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Cinematic Universe is a podcast all about superhero and comic book movies and TV. Each episode, we look at one movie or show and find out more about the comics behind the screen. Along the way we run through the latest news across the genre, recommend related reading to explore, and pitch our not-always-entirely-serious ideas for future superhero films. From Iron Man to The Dark Knight, from Scott Pilgrim to Spider-Man, from The Incredibles to Howard the Duck, everything across the entire cinematic universe is in our sights. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/cinematicuniverse.

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Cinematic Universe is a podcast all about superhero and comic book movies and TV. Each episode, we look at one movie or show and find out more about the comics behind the screen. Along the way we run through the latest news across the genre, recommend related reading to explore, and pitch our not-always-entirely-serious ideas for future superhero films. From Iron Man to The Dark Knight, from Scott Pilgrim to Spider-Man, from The Incredibles to Howard the Duck, everything across the entire cinematic universe is in our sights. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/cinematicuniverse.

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A great look at Comic Films, past and future

By ZacWilliam - Jan 11 2018
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A great show for discussion of comic films that have come before and the latest news of what might be coming soon.

Favorite podcast

By Deanaro365 - Jul 10 2017
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I like the podcast a lot I think they canceled it though I haven't heard a episode in a while

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13 Ratings
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A great look at Comic Films, past and future

By ZacWilliam - Jan 11 2018
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A great show for discussion of comic films that have come before and the latest news of what might be coming soon.

Favorite podcast

By Deanaro365 - Jul 10 2017
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I like the podcast a lot I think they canceled it though I haven't heard a episode in a while
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Cinematic Universe

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The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Episode 2: Batman (1989)

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Joe, Seb and James return to discuss the Fantastic Four trailer, AKA Jessica Jones and Supergirl casting, and the 'Bondian' opening sequence of The Avengers: Age of Ultron. During the main discussion the guys debate the impact and legacy of Tim Burton's 1989 film, Batman.

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Feb 03 2015

57mins

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Rank #2: Episode 40: Batman Returns (1992)

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In a special pre-recorded episode, filling the gap while Joe is away on honeymoon, we look at Tim Burton's 1992 sequel Batman Returns. Is it the best of the '90s Bat-films? Heck, is it the best Bat-film full stop?

As it's a pre-record, there's again no news chat this week - but we do find time to explain to Joe just what "cheesecake" art means. And James and Seb will be back with a catchup news minisode next week...

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Aug 27 2016

1hr 55mins

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Rank #3: Episode 111: X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

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It totally makes sense that we’d invite a guy known for doing a Sonic the Hedgehog-related podcast on for the episode after Sonic the Hedgehog; just as it also makes sense that we’d do an episode about a movie that features a terrifying post-apocalyptic scenario in the early 2020s when… well, yes, exactly.

Anyway, we welcome the brilliant Chris McFeely from the equally brilliant Sonic the Comic the Podcast to talk about Bryan Singer (sigh)’s 2014 film X-Men: Days of Future Past. And because we already did Apocalypse and Logan as new releases, and because New Mutants is never coming out, this marks a pretty major moment – it’s the end of our chronological run through Fox’s X-Men movie universe, and the last time we’ll ever see Hugh Jackman with his pointy claws and pointier hair on this podcast.

Cinematic Universe is supported by the generosity of our backers on Patreon, who also get to hear episodes ad-free along with bonus material! Check out our page and consider subscribing at patreon.com/cinematicuniverse

You can find our comic book movie themed merch designs at Redbubble, and follow us on Twitter @cine_verse. Chris is on Twitter @ChrisMcFeely and you can subscribe to STCTP at https://stctp.wigglehe.com/.

This episode was produced by Andrew Hickey. Find Andrew's podcast A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs at 500songs.com.

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Mar 24 2020

2hr 5mins

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Rank #4: Minisode 89.5: The Velvet Underground of Superhero Movies

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It's our first news roundup of 2019, so of course it's come out nearly a week late after we spent several days unable between us to edit it. But listen on for our takes on Black Panther's Oscars nomination, Katherine Langford's new hairdo, the possible presence of Genis-Vell in Captain Marvel, the latest Morbius developments, James Wan lining up Aquaman 2 and various other bits of DC future, the Flarrowverse doing Crisis, and trailers for The Boys and The Umbrella Academy.

And! We'll actually be back before our next main episode with another news special, rounding up last week's developments as well as anything that might get shown during the Superbowl tomorrow...

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Feb 02 2019

1hr 7mins

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Rank #5: Episode 56: Dredd (2012)

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Given that we so often present a British perspective on American icons, we thought we'd get an American perspective on a British icon - and so The AV Club's Caroline Siede joins us once more, to discuss Pete Travis (and Alex Garland)'s 2012 adaptation of Dredd. We cover surprisingly feminist villains, unfortunately topical social housing issues, and Karl Urban's peerless chin acting. There's also a roundup of recent news on X-Men: Dark Phoenix and the first Black Panther trailer.

00:00 - Intro 03:10 - Explain a Concept 09:36 - News 31:47 - Movie Discussion 93:15 - Recommendations 96:53 - The Pitch

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Jun 22 2017

1hr 45mins

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Rank #6: Episode 46: Superman II (1980)

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Another topical one, as the White House finds itself invaded by a fascistic dictator, and... oh, man, it's just not even funny any more, is it? God knows what it'll be like when we get onto V For Vendetta. Anyway, this is Superman II, the 1980 Richard Lester classic, you all know it by now - and while we've focused on the original theatrical release, we do also talk about the 2006 Richard Donner Cut, too.

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Jan 28 2017

2hr 17mins

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Rank #7: Episode 52: The Avengers (2012)

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It's a very special episode of Cinematic Universe, as not only do we finally get on to 2012's The Avengers, but the episode was recorded with all three of us in the same room! It was also recorded quite late at night, and after we'd just had an abortive attempt at recording a commentary on the film - but you can hear more about that in the episode. We've also convened this week to do an UP-TO-DATE bit of news chat, since it's been a while since we had one. And Patreon subscribers should watch out early next week for a special, exclusive bonus bit of audio related to this episode! 00:00 – Intro/Explain a concept 04:19 – News 35:18 – Avengers film chat 1:52:50 – Comics recommendations 1:59:38 – The Pitch

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Apr 28 2017

2hr 6mins

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Rank #8: Episode 47: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)

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It's an animated Batman movie in February 2017... but no, we're not talking about The Lego Batman Movie (that's coming next time out), but 1993's Mask of the Phantasm. Does this foray into animation come out better than Planet Hulk did? Is it, in fact, the definitive screen take on Batman? In a rare twist, Batman: TAS fan Joe is actually the expert on the source material this time around - but can he explain to Seb and James a cartoon concept that as comics fans, they just don't understand?

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Feb 10 2017

1hr 53mins

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Rank #9: Episode 61: Iron Man Three (2013)

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In one of our most fair and balanced episodes ever, we try and give both sides in the Iron Man 3 Mandarin debate a fair hearing. No, just kidding: if you don't like that twist and this movie, sorry, but chances are this one ain't going to be for you. But listen anyway, because we might persuade you, and we don't insult your point of view THAT much, honest. Elsewhere, we react to some late-breaking (it literally happened as we recorded the pod) X-Force news, and give some time over to reviewing the first half-season of Amazon's The Tick.

00:00 - Intro/Explain a Concept 10:55 - News 27:24 - The Tick mini-review 44:49 - Movie Discussion 128:58 - Recommendations 137:51 - The Pitch

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Sep 11 2017

2hr 28mins

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Rank #10: Episode 82: Spawn (1997)

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It's safe to say that even by the low standards of "comic book movies from 1997", Spawn is not a particularly well-regarded film. But you know us, we always like to look for the good in things, from Howard the Duck to The Punisher. Were we able to similarly find something to enjoy about the adaptation of Todd McFarlane's early-90s-defining Image series? The answer... won't shock you, actually, because seriously, this is just a terrible, terrible movie. But hopefully you'll enjoy hearing us talk about it anyway, because we had plenty to unpick.

Meanwhile, in the absence of much news (and hey, Alec Baldwin managed to become Thomas Wayne and then not be Thomas Wayne any more during the time between recording this and releasing it) Seb and James take a trip into Comics Corner to fill Joe in on what's been going on in the funny pages since the last time!

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Sep 01 2018

1hr 59mins

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Rank #11: Episode 106: The Wolverine (2013)

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It turns out that basically ever since we started having Caroline on as a guest, she’s wanted to talk about an X-Men film, and particularly a Wolverine film. If only she’d said something sooner, we might have got around to this one sooner, because it turns out that James Mangold’s first Jackman-starrer that you all forgot about is actually, possibly – whisper it – his best?

Over in the news, meanwhile, we catch up on The Batman casting, Joker’s runaway freight train success, confirmation of Into the Spider-Verse 2, and the latest from Marvel’s TV shows including when we’ll get to see them in the UK.

  • 00:00 – Intro / Explain a Concept
  • 06:43 – News
  • 45:03 – Movie Discussion

Cinematic Universe is supported by the generosity of our backers on Patreon, who also get to hear episodes ad-free along with occasional bonus content! Check out our page and consider subscribing at patreon.com/cinematicuniverse

You can find our comic book movie themed merch designs at Redbubble, and follow us on Twitter @cine_verse. And find Caroline on Twitter @CarolineSiede.

This episode was produced by Andrew Hickey. Find Andrew's podcast A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs at 500songs.com.

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Nov 14 2019

2hr 14mins

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Rank #12: Episode 7: Superman (1978)

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Look, up in the sky! It's... Joe, Seb and James, as Cinematic Universe lands on Superman for the first time with the 1978 Christopher Reeve and Richard Donner film. Over in the news, we share our early thoughts on Netflix's Daredevil, discuss the possibility of Phil Lord and Chris Miller on the Flash, and James is hugely excited by the prospect of an Agents of SHIELD spinoff.

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Apr 15 2015

1hr 7mins

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Rank #13: Minisode 44.5: Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits and Fear & Loathing

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Merry Christmas! We didn't actually originally intend to be putting out an episode today, but that's how the schedules have fallen as we run through our end-of-year catching up. So in advance of our upcoming Captain America: The First Avenger and Best of 2016 Awards episodes, here's Joe with a look back at Seb's Constantine-inspired recommendations: the Garth Ennis, Will Simpson and Steve Dillon Hellblazer arcs Dangerous Habits and Fear and Loathing. There's also a run through some of the recent comic book movie news that you may have missed, but let's face it, probably didn't.

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Dec 25 2016

20mins

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Rank #14: Episode 76: Dr Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008)

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A pod's gotta do what a pod's gotta do Joe, Seb and James have a treat here for you The only doom that's looming is us singing you to death So we'll give you a second to catch your breath

No, don't worry. We're not singing. At all. We promise. But we have gone pretty darned deep on Joss Whedon's 2008 online musical miniseries Dr Horrible's Sing-Along-Blog, with yet another discussion about fridging as well as an exploration of toxic masculinity that seems even more worryingly apt than it did ten years ago. And while we don't sing ourselves, for those of you who've never heard the songs we're talking about (or even if you just want to hear them again) we have included a whole bunch of clips, so in a sense it is still a musical episode. Enjoy!

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Jun 06 2018

2hr 27mins

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Rank #15: Episode 59: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

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Were you one of the five people who actually saw Valerian? If so, you might enjoy Joe and James talking about it, since it was actually, you know, pretty good! Yes, the impromptu Cinematic Universe summer break is over (sorry about the break in service!) and after the last episode saw us with FOUR voices for the first time, we've gone back to the slightly more intimate setting of a two-hander for this one (which is mainly because Seb hadn't got round to seeing the film by the time of the recording and nobody else in the world seems to have cared about it).

There's also a roundup of some news that hopefully won't be TOO out of date by the time this episode actually makes it to you, and we'll be back on a normal schedule over the next couple of weeks!

00:00 - Intro/Explain a Concept 11:23 - News 34:56 - Movie Discussion 106:40 - The Pitch

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Aug 20 2017

1hr 54mins

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Rank #16: Episode 43: Doctor Strange (2016)

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Again, a slightly later than planned episode due to a couple of technical issues with the recording - but at least it's given more of you a chance to see the film! So join Joe, James and special guest Matt Looker as we look at the final comic book movie release of 2016: Marvel's Doctor Strange. As usual, we've done a spoiler-free reaction section at the beginning (in case any of you haven't seen it yet) before moving into more detailed, spoiler-filled thoughts later on.

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Nov 12 2016

1hr 57mins

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Rank #17: Episode 98: Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

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Okay, THIS time we've finally caught up with the MCU. We really have. For the first time since we began this podcast, there does not exist an MCU movie that we haven't covered. And we're celebrating with... a surprisingly large amount of argument. Yes, the reaction to Spider-Man: Far From Home is far from universal in these corridors, so tune in to find out which one of the three of us has decided to be a grumpy sod about these lovable high-school kids, and which of us is just grumpy about not getting to talk about Mysterio enough. As per usual for a new release, we're skipping news and going spoiler-free for the opening section in case you still haven't seen it yet, before going in-depth on the implications of those post-credits scenes and... any other stuff that happens in the film.


00:00 - Intro/Explain a Concept

09:20 - Spoiler-Free Discussion

28:25 - Spoiler-Filled Discussion


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Jul 09 2019

2hr 18mins

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Rank #18: Episode 80: Spider-Man 3 (2007)

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Well, here it is: the last time we'll cover a Spider-Man movie that already existed before we did the podcast, and our fond farewell to Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire, JK Simmons, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco and, uh, John Paxton. Largely derided on its release for being the (then) duffest Spidey film by some way, has time (and Marc Webb) proven kinder to its reputation?

Meanwhile, since there's thankfully not been much news since our big SDCC blowout, we mostly spend the news section indulging in some probably-already-out-of-date speculation about the latest developments in the Disney/Fox deal.

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Aug 01 2018

2hr 14mins

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Rank #19: Episode 49: Logan (2017)

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The 2017 releases continue apace as Joe and James are joined by returning guest Michael Leader to talk through the final chapter of Hugh Jackman's seventeen-year-long journey as Wolverine, in James Mangold's Logan. It might be emotional, folks. As ever with new releases, there's no news roundup this week, and we do a bit of spoiler-free chat before delving into specifics after the first hour.

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Mar 03 2017

2hr 35mins

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Rank #20: Episode 3: Iron Man (2008)

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Joe, Seb and James head back to the very beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to discuss how Jon Favreau set the framework for future success with his 2008 film, Iron Man. They also discuss the latest comic book movie news including changes to Marvel's Phase Three, the Daredevil trailer and the Preacher pilot script.

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Feb 18 2015

58mins

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