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PODCAST | Is Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse the BEST SPIDER- MAN FILM EVER? We debate!
PLUS: We rank EVERY Spider-Man movie in the canon. Where will Tobey’s franchise land?

AND: My interview featuring drummer Francois Comtois. YOU get to hear all about the new album, the new single and their pop culture guilty pleasures!

Segment #1: Is Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse the BEST SPIDER-MAN FILM EVER? We debate!

Michael and Hassan debate where it ranks among all Spidey flicks. Michael also asks the question: Does Spider-verse Have Unfair Advantage Because It’s Animated?

And while a strong story all around, there are blemishes. Do the villains motives make sense?
Does the Latino in Miles Morales get shafted with a lack of exploration of his mom in this movie?

Segment #2: We rank EVERY Spider-Man movie in the canon

Here’s the breakdown of the ‘Best’ Criteria. Which film has the best:

  • Peter Parker
  • Spider-Man
  • Costume
  • Quips/Humor
  • Supporting Cast
  • Villain

Segment 3: Spotlight on Young The Giant

We interviewed drummer Francois Comtois and he talked all about the new album, the new single and their pop culture guilty pleasures!

Segment #4: Spin The Racks

  1. ^Netflix vs. Disney escalating:ABC exec Chinning Dungey’s move to the streamer signals a new front in Reed Hastings’ battle with Bob Iger in the run-up to the Mouse House digital competitor’s debut next year, Paul Bond reports:

    + Spending projection: Analyst Todd Juenger of Bernstein figures that Netflix will spend $11.9 billion in 2019 on content and $14.5 billion in 2020. But the 22 percent year-over-year increase will be easily manageable because Netflix adds more than 25 million subscribers worldwide each year, for an additional $3 billion in revenue annually.

+ Imitation is flattering: Following Disney’s live-action Jungle Book, which grossed $966 million globally in 2016, Netflix picked up Mowgli, Andy Serkis’ film based on the same Rudyard Kipling story that was made at Warner Bros, for example. Netflix also invested in developing comic book universes to lessen reliance on Marvel by paying $30 million to $50 million for Mark Millar’s Millarworld while also nabbing rights to Rob Liefeld’s Extreme Universe.

+ Uphill battle: Netflix will grow from its current 132.9 million U.S. users (as opposed to subscribers) to 169.3 million in 2022, per an eMarketer forecast. Amazon Video at No. 2 also has been at it for a lot longer than Disney, and it lags Netflix by about 53.5 million users stateside

However, notes eMarketer analyst Paul Verna, “If any company is in the position to catch up to Netflix, it’s Disney, not Amazon.”

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NEXT WEEK: Join us at FUNNY BUSINESS, Main St in Nyack, NY from 8- 10 as we celebrate 150 episodes in style! We’ll be reviewing Aquaman with as many Fish puns as we can, welcome Lysa Hawkins from Valiant Entertainment and play non-celebrity Jeopardy with our LIVE audience.

 

PODCAST | We look ahead to the final slate of Comic Book Movies in 2018 including Aquaman, is it sink or swim for DC’s hero? Spider-Man into the Spider-verse: Will this be the best Spider-Man Movie of them all? And Bumblebee – FINALLY these Transformers look like, well, TRANSFORMERS! But is the movie going to be any good?

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Segment 1:

Michael and Hassan begin tonight’s show with the new Aquaman movie. They discuss the early reviews and expectations for DC’s latest release. Hassan thinks Jason Momoa deserves his big break with this film. Michael wonders if the early reviews are being released to build the hype for DC. The guys weigh in on Aquaman having higher 24 hour tickets sales than Infinity War. Plus, the guys predict the over/under for Aquaman’s opening weekend box office numbers.

Segment #2:

Hassan and Michael preview Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse. They talk about the past Sony Spiderman films and how they fell short. With that in mind, the guys discuss what they expect from the box office and the early responses from the critics. Michael brings up how the film will showcase the diversity in the Spiderverse. They debate how Miles Morales will be received as the main character in the film.

 

Segment 3:

Michael and Hassan pivot to the upcoming Transformers movie: Bumblebee. They agree the Transformers in the trailer look reminiscent of the original Transformers from the 1980s. They then compare the three films, speculating how Aquaman, Spiderman:Into The Spiderverse and Bumblebee will match up at the box office.

Segment #4:

Spinning The Racks: The guys discuss expectations for John Cena in Bumblebee. Plus, final predictions on the three upcoming films discussed tonight. Will Aquaman be an underwater Star Wars? Hassan and Michael debate Which film has the most pressure and how the films’ success or failure will affect their franchises in the future. To close, the guys pay tribute to Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of Spongebob.

 

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NEXT WEEK: We welcome Mitch Hyman creator of cult horror hit Bubba The Redneck Werewolf to talk about his next horror project!

PODCAST | What are YOU thankful for in 2018. Who makes the cut in our Pop Culture Gravy List and who gets stuffed with a Turkey Leg? Join us for the best of 2018 special!

PLUS: We welcome actor and star of “When We Dance the Music Dies” William Ragsdale alongside director Anthony de Lioncourt for an in-depth discussion on the new indie flick!

 

Segment 1:

Michael and Hassan run down their Pop Culture Gravy (ie: the BEST from 2018 so far). Number three on Mike’s list takes Hassan by surprise and madness ensues.

Segment 2:

We switch over to our Pop Culture TURKEYs (ie: The WORST of 2018). A certain Zombie show, Star Wars movie and Netflix show makes the list.

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Segment 3:

We welcome actor William Ragsdale, alongside director Anthony de Lioncourt as they discuss their new film, “When We Dance the Music Dies” and Michael asks William about his days on Hermans Head.

Segment 4:

Spinning The Racks: The most bizarre Birds of Prey/Harley Quinn news plus: what’s YOUR favorite Thanksgiving dish?

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NEXT WEEK: We look ahead to the final films of 2018: Aquaman, Bumblebee and Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse.

PLUS: We welcome Mitch Hyman creator of cult horror hit Bubba The Redneck Werewolf!

Ep 144: We look back at the epic career of the godfather of Marvel Comics. His history, his influence, the ups and downs of his career and YOUR stories about the man who touched us all with his creations.

Join us for this celebration of Stan Lee – Excelsior!

Segment 1

On tonight’s show, Michael and Hassan pay tribute to the legend Stan Lee. They discuss the tremendous impact Stan Lee had on the comic industry and how the world responded to news of his passing. They then reflect on how Stan Lee gave joy to readers through his comics and later on through his cameos in the MCU. They highlight Stan’s skill with writing dialogue and  how he popularized the superhero genre as an allegory for our real lives.

Segment 2

Hassan and Michael continue their tribute by recognizing how central Stan Lee was to Marvel’s success. They are joined by Casey from BadCoyoteFunky, who shares his experience of meeting Stan Lee and getting his Marvel No Prize signed. They pivot to Stan’s many characters. Hassan shares how he saw humanity in the flaws of the Marvel characters Stan created, which allowed him to sympathize more with the characters.

Segment 3

Michael and Hassan count down the best Stan Lee cameos. They debate the best Stan Lee cameos from the past three decades. They react to the outpouring of Excelsior on social media after Stan Lee passed. They consider how the cameos in the Marvel movies elevated Stan’s celebrity later in life. They touch on Stan Lee’s marketing genius. Listen to hear which Stan Lee cameo they think was best!

Segment 4

Spinning The Racks: The guys react to Armie Hammer slamming celebrities for posting pictures with Stan Lee. They debate celebrity motivations for posting pictures with Stan Lee in the aftermath of his death. Michael takes heart in how celebrities are in awe of a comics legend. Hassan and Michael consider their own tributes to Stan Lee on social media and reflect on their motivations. They conclude with their thanks to Stan Lee for his influence on their lives and careers.

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NEXT WEEK: It’s Thanksgiving! We give you our picks for what we were thankful for in 2018. PLUS: We’ll welcome Fright Night’s William Ragsdale and the directors of the new film “When We Dance”

PODCAST | With reboots being all the rage these days we give you our “Properties We Need Rebooted” vs “Those That Should Be De-Booted“

We dive into the Amazing Disgrace: A ‘Spider-Man’ Comic Features Reference to Anti-Mormon Book…

PLUS: Guardians 3 Suspended Indefinitely – What’s the Future Of This Marvel Franchise…

AND: We welcome Charon Comics’ Fred Packard and Joshua Valliere to close out our “Summer Spotlight”

Segment 1:

Recent Spiderman comic contains anti mormon symbol, Should a symbol like this be in a comic book?, The harsh effects of political controversy, How to pull off political statement in comics, Should artist lose his job over this?

Segment 2:

Michael and Hassan shares their top choices for reboots in pop culture, Rebooting XMen animated from the 90s? Rebooting Dune as a TV show? Which projects should be de-booted? The continuation of Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Quantum Leap?

 

Segment 3:

Joshua Valliere and Frederick Packard from Charon Comics join the show, Discuss Sol Survivor and Skylin, How Joshua and Frederick formed a duo and how they enhance each other’s writing, The benefits of kickstarter, How Charon Comics plans their kickstarter campaign and money goal, Charon Comics announces giveaway to Long Beach comic con

Segment 4:

Spinning the racks, Alec Baldwin drops out of Joker movie, Guardians of the Galaxy 3 production suspended, Marvel rehiring James Gunn?, AntMan and Wasp win box office

 

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NEXT WEEK: We welcome Rich Handley, editor of PLANET OF THE APES and Star Wars Expanded Universe join us to talk about the new books.

It’s official! Disney and Fox have agreed to the merger which means X-Men andFantastic Four are coming home! Where does this leave X-Men: Dark PhoenixX-ForceLegion and what can fans look forward to?

PLUS: We review the new Venom trailer. Will the Movie Be Vicious Or Vile? Darren Sanchez from Marvel Comics is in studio as Michael’s guest co-host!

This week, Michael welcomes a guest co-host, Darren Sanchez!

Segment 1:

Michael explains Hassan’s absence, The guys talk Venom trailer, Tom Hardy’s acting style, Will Venom surprise people with how good it is?, Darren breaks down different aspects showcased in the Venom trailer, Darren shares his job description working at Marvel, Shares how he collaborates with companies to make promotional comic content, Michael breaks down the issue with a Venom movie

Segment 2:

Darren and Michael discuss their co created comic The Mainstream #4, Darren breaks down the questions answered and unanswered by Venom trailer, Michael discusses the recent Fantastic Four news, Darren talks Wizards on Netflix, What are the first three Marvel Fox movies Michael and Darren want to see, Spiderman vs. Wolverine and Deadpool under Marvel Fox.

 

Segment 3:

Michael and Darren continue to discuss their top picks for a reboot after Marvel and Fox merger, Wolverine and Hulk potential, Is Deadpool as popular as Hulk and Wolverine?, Michael shares his idea for Deadpool Wolverine, Potential for The InHumans, How popular are the X-Men characters compared to other Marvel characters with the younger demographic, Darren is not a fan of Channing Tatum as Gambit, Michael shares his favorite Gambit moment,

Segment 4:

Spinning the Racks, Hassan chimes in on the Facebook feed, Chris Hardwick reinstated on Talking Dead, James Gunn coworkers rally to get him reinstated, Recapping Chris Hardwick and James Gunn allegations, The misuse of social media and its effects, Michael brings up a point about Roseanne Barr, Princess Leia returns.

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NEXT WEEK: We welcome Adrian Wassel E-I-C of Vault Comics onto the show to talk about their exciting new comics as part of our Summer Comics Spotlight

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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.