Rank #1: Us Spoiler Special ft. Jordan Peele
Jordan Peele's second film as director, Us, like his first, Get Out, is the sort of film that is so packed with incident, subtext, symbols, recurring motifs, and meticulous thematic groundwork that it virtually demands a spoiler special. And we are more than happy to oblige.
First, you'll hear Chris Hewitt sit down for a spoilerific (and we do mean spoilerific) chat with Peele himself, where they unpack the secrets of the Tethered and what Peele calls The Underpass. Maybe it's right next to The Sunken Place.
Then, Chris is joined in the podbooth by Empire's editor-in-chief, Terri White, and George Harrison lookalike-in-chief, John Nugent, to talk about their thoughts, feelings, and theories about the film. So, wait for the clock to strike 11:11, fire up the podcast, and listen to us rabbiting on. And be warned: we can get crazy.
Rank #2: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Spoiler Special ft. Quentin Tarantino
Once upon a time in the Empire podbooth, anyone? Our latest spoiler special podcast is truly special indeed, as the great Quentin Tarantino pops by to talk about his ninth (or tenth, but who's counting?) movie, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, and many of its twists, turns, and third act shenanigans.
Fresh from conducting that interview, Chris Hewitt then repairs to the podbooth to talk about the movie - its twists, turns, and third act shenanigans, and all - with Helen O'Hara, Ian Freer, and Nick de Semlyen. So sit back, relax with a drink or an acid-dipped cigarette*, and enjoy. Bear in mind: we also talk spoilers for Yesterday, Avengers: Endgame (of course), and previous Tarantino movies, so tread carefully.
* The Empire Podcast does not condone the use of acid-dipped cigarettes. Please use responsibly.
Rank #3: Avengers: Endgame Spoiler Special
The most epic film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe arguably deserves - nay, demands - the most epic Empire Podcast spoiler special. So, because you demanded it, Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, John Nugent, and Amon Warmann lock themselves into the podbooth and don't emerge until they've talked about all the major developments in Avengers: Endgame, the 22nd film in the MCU. And, let's be honest, some of the minor developments. And, ok, a bunch of stuff that has nothing to do with Marvel at all.
We know this is long - we know because we were there, and went slowly mad over the course of four hours - but we hope you will take this journey with us (perhaps in several chunks) as we talk Tony, Steve, Natasha, Bruce, Thor, Clint, and that purple fella in the first of our spoiler specials. Yes, there's a live show and interviews with the Russos/Markus and McFeely to come. We are very much in the endgame now, people.
Rank #4: Thor: Ragnarok Spoiler Special With Taika Waititi
We sat down with the World's Best-Dressed Director, Taika Waititi, for a spoilerific chat on Thor's threequel – plus, we assemble four friends from work to gather in a pod booth and dissect the movie in almost needlessly forensic detail. SPOILERS FROM THE START, OBVS.
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Rank #5: Avengers: Infinity War Spoiler Special
It's all been leading to this. Ten years, nineteen films... one enormo-pod.
Yes, it's our Avengers: Infinity War spoiler special podcast, in which our very own team of Podvengers - Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, Dan Jolin, and James Dyer -come together to chat about Marvel Studios' most epic blockbuster to date. They talk about that thing that happened in the Russo Brothers' film, that other thing, some other stuff, and tackle some of your questions as well. And they drone on so long you might want to use the Time Stone.
So, sit back, relax, and enjoy almost three hours of rampant speculation, semi-educated guesses, and the usual rambling nonsense, including a truly dreadful Peter Dinklage impression. Oh, and a swearier Helen than usual. Language!
Rank #6: Ant-Man Spoiler Podcast - Peyton Reed
Whether you loved Paul Rudd's take on Marvel's miniature superhero or thought its third act was a bit of an, ahem, anticlimax, you've got to listen to this Empire Podcast spoiler special in honour of Ant-Man. That is, if you've already watched the film. If you haven't, you better get to your nearest cinema. Waste, otherwise.
Rank #7: Captain America: Civil War Spoiler Special with Joe & Anthony Russo, Kevin Feige
An epic, two-hour, spoilerific discussion of Marvel's latest superhero dust-up, with Marvel boss Kevin Feige, and Civil War directing team Joe & Anthony Russo. CONTAINS SPOILERS.
Rank #8: Ridley Scott Special
It's not every week the Empire Podcast booth welcomes a knight of the realm. Sir Ridley Scott isn't one to stand on ceremony though, so all that silver-polishing and red-carpet-rolling was probably unnecessary. On a very special podcast Special, he chatted about a wide range of topics, from The Martian, to his finest big-screen moments, to the projects that got away.
Rank #9: Batman v Superman Spoiler Special with Zack Snyder, Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder
Our bumper spoiler-filled Batman v Superman special features interviews with director Zack Snyder and producers Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder, plus a spoiler-filled discussion of the film in forensic detail. SPOILER ALERT: THERE ARE SPOILERS.
Rank #10: Mission: Impossible - Fallout Spoiler Special Part 3 Ft. Christopher McQuarrie
Shortly after we'd finished our marathon three-hour recording session with writer-director Christopher McQuarrie for our Mission: Impossible - Fallout spoiler special podcast, he got in touch to say that it "felt incomplete". We couldn't agree more. Which is how Chris Hewitt found himself in a meeting room on the Paramount lot in Los Angeles, ready for another three hours with McQuarrie. And here is that chat, bringing the Fallout McQuarrie chat to a whopping six hours.
Here, the duo discuss plenty of stuff they didn't get round to last time, including a major deleted scene between Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt and Rebecca Ferguson's Ilsa Faust; the technical challenges of the major action sequences; and McQuarrie answers plenty of questions from the listeners. And McQuarrie is on top form throughout - deeply candid, funny, and thoughtful as he shines a light on the process behind making a major blockbuster.
Take a week off work and enjoy.
Rank #11: Spider-Man: Far From Home Spoiler Special ft. Jon Watts, Kevin Feige, and Amy Pascal
Spoiler-Man, Spoiler-Man, spoils whatever a podcast can... Yes, in the latest Empire Podcast spoiler special, Spider-Man: Far From Home director Jon Watts, and producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal are bitten by radioactive spoilers, and develop the strange ability to tell Chris Hewitt all kinds of spoilerific stuff about the latest outing in the MCU for Tom Holland's friendly not-so-neighbourhood webslinger. From BIG reveals to Easter eggs Chris still hasn't spotted despite specifically looking out for them, there's over an hour of cracking Spidey interviews here.
Then, back in the podbooth, Chris is joined by Helen O'Hara, Ben Travis, Dan Jolin, and Amon Warmann for two - count 'em, TWO! - hours of Spider-spoiler chat, including a bunch of listener questions, and a cameo even more unexpected cameo than those in the film. As ever, do NOT listen to this podcast unless you've seen Spider-Man: Far From Home (and, we must caution, Avengers: Endgame).
Rank #12: Baby Driver Spoiler Special With Edgar Wright
Edgar Wright enters the pod booth for an incredibly in depth and spoilerific chat about his latest film, Baby Driver. (Incase it wasn't already clear enough, SPOILERS FROM THE START!)
Rank #13: Spider-Man: Homecoming Spoiler Special
The team discuss the latest Spidey outing in intensely spoilerific detail. There are no interviews on this Spoiler Special, but you can listen back to non-spoilery chats with Tom Holland and director Jon Watts in our last two episodes.
(SPOILERS! FROM! THE! START! OBVIOUSLY!)
Rank #14: Spectre Spoiler Special - Sam Mendes
For our Spectre Spoiler Special, Sam Mendes drops by the pod-booth; and four of Empire's biggest Bond nerds don tuxedos for a spoilerific chat on 007's 24th adventure.
Rank #15: The Ranking - Batman Movies
Holy delayed podcast, Batman! Yes, it's finally here - the Batman edition of The Ranking, the podcast/magazine crossover in which four Empire writers - Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, Dan Jolin, and Olly Richards - argue the toss over a series of movies. In this case, it's the Batfilms. All the Batfilms. Yes, even the rubbish ones.
So settle in for an hour of feverish Batdebate that features Helen and Dan arguing about the politics of The Dark Knight Rises, fewer impressions of Bane than you might expect, and the final, Empirical Batman Top 10. It just might surprise you. This pod needs an enema!
Rank #16: Avengers: Endgame Spoiler Special Interviews ft. The Russos and Markus/McFeely
It's here. At long (long) last, the final part of our extended spoiler special celebration of all things Avengers: Endgame. This time, we let the filmmakers speak for themselves, as Chris Hewitt visits Agbo Studios, the LA HQ of the Russo brothers, for two extended spoilerific interviews with the creative teams behind the second biggest film of all time (correct at time of writing).
First, Chris chats to Endgame writers, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and then follows that up by talking to the Russos themselves, Joe and Anthony. Along the way they cover the fates of pretty much every major character, the film's time-travel shenanigans, the rigidity of Thanos' bottom, and much, much more.
We are now, well and truly, in the endgame now, people. We hope you love this 3000. Enjoy.
Rank #17: Tom Hiddleston: Life As Loki Interview Special
Tom Hiddleston has been an integral part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for almost a decade now, making a magical mark as Loki, Prince Of Asgard, Odinson, the rightful king of Jotunheim, and horny thorn in Thor's side.
He plays the character for the fifth time in Avengers: Infinity War, and sat down with Chris Hewitt for this very special interview about his life as one of the MCU's most popular characters. He talks about finding the right look, and voice, for Loki, the changes that the character has experienced, working with Taika Waititi on Thor Ragnarok, and sheds some light on an alternate fate for the occasional villain in Thor: The Dark World.
He also takes the time to answer a couple of questions from Loki fans, including the ever-popular Lego Loki. Enjoy.
Rank #18: Solo: A Star Wars Story - Spoiler Special ft. Ron Howard
"Solo! Nothing but Solo!"
Solo: A Star Wars Story, the standalone tale that fills us in on the origin of everyone's favourite Corellian smuggler, opened a couple of weeks ago. And here, at last, is the Empire Podcast spoiler special, in which Chris Hewitt, Helen O'Hara, James Dyer, and Ben Travis gather in the podbooth to discuss the film's major revelations. Along the way they answer some listener questions, debut the world's worst Jar Jar Binks impression, and dissect the Kessel Run in glorious detail.
But that's not all. The film's director, the legend that is Ron Howard, drops by to talk to James and Nick de Semlyen about many of the film's plot twists and turns, and the odd Easter egg. Including that one. You know the one.
So, sit back, relax and listen to our latest Solo venture.
Rank #19: David Fincher Interview Special
A 40-minute conversation with one of the world's greatest living filmmakers about his new Netflix series Mindhunter, plus news on his future projects.
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Rank #20: #209: Chris Evans, Eric Bana
The current Steve Rogers and former Bruce Banner battle it out in the pod booth this week. The team also settle that lifelong question: is Die Hard better than Citizen Kane?