Comic Zombie Podcast #26: Marvel SDCC 2022 News! / DC Cancellations?!

Issue 26: Marvel SDCC 2022 News! / DC Cancellations?!

“It’s an incredibly bad look to cancel a Latina Batgirl movie.” – Kevin Smith 

Erik and Chris return to discuss the latest geek news – with ALL of Kevin Feige’s Marvel Phase 5 *and* 6 announcements from this year’s San Diego Comic Con 2022! Meanwhile, the new head of Warner Bros decided to cancel not only the (nearly completed) “Batgirl” movie, starring Leslie Grace (and Michael Keaton!), but several other DC projects from the CW and HBO Max (including Kevin Smith’s work on “Strange Adventures” an animated anthology which honestly sounded cool as hell) all in an apparent attempt to save $3 billion with a tax loophole, but the move has since apparently backfired causing them to lose $20 billion after pissing off the entire internet, because of course it did. So you know, the usual. 

Note: In this episode we accidentally referred to Ezra Miller as ‘he’ instead of ‘they’, but mean no disrespect the trans community, just an honest slip up. 

Also On This Episode:

  • Our belated reviews on “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” *and* “Thor: Love and Thunder”
  • “She-Hulk” Episode 1 – initial thoughts
  • Artist Spotlight: Tim Sale (RIP)
  • Essential Reads: Fantastic Four! 
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Comic Zombie Podcast #24: Daredevil and the Marvel Netflix Shows!

Issue 24: Daredevil and the Marvel Netflix Shows!

“When I was a boy…” – Wilson Fisk aka The Kingpin

Chris and Erik join forces once again to talk about the Marvel Netflix shows! (Now on Disney Plus)

Marvel Netflix Shows:

  • Daredevil
  • Jessica Jones
  • Luke Cage
  • Iron Fist
  • The Defenders
  • The Punisher 

*Note: this episode was recorded prior to the release of “Moon Knight”, “Ms. Marvel”, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”, and “Thor: Love and Thunder”. We also had some technical difficulties and had to record the episode over two separate recording sessions, so there may be some repeated comments. 

Also On This Episode: 

  • Our belated “Hawkeye” Finale Review! 
  • Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio officially in the MCU!
  • Predictions for the upcoming “Echo” series
  • “Moon Knight”, “Ms. Marvel”, and “She-Hulk” speculation
  • Outdated rumors about “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”
  • Will Namor be in Black Panther 2? (Spoilers: Yes)
  • A random tangent about stretchy characters…?

Be sure to listen to our last MCU episode with Zack on Phase Two!

And check out our blog at ComicZombie.net for more – including Erik’s Scott Pilgrim comic reviews!

(Episode edited by Erik Slader)

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Comic Zombie Podcast #16

Issue 16: “Spider-man: No Way Home” Predictions, “Hawkeye” Theories, and George Pérez Spotlight

Who is the 6th member of the Sinister Six?

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!

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A “Brief” Recap of the MCU Timeline (Part Two)

Reblogged from ProbablyWork.com

Click here for Part One of our MCU breakdown!

Phase Two picks up after the events of ‘The Avengers’ and re-focus back on their individual adventures before they reform in ‘Age of Ultron’. We also get introduced to some new characters as the cosmic side of things starts to take center stage. The timeline also gets a little nebulous here as these events take place roughly around the same time in different corners of the universe.

We also decided to include the Netflix Marvel shows on our list since they are tangentially related and according to rumors may still end up impacting upcoming MCU films and shows. Before we jump in though, we need to give a massive *spoiler warning* for anyone new to the MCU because most of these movies have some pretty big twists, so proceed with caution…

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Top 100 Heroes: 10-6

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The age old questions of comic fans: Batman or Superman? Spider-Man or Wolverine? The debates about the best heroes are endless. We tried to make a top 10 list, but that was just too hard. So we tried a top 25, but that quickly became a top 50… you get the idea. So we were able to ‘narrow’ it down to an even 100. Odds are you will vehemently disagree with who did or did not make the list, or just the order that we placed them. But, hey, it’s our list.

(Honorable mentions to Beta Ray Bill, USAgent, Martian Manhunter, Kid Flash, Hercules, The Frenchman and the Female (the Boys), Abe Sapien, Spider-Man 2099, Static Shock, Nite Owl, Guy Gardner, Booster Gold, Spawn, Atom Eve, Mary Marvel, and a hell of a lot more. So many more we could- and may- do another whole 100 list!)

We will release these in installments of 10 so that you don’t have the longest list ever to read through. Agree with the placement or who made the list? Disagree with the burning power of a thousand suns? Let us know! Enjoy!

(Click here for Part One!)

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Comic Zombie Podcast #15

Issue 15: “Star Wars: Visions”, the “What If…?” season finale, and DC Fandome 2021!

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”)

For more random shenanigans, check out our blog at ComicZombie.net

For more of us talking about Star Wars, check out the all new episode of Podcasters Disassembled on “Rogue One”!

*Also listen to us on the latest season of Podcasters Assemble! (and hit us up on Instagram @ComicZombiePodcast!)

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Comiczombie’s Top 5 (Bottom?) Worst Comic Book Movies

There’s no getting around it: there have been a ton of truly awful superhero/comic book adaptations. I’m looking at you, Punisher. There are a lot that were made for next to no money, and were made only so that a company could hold onto film rights, like the 1994 version of Fantastic Four, or the Captain America movies that starred J.D. Salinger’s son as Cap, had an Italian Red Skull, and Cap’s ears on the side of his mask were rubber. Rubber! There are also some that are really bad adaptations, but not terrible movies, like Constantine. But for the purposes of this list I am looking at the comic book movies that were made by big studios for at least reasonably large budgets. So you won’t see Roger Corman’s Fantastic Four on my list. Also, I haven’t seen the Halle Berry Catwoman, so that won’t be making the list. However, you will see….

5. Superman Returns

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What We Wanted to See: A movie that reinvigorated the franchise and moved Superman into the 21st century

What We Got: A sequel/prequel that satisfied nobody

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Top 10 Scariest Marvel villains

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There are a TON of villains in the Marvel universe. Some are jokes, some aren’t really villains at heart, some are pretty bad, and some are straight up evil. Then there are the ones that are just scary, because of what they’re capable of, or how far they’re willing to go to get what they want. There are some that didn’t make this list that might belong, like Magneto, or the Green Goblin, but in the end I think it depends on how you define scary. If you disagree with my choices feel free to leave your own top 10 in the comments. Here are my top 10 scariest villains of the Marvel universe.

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RETRO SPOILER ALERT! – First Appearances Can Be Deceiving – BRONZE AGE (3 of 4)

Continued from Part 2: The Silver Age

THE BRONZE AGE (1970 to 1985)

— “I am fire and life incarnate! Now and forever — I am PHOENIX!!!” – Jean Grey (Dark Phoenix)

This is considered to be the start of the ‘Dark Age’ of Comics, and with good reason, which continued into the late 90’s (the Copper Age). Some very dark twists to many popular characters backstories were first established during this time such as: (Retro Spoiler Alert!) the Green Goblin killing Spider-man’s girlfriend (Gwen Stacy, not MJ), the demise of Jason Todd (the second Robin) at the hands of the Joker, Elektra’s murder by Bullseye, etc… (BULLSEYE was introduced in Daredevil #131 – 1976, and ELEKTRA in #168 – 1981)

Often disputed between comic fans / historians, this Bronze Era is typically said to have occurred sometime between 1970 and 1985 give or take a couple years. This was a time when comic books became more socially conscious and began featuring real-world issues. Comic books were no longer just an escape from reality, but a mirror of it. This is when the legends behind the most acclaimed adult-themed comics started to creep onto the scene. Writers and artists like Alan Moore, Frank Miller, Neil Gaiman Chris Claremont, John Byrne, Jim Lee, George Perez, Joe Quesada, and countless others who are still relevant today, most of whom are still actively in the comic industry today!

The Bronze Age was when there was a resurgence in interest for super heroes in general. Following the cheesy campy spoof that was the Batman 60’s TV series was the first serious, live action, depiction of a comic book, on the silver screen with Superman: The Movie in the late 70’s, and in the 80’s there was the Wonder Woman show and the Incredible Hulk became a Smash Hit! (pun-intended)

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