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Cinematic Universe

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The podcast that makes sense of the comics behind the movies. Host Joe Cunningham is joined by comics experts Seb Patrick and James Hunt to review a different movie or TV show each episode, filling in background for long-time fans and newcomers alike. We also cover the latest comic book movie and TV news, with guest experts joining us on a regular basis.

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The podcast that makes sense of the comics behind the movies. Host Joe Cunningham is joined by comics experts Seb Patrick and James Hunt to review a different movie or TV show each episode, filling in background for long-time fans and newcomers alike. We also cover the latest comic book movie and TV news, with guest experts joining us on a regular basis.

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Cinematic Universe

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The podcast that makes sense of the comics behind the movies. Host Joe Cunningham is joined by comics experts Seb Patrick and James Hunt to review a different movie or TV show each episode, filling in background for long-time fans and newcomers alike. We also cover the latest comic book movie and TV news, with guest experts joining us on a regular basis.

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Rank #1: Episode 94: Aquaman (2018)

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Well, this took us a while, didn't it? We missed the slot for it when it came out in cinemas, because of Spider-Verse. Then we missed the slot for it when it came out on home release, because of Endgame. And we've even had a slight delay on getting it out to you after having recorded it. But here, finally, finally, is our Aquaman episode. We promise we haven't just been avoiding talking about it. But we do have some stuff to get through before we do, including a news roundup that takes in a whole bunch of Endgame aftermath and theorising (even if our box office speculation is already out of date), Hulu's newly-announced Hellstrom and Ghost Rider shows, and the latest The Suicide Squad casting. Plus, there's an impassioned min-review-cum-exhortation-to-watch by Seb of season two of The Tick. WATCH SEASON TWO OF THE TICK. 00:00 Intro / Explain Something 04:51 News 33:25 The Tick Season 2 Mini-Review 48:51 Aquaman review 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

May 11 2019
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Rank #2: Minisode 92.5: Who's Your Favourite Eternal?

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We've got a few news bits to get out of the way in this busy month for new films, so here's a slightly longer than usual mini catching up on a bunch of matters including Black Widow and Eternals casting, Hawkeye's Disney+ series, who Idris Elba might be playing in The Suicide Squad, Iain Glen being the new Bruce Wayne, and finally a belated catchup on the Joker trailer.

Apr 17 2019
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Rank #3: Episode 92: Shazam! (2019)

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It still absolutely boggles our minds that movies about both versions of Captain Marvel have come out within a month of each other, so here we are talking about DC's Actually He's Called Shazam! Now. Is it the first truly great DCEU film? What kind of a future for the series can we see spinning out of it? And isn't it good to finally be able to talk about all of the spoilery stuff that it's kept hidden from the publicity?

Apr 12 2019
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Rank #4: Episode 91: Captain Marvel (2019)

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Yes. We know. Sorry. We've had all manner of catastrophes befall this episode, leading ultimately to our having to completely re-record it having already done it once. But we got there in the end, and hey, we got there before the end of the month of the film's release! So we're sure you've all already seen Captain Marvel and formed your own opinions on it by now, but join us as we give you our thoughts, as well as closing off the episode with some discussion of that latest Avengers: Endgame trailer. Oh, and hey, by the way, this is our 200th (including minisodes and bonus eps) edition overall! Yay us.

Mar 28 2019
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Rank #5: Bonus Episode: February 2019 News Special

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It was Superbowl Sunday this week, which traditionally means an influx of absolutely massive movie trailer news. Or, at least it does in theory - in reality, it can end up being a bit like the movie equivalent of Transfer Deadline Day. Either way, and because we needed to catch up with some outstanding news matters anyway, Seb and James have roped in Den of Geek news editor Kirsten Howard to run through the latest Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel spots, that Birds of Prey teaser, an old Keanu Reeves story getting reported as new, Y: The Last Man going to series, James Gunn moving away from Superman and towards The Suicide Squad, and plenty more besides. Well, some more besides, anyway.

Feb 06 2019
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Rank #6: 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...

Feb 02 2019
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Rank #7: Episode 89: Supergirl (1984)

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We're kicking off our fifth year with a jam-packed episode, and the film that might just have marked the creation of the first ever cinematic universe: Jeanott Szwarc's 1984 version of Supergirl! Plus, we catch up on some of the latest news, including a dive into the Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer, and Seb getting to have a big old rant about Stargirl's choice of Starman. All of this, and you get to learn the fate of the Pitch segment!

Jan 21 2019
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Rank #8: Awards Special: The Cuppies 2018 (Part Two)

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Sure, we're a week into 2019, but there's still time to keep looking back at 2018, right? Well, there'd better be, as here we are one week later with PART TWO of our epic end-of-year awards special. So listen on to find out our all-important remaining picks, including Best Film, new Hall of Fame entrants, AND news on how you, yes YOU, can have your say on one of the major awards!

Jan 07 2019
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Rank #9: Awards Special: The Cuppies 2018 (Part One)

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It's been a heck of a year for great new comic book movies, which might explain why we balanced it out by covering so many old bad ones, too. Join us for our annual awards bash as we hand out gongs for our favourites (and less-than-favourites) of everything we've covered in the last year. And don't forget, this is only part one - we'll be along with the second half to round everything else up in a few days' time!

Dec 31 2018
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Rank #10: Episode 88: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

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In all the plot twists of 2018, an animated Miles Morales movie sneaking in at the death to arguably be not only the superhero film of the year, but also possibly the best Spider-Man film ever, is something to behold. But even bigger than that is that James liked it. Join us as we take a deep dive into this immensely enjoyable insta-masterpiece - with a spoiler-free section at the beginning for those of you who somehow haven't seen it yet (but seriously... see it).

Dec 17 2018
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