Welcome to Geekdom is back with MJ Rawls this week. We talk all about Avengers: Infinity War, so be sure to watch the movie before listening. You can subscribe on iTunes, Overcast, or Google Playand check out the episode below.
After seeing Avengers: Infinity War on release day, I’ve been catching up on various podcasts and articles on it. I’m not as thrilled with it as some, but I did think it was a solid movie up until the end. If you don’t want it spoiled for you, though, I’d stop reading now.
Marvel has never been particularly interested in its villains before. Most of them have been the garden-variety mustache twirlers with generic “destroy the world” plans. Killmonger in Black Panther and Loki in the Thor films have been noticeable deviations from this trope, but Thanos is even different from those characters thanks to a surprisingly affecting motion-capture performance from Josh Brolin.
I agree with Dave Schilling that Thanos is a unique villain. He’s going to be hard to top going forward. Give this full review a read because it’s a good one.
It all started to balance out once we realized that Thanos is the main character; he’s the protagonist of this movie. He is actually the driving force. He will dictate everything that happens in the movie. Until his story or the ramifications of his story interact with certain characters, they’re not in the movie. He is pulling people into the drama. We had written, at some point, one of those big-ass group scenes. “Let’s get everybody together in a conference room and talk about the threat that’s coming.” It was cool, because everyone was there, but it was awful.
Marc Bernardin sat down with the filmmakers of Avengers: Infinity War and Christopher Markus made the above statement about the balance of the characters in the film. I did feel that there was a good balance and the teams of characters that were grouped together made sense rather than having everyone in one place.
So, for basically 90 percent of this movie, I’m sitting there thinking, Okay, this is awesome. Then things changed slightly. And I need to be clear: not to the point it changes how I feel about the movie. I still enjoyed it immensely. But Infinity War did send me out on an unfulfilled note, which, to be fair, is probably by design. It’s kind of like if you were riding a roller coaster and having just the best experience. Then, off in the distance, you can see the final crazy loop that ends the ride. “Oh my gosh, this has been so much fun already but look at that loop coming up!” And then the ride bypasses the last loop and just kind of ends and you’re told to get out. And you’re left feeling like, “That was great but I thought we were going to go through that last loop but I guess not.”
This paragraph by Mike Ryan writing for UPROXX captures how I also felt about the end of the movie. I’ll have a podcast coming out on the movie next week with some more thoughts, but this sums it up nicely.
Listen to Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald talk about the film on The Watch.
Welcome to Geekdom returns with a discussion on Avengers: Age of Ultron with Tim Mathews. We discuss the new characters, what worked well (or didn’t), and more. You can subscribe on iTunes, Overcast, or Google Play and check out the episode below.
Late last year, I was told that this film would take place in the past; today, that was confirmed by a second source. The film will find Natasha living in the United States 15 years after the fall of the Soviet Union! That timeline places the film firmly in the mid-2000s, meaning we’ll meet up with Nat prior to the events of Iron Man 2.
I was talking about this recently on one of my podcasts. I’m all for a Black Widow story set in the past. Marvel is doing it with the upcoming Captain Marvel, so I have no doubt that they’d consider more stories set in the past.
Clint Barton has been noticeably absent in promotional material for Infinity War, which adds fuel to the theory that his character may not be long for this world. Truth is, Hawkeye is another fan favorite whose death would hurt but wouldn’t put much of a dent in the future of the MCU. The addition of a family and personal background for Clint in Age of Ultron also seems ominous; there’s nothing like sudden emotional stakes to signal an imminent death.
If Hawkeye does appear in Infinity War, I don’t see how he makes it out of this one. He’s a character who had a chance to die in Age of Ultron, but they sacrificed Pietro instead. Even he thinks it’s funny that he’s just a guy with a bow and arrow when all of these crazy things keep happening. Hawkeye talk aside, this is a fun read that takes the contracts into consideration when looking at who could die in Infinity War.
I’m looking forward to the film, but not who dies. We’ve spent ten years with some of these characters and it’s been a wild run for Marvel. But if we do in fact get that Black Widow film, I’ll be quite happy with that.
Welcome to Geekdom is all about Iron Man with Becky Kovach this week. We discuss how the film kicked off the MCU, the characters, and more. You can subscribe on iTunes, Overcast, or Google Play and check out the episode below.
Welcome to Geekdom returns this week with an episode all about The Avengers with Tim Mathews. We discuss the characters, what worked well, and more. You can subscribe on iTunes, Overcast, or Google Playand check out the episode below.
Murjani Rawls returns to Welcome to Geekdom to discuss the first two seasons of Jessica Jones. We talk about the characters, what we thought worked, and more. You can subscribe on iTunes, Overcast, or Google Play and check out the episode below.
Snyder’s biggest reveal, though, was that that there’ll be two brand new ongoing Justice League books post No Justice. Justice League Dark, written by James Tynion IV with art by Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez, and Brad Anderson, sees the cult classic team return, but this time led by none other than Wonder Woman! She’ll be joined by Swamp Thing, Zatanna, Detective Chimp, and Man-Bat in one of the wackiest and most fun lineups we’ve seen for a long time. “Justice League Dark is the biggest craziest magic book you can imagine. It’s the biggest magical war thrown into one place,” Snyder enthused.
I wasn’t at WonderCon on Saturday (I only attended Friday) and this was a panel that I was bummed to miss out on. Nerdist has some great coverage of the panel and the new Justice League titles. Justice League, Justice League Dark, and Justice League Odyssey are all on the way from DC. Wonder Woman will be leading a team of some unusual allies in Justice League Dark and I can’t wait to check it out along with the other two titles.
Marvel Studios has begun principal photography in Los Angeles, California, on its newest film, “Captain Marvel.” The production is shooting in and around the greater Los Angeles area, which will also serve as the production base for the film. The production will also shoot on location in Fresno, California, as well as locations in Louisiana, including Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
These are the details Marvel gave about Captain Marvel today. It’ll be interesting to see how this movie plays out since it’s taking place in the 90s and won’t directly tie-in to the current events of the MCU. We’ve never seen something from the 90s in the Marvel films and that gives them new territory to play with.
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