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Marvel Universe LIVE!: Superheroes save the day in new show

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There’s a moment at the outset of the new Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes show when Spider-Man enters from backstage and zigzags around the theater. It still takes the director’s breath away, conveying Spider-Man’s superpower strength. “It’s an incredible entrance for Spider-Man, similar to the film. The guy who plays Spider-Man says it’s one of the scariest things he’s ever done and one of the most fun things he’s ever done,” said James Hadley, now preparing for the July…

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Disney’s wonderful world may be too good to last

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Disney has been on a tear the past few years, thanks to popular channels like ESPN, its “Star Wars” and Marvel superhero franchises, and improving results at its global parks. Now comes the hard part. CEO Robert Iger’s contract runs out next year, creating management uncertainty just as Disney needs to keep its lucrative television offerings relevant in a world increasingly dominated by streaming services. The company faces “a time of transition” as consumers abandon expensive cable subscriptions, said Morgan…

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Worlds collide in “Batman v Superman”

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Zack Snyder‘s thundering and grim “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” offers the kind of blunt, mano-a-mano face-off usually reserved for Predators, Godzillas and presidential candidates. And just as has often been said of this election year, “Batman v Superman” takes a once almost charming tradition and plunges it into the gutter. Long gone are the telephone booths, corn fields or any other such tokens of innocence. And given the prevailing climate, Snyder may have judged the rock’em-sock’em moment wisely.…

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