The Avengers

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They say it’s never better than the first time, and it turns out that that’s kind of true for Joss Whedon and his foray into blockbuster filmmaking. Not for the first time, Whedon is talking about the difficulties in making Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the difficulties in trying to top himself while improving himself after the smash hit that was 2012’s The Avengers. With then one movie under his belt, Whedon became the second most successful director in terms of box office take of a single movie of all time. For his encore, he took on the hotly anticipated sequel to the superhero movie, which wasn’t just facing the crush of expectation left over from The Avengers, but of the other four Marvel Studios movies released in-between Avengers adventures too. In that case, it’s pretty understandable then that in Whedon’s case, two was enough. (more…)

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Even this age of consistent big event movies, it’s hard to think of anything as big as Avengers: Age of Ultron. The first blockbuster Avengers was a minor miracle of form and function, taking three characters with their own film series, as well as a myriad of supporting characters, and brought them all together in a fun, action-packed and character-driven adventure that also reflected the specific voice of its filmmaker. Looking back, watching The Avengers unfold, Joss Whedon made it look too easy, which is why Ultron seems all the more susceptible to “sequelitis.” Age of Ultron is bigger, louder and even more stuffed with characters, references and action than the first, but while the endeavor seems at times to be getting away from Whedon, he does seem to achieve everything the movie needed, and wanted to do. (more…)

Joss Whedon Has Coulson Resurrection Regrets

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One of the most poignant moments of 2012’s The Avengers was when everyman S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson played by Clark Gregg was killed in action while trying to stop Loki’s escape. It’s pivitol because Coulson’s death glavanized the team to put aside their own damage and fight the good fight to defeat Loki and his alien army; it was a bittersweet moment, but it defined what it mean to be an Avenger. And then ABC was looking to make a series called Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and it needed an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. to lead them, so Gregg got the call and Coulson came back from the dead. Naturally, the guy that killed Coulson in the first place, wasn’t pleased. (more…)

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Surprise! It’s an all-new episode with your favorite podcast personalities that aren’t actually famous or Chris Hardwick. Since last we left our plump buddies, Jeremy has become a totally hairless karate master and Jason has watched Double Dragon and subsisted on beard leavings. Enough foreplay, here’s what you’re getting yourself into: (more…)

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You may or may not have heard about this thing called Secret Wars. It’s the latest Marvel Comics event miniseries that kicks off in the next couple of months, and promises – You guess it! – to change things in the Marvel Universe forever. Not content to promote the heck out of Secret Wars and all its ancillary tie-ins, spin-offs and one-shots, Marvel Comics now wants to tease us with the aftermath, and it begins with another thrilling game of guessing who’s now an Avenger. Marvel passed around the below graphic this morning featuring the mostly silhouetted team, with two new team members already confirmed. So who will now stand with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? (more…)

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We Here at RadioBastard Labs know that you, the discerning podcast listener, demand nothing but the latest in podcast innovations. That’s why Jeremy and Jason are happy to announce the all new #RapidReport! All the pop-culture news in half the time with a quarter of the humor. We also know you still want plain ol’fashion nerd news headlines, so we still do those too.

This week, we’re all over: (more…)

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This time on the all new lemon scented RadioBastard podcast hour of power, Jeremy and Jason get wrapped up in the timeless internet sensation known as #DressGate. Also, there’s some hot llama action, a plot to steal Winston Churchill‘s vampire blood and a hot Latin body for Jason, 47 uses for chicken skin, and DuckTales! Wooo… Wha?

You seem like you could use some specifics… (more…)

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Agent Carter has been pretty sly with its callbacks and Easter eggs to other Marvel Studios works so far. Maybe that’s because it gets to be off on its own in 1946, or maybe it’s because, unlike the early days of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Carter doesn’t to use fan service to cover for languid storytelling. Regardless, Agent Carter seems to like to reward eagle-eyed viewers, like when Anton Vanko, father of Iron Man 2 villain Ivan Vanko AKA: Whiplash, appeared in episode two. And if you though there was something oddly familiar about another character in this past week’s episode, “The Blitzkrieg Button,” specifically in the way she fights, you may be presently surprised and pleased to get this piece of Easter Egg hunting from one of Agent Carter’s producers. (more…)

Spiderman

Nothing beats a good ‘is-Spider-Man-going-back-to-Marvel’ rumor. This one is especially good due to the source that it came from. It’s no secret that Marvel and Sony have been conversing with each other regarding a deal to bring Spidey into Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. We seen some of the conversations that were shared through the Sony Hacks scandal just before Christmas. For some Marvel fans, it looked like Christmas had come early in the form of speculative talks about Spidey returning home.  Supposedly the web-slinger would appear in Marvel’s 2016 release Captain America: Civil War. However, talks dissipated as a deal could not be reached that satisfied both parties. Consequently, the natural assumption was that Spidey was to remain at Sony, and they were unsure how to move forward with the character due to the lackluster performance of The Amazing Spider-Man 2but now we have something a little more concrete. (more…)