Arts and Entertainment Ben Affleck as Daredevil, a Marvel superhero. The character is being given a Netflix series

Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist will get their own 13-episode series

Leading article: Science comes a step closer to Spider-Man

Bulletproof skin, super-fine netting strong enough to bring down a fighter jet, artificial tendons that are even tougher and more flexible than the real thing. The potential uses of spider silk might be nothing out of the ordinary to Peter Parker, but scientists in the real world have struggled in vain for decades trying to work out ways to produce enough of the stuff to be useful. Not for much longer, perhaps.

What's pink and sparkly and new this year?

Pink Sparkly And All Things Nice is among more than 100,000 Britons who changed their name this year.

Charges laid over Disney's Marvel deal

The boyfriend of a former Walt Disney intern faces insider dealing charges after the US Securities and Exchange Commission accused him of using price-sensitive information to profit from Disney's takeover of the comic book company Marvel in 2009.

Emma Stone didn't know about Spider-Man

Emma Stone didn't know about 'Spider-Man' before signing up to star in it.

The Cap wasn't always so marvellous

The new Captain America film is a hit but, says Giles Brody, the super soldier's last outing provides a cautionary tale

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The fantastic world of comic books comes to life in a square-jawed action movie in which goodies and baddies reassuringly know their place

Captain America: The First Avenger (12A)

Starring: Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Tommy Lee Jones

Cowboys &amp; Aliens: Unlikely battles

When Frankenstein met Wolf Man in 1948, they spawned a line of bastard movies that continues to today's monster mash-ups. Kaleem Aftab on the new wave of cross-genre films

From app to big screen: Angry Birds catapult into Hollywood

Smartphone game firm poaches man who made hit movies out of Marvel Comics heroes

Marvel kills off Spider-man

The lights are going out for Peter Parker, the high school student bitten by a radioactive spider whose wall-crawling and web-slinging antics have made him a touchstone of Marvel Comics' universe of heroes and villains.

Daredevil 'Jackass' star Ryan Dunn is killed in car crash

The American actor Ryan Dunn, star of the hit MTV series and film franchise Jackass, was killed in a car crash in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Superheroes: We need to find a modern Marvel

Why does Hollywood keep returning to the same old superheroes? There&rsquo;s a universe of oddities out there, says Matt Thomas

Video: Spider-Man finally opens on Broadway

It cost £40,000 and four cast members were hurt during rehearsals, now Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has finally opened on Broadway.

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A growing population and a compromised and depleted aquifer leaves water in scarce supply for Palestinians
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He played in five series against Australia and covered more as a newspaper correspondent. From Waugh to Warne and Hick to Headley, here are his highlights
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