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Marvel End Battles, Part Two

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #012.

While Disney still has several entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) planned for the next few years, it’s hard to imagine them ever building up to an event of such epic scale as Avengers: Endgame.

The twenty-three films that make up the MCU, however, did not just contribute to an epic team up adventure the likes of which we’ve never seen. They also provided us with a baseline by which to judge superhero films on a whole. 

That is not to say, however, that every individual entry in the MCU is a complete and indisputable masterpiece. As I mentioned in last week’s issue of The Writer’s Everything, there is at least one problem in particular that almost every MCU film shares.

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Developing Your Character

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #012.

Has he ever been expelled? If so, why?

If a student causes trouble to the point where detentions and suspensions are no longer sufficient punishments, the next step that the school may choose to take is to expel the student. Even for non-troublemakers, expulsion may be an indicator that a character has difficulty fitting in with fellow students or conforming to the school and its rules. In Spider-Man, Harry Osborn was said to have been kicked out of every private school his father sent him to due to his grades not meeting the minimum standards that they required.

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Writing Definitions

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #012.

Like any career or hobby, there’s a whole world built around writing that you may just be beginning to scratch the surface of. And let’s face it, we’re not born knowing how to respond if someone on Twitter asks if the MC in your WIP finds the McGuffin, or if it was just a red herring all along. 

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Four Steps To Revitalize Your Creativity

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #012.

As writers, all of us know what creativity feels like. It’s that magical time where the sky is the limit. Anything is possible. That’s what caused most of us to become writers in the first place. The opportunity to create is just too enjoyable to pass up. Unfortunately, however, there are times where that creativity seems to dry up.

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From The Editor

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #012.

Well, here we are. Who would have ever thought we’d find ourselves in this situation? All I can think of is the 2011 film Contagion, and I can’t help but wonder how prophetic that film will actually become by the end of this coronavirus scare.

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Identifying Theme—Pride and Prejudice

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #011.

While there are countless aspects of writing a story, three stand out above all the others. They are the cornerstones on which fiction stands. 

What are they? Plot, characters, and theme. 

Two of these three are present in the waking minds of every author. In fact, an author usually falls devoutly into one side or the other. 

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Marvel End Battles, Part One

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #011.

There is no film series more popular than the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Starting with Iron Man in 2008, both the solo and team outings of the various Avengers have since exploded in popularity. After eleven years, Marvel has amassed a collection of successful, interconnected movies that few, if any, will be able to replicate any time soon. 

Yes. Many, many people enjoy MCU films. At the same time, many others, especially storytellers, can’t help but notice the similarities between each new entry and the last. For them, it feels as though Marvel has discovered a formula for their films, sacrificing originality for the sake of success. 

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