AP Marvel

AP Marvel

By AP Marvel
A show that discusses deeper issues in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, from its story themes, to its depiction of political and social issues, and its fandom. Join Chris (@Compenderizer), Izzy (@delirilyn), Anthony (@thepizzataco) and their guests as they explore your favorite superhero movies and shows at a different level.
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Episode 47: Avengers: Endgame Predictioncast
The AP Marvel weekly podcast is definitely in the endgame now, with Chris grabbing Anthony and Thomas for some last minute predictions. What sort of character arc will each of our beloved characters go through? Who will live and die? Why is Thomas out for blood? Will the Avengers defeat Thanos with the power of reverse psychology? All of this and more on our last show in a pre-Avengers: Endgame world. If you haven't already, join our Discord server to join in the Endgame discussions!  Check Out:  The Gift That is The Gifted by Thomas Rasmussen  Talking Tropes #29: Is this a Crossover Episode!? with guests Chris and Anthony  Palin’ Around-Episode 10—Mental Health and Indie Content Creation by Your Geeky Gal Pal  Your Geeky Gal Pal Pride Package Pitch Guidelines  One Marvelous Scene video essay playlist  Next Week: Avengers: Endgame Postgame (Spoilers) Follow AP Marvel on Patreon, Twitter, Medium, Discord, YouTube, and Facebook Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Sabrina Clarke (@sabsclarke) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
1:55:49
April 25, 2019
Episode 46: MCU Phase 3 Recap
Chris, Leila, and Anthony have done the impossible: summing up nine movies in only two-and-a-half hours! Get ready for primers on Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Captain Marvel. Also, the AP Marvel crew speculate on if Ben Carson would ever learn the Mystic Arts, if there is a Flat Asgard Society, and inappropriate NSFW behavior in movie theaters! Check Out: Patron Exclusive: Off-Topic Shazam! Podcast Next Week: Avengers: Endgame Predictioncast Follow AP Marvel on Patreon, Twitter, Medium, Discord, YouTube, and Facebook Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Sabrina Clarke (@sabsclarke) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
2:26:22
April 22, 2019
Episode 45: MCU Phase 2 Recap
Time is of the essence in this next recap podcast—Chris and Izzy go through Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Ant-Man as swiftly and efficiently as possible. Check Out: Patron Exclusive: Off-Topic Shazam! Podcast Friends of the Show Major Casts Network Patreon campaign Friends of the Show Your Geeky Gal Pal Pride Package 2019 Fundraiser Next Week: AP Marvel’s MCU Summary—Phase 2 Follow AP Marvel on Patreon, Twitter, Medium, Discord, YouTube, and Facebook Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Sabrina Clarke (@sabsclarke) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
1:20:39
April 15, 2019
Episode 44: MCU Phase 1 Recap
If you need a recap of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to catch up for Avengers: Endgame, AP Marvel is the host of the worst one! Chris is sleepy as hell from PAX East, so they're bolstered by Anthony and a returning Thomas Rasmussen! Next Week: AP Marvel’s MCU Summary—Phase 2 Follow AP Marvel on Patreon, Twitter, Medium, Discord, YouTube, and FacebookFollow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Sabrina Clarke (@sabsclarke) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
2:50:06
April 5, 2019
Episode 43: James Gunn's Legacy Revisited
Marvel Studios has rehired James Gunn to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but is this cause for celebration or is Disney opening a can of worms? Chris, Anthony, and Izzy navigate a minefield defined by edgy humor, authorship, and cancel culture. Turns out, everything is complicated! Next Week: AP Marvel’s MCU Summary—Phase 1 Follow AP Marvel on Patreon, Twitter, Medium, Discord, YouTube, and Facebook Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Sabrina Clarke (@sabsclarke) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
1:13:30
March 28, 2019
Episode 42: The Nature of Crossovers in the MCU
The MCU may be host to “the most ambitious crossover event of all time,” but what do crossovers even mean in the MCU anymore? Is this just one big mega-franchise, or rather a franchise of franchises? Chris and Anthony have their own crossover with David Frank and Hannah Frank from @TalkingTropes to discuss. Next Week: Revisiting James Gunn’s Legacy Follow AP Marvel on Patreon, Twitter, Medium, Discord, YouTube, and Facebook Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Sabrina Clarke (@sabsclarke) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
1:47:12
March 22, 2019
Episode 41: Captain Marvel Hot Take
Our cinematic Carol Danvers is here, but how did her first solo outing fare? Izzy grabs Leila (@galaxyleila) and Chris to dissect Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck’s 90s period piece, debate on its merits as a feminist movie, and somehow yet again get on the topic of Taylor Swift yet again. Recommended Reading: Captain Marvel Might Not Be the Feminist Phenomenon We Want by Izzy Sio Pool V. Pool: Captain Marvel (Hardcore Lime) Next Week: An Ambitious Crossover Event with @TalkingTropes Follow AP Marvel on Patreon, Twitter, Medium, Discord, YouTube, and Facebook Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Sabrina Clarke (@sabsclarke) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
1:45:07
March 14, 2019
Episode 40: Pour One Out for Jessica Jones
Netflix has canceled Jessica Jones, so it’s time for another Marvel-Netflix eulogy. Chris and Izzy brought two guests to dissect the first two seasons of this detective noir—Caitlin Galiz-Rowe (@CGRRRRRRRR) of @YourGeekyGalPal and Hannah Frank of @TalkingTropes. How did the show fare with a major female leading role with Krysten Ritter, and how did it depict mental health and trauma? Is the show nothing more than a display of white feminism? Who is to blame for the Twilightmovies? Recommended Reading: How Jessica Jones Fails People of Color (SyFy) Netflix’s Jessica Jones Has a Race Problem, But It’s Fixable(Wear Your Voice) Disappointed! Next Week: Captain Marvel Hot Take Follow AP Marvel on Patreon, Twitter, Medium, Discord, YouTube, and FacebookFollow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Sabrina Clarke (@sabsclarke) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
1:29:11
March 8, 2019
Episode 39: Do the Oscars Still Matter?
The 91st Academy Awards went on without a hitch—well, for the most part. The AP Marvel crew gather around to pick up the pieces. In the end, what significance do the Oscars have on our popular culture? Where does Marvel Studios fit into that now that Black Panther has won Oscar gold? How do we cope with Green Book's win? Check Out: AP Marvel Off-Topic: 2019 Oscars Predictions Podcast (Patreon Exclusive) There Is a New Oscars Genre, and Black Panther Is a Part of It by Izzy Sio Crash and Learn: Green Book Highlights a Bigger Academy Problem by Leila Jordan Next Week: Pour One Out for Jessica Jones (with special guests Caitlin Galiz-Rowe, Hannah Frank) Follow AP Marvel on Patreon, Twitter, Medium, Discord, YouTube, and Facebook Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Sabrina Clarke (@sabsclarke) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
57:06
March 1, 2019
Episode 38: Wakanda and the Rest of the World (Part 2 of 2)
The Black Panther anniversary celebration continues, with Chris moderating the roundtable discussion between Sabrina, Brandon Kesselly (@BCKesso) of The Rising Young Minds and NerdCraft Nation, and Karama Horne (@theblerdgurl). Who was "right" in the debate on whether or not to open Wakanda to the world? What does immigration and tourism look like in the MCU's Wakanda? Heck, what are weddings like? All this and more in this fantastic deep dive of Ryan Coogler's film. Works Cited: Nnedi Okorafor -  Black Panther Long Live the King 1-3 Samuel P. Huntington’s Clash of Civilizations Linda Heywood’s paper on the Kingdom of Kongo Black Panther and the Black Monolith Fallacy Next Week: Do the Oscars Still Matter? Follow AP Marvel on Patreon, Twitter, Medium, Discord, YouTube, and Facebook Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Sabrina Clarke (@sabsclarke) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
1:13:09
February 21, 2019
Episode 37: Wakandan Society in the MCU (Part 1 of 2)
To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Black Panther, Chris grabbed Sabrina, her brother Brandon Kesselly (@BCKesso) of The Rising Young Minds and NerdCraft Nation, and returning guest Karama Horne (@theblerdgurl) to discuss a variety of interesting topics. What is life like in Wakanda as depicted in the MCU? How does Ryan Coogler's film tackle the topics of "otherness," the diaspora, and Pan-Africanism? All that and more in this extended deep dive of the Oscar-nominated film. Works Cited: Nnedi Okorafor -  Black Panther Long Live the King 1-3 Samuel P. Huntington’s Clash of Civilizations Linda Heywood’s paper on the Kingdom of Kongo Black Panther and the Black Monolith Fallacy Next Week: Wakanda Opens Up to the World—Now What? (Part 2 of 2) Follow AP Marvel on Patreon, Twitter, Medium, Discord, YouTube, and Facebook Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Sabrina Clarke (@sabsclarke) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
1:08:32
February 14, 2019
Episode 36: Marvel Musings #1-#4
The gang of Chris, Izzy, Anthony, and Sabrina kick back and share their thoughtful and contemplative letters to Patreon supporters. Izzy talks about turning 21 and growing up with the MCU, Chris talks about the exciting unknowns of 2019, Anthony shares a recent event from one of his favorite leftist YouTubers, and Sabrina shares her love for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Read their Marvel Musings below, the first four free through Medium: A New Year Brings New Unknowns (Chris) On Growing Up With Marvel (Izzy) The Internet was Good For Once (Anthony) A Love Letter to The Winter Soldier (Sabrina) Support the AP Marvel Patreon for all future Marvel Musings! Next Week: Wakandan Society in the MCU (Part 1 of 2) Follow AP Marvel on Twitter, Medium, Discord, YouTube, and Facebook Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Sabrina Clarke (@sabsclarke) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
1:05:25
February 7, 2019
Episode 35: The Shyamalan Cinematic Universe
With the release of Glass, M. Night Shyamalan has completed his own superhero trilogy. What relation, if any, does Unbreakable, Split, and Glass have with the MCU? Ultimately, what does that trilogy have to say about superheroes, comic book fiction, and commercialization? Chris, Izzy, and Leila (@galaxyleila) explore. Tony's Film Corner: Glass (Patreon Exclusive) Next Week: Marvel Musings #1-#4 Follow AP Marvel on Patreon, Twitter, Medium, Discord, YouTube, and Facebook Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
1:51:25
January 31, 2019
Episode 34: Looking Back at Loki, God of Mischief
For one reason or another Loki, is a fan-favorite MCU villain (if you consider him one). With the help of artist and Loki enthusiast VixNdwnq, the AP Marvel crew of Chris, Anthony, and substitute host Erin have a retrospective discussion of Tom Hiddleston's mischievous character. Relevant News Stories: Rumors Swirl As Disney+ Preps MCU Series (That Hashtag Show) Here's Vix's Loki picture! Next Week: The Shyamalan Cinematic Universe Follow AP Marvel on Patreon, Twitter, Medium, Discord, YouTube, and Facebook Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
1:23:47
January 24, 2019
Episode 33: Who is Marvel Chairman Ike Perlmutter?
Fans love to blame Marvel Chairman Ike Perlmutter for a lot of MCU fallacies, but who is he really? Chris takes Anthony and Erin through a (nearly) full history of this eccentric corporate mogul. With shady business practices, racist and sexist comments, and a strange relationship with Donald Trump, this is one of the more interesting stories in the MCU. Relevant News Stories: Why It Matters That Marvel Studios Just Escaped Its Eccentric Billionaire C.E.O. (Vanity Fair) Marvel’s Civil War: Why Kevin Feige Demanded Emancipation From CEO Ike Perlmutter (The Hollywood Reporter) Next Week: A Look Back at Loki (with special guest VixNdwnq) Follow AP Marvel on Patreon, Twitter, Medium, Discord, YouTube, and Facebook Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
59:51
January 17, 2019
Episode 32: Joss Whedon's "Feminism"
The internet is angry at Joss Whedon, and the AP Marvel crew attempts to break down why it matters. Chris, Anthony, and Izzy are joined by Jennifer Unkle (@jbu3) of Scanline Media in looking back not just at The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, but his career (and life philosophy) as a whole. And with this troublesome information in mind, how do we reckon with Whedon’s contributions to popular culture? Referenced Reading: Joss Whedon is a Hypocrite Preaching Feminist Ideals (Kai Cole, The Wrap) Firefly, Serenity and Confederate Politics Firefly Chinese Joss Whedon stands by his infamously awful Wonder Woman script (The AV Club) Let’s Watch a Girl Get Beaten to Death (CW: references to violence; transphobia) (Joss Whedon, Whedonesque) What is “Callout Culture” and is it BAD? (Peter Coffin) Follow AP Marvel on Patreon, Twitter, Medium, Discord, YouTube, and Facebook Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
2:04:39
January 10, 2019
Episode 31: Marvel, Media, and Backlogs
The New Year is upon us, and the AP Marvel crew is behind on way too much content. Chris, Anthony, and returning substitute host Erin Beasley are joined by fellow content creator Matt Storm (@dj_stormageddon) to discuss the annoyance of media oversaturation. How do we sift through our backlogs in 2019, not just of the MCU, but of films, television shows, internet content, books, podcasts, and video games? Erin’s solution is apparently playing The Witcher 3 during the recording. Referenced Reading: Spoiler alert: spoilers make you enjoy stories more (University of California) Next Week: Revisiting Joss Whedon’s Legacy (with special guest Jennifer Unkle) Follow AP Marvel on Patreon, Twitter, Medium, Discord, YouTube, and Facebook Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
1:32:54
January 3, 2019
Episode 30: Christmas, 2019, and Beyond!
The holiday season is always a time to reflect back on the past year, so the AP Marvel crew takes a look back at the mess that was 2018. Chris, Izzy, and Anthony are rejoined by Erin Beasley and introduce Leila Jordan (@galaxyleila), the newest teacher for the Carnegie Mellon Marvel StuCo class. The quintet gives a proper burial to Daredevil, look back at their experiences watching Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Ant-Man and the Wasp in theaters, give their takes on Sony's Spidey madness, and set their expectations for Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame, and Spider-Man: Far from Home. Most importantly, AP Marvel hints at the show's plans for 2019. Next Week: Media Oversaturation and the MCU (with special guest Matt Storm aka Stormageddon) Follow AP Marvel on Patreon, Twitter, Medium, Discord, YouTube, and Facebook Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Marvel News Desk Patreon link Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
1:32:26
December 27, 2018
Episode 29: Into the "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse"-Verse
There probably isn't a soul in the multiverse who dislikes Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, so Chris and Anthony brought on Syfy Wire's Karama Horne (better known as @theblerdgurl) to break down the animated film. What is it about the unique art style(s) that appealed to audiences? How did Miles Morales represent and normalize certain cultures? And what will Sony do with this Spidey subfranchise moving forward?  Chris’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse review (Flixist) Next Week: Christmas, 2019, and Beyond (with our friends Erin Beasley and Leila Berger)  Follow AP Marvel on Patreon, Twitter, Medium, Discord, YouTube, and Facebook Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
2:04:11
December 20, 2018
Episode 28: Spider-Man's Sympathetic Sinisters
Probably more so than any other superhero series, the Spider-Man franchise probably has the most "tragic" and sympathetic villains in its rogues' gallery. From the Sam Raimi trilogy to the MCU version of Spider-Man, Chris, Anthony, Izzy, and special guest Thomas Loughney (@ThomasLoughney) of the Major Casts Network give their thoughts on each Spider-Man movie villain, how they were handled thematically, and how they reflected some populist ideals.  Next Week: Into "Into the Spider-Verse" (with special guest The Blerd Gurl)  Follow AP Marvel on Patreon, Twitter, Medium, Discord, YouTube, and Facebook Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
1:42:22
December 14, 2018
Episode 27: Secrets to the MCU's Success
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is undoubtedly a critical and commercial success, but how has it specifically succeeded where others faltered? Can Hollywood learn something from the MCU, or is it impossible to duplicate? Chris and Thomas bring in the man behind YouTube channel Now You See It, Jack Nugent (@jacknugent27), for an exchange of ideas surrounding film production. Somehow, the trio also gets caught up in Breaking Bad and Fast & Furious discourse.  Recommended Videos:  Guillermo del Toro — Monsters, Makeup & Movie Magic (kaptainkristian)  Patrick Explains THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS (and Why It’s Great) (Patrick (H) Willems)  Next Week: Spider-Man's Sympathetic Sinisters (with special guest Thomas Loughney)  Follow AP Marvel on Patreon, Twitter, Medium, Discord, YouTube, and Facebook Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
1:38:10
December 6, 2018
Episode 26: Daredevil Season 3—Politics and Punching
There was a lot to chew from Daredevil season 3, so Chris once again brought in Sabrina and Thomas to dissect a Marvel-Netflix show. Starting with an article read of Chris’s recent piece, the three discuss the character arcs, the action sequences, and how the season depicted real fears and anxieties from American society.  And yeah, this episode is now kind of an accidental eulogy for Daredevil after its sudden cancellation. Whoops.  Next Week: Lessons from the Superhero (with special guest Jack Nugent)  Follow AP Marvel on Patreon, Twitter, Medium, Discord, YouTube, and Facebook Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
1:42:05
November 30, 2018
Episode 25: A Very Stan Lee Thanksgiving
This Thanksgiving, the trio of Chris, Izzy, and Anthony share what they’re most thankful for in the MCU. Whether it’s the community itself, the family they’ve created, or just the memes alone, there’s a lot. The AP Marvel crew also discusses the legacy of Stan Lee, and how his work with peers like Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko were able to pave the way for tolerance and progressivism in the fiction we enjoy today.  Next Week: The Politics of Fear in Daredevil Season 3  Follow AP Marvel on Patreon, Twitter, Medium, Discord, YouTube, and Facebook Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
1:36:54
November 22, 2018
Episode 24: Corners of the MCU (Part 2 of 2)
In this follow-up episode, Thomas, Izzy, and Anthony explore the different corners of the MCU from the Quantum Realm to Wakanda to various locations in space, and yes, even Attilan and Hawaii. The crew talks about the functions that corners serve, and speculate on the future of the Shared Universe.  Next Week: A Very Stan Lee Thanksgiving  Follow AP Marvel on Patreon, Twitter, Medium, Discord, YouTube, and Facebook Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
46:04
November 15, 2018
Episode 23: The Shared Universe Model (Part 1 of 2)
In part one of a two-part episode, Thomas, Izzy, and Anthony discuss the shared universe model and the pitfalls of trying to make one work. The crew dives into compromising artistic styles, the ever-increasing burden of continuity, and what tricks the MCU has come up with to deal with these issues. Plus, the three discuss some other cinematic universes, and how they’ve failed to avoid these pitfalls.  Next Week: Corners of the MCU (Part 2 of 2)  Follow AP Marvel on Patreon, Twitter, Medium, Discord, YouTube, and Facebook Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
1:04:31
November 8, 2018
Episode 22: Queer Visibility in the MCU (or Lack Thereof)
With tragic news and external fears in the United States, Chris of AP Marvel brought in comic artist and storyteller Nat (@NatRoze) and Laura Berry (@laubeary) of Sapphic Zines to talk about why representation for marginalized communities in media carries great importance. The trio takes a deep dive into the few queer characters in the MCU, namely Valkyrie, Jeri Hogarth, Joey Gutierrez, Karolina Dean, and Nico Minoru. As former and current students of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, the people behind AP Marvel urge you to help the victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill in any way possible. Recommended: Wandersongby Greg Lobanov (Chris’s review) Source of Whoopi Goldberg quote about representation in Star Trek Let Queer Characters Be Happy (Heather Alexandra, Kotaku) Next Week: The Shared Universe Model (Part 1 of 2)  Follow AP Marvel on Patreon, Twitter, Medium, Discord, YouTube, and Facebook Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
1:32:02
November 1, 2018
Episode 21: Our Favorite Luke Cage and Iron Fist Moments
It’s been a tough week for fans of the Marvel-Netflix shows, but the AP Marvel crew tries to make the best out of it. Instead of speculating what business goings-on are happening behind the scenes, Chris brings in substitute hosts Sabrina Clarke (IG: @sabrina.m4v, Twitter: @sabsclarke) and Thomas Rasmussen to talk about their favorite moments from Luke Cage and Iron Fist. The discussion ranges from the socio-economic, cultural, and political relevance of the shows, before delving into just how weird it is to have specific branches of the growing MCU die out. Recommended Links: 7 Awesome Musician Cameos from Luke Cage, Season 1 (Paste Magazine) A complete list of all the musical guests in ‘Luke Cage’ Season 2 (Mashable) Official Luke Cage Spotify Playlist Next Week: Queer Visibility in the MCU (with special guests Nat Rozeand Laura Berry) Follow AP Marvel on Patreon, Twitter, Medium, Discord, YouTube, and Facebook Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
1:13:56
October 25, 2018
Episode 20: Making Sense of Venom
After a read of Chris’s Venom review, they, Izzy, and Anthony are joined by returning guest Sam Riordan (@JustSamPlease) and total rando Peter (plugging @MorganRoseArt on Instagram) in discussing Sony’s “Marvel” “film” at length, topics including its production history, character arcs, choices of accents, and overall genre weirdness. Like the movie itself, this episode is a mess, but expect to hear a lot about Tom Hardy’s old MySpace profile and the wonderful Eddie/Venom fanart the crew has found. Recommended Reading: Fan art of Venom and Eddie Brock’s relationship celebrates the romantic side (Polygon) Eminem — Venom (Music from the Motion Picture) Lyrics (Genius) Next Week: Our Favorite Luke Cage and Iron Fist Moments  Follow AP Marvel on Patreon, Twitter, Medium, Discord, YouTube, and Facebook Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
1:54:18
October 18, 2018
Episode 19: NYCC Runaways Interview and Daredevil Panel
Chris went to New York Comic-Con! Anthony interviews them about their NYCC experience, from the show floor, networking with other people in the press, to actually interviewing cast members and producers from Runaways — this episode includes some audio from those interviews, where the cast members talked about social and political issues as depicted on the show. Plus, hear some impressions from Chris regarding the Daredevil season 3 panel. Chris’s NYCC Coverage on Destructoid: DC Universe panel promises variety, but remains unconvincing Runaways panel unveiled exciting first episode of season 2, revealed new character Interview: Marvel’s Runaways talk relationships, mental health, social issues NYCC: Good Omens panel is a good omen for Good Omens Marvel’s Daredevil season 3 panel confirms a Bullseye origin story Doctor Who panel premiered new episode, promoted inclusivity and lasting change Next Week: How Does Venom Exist?  Follow AP Marvel on Patreon, Twitter, Medium, Discord, YouTube, and Facebook Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
1:11:08
October 11, 2018
Episode 18: The Evolution of Thor
The three Thor films are all drastically different products, each with a different director with their own styles — but does Thor the character have a coherent arc through those movies? Izzy leads the discussion with Chris, Anthony, and StuCo teacher Erin Beasley in examining how Thor has evolved from Thor, Thor: The Dark World, and Thor: Ragnarok, while briefly speculating where Thor can go after Avengers: Infinity War drastically changed up some stakes for him. Recommended by Anthony: Why Thor Ragnarok is the Perfect Reboot — Movies with Mikey Next Week: The NYCC Episode! Follow AP Marvel on Patreon, Twitter, Medium, Discord, YouTube, and Facebook Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
1:09:15
October 4, 2018
Episode 17: Love, Sex, and Marvel
Romance may not be at the center for the MCU, but it’s a persistent element regardless. This episode has Chris, Izzy, Anthony, and special guest, playwright Dave Harris (@StayDancingDave) dissect many of the canon pairings in the MCU films and shows. The conversation then turns into a discussion about why we look for well-written romance in fiction in general, as well as a talk about how the MCU depicts sex. Content Warning: sex, body talk, language Extra Reading: Sex and the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Movie superheroes are being scrubbed of desire (Salon) Next Week: The Evolution of Thor (with special guest Erin Beasley) Follow AP Marvel on Patreon, Twitter, Medium, Discord, YouTube, and Facebook Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
1:26:44
September 27, 2018
Episode 16: What Was Iron Fist Season 2 About?
We begin with Chris reading their article about the themes of Iron Fist season 2, before jumping into our regular AP Marvel panel discussion. Joined by AP Marvel substitute “teacher” Thomas Rasmussen, Marvel News Desk’s number one Iron Fist fan Adam Barnhardt (@adambarnhardt), and all-around Typhoid Mary enthusiast Brooklyn Wallace (@BrooklynMND), the crew breaks down their thoughts on the heart of the season’s story, the action scenes, and their overall love of Ward Meachum. Extra Reading: Chris’s Editorial on the themes of Iron Fist Season 2 Adam’s MND Review for Iron Fist Season 2 Chris’s Destructoid Review for Iron Fist Season 2 Next Week: Love, Sex, and Marvel (with special guest Dave Harris) Follow AP Marvel on Patreon, Twitter, Medium, Discord, YouTube, and Facebook Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
1:23:58
September 20, 2018
Episode 15: Marvel Science 101
Let’s get into an actual school subject on AP Marvel for once: science! Chris is joined by their friend, biology and English major Betsy Ladyzhets (@owlinaminor) and regular co-host Anthony to talk about how the Marvel Cinematic Universe depicts science. The universe started somewhat grounded in Iron Man before things went awry in films like Ant-Man and the Wasp. Is it worth trying to get back to scientific accuracy, or will we need to shut up and continue our suspension of disbelief? Extra Reading: Betsy’s Tree Blog The Science Behind the ‘Black Panther’ Vibranium Suit As Explained By Our Resident Scientist by Charles Murphy (@CharlesMurphTHS) Next Week: What Was Iron Fist Season 2 About? Follow AP Marvel on Patreon, Twitter, Medium, Discord, YouTube, and Facebook Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
1:45:35
September 13, 2018
Episode 14: Power Creep—A Discussion of MCU Power Levels
Anthony brings on returning substitute hosts Sabrina Clarke (@sabsclarke) and Thomas Rasmussen to discuss the gaming concept of “Power Creep.” As the MCU heroes grow, they become more powerful — but is it possible for this power to be too much? Do these characters have to keep gaining new powers in order to stay interesting to audiences? Follow AP Marvel on Patreon, Twitter, Medium, Discord, YouTube, and Facebook Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
1:02:06
September 6, 2018
Episode 13: The Meta Episode—A History of AP Marvel
With the show going through a temporary change in roster, Chris has a one-on-one conversation with Izzy, who will be leaving for a few weeks due to some school-related commitments. The duo talks about the history that led to the creation of AP Marvel, mainly the Carnegie Mellon class that the two taught on the Marvel Cinematic Universe — crack open a cold one with Chris, and enjoy some fun anecdotes. Stay until the very end to learn which topics we’ll be covering in the future! Next Week: Power Creep — The Problems of Being Super (starring Anthony, Thomas, and Sabrina) Coming Soon: Marvel Science 101 (with special guest Betsy Ladyzhets) Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
1:17:02
August 30, 2018
Episode 12: How Daredevil Depicts Catholicism
The AP Marvel crew completes the Marvel News Desk trifecta by bringing in Caleb (@calebaborchers) to discuss religion as depicted by Netflix’s Daredevil. This Christian quartet talks about Frank Miller, demographics, Father Lantom, and Bibleman. If you haven’t figured it out by now, Anthony may deafen those using headphones, so be wary. Next Week: The Meta Episode — A History of AP Marvel Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
1:07:33
August 23, 2018
Episode 11: Ethics in the MCU—Can Good Guys Be Bad?
Marvel News Desk’s Brooklyn Wallace (@BrooklynMND) has been thinking about ethics a lot after watching Luke Cage season 2, so AP Marvel brings her on to discuss some problematic actions from our favorite MCU heroes and villains. As usual, Chris and Izzy are in attendance, bringing back fellow Marvel StuCo teacher and apparent ethics expert Thomas Rasmussen into the discussion. Next Week: How Daredevil Depicts Catholicism(with MND’s own Caleb Borchers) Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
1:25:54
August 16, 2018
Episode 10: Cloak & Dagger Season 1 Hot Take
Izzy leads the show’s deep dive into teen MCU, accompanied by Chris and future Marvel Film & Media Studies teacher Sabrina Clarke (@sabsclarke). The crew discusses everything they love about Freeform’s Cloak & Dagger, even with its hokey music choices and its total lack of subtlety in depicting real-life issues. Somehow, someway, the episode gets back on the topic of how weirded out we are by Jeph Loeb. Chris’s Runaways Recap podcast Next Week: Ethics in the MCU — Can Good Guys Be Bad?(with MND’s own Brooklyn Wallace) Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
1:21:35
August 9, 2018
Episode 9: Confronting James Gunn’s Legacy
In discussing the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first proper scandal, the core AP Marvel crew of Chris, Izzy and Anthony take a deep dive in the career of Guardians of the Galaxy writer-director James Gunn. We discuss Gunn’s past filmography, what constitutes as acceptable content and satire in film, the content in the Guardians films themselves, and how the alt-right got us in this predicament long before this controversy even happened. Content Warning: NSFW language, discussion of movies containing references to incest, sex and rape, discussion of tweets referencing pedophilia, rape and other sexual acts, Tropic Thunder‘s use of a mental disability slur, sexism in Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, GamerGate and harassment, various cases of sexual harassment post-Weinstein Izzy’s Article: #RehireJamesGunn?: How Disney Has Now Changed the #MeToo Movement Next Week: Cloak & Dagger Season 1 Hot Take(with special guest Sabrina Clarke) Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
2:00:30
August 2, 2018
Episode 8: What to Do with the Fox Characters
With the Disney-Fox deal looking to be inevitable, Izzy, Chris and Anthony invite their friend and colleague Thomas Rasmussen to speculate on what Feige and co. will do with these new properties. The crew debates on what to do with our fourth wall-breaking friend Deadpool, how to make mutants make sense in the larger MCU, how Fantastic Four would be easier to incorporate (as a family movie?), and… the rights to the Gummi Bears? Next Week: Confronting James Gunn's Legacy Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
1:18:35
July 26, 2018
Episode 7: Weapons and Violence in Iron Man and The Punisher
While the MCU isn’t necessarily known for being violent, weapons have a large role in the universe and its characters. Chris brings their former fellow Paste Magazine intern and ScreenRant writer Eric McAdams (@EdaciouslyYours), along with the usual team of Anthony and Izzy to discuss Iron Man and The Punisher in particular. Does the Tony Stark trilogy of films have anything worthwhile to say about the military industrial complex? Is Frank Castle an appropriate character in today’s age with the gun reform debate at a height? Eric’s Punisher article: Marvel’s The Punisher Wants You to Know That Gun Control Is For Cowards Next Week: What to Do with the Fox Characters(with special guest Thomas Rasmussen) Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
1:43:02
July 19, 2018
Episode 6: Ant-Man and the Wasp Hot Take
Join the core AP Marvel trio, as Ant-hony makes his triumph-ant return to the show to lead Chris and Izzy in a discussion about Ant-Man and the Wasp. It was a funny, creative and very necessary movie that just lacked things like, you know, character arcs. But hey, at least everyone was happy and wholesome and not toxic and angry in this movie! Next Week: Weapons and Violence in Iron Man and The Punisher (with special guest Eric McAdams) Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
1:44:44
July 12, 2018
Episode 5: A Calm Conversation About Iron Fist and Race
With Anthony out sick, Chris and Izzy bring in MND’s own Adam Barnhardt (@adambarnhardt) to talk about a subject that surely no one will get upset about! This trio of two Asians and a white guy dive straight into the casting controversy over Finn Jones as Iron Fist, and discuss the origins of the comic’s obsession with Asian culture and mysticism. We contemplate: would the show have been any different if an Asian-American performer were cast instead? Surely we can all come to an agreement here. Next Week: Ant-Man and the Wasp Hot Take Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
1:05:23
July 5, 2018
Episode 4: Infinity War Post-Mortem
Izzy and Anthony may be audibly sick during this episode, but they muster the strength to discuss Avengers: Infinity War with Chris and their special guest, game writer Sam Riordan (@justsamplease). Before jumping into the movie itself, the AP Marvel crew talk about their respective experiences and hype levels going into this ambitious crossover. Then, we break down the different tiers of the MCU fandom. Finally, we dissect the character of Thanos, and some qualms about the film’s cynicism and depiction of what some consider to be toxic masculine behavior. (Once again, Izzy’s article about watching Infinity War) Next Week: A Calm Conversation About Iron Fist and Race(with MND’s own Adam Barnhardt) Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
1:46:04
June 28, 2018
Episode 3: Marvel Studios and TV—The Connection Stops Here
The AP Marvel trio is joined by their first guest, ScreenRant writer and MCUExchange alum Cooper Hood (@moviecooper) in discussing the connections — or lack thereof — between the MCU movies and television shows. Without taking the difficult logistics into consideration, how would any sort of crossover work between the movies and shows like Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Defenders? We discuss some creative hurdles that such crossovers could involve. We also make jokes about Jeph Loeb looking like a dad. (Note: As you might be able to tell by listening, this episode was recorded before S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s renewal and summer 2019 return announcement was made official) Izzy’s article about Infinity Warthat she plugs at the end Next Week: Infinity War Post-Mortem(with special guest Sam Riordan) Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
1:27:12
June 21, 2018
Episode 2: Does Hawkeye Need “Fixing?”
AP Marvel wasted no time in making a second test episode, Chris, Izzy and Anthony immediately jumping into a discussion about Hawkeye. With the MCU’s general underuse of Jeremy Renner, reduced role in The Avengers, the lack of any big character moments until Age of Ultron, and his total absence in Avengers: Infinity War, what is next for Clint Barton? Next Week: Marvel Studios and TV — The Connection Stops Here(with special guest Cooper Hood) Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
39:54
June 14, 2018
Episode 1: Surveillance, Civil Liberties and The Winter Soldier
In AP Marvel’s inaugural episode, Chris, Izzy and Anthony discuss Captain America: The Winter Soldierand its use of issues of contemporary American politics for its story. Did the movie have something profound to say about surveillance and our intelligence agencies, or is it just masquerading as a “political thriller?” Next Week: Does Hawkeye Need “Fixing?” Follow us on social media: Chris Compendio (@Compenderizer) Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco) Theme Music: Steve Molitor Logo: Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) Email suggestions for topics or your own MCU viewing anecdotes to chris@apmarvel.com!
58:00
June 7, 2018
Episode 0: What to Expect from AP Marvel
We are proud to introduce the newest podcast in the Marvel News Desk network—AP Marvel! This show will be hosted by myself (Chris Compendio, @Compenderizer), MND’s Izzy Sio (@delirilyn) and our friend Anthony Paone (@thepizzataco). The mission of this podcast is to create a new space in the podcast realm, away from the usual shows about the news cycle and speculation. We want to talk about some deeper concepts in the MCU, including thematic and story elements in the movies and television shows,  the fandom itself, and especially social and political themes that show up in the MCU. We don’t claim to be smarter or more knowledgeable than everyone else, and we’re still trying to find our voice as this podcast progresses, but we hope that this will inspire more discussions in this space. The origin of this podcast comes from this student-taught class, or a StuCo, that I created for Carnegie Mellon University. The class dissected the MCU and looked at it from different angles—the filmmaking perspective, the thematic perspective, and the fan perspective. Izzy and Anthony both taught the class during different periods of time after I graduated. We already have five episodes recorded, with a scheduled sixth one in the works.  We aren’t bound by the news cycle, so we can record as we come and please, though of course, that will mean that the references we make could very well be out of date. We recorded our first two episodes back-to-back in Anthony’s apartment, gathered around a single microphone; forgive us if the audio quality isn’t the best in those two episodes. The first is about Captain America: The Winter Soldier, where we discuss its strengths and shortcomings when it comes to using real-life issues in surveillance and national security, along with thematic references to 1980s political thrillers to support its own story. The second is about Hawkeye and his underutilization in the MCU, and we discuss ways he could have been developed previously and how Marvel Studios could hopefully improve him in the future. Episode 3 has Cooper Hood (@MovieCooper), formerly of MCUExchange and now at ScreenRant as our guest, in which we talk about the relationship between Marvel Studios and Marvel Television; we contemplate, disregarding the logistical issues, how a movies-to-television crossover could work creatively. Episode 4 brings video game writer Sam Riordan (@justsamplease), who was very outspoken about some creative choices in Infinity War, to basically perform an “autopsy” on the movie; we talk about our own personal experiences in anticipating the movie in the days, weeks, months, and years leading up to it, before diving into what we eventually concluded to be a problematic final message by the movie. Episode 5 gets into identity politics, where Izzy and I talk about the debate over the Iron Fist casting with MND’s own Adam Barnhardt (@adambarnhardt), and we have our own debate on whether making Danny Rand Asian-American would have made any difference on the final product. We’re always looking for topic suggestions and cool guests, so please email me at chris@marvelnewsdesk.com.  Our jazzy music theme is from Steve Molitor, and our logo is from our very own Izzy Sio. Be sure to subscribe to this podcast feed if any of that sounds interesting, follow us  on Twitter @APMarvel, and be sure to give to our Patreon so we can keep making awesome content like this. We hope you’ll listen soon!
09:01
May 31, 2018
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