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The world would be a very different place if the entertainment giant known as Disney hadn’t of stepped in and lobbied for change to copyright laws. Movies, comic books, anything and everything superheroes would be unrecognizable today. And it all started with Steamboat Willie, soon to be known the world over as Mickey Mouse. Copyright law used to be a very finite thing, but with the popularity of Mickey, Disney couldn’t stand to let him go, and still fights today to hang on to the property. Because of this, many other properties have benefited from the changes in law, including but not limited to Marvel and DC. Ever wanted to write a Superman story of your own? Ever wanted to combine Thor and Wonder Woman in their own superhero duo? You can’t. But only because Disney stepped in. What did they change? What beloved superheroes could you be creating with today?
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Even Batman loves a good, nerdy podcast!

Maybe you’ve found some time on your hands. Maybe you like to listen to something other than talk-radio on your drive to work, lunch break, or traffic-laden drive home. Maybe you need something new for the office radio. Or perhaps you just love the sweet, sweet sound of nerds talking. Whatever the case, you’re wondering about nerd-centric podcasts to add to your life. What better than CELEBRITY nerd podcasts??? We’ve collected podcasts by names nearly every nerd knows that you need to be introduced to today. So, dive into 5 nerd podcasts to add to your playlist and get listening!

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On October 12th, Netflix announced the cancellation of it’s Marvel show Iron Fist. This came as a disappointment to many, but not exactly a shock. The show wasn’t doing well with critics even if the writing for Danny Rand and company was getting better. Oct 20th, however, caused fans of the Netflix Marvel shows some worry with the announcement of the cancellation of Luke Cage. What does this mean for the current running Marvel shows? What does this mean for the potential of future Marvel shows? Finn Jones, the actor who portrays Danny Rand ( whose full name is The Immortal Iron Fist, Defender of K’un-Lun and Sworn Enemy Of The Hand) gives us some clues and Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos chimes in to set fans at ease.

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It took forty years, countless sequels, a reboot, and a sequel to that reboot, but fans of John Carpenter’s seasonal horror classic, Halloween, finally have a sequel worthy of the 1978 original that launched the slasher sub-genre. With his dirty mechanic’s overalls, frozen William Shatner death mask, and a toupee to match, Michael Myers and his knife embodied the boogeyman for generations of horror fans, but each sequel – not counting the in-name-only-sequel, Halloween III: Season of the Witch –tarnished and diminished the legacy of Carpenter’s one-of-a-kind original. But where there’s Jason Blum and his horror factory, Blumhouse Productions, there’s a way and the way pointed to an unlikely collaboration between indie auteur David Gordon Green (Stronger, Our Brand is Crisis, Joe, Prince Avalanche, George Washington), writer-comedian Danny McBride (Vice Principals, Eastbound & Down), and onetime “scream queen” Jamie Lee Curtis. The result will go down as a horror classic or near classic in its own right, the perfect, 40-years-in-the-making bookend to Carpenter’s film. (more…)

As nerdy fans wait for Captain Marvel to come out in March, their heads are starting to swim with all the possibilities, mysteries, and theories swirling around the MCU. After all, Captain Marvel leads into Avengers 4, the film that hopes to save half the universe. Will everyone come back? Will they not?

Moreover, Captain America himself is confirmed to be leaving the role soon. For the conspiracy theorists, all of this just begs contemplation. Where will the MCU go after Avengers 4?

Well, this writer has an idea and even a thesis. You see, there have been small developments in the films pointing to a very popular comic becoming the new face of the MCU. It has been slowly building and, with Avengers 4, might actually come to fruition. What might be this comic? Well, Young Avengers, of course.

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Marvel Comics, now owned by Disney, has set a dangerous trend. With the firing of James Gunn for past tweets, Disney let the despicable trolls of the internet know that if they were loud enough, acted outraged enough, smelled bad enough in front of the noses of the right people, then they could control Disney’s (and therefore Marvel’s) social media policies, all without ever actually declaring an official social media policy. 6 years past since James Gunn made some vulgar tweets, which he then apologized for years later, only to be punished for this year. And now Marvel has caved to similar declarations made by similar trolls to who got Gunn fired from GotG Vol 3. The target of the anti-fans ire this time? Chuck Wendig.

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Spoiler alert: Contrary to Stanley Kubrick-obsessed conspiracy theorists, a lunar module (call-sign “Eagle”) carrying two Earth-born astronauts landed on the moon fifty years ago next July. The two Americans, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, took “one small step for [a] man and one giant leap for mankind.” They became instant heroes and icons in the process. They were both alone and not alone. The United States, then the wealthiest country in the world, devoted roughly 5% of the federal budget to the Cold War-era space program. We landed on the moon because we could, because we wanted to be first, but mostly to beat the Soviets (and, of course, communism), and Armstrong, the epitome of America’s founding myth (rugged individualism, pioneer spirit, self-made men and woman) would seem like a perfect or near perfect subject for a big-budget, Hollywood biopic. Or at least, that’s what director Damien Chazelle (La La Land, Whiplash) and writer Josh Singer thought when they decided to work together and bring Neil Armstrong to life in First Man. They were, at best, half-right. (more…)

Over the weekend, Venom, the latest film to be released that is based on a popular Marvel Comics character, was unleashed on the world, to mixed reviews.  Even before the film was released, it was being slammed as the new Catwoman, which, in case you may have somehow erased it from your mind, just so happens to be considered one of the worst comic book adaptations ever made. And the negative reviews didn’t end there.  As the first critic reactions hit social media days ahead of its October 4 release, it seemed that audiences were overwhelmingly underwhelmed with Sony’s latest effort to write a Marvel story.  But is the movie really that bad? Or, is it simply that movie audiences have forgotten the reason that they go see a movie? (more…)