Men in Black: International review a galactically gormless fall to earth

This latest outing for the government agents tasked with policing pesky space invaders is a charmless and pointless affair Its time once again for what must now be called the Meh in Black, making another intensely tiresome and pointless reappearance, now with Chris Hemsworth on exceptionally charmless animatronic form in their dark suits, like Tussaud dummies with a contractual obligation to appear in a bad film. They are equally dead-eyed with or without the dark glasses. The MiB franchise based on Lowell Cunninghams 1990 comic book series about secret government agents battling aliens was looking pretty moribund at the time of the third film in 2012, when Josh Brolin gamely joined the familiar duo of Tommy Lee Jones and Will …

Nearing the endgame: is Hollywood’s lust for sequels destroying cinema?

Franchises thrill fans and enrich studios. But in a fast-changing world, familiar comforts may be more harmful than we think Coming not so shortly: a new helping of either Star Wars or Avatar for every Christmas between 2021 and 2027. Disneys and even Rambo. Never before have film sequels been so many and so varied. They are nothing new, of course. The first specimen, followed the infamous 1915 Avengers: Endgame, was $220m for fastest ever film to make $2bn, and has outstripped the lifetime take of the series original by more than $six are now sequels all released in the last four years. New movies, old parts Toy Story. Photograph: Sportsphoto Ltd/Allstar More important than the scale of these earnings …

Superheroes and freaky cats: how Captain Marvel rewrote the rules

From the story behind Nick Furys eyepatch to the rehabilitation of the Skrull, the latest Marvel film has altered comic-book canon in fruitful ways If theres one thing we should have been primed for, prior to viewing Captain Marvel, it would be to expect the unexpected. Marvel is a studio that, time and again, has chosen to twist comic-book canon to suit new needs, rather than deliver overly faithful adaptations of the original work. The addition of the Skrull, a race of alien shape-shifters, to the Marvel universe, Captain Marvels trailers showed Skrull disguising themselves as human while fighting Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) naturally led observers to suspect they were up to their old tricks. To twist that narrative on …