Everything’s led to this – the Russo Brothers’ epic finale to the Infinity Saga: “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame”! This two-part storyline builds on ALL the MCU movies that came before, from Phases 1 through 3, and works best if you’ve seen all the Marvel movies leading up to it, from “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Iron Man” to “Guardians of the Galaxy – Vol 2” and “Thor: Ragnarok”. And it all cleverly sets up where the MCU currently is in Phase 4, with all the new MCU movies and shows! (now streaming on Disney Plus)
If you somehow haven’t watched these two, be warned that there are some serious *spoilers* ahead!
On this week’s Marvel-heavy episode we’re discussing our initial thoughts on the first 4 episodes of “Hawkeye” (now on Disney+), giving our predictions for this Friday’s “Spider-man: No Way Home”, and celebrating the life and works of the great George Pérez for our first artist spotlight. (Minor Spoilers for the post-credit scenes for “Eternals”, “Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”, and “Venom: Let There Be Carnage”)
*Note: We ran into some slight technical issues on today’s episode, so the audio quality varies a little bit throughout, but it does improve as the episode goes on. Thank you for bearing with us!
The original “Cowboy Bebop” from 1998, is often considered one of the best (not for kids) anime of the 80’s and 90’s, along with movies like “Akira” and “Ghost in the Shell”. The series follows a group of space-faring bounty hunters: Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, and Faye Valentine as a makeshift family trying to survive in an unforgiving solar system, while they each wrestle with the demons of their pasts. It became an overnight cult phenomenon the moment it premiered in the US on Adult Swim in late 2001, and may have even helped to inspire Joss Whedon’s “Firefly” in 2005.
Unlike a lot of popular anime series that go on for hundreds of episodes with dozens of filler episodes a season with no end in sight, Bebop doesn’t overstay it’s welcome, in fact it gives us something that we rarely get these days from so many big budget blockbusters: an actual ending. With only 26 episodes, a movie – set during the middle of the show, a couple Play Station video games (only released in Japan), and a few manga volumes, this is a series that really leaves you wanting more, and perhaps that’s one of the factors that makes it so special.
On today’s episode we’re discussing the anime anthology, “Star Wars: Visions” (now streaming on Disney+), the two-part finale of Marvel’s “What If…?” (also on Disney+), and a quick breakdown of DC Fandome’s new trailers for “The Batman” and “The Flash”!
Also on this episode:
Initial thoughts on “Y: The Last Man” – show vs comics (Hulu)
“Superman and Lois” discussion (HBO Max)
Chris’s “Squid Game” Review (Netflix)
DC Fandome 2021 Discussions: Black Adam, Aquaman: The Lost Kingdom, Shazam: Fury of the Gods, Batman: The Caped Crusader, etc
Essential Reads: DAREDEVIL! (Kevin Smith’s “Guardian Devil”, Ed Brubaker’s “The Devil in Cellblock D”, and Frank Miller’s “Born Again”)
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been going strong for over a decade, and has already become the biggest, most-expansive franchise in movie history! First starting in 2008, with Jon Favreau’s “Iron Man”, starring Robert Downey Jr., who’s story eventually culminated with 2019’s “Avengers: Endgame” – the 22nd movie in the series. All of which was orchestrated behind the scenes by the one and only Kevin Feige!
The MCU continues with ‘Phase Four’ (including several new shows now streaming on Disney+). Most of these titles are intrinsically tied to the overarching narrative of the MCU as a whole, so where does everything fit in? If you’re not already a hardcore fan (like us), it can probably feel like A LOT to catch up on, so if you want to dive in and follow along in (mostly?) chronological order, the following is a *quick* guide to the MCU Timeline (so far), from Captain America: The First Avenger to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and beyond!
On today’s episode we talk about our thoughts on the current state of the MCU with “Black Widow” and “LOKI”! (Now streaming on Disney+)
Also on this episode:
More talk about “The Immortal Hulk”
Revisiting Bryan Lee O’Malley’s “Scott Pilgrim” graphic novels
Essential Reads: Wonder Woman
For more random shenanigans, check out our blog at ComicZombie.net – Including Erik’s Scott Pilgrim and Loki reviews!*Also listen to us on Podcasters Assemble! (and hit us up on Twitter @ComicZombie2!)
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As I said in my review of Episode One, “LOKI” has been a ‘wild, off-the-rails, jaunt through time’ – and with so many crazy twists and turns, it’s a rollercoaster that’s never once slowed down since then! Throughout the show we’ve followed a Loki variant (Tom Hiddleston), after the time-traveling events of “Avengers: Endgame”, go from being an Asgardian supervillain to an introspective Alice through the looking glass.
Through a series of random Douglas Adams inspired shenanigans with Agent Mobius (Owen Wilson) of the TVA (Temporal Variance Authority), Loki encountered a female variant of himself in the form of Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) who he then joined on a quest to uncover the identities of the Time Keepers who turned out to be nothing more than robotic puppets! Together, the two Lokis eventually found themselves in a realm at the end of time known as the Void, where all manner of Lokis have been discarded amongst the remnants of countless erased timelines, including Kid Loki, President Loki, and Gator Loki. With the valiant sacrifice of an older Loki, Sylvie and Loki are able to combine their powers and enchant the hangry cloud monster known as Alioth, revealing a portal to… somewhere?
We start where we left off with Loki waking up in “The Void”, a realm at the end of time riddled with all the “pruned” variants and remnants of forgotten timelines. Loki is approached by “the Council of Lokis” – made up of 4 Loki variants: Classic Loki (an older variant from the future played by Richard E. Grant), Kid Loki, “Boastful Loki” (an African American variant with what looks like an alternate version of Mjolnir?), and last by not least, Gator Loki… who is just an alligator with Loki horns?!
After a heart-wrenching flash back to Sylvie as a kid, in Asgard, being taken away by the TVA, we jump forward to Loki and Sylvie as they await the end of their worlds as the doomed planet Lamentis crumbles around them. She explains to her male counterpart that she escaped their custody as a child and had been on the run ever since, hiding in apocalyptic events, “That’s where I grew up, the end of a thousand worlds… and that’s where I’ll die.”