Welcome to Geekdom is all about Gwenpool this week. Scott Fugger returns to discuss The Unbelievable Gwenpool Vol. 4: Beyond the Fourth Wall. We discuss the format, the creative team, and more. You can subscribe on iTunes, Overcast, or Google Playand check out the episode below.
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.
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.
Welcome to Geekdom returns with a chat about Black Panther with MJ Rawls. We discuss the cast, the world of Wakanda, and much more. You can subscribe on iTunes, Overcast, or Google Play and check out the episode below.
Marvel released Black Panther on February 16th and it’s seen a lot of well-deserved buzz. I was able to see it on Friday and it was a fantastic movie. Marvel hasn’t been perfect, but they’ve had a solid run since starting the MCU with Iron Man. Here are some articles to check out on Black Panther if you’ve seen the movie already.
This isn’t the first black-led superhero film, but it is perhaps the highest profile ever given to a film so celebratory of black American culture and its African roots, which in itself feels revelatory as a breath of creative fresh air in a genre commonly bemoaned as resting too much on comfortable laurels.
Leigh Monson reviewed the film for The Eagan Enterprise. This review is a quick read that points out how it hits on a pop culture level and what that means for the film.
The truth is that they didn’t dare put the same kinds of handcuffs they did in the past on Coogler. They trusted him largely because they had to trust him. The optics of doing the alternative were too risky. And that was terrifying to them, but they still gave up control and were prepared to take the loss, never expecting in a million years that this film would be the mega-success they’re seeing now (hopefully Hollywood is finally picking up how their modern audience actually works).
Film Crit Hulk is always worth reading. This one is definitely more of a long read, but it’s as entertaining and insightful as you’d expect it to be.
I’m trying to imagine being Ryan Coogler, the movie’s 31-year-old superstar director, at the start of this project, tasked with a job as monumental as this, burdened by a keen sense of the inherent inability to please everyone, and still having to make the movie.
Writing for The Ringer, K. Austin Collins has a nice article on the film. He discusses how you can love something, but have complicated feelings about it at the same time.
If you’re reading this and haven’t seen Black Panther yet, go do that. It’s worth your time.
You can find all previous editions of Monday Musings here.