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PODCAST | The She-Ra Controversy: Is this Thundercats all over again?

PLUS: SDCC Preview Special! What’s the most controversial panel this weekend? And we welcome Filmmaker and artist Jose Holder to talk Netflix, Assassin’s Creed and Red Ruby.

Segment #1:

Michael and Hassan talk about the new graphics and they preview the show’s topics of San Diego Comic Con and this week’s host Jose Holder. Michael leads into the She-Ra controversy, in the upcoming Netflix remake.  They poke a lot of fun at the people making a controversy out of this, and even make comic book “hero” personas for the trolls. Next Michael preview the “most controversial panel at Comic Con” for the next segment.

Segment #2:

They open the segment with some finishing remarks on the supposed She-Ra controversy before diving into the San Diego Comic Con discussion. Michael goes through a list of the various panels that’ll take place at the event, including news about the first female Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, Cloak and Dagger, Bumblebee, and more. Michael talks about the Star Wars Po Dameron Mock Trial, the most controversial panel of the event. Hassan and Michael talk about the implications of the panel, especially after the lackluster The Last Jedi.

Segment #3:

The segment opens with our guest caller, Jose Holder calling in. They briefly reminisce about the past when Jose worked on The Sire. Next he talks about his work, specifically his production work with Netflix and his comic soon to be turned to film, Red Ruby.  They talk about other projects he’s worked on and getting credited in a film. The segment ends with Jose’s interview and Michael previews spinning the racks.

Segment #4:

Michael opens the segment thanking Jose for the interview. Next they read some comments from the audience on the various topics of today’s shows. As today’s the tenth anniversary of The Dark Knight Returns and whether it did as much for comic book movies as everyone claims that it does. They end the show previewing next week’s episodes: an account of Michael’s time at San Diego Comic Con.

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NEXT WEEK: It’s our Post SDCC Recap! All the Pop Culture news, notes and stories STRAIGHT from the scene.

PLUS: James Gunn Removed From Guardians 3. What that means for the final chapter of the Marvel trilogy.

PODCAST | Our Ant-Man & Wasp Review with stunt driver Leesha Davis. She gives us her first hand account of working on the latest Marvel hit and her near death experience as a stunt woman!

PLUS: Dynamite Entertainment’s Joseph Rybandt shares the SDCC exclusives as we begin our countdown to the MECCA of ComicCons!

Ant-Man & Wasp Stunt Driver

Segment #1:

Michael opens the show previewing this week’s discussion focusing on Ant-man and the Wasp. They open the discussion with the vast majority of fans online talking about how enjoyable the film was and whether or not it lived up to the first movie. Michael draws comparisons between what fans loved about this film and how they criticized Solo for the same thing. Michael’s Mom briefly texts and roasts Steve. The guys talk about how this may be the last summer blockbuster of this year and how Deadpool 2 changing it’s time slot may be the cause. Next they talk about how influential a large dedicated group of people can be (or aren’t) when boycotting a film. They end the segment talking about some of their favorite parts from Ant-man and the Wasp.

Segment #2:

Michael opens the segment with recognizing some of the show’s patrons and other supporters of the show. Michael continues with his favorite part of the film, Ghost, the films villain, but that the movie suffered overall because the serious moments were undercut because of the comedy. Hassan and Steve discuss Michael’s points before the welcome on Alicia Davis, one of the stunt drivers on the film, and her role as a precision stunt driver. Alicia talks about how she first got into the stunt driving business on the Matrix Reloaded. Alicia then talks about some of her past stunt experiences before going back to her time on set for Ant-man and the Wasp. Alicia then talks about an injury she had on a dive and how it didn’t stop her from continuing.

Dynamite Comics Joseph Rybandt Interview

egment #3:

The segment begins with our next guest, Joe Rybandt from Dynamite Entertainment. The interview starts with a conversation about San Diego Comic Con and some of the preparation that goes into such an event. Michael ends the segment teasing spinning the racks in our final segment.

Segment #4:

The segment begins with a little friendly berating and banter between the hosts and Steve and then they go into Spin the Racks, which focuses on an article about the upcoming Birds of Prey D.C. film and it’s diversity and its implications. Michael ends the show previewing next week’s show, the San Diego Comic Con preview episode.

Ant-Man & wasp Car Chase

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NEXT WEEK: It’s our SDCC Preview Episode! Deadpool 2 extended cut screening! The Future of Star Wars and more! What are the MUST-SEE panels at this year’s show?

PLUS: Netflix Storyboard Artist and Director of the award winning film RED RUBY Jose Holder joins us to talk about the biggest con on the planet!

PODCAST | Westworld and Luke Cage Season 2 Reviews and the Top 10 Marvel Netflix Moments All Time!

PLUS: We answer your burning Westworld finale questions including “What the heck just happened?” and “What the heck am I watching?”

Segment #1:

Hassan starts off the show by giving his take on people stretching a plot line. With many superhero movies today the plotline is so vague, and you cant tell stories that way.  The guys then go on to discuss season 2 of Westworld and there problem with the plotline. Hassan doesn’t realize why it took them two years to finish that plotline. Michael believes that the season is a tale of 2 actions, some of the best riveting single episodes and then this overarching story that is nowhere near as compelling as season 1. Hassan explains how Westworld half settled the riddles from the season before and this seasons riddle was “what the hell is going on?” Hassan’s issue with the series is that its not real storytelling. Both Hassan and Michael feel that the show was way too confusing and at some points during the show the audience doesn’t really care what’s going on. Hassan goes on to say that the problem with shows like this and movies like avatar is that the writers try to make a simple plot out to be so complicated.

Segment 2:

Hassan compares the series to the girl with a dragon tattoo. He has never read anything so compelling, with such a bad surprise. Michael believes that one problem with the show is that the writers never set up the story line. Hassan mentions that the first season had a major flaw, which was William bought the park before it got put online. Michael switches the conversation to the post credit scene.

 

Segment #3:

The third segment starts off with the post credit scene of Westworld. Hassan believes that the man in black was killed by Maeve when their paths crossed. Michael explains that the man in black did kill his daughter and he made the wrong choice and the man in black is a now a host version of himself and lives the same loop of events over and over again. Michael mentions that Teddy was one of the most interesting character arcs, because in the end he made his own choice. Next, the guys discuss the premiere of Luke Cage, season 2. They begin by looking at the first episode and mention how Luke is a lot different than he was in season 2, he is now embracing his heroism. Hassan brings up the point that he never understands the hero who is in love with the girl who convinces him not to be a hero. Michael feels that the plot is changing a little too much for his liking and he’s not sure what exactly is going to happen. Hassan mentions that with Luke Cage you can have both the comic book and TV feel to it because his powers are grounded. Hassan and Michael go on to give their top 10 best Marvel Netflix moments.

Segment 4:

The last segment starts off with Michael and Hassan sharing their top 10 best Marvel Netflix moments. Michael’s favorites include The Punisher, Jessica Jones season 1 when she shoots her parents, and the hallway fight scene in Daredevil. Hassan loved the scene in the Defendenders when the power man and Iron Fist meet each other. Michael wishes that there would be on marvel show with all of these characters included. Hassan implores that the problem with some of these comic book shows is that the writers are trying to one up one another instead of focusing on the writing. In his words, “If they tell the story then people will watch them.”

 

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In 2 WEEKs: We review Ant-Man & Wasp with a stuntwoman FROM the movie Leesha Davis!

PLUS: We welcome Dynamite Entertainment’s Joseph Rybant on to help us preview SDCC 2018.

PODCAST | Him too? We discuss the fallout from the Chris Hardwick allegations and break down what’s next for the Talking Dead celeb and MeToo movement in Pop Culture.

PLUS: We welcome the hosts of the ‘Oh Sith’ podcast on for a Retro Review of the first X-Men Franchise: Does it still hold up after all these years?

Chris Hardwick MeToo

Segment #1:

Michael and Hassan start off the show by informing the audience about who Chris Hardwick is and the details of the claims of sexual assault and other claims against him. They talk about the details of Hardwick’s abusive relationship, the complexities of the story and how hard to is to prove mental abuse. Next they discuss the Me Too Movement and its implications. They end the segment with a tease of the upcoming debate about the situation and whether or not it applies to the Me Too Movement.

Segment #2:

Michael and Hassan open the segment discussing whether or not anything in the Hardwick situation is true since it’s so difficult to prove any of this happened. Next they discuss whether or not accusations without concrete evidence are enough to strip a person’s livelihood away, which is what has been seen with the majority of the men accused by the Me Too Movement, even if said claims are eventually proved to be true. Michael ends the segment by previewing the next segment with an interview with the Oh Sith! Show and a retro review of the original X-Men Trilogy.

X3 Retro Review

Segment #3:

Michael opens the segment by welcoming Nicholas and and Cecily from the Oh Sith! Show. Before going to the X-Men retro review, they close up on the previous discussion of the Me Too Movement and the large number of male actors accused of sexual misconduct in recent months. Next talk begin the retro review with talking about how bad X-Men The Last Stand was and how good X-Men United was and is, especially in comparison. Hassan spearheads the discussion of if these movies are as good or bad as everyone says that they are.

Segment #4:

Michael, Hassan, and the Oh Sith! Show open this final segment moving the retro review towards the first X-Men movie. The discussion quickly moves to the portrayal of Rogue and how it didn’t sit well with some of the audience members. Michael thanks the Oh Sith! Show for joining this week’s episode. On this week’s Spinning the Racks, they bring up the rumor that Billy Dee Williams is going to return to Star Wars Episode IX as Lando Calrissan, and that they working title for the origin story for the DCU’s Joker.

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NEXT WEEK: Westworld Season 2 comes to a close JUST as Luke Cage Season 2 debuts! We’ll give you our take on both and rank the Top Ten Marvel Netflix moments!

PLUS: We welcome Dynamite Entertainment’s Joseph Rybant on to help us preview SDCC 2018.

PODCAST | We predict the second half of 2018 Comic Book Films in 5 Words or less including Aquaman, Venom and Ant-Man! PLUS: Aquaman director thinks his film is ‘Extraordinary’, don’t count on that Disney/Fox Merger just yet and we welcome Legion M – the world’s first ever FAN owned entertainment company!

Segment 1:

Michael starts off the show by introducing their new sponsor. Michael gives breaking news regarding the director of Aquaman claiming that the movie will be a blockbuster hit. Hassan goes on to give his thoughts on the relationship between the Avengers director and his claim that the studio had tampered with the movie. Michael and Hassan then discuss what it would mean for Aquaman to be a hit in a time where there haven’t been many comic book movie hits. Next, the guys move on to discuss how the Marvel industry in a way ruined the most recent DC films because they had already been done.

Segment 2:

The segment starts off by going back to the question, “ Have the Marvel films hurt the releasing of the most current DC films?” Hassan points out that Marvel created a format where they drag out the story of characters of many movies, which can get a little boring and long. Michael goes on to mention how DC tried to set up Justice League like Marvel did with the Avengers, and it didn’t quite work out. Hassan sets the record straight by saying that the problem with the DC films is the character degation. Michael and Hassaan introduce a new way to give their thoughts on the rest of comic book movie season by using 5 words or less.

 

Legion M

Segment 3:

Michael and Hassan interview Daniel Leister about drawing for The Sire, Leister shares his experience transitioning from 9 to 5 to full time comic book professional, The crew discusses the reality of the comic book industry and the difficulty of being in it full time.

Segment 4:

Hassan and Michael discusses a viewers grades for the films, Pacific Rim and Rampage, Was Deadpool 2 released to close to Infinity War?, Spinning the Racks, Kelly Marie Tran leaves Instagram after sexist and racist abuse stemming from her role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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NEXT WEEK: Crossover time! We welcome the Oh Sith Podcast on the show for a Retro Review of one of your Marvel favorite franchises

PODCAST | Black Panther or Infinity War? Deadpool or SOLO? We grade the 2018 Comic Book Films to date as our fans share THEIR first half report cards during the live feed. PLUS: Who’s to blame for the SOLO bomb? Kelly Marie Tran leaves social media and artist Dan Leister talks Metal Ice Cream!

Segment 1:

Michael and Hassan talk about Solo: A Star Wars Story losing more than $50,000,000 at the box office, Is Solo bombing a chink in the Star Wars armor?, Is Ron Howard to blame for Solo’s failure?, How Solo coming so soon after the Last Jedi effected turn out.

Segment 2:

Michael and Hassan give their report cards for Black Panther, Deadpool 2, Infinity War, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Hassan gives Deadpool 2 a D letter grade, Does Deadpool having a love interest take away from the Deadpool character we know?, A viewer shares their grades.

Segment 3:

Michael and Hassan interview Daniel Leister about drawing for The Sire, Leister shares his experience transitioning from 9 to 5 to full time comic book professional, The crew discusses the reality of the comic book industry and the difficulty of being in it full time.

Segment 4:

Hassan and Michael discusses a viewers grades for the films, Pacific Rim and Rampage, Was Deadpool 2 released to close to Infinity War?, Spinning the Racks, Kelly Marie Tran leaves Instagram after sexist and racist abuse stemming from her role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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NEXT WEEK: 

We look AHEAD to the rest of the year in Comic Book Movies: Will Ant-Man shrink when confronted with sequel expectations? And is Venom as bad as it looks?

PODCAST | SOLO races into theaters and reviews say GOOD not GREAT. Is this a problem for Disney Star Wars? We give you OUR take on the film and the future of the franchise.

Solo-Review-Easter-Eggs

Segment 1:

Michael and Hassan begin this segment by giving a spoiler-filled review of Solo. Hassan feels that the Disney anthology movies, or one-offs, are more genuine than the episodic movies because they manage to capture the zeitgeist of Stars Wars, whereas the episodic movies do not. Michael feels that Solo was more like a skim of Han Solo’s history and that they glossed over as many details as possible.

Segment 2:

Michael and Hassan comment on Solo being considered a box office failure. Is it because of Star Wars fatigue? Hassan doesn’t believe so. He believes that Disney doesn’t have vision and doesn’t have a clue of what to do with Star Wars as a property. Hassan and Michael’s breakout character was Kira, portrayed by Emilia Clarke, and that although Donald Glover was fantastic as Lando Calrissian, but got the short end of the stick.

 

Lando Movie Spinoff

Segment 3:

Michael and Hassan comment on the theory that Kira is Rey’s mother. Michael and Hassan go on to comment on easter eggs from Solo. Michael wonders if the scene where Chewbacca ripping out someone’s arm in the movie, is an easter egg or nod because it is a callback to Han Solo’s comment in A New Hope about Wookie’s ripping people’s arms out when they’re upset.

Segment 4:

Michael and Hassan wonder again if Star Wars fatigue led to Solo doing poorly at the box office, but they believe that it was really timing that led to this. Since it was released so closely to Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Deadpool 2, it may have led to Solo failing at the box office. Michael and Hassan moved on to discuss Andrew Lincoln leaving The Walking Dead after nine seasons on the show.

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NEXT WEEK: It’s our 2018 Half-Year-In-Review! What’s the biggest and best so far and where do we go from here?

PODCAST | Did Deadpool 2 live up to the hype? We give you our review of the ‘Merc with a Mouth’ and let you in on any cameos and Easter Eggs you may have missed! PLUS: We welcome master comics networker Dirk Manning to the show to talk Deadpool, the ComicCon bubble, indie comics and Kickstarter!

Segment 1:  

Michael and Hassan begin by giving a spoiler-filled review of Deadpool 2. Hassan enjoyed Deadpool 2, but doesn’t know if he’ll be there for the third installment. Hassan believes that humor is a little over the top for him. Michael believes it’s impossible to say whether the first or second Deadpool movie is superior to the other. Since the expectations were so low for the first Deadpool, that it is difficult to compare the two movies since expectations were set for the second. Michael believes that the second installment may be equal to the first, but it took a long time for the movie to reach that point. Michael thinks that the first 20 to 30 minutes of the movie took a long time to get to the point of the movie. Michael thinks the plot leading up the airplane scene was okay, but the movie really took off once it reached the airplane scene. Hassan asked Michael what he would have preferred. Michael would like to see more continuity with the X-Men comics, even though it isn’t really possible. Michael also doesn’t agree with the movie portraying Deadpool as a hero, since he isn’t really a hero in the comics.

Segment 2:

(Spoiler!) Hassan’s favorite scene in the film is the failed parachute jump, as well as the revelation of Juggernaut. There are also some meta jokes, which would require some background knowledge of the source material, but it isn’t overwhelming. Hassan takes issue with Fox handling X-Men because he doesn’t believe it isn’t a good franchise. X-Men was the go-to comics for Michael and Hassan, over the likes of Avengers, Spider-Man, and other famous Marvel comics, and are baffled that Fox handled X-Men as a franchise so poorly. Michael believes that with Deadpool 2 coming out so closely to Avengers: Infinity War has over-saturated the box office. Hassan finds it difficult to digest Deadpool 2 with it being released so closely to Infinity War.

Segment 3:

Dirk Manning, the prolific comic book creator, joins this segment to discuss his new Knightmare World omnibus. Michael asks Dirk about convention life. Dirk’s life varies from weekend to weekend during convention season. Michael and Dirk reflect back to a time when Comic Con wasn’t as popular it is, and how Deadpool would never be a mainstream character during that time. Dirk really became interested in comics after realizing that characters and stories he enjoyed would release new content every week, whereas books he enjoyed such as 10,000 Leagues Under the Sea doesn’t continue past the ending. Dirk talks about kickstarters and how it is not used for making money, but rather a way to distribute content. Kickstarters require crowdfunding, and crowdfunding requires a crowd.

Segment 4:

Michael and Hassan bring up the cameos you might have missed in the movies, including Taylor Swift’s cats, Alan Tudyk, X-Men, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon. Michael gives a shout out to Zazie Beetz, the actress who plays Domino in Deadpool 2, because she has a presence on screen that makes him want to see more of her when she’s not on screen. Hassan was disappointed by the lack of Hugh Jackman in Deadpool 2. Hassan believes that if you’re not a fan of crass humor, you may want to skip this movie since there is a substantial amount of crass humor.

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NEXT WEEK:  SOLO races into theaters and initial reviews say GOOD not GREAT. Is this a problem for Disney Star Wars? We give you OUR take on the film and the future of the franchise.

We preview Deadpool 2 with former Deadpool writer Buddy Scalera and discuss his popular panel and online series Comic Book School.

Oh and we discuss a little something called #ComicsGate… it was nice knowing you!

Segment 1:

Michael and Hassan discuss big movies that released in 2018, Summary of comics gate and discuss the controversy and scandal surrounding it, Critics reception of Deadpool 1 and 2, Discussion about the harassment of female creators in the comics industry, “Social media is a dinner table, and politics and religion should not be discussed.”, Is weaponized social media a negative or a positive?, Hassan and Michael discuss trolling

Segment 2:

Hassan and Michael reveal how they deal with trolls, Hassan: “The internet has its own language and customs just like countries and cultures”, Freedom of speech or a lack of respect for the internet culture?, The flaws in weaponized internet, Michael and Hassan discuss Mark Waid, Rita Ora controversy surrounding lyrics the LGBT community views as harmful

Segment 3:

Former Deadpool writer Buddy Scalera joins the show, Comic book networking and making connections in the comic industry, Scalera talks about his attitude going into the writing the Deadpool comics, Scalera discusses the similarities and differences between the comic book and movie adaptation, The effects of capitalism on the comic book industry as well as Marvel’s business tactics, The monetization of negativity surrounding a film,  Buddy Scalera discusses comic book school, The importance of interacting socially to be successful in comics, and Scalera reveals his predictions for Deadpool 2

Segment 4:

Will Deadpool 2 be as good as the first one?, Spinning the Racks, Death of Margot Kidder and her impact on the industry, Hassan and Michael predict what’s sure to go wrong with Deadpool 2.

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NEXT WEEK:  Did Deadpool 2 live up to the hype? We give you our review of the Merc with a Mouth’s return! PLUS: We welcome master comics networker Dirk Manning to the show!

Deadpool 2 is hitting theaters May 18th and we’ve got your insider info covered as we interview co-creator Fabian Nicieza.

What storylines will they pull from for the film? What about Josh Brolin’s role as Cable? And is Deadpool simply a Deathstroke knock-off? Fabian dishes on all!

Deadpool 2 Review

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NEXT WEEK:  We’ve got former Deadpool writer Buddy Scalera joining us as we continue to preview the Merc With The Mouth’s triumphant return to the big screen.