Welcome to the Comparative Opinions podcast! Sorry for the late podcast, but we wanted to still get in an episode this week – from our Marvel Cinematic Universe rewatch, before Avengers: Infinity War hits this weekend! Join hosts Holly and David as they discuss Marvel Phase 2!
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Welcome to the Comparative Opinions podcast! Hosts David and Holly spend this week talking about Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, especially season 4 which just finished up (spoilers), but also season 1-3 which they have been binge watching as well! The show is improved by knowing where it was going, and with some binge watching, and our conclusion was that season 4 was absolutely the best so far – so if this show dropped out of your life at some point, it might be worth it to pick it back up and watch it through season 4!
Welcome to the Comparative Opinions podcast! Hosts Holly and David spoil the world talking about the Statute of Limitations for spoilers! I think the main recent spoilers we discuss are from 2014 or older. If there are things you’re worried about being spoiled about, be warned! Otherwise, it’s a discussion of how long is right before you start talking spoilers for different media.
I read a review today on Facebook of someone who has only just seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier. And their response… it was okay. I looked to the comments to see, indeed, others had hopped in to say what they had liked and enjoyed about the movie. I hopped in too, but that’s overall not the point of this post. I had written one before, with a poll, about the various opinions on the film – you can check that out here.
However, the act of jumping in to defend the movie got me thinking about the Marvel movies as a whole, above movies lately in general, about what I was defending. Are these my favorite movies ever? I think the answer there is no. Worth defending? Well, honestly, we spend a lot of time on Comparative Geeks talking about these films, so I suppose so!
However, if these films we’ve invested in so much aren’t my favorites, what movie or movies are? And that sent me down a nostalgia-filled rabbit hole, but I started noticing patterns. Okay, so let’s think of this. There are eras of movies in my life – in yours too, I assume. Great movies that take me back to when I first saw them, whether they came out then or not. The current era are all these superhero movies (with the occasional great science fiction movies) and it’s pretty great, but they’re especially great in combination, in continuity. Maybe that’s why we jumped in to defend Winter Soldier – it’s pretty great all on its own, and that’s special!
But from here, let’s go through some of the phases of movies, the waves of movies, the eras of movies from my life – and then let’s discuss whether they make sense to you!
So I should open by saying I haven’t read the comic yet. And it’s an issue number 1, so nobody has that much insight into it. But in this week’s newest All New, All Different Marvel Universe title – Steve Rogers: Captain America #1 – we got to see a shocking twist on a 75 year old beloved character!
That’s right, Memes-away, it’s Hydra time! This was one of the most interesting things about Captain America: Winter Soldier, I think especially on a first viewing. The role of Hydra in the MCU is massive! It’s crazy! It sprouted a cool meme, it breathed life into Agents of SHIELD (honestly, they’ve been riding that train ever since), it was great. It had shock value, but didn’t change the meaning too much on what had come before – rather, it provided a whole bunch of context.
So let me talk it through, in terms of how it differs from its use in the movies, and then in terms of how it totally makes sense because of the movies.