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Comic-Con swings into 50th year with tributes to Stan Lee

Comic-Con is a festive event, as an estimated 130,000 attendees descend on San Diego, many of them clad in colorful costumes. But part of this year's 50th edition of the annual gathering will have a somewhat more somber tone, marking the first convention since the death of Marvel patriarch Stan Lee.

'The Punisher' continues 30-year trail of screen carnage

"The Punisher" returns on Netflix this week, marking a full 30 years of on-screen carnage for the Marvel Comics vigilante -- leaving a trail littered with bodies, and questions about why filmmakers keep returning to an antihero whose brand of justice is so clearly rooted in the past.

'Spider-Man' swings into dazzling if goofy 'Spider-Verse'

Much like its hero, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" swings wildly from place to place, in a tone that's so uneven as to initially be a trifle disorienting. Stick with it, though, and this animated feature -- distinguished by its dazzling visual palette, which creates the feel of a comic book leaping onto the screen -- proves a great deal of fun, reinforcing that animation remains the ideal medium (if not the most profitable) for superhero adaptations.

'Aquaman' sails along on waves of fun and spectacle

In their zeal to catch up with Marvel, DC and Warner Bros. plunged into the super-team waters before establishing individual building blocks, creating a high degree of difficulty. While not on par with "Wonder Woman," "Aquaman" is a step toward restoring equilibrium, creating a sprawling undersea world that most closely resembles the Thor franchise in terms of scope, majesty and