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Champion Casters: A podcast about heroes and craft

Champion Casters: A Podcast about Heroes and Craft! analyzes the motifs and themes behind your favorite film and television heroes and everything we say is in comic sans. Each week Michael Ruiz (NextEntry) and Joe Tomlin (JoukTomlin) use their writing and filmmaking knowledge to discuss famous champions across film and television.

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Regan Abbott of A Quiet Place Part II

Regan reminds us that the children are the future. In the 15th episode of Champion Casters, Michael and Joe talk about what makes Regan a much more compelling character than anyone else in A Quiet Place Part II. They also discuss why horror movies tend to have action sequels like Aliens, and T2. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/championcasters/message

54mins

7 Jun 2021

Rank #1

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Callum of The Dragon Prince

Callum?! From The Dragon Prince?! Yes. In the 14th episode of Champion Casters, Michael and Joe use a week off to bring you B-side about one the main characters of The Dragon Prince, a show created by some of the writers of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Callum, voiced by Jack DeSena, holds an interesting contrast to ATLA's Sokka. We try our best to avoid a comparison, but they both happen to be voiced by DeSena and have similar arcs. Good thing the approach to that arc is different! SPOILERS for Season 1 of The Dragon Prince--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/championcasters/message

53mins

31 May 2021

Rank #2

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Mark Grayson of Invincible

Mark Grayson is *insert blood splatter* Invincible! in the 13th episode of Champion Casters, Michael and Joe discuss the use of satire, the "Evil Superman" trope, and how Mark Grayson's character handles all of that in Amazon Prime's show based off of the Image comic book series. Invincible may just be the best superhero show of 2021. . .maybe? Spoilers for all of Invincible Season 1  WARNING: We talk about all the blood and gore in the series. https://decolonizepalestine.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/championcasters/message

55mins

24 May 2021

Rank #3

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Finn (FN-2187) of Star Wars

FN-2187 is a traitor, a Rebel, and person with a lot of heart. In the 12 episode of Champion Casters, Michael and Joe discuss the defected Stormtrooper and why his rise to becoming a Rebel is so important and under-appreciated. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/championcasters/message

58mins

17 May 2021

Rank #4

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Katie Mitchell of The Mitchells vs The Machines

Did you know Katie Michell is weird? In the 11th episode of Champion Casters, Michael and Joe discuss what makes Katie (and the Mitchells) "weird" and how the film treats their interpersonal relationships. Also, what does the film's themes around technology reveal about Katie? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/championcasters/message

59mins

10 May 2021

Rank #5

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Cole Young of Mortal Kombat (2021 film)

Cole Young. . .is a character. . .okay screw-it--were talking about Mortal Kombat! In the 10th episode of Champion Casters, Michael and Joe discuss the epic highs and lows of video game movies. What does 2021's Mortal Kombat have to offer? And why is Cole the way he is? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/championcasters/message

55mins

3 May 2021

Rank #6

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Sam Wilson of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier

Sam Wilson deserves the shield. In the 9th episode of Champion Casters, Michael and Joe talk about the trajectory of Sam Wilson and how his arc mimics Steve Rogers--yet improves upon it. Michael and Joe also discuss why Falcon and The Winter Soldier is a somewhat disappointing series as a whole. Spoilers for the whole MCU and Falcon and the Winter Soldier series! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/championcasters/message

57mins

26 Apr 2021

Rank #7

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Bucky Barnes of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (feat., Kyle Ruiz)

The Winter Soldier, aka Bucky Barnes, aka The White Wolf, aka James Buchanan Barnes, aka "Cap's Bucky". . .is played by Sebastian Stan. In the 8th episode of Champion Casters, Michael and Joe are joined by local Winter Soldier fanatic and older brother, Kyle Ruiz. They discuss the comic book characterization of Bucky and how it differs from the Disney+ version of the hero portrayed in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. They also talk about Bucky's relationship to Steve Rogers in the MCU.  SPOILERS: For the entire MCU and the first 4 episodes of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/championcasters/message

1hr 16mins

19 Apr 2021

Rank #8

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Steve Rogers of the MCU

Steve Rogers was worthy of the shield, and Thor's hammer, but is he worthy of being a Champion? In the 7th episode of Champion Casters, Michael and Joe discuss the multi-faceted legacy of Captain America: how Cap (the icon) is perceived in the Marvel Universe, how Steve Rodger (the person) is perceived, and how we the audience see him. Grab a chair because this is just the beginning of our mini-series chat about Captain America! Spoilers for all of the MCU and the first 3 episodes of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier!--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/championcasters/message

57mins

12 Apr 2021

Rank #9

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King Kong of the WB Monster Universe

Kong bows to no one! In the 6th episode of Champion Casters, Michael and Joe continue their Kaiju conversation with King Kong. They talk about why it's so fun for a radioactive lizard to fight a big monkey. They also discuss how effective the "Versus" movie genre is and why we root for Kong in Godzilla versus Kong. CONTENT WARNING: This episode does contain late 90s video game references and a musical number. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/championcasters/message

55mins

5 Apr 2021

Rank #10