughs or seasoned, yet typecast character actors, Glenn Ford took on the role of western outlaw Ben Wade--and turned in what is possibly the best, most memorable performance of his entire career. Certainly, 3:10 to Yuma is Ford's movie and Ben Wade is, … Continue reading the Glenn Ford Blogathon: ramblings about Ben Wade.

book review: Operation Lionhearted.

Lindy Tremaine is proud of her work with the Meridian Intelligence Department. Clever, courageous, and armed with an uncanny intuition, she is determined to protect the planets of the Kellan Star System from villains and schemers, even if it means going undercover as a fashion journalist. Tragedy, however, lies beneath Lindy’s self-possessed demeanor. She is … Continue reading book review: Operation Lionhearted.

‘operation lionhearted’ blog tour: interview with author Maribeth Barber.

source. Hello, everyone! My friend Maribeth is currently hosting a blog tour to promote and celebrate the (soon to be) release of her debut novel, Operation Lionhearted. I've read the book and I can tell you that it's a great, fun read. (My review is coming out tomorrow, so watch for that!) After the interview, … Continue reading ‘operation lionhearted’ blog tour: interview with author Maribeth Barber.

book review: the silmarillion (feat. top five saddest deaths)

source. The Silmarillion was compiled and edited by Christopher Tolkien, after his father passed away. What would the book have been like if JRR Tolkien had lived long enough to complete it? Sadly, we'll never know. But still! What we have been left with is a marvel of worldbuilding and beautiful writing. I do feel … Continue reading book review: the silmarillion (feat. top five saddest deaths)