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Author: Patrick Whalen & Michael Field

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Pat Whalen is a lifelong comic book geek.
Mike Field is a filmmaker and storyteller.

So naturally, a bulk of their conversations surround the world of the Marvel movies. Some consider the MCU one of the greatest achievements in modern-day filmmaking and others just think they’re comic book movies.

Each episode they'’ll tackle one film and discuss the differences between the comic book and what’s on-screen. They’ll explore the growth of the Marvel Cinematic Universe from its inception to present day and beyond. And have a little fun along the way. You may not have asked for it, you certainly don’t need it, but you’ll be happy they’re here…we think. This is Yet Another MCU Podcast.
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An Intro

An Intro

2020-08-0306:04

Introducing the Yet Another MCU Podcast! Pat Whalen and Mike Field take a few minutes to introduce themselves and the show. They explain what the show will feature in terms of breaking down the differences between the movies and their source material - Marvel Comics. Pat and Mike have been friends for over 10 years and all the conversations about Marvel movies was research for this podcast. Hope you enjoy!
Iron Man

Iron Man

2020-08-1150:18

We begin where it all began...way back in 2008 with https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Man_(2008_film) (Iron Man). Directed by Jon Favreau and starring Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard, Shaun Toub and Leslie Bibb. The MCU was shot into the cinematic atmosphere on the back of the the red and gold as we're given an origin story and an action movie all in one. Listen to Pat Whalen break down the beginnings of Marvel Studios and how they leveraged their stockpile of characters in order to secure a loan to make this movie. Mike Field dives into the lack of a villain in this movie, but rather villainous obstacles. But that didn't matter, because you loved it and the box office showed. Welcome to the beginning of Yet Another MCU Podcast! Follow us on https://www.instagram.com/yetanothermcupodcast/ (Instagram) or check us out at https://www.forgottenentertainment.com/ (Forgotten Entertainment).
The Incredible Hulk

The Incredible Hulk

2020-08-1848:53

Phase 1, Episode 2. The Incredible hulk starring Eric Bana! No...wait. Starring Mark Ruffalo. Nope. Not right. Starring Edward Norton! Phew! We figured it out. That's right, the movie that is often overlooked in the 20+ movies and growing in the MCU, but really isn't as bad as lackluster as you may think. With a supporting cast of Liv Tyler, William Hurt, Tim Roth and Ty Burrell. (Yes, he's in this movie) Pat Whalen and Mike Field return to connect the pieces from the last Hulk movie to this one and beyond, as Pat fondly remembers one of his favorite action scenes in the MCU - The college campus battle. Mike learns more about Gray Hulk and the color series in the comic world. But both hosts wonder...where'd Ty Burrell's character run off to in the middle of the movie. Follow Yet Another MCU Podcast on https://www.instagram.com/yetanothermcupodcast/ (Instagram) or check us out at https://www.forgottenentertainment.com/ (Forgotten Entertainment).
Iron Man 2

Iron Man 2

2020-08-2501:09:22

Phase 1, Episode 3. Cue the AC/DC, as Tony Stark returns as Iron Man in the third movie in Phase One - Iron Man 2. Robert Downey Jr, as Tony Stark, returns along with Gwyneth Paltrow and Jon Favreau. Tony battles his own personal demons, government interference, world-building MCU plotlines from Marvel executives and a man who just wants his bird. Added to the mix is Mickey Rourke as, the villain and bird lover, Whiplash, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha, we're-not-supposed-to-know-she's-Black-Widow, Rushman. Don Cheadle takes over the role of James "Rhodey" Rhodes. Agent Coulson appears with Clark Gregg taking on the character that will span to more movies and beyond. We see a credited Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and, of course, we get to meet one of Pat and Mike's favorite MCU characters - Justin Hammer played with great results by Sam Rockwell. The Justin Hammer love is palpable, but Pat and Mike also get into some of pressing issues with this sequel to widely successful, Iron Man. They examine a movie and a franchise that is trying to tell a story and set up countless more. But regardless, the MCU train is picking up speed and a drunken fight between Iron Man and Iron Patriot can't stop it. Follow Yet Another MCU Podcast on https://www.instagram.com/yetanothermcupodcast/ (Instagram) or check us out at https://www.forgottenentertainment.com/ (Forgotten Entertainment).
Thor

Thor

2020-09-0157:17

Phase 1, Episode 4. Kenneth Branagh directs the Norse God of Thunder, Thor, starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, Kat Dennings, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Clark Gregg and Jeremy Renner. Listen to Michael Field and Pat Whalen navigate their way through the slog that is this movie. (We're only slightly kidding) We get introduced to the brotherly relationship of Loki and Thor that will extend throughout the MCU. We learn that all it takes for Thor to learn his arrogant ways were wrong is when he makes scrambled eggs. And we meet Hawkeye, the landlord! (in the comics) Follow us on https://www.instagram.com/yetanothermcupodcast/ (Instagram) and as always, at forgottenentertainment.com.
Phase 1, Episode 5. Captain America: The First Avengers starring Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci, Hugo Weaving, Toby Jones, Sebastian Stan, Hayley Atwell, Dominic Cooper, Neal McDonough and Derek Luke. Pat Whalen and Michael Field travel back to the 1940s. and this time they're not alone as Michael Butler from the Forgotten Cinema Podcast joins them. Listen as Pat walks Field through the Tesseract's path within the MCU and this movie. Butler and Pat are big fans discuss the main iterations of Captain America through comics over time. They all enjoy the music and the time period of the movie, although wonder if the time period was what makes this film, as Pat puts it - the dark horse of the MCU, in terms of respect. Follow us on https://www.instagram.com/yetanothermcupodcast/ (Instagram) and as always, at https://my.captivate.fm/forgottenentertainment.com (forgottenentertainment.com).
The Avengers

The Avengers

2020-09-1549:46

Phase 1. Episode 6. Everything has led up to this! It's time for the Avengers to...I hate that I'm writing this...assemble! Pat Whalen and Michael Field bring you the final episode in Season 1 with The Avengers. Directed by Joss Whedon and starring everyone! Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson. and more. The complexities of bringing multiple storylines and individual character arcs together is on display, but there's no one better at blending it all than Joss Whedon. Mike enjoys the back and forth between characters and the fact that not everyone gets along, Pat breaks down the origins of the Avengers in the comic world. They both debate who's the main character in this movie, Iron Man or Captain America and also try to figure out who represents the audience in the movie, Coulson or Hill. Stay for Mike's disbelief in how Coulson continues on in the MCU after the events of this movie. No spoilers! Follow us on https://www.instagram.com/yetanothermcupodcast/ (Instagram) and as always, at https://my.captivate.fm/forgottenentertainment.com (forgottenentertainment.com).
Bonus Phase. Episode 1. Pat and Mike take a break from the MCU to bring you the first of many bonus episodes. First up: The History of Marvel Comics. They go back in time when Martin Goodman launched Timely Comics, as they dive into the history of Marvel Comics. Joe Simon and Jack Kirby weren't too far behind as they came to Timely Comics and created Captain America. We'll also learn about a little unknown member of Marvel Comics...Stan Lee. They go through the beginning of it all in the late 1930s/early 1940s to the 1950s when Timely Comics were temporarily cancelled and ultimately the 1960s when Marvel officially is born. But don't despair...this isn't a deep dive. That would probably take four hours and let's be honest, no one wants to hear Pat and Mike talking for four hours. Find us on https://yet-another-mcu-podcast.captivate.fm/ (Captivate). Find us on https://www.instagram.com/yetanothermcupodcast/ (Instagram)! Find us on https://twitter.com/McuYet (Twitter)! Just find us!
Bonus Phase. Episode 2. We're back for one more short bonus episode to talk about the rise of Marvel Studios. From its humble beginnings when it was purchased by Avi Arad and Toy Biz to the approval of David Maisel's pitch to take out a massive $525 million dollar loan from Merril Lynch, with the rights to characters as collateral. Holy crap! What did they do?! Don't worry. Pat Whalen walks you through the early years, while Michael Field provides zero insight whatsoever except trying to figure out how many people will end of playing Spider-Man when its all said and done. But we all know, Marvel Studios is only just beginning. You can find us on https://www.instagram.com/yetanothermcupodcast/ (Instagram) and we're also part of the https://www.forgottenentertainment.com/yet-another-mcu-podcast (Forgotten Entertainment family.)
Stan Lee

Stan Lee

2020-11-1723:38

Bonus Phase. Episode 3. We're talking about the life and times of Stan Lee, one of the many masterminds behind the Marvel Comics world. In this brief look back, Pat Whalen and Michael Field will talk about how it all began to the decision-making abilities of Stan Lee that led to where the MCU is today. And, of course, Pat and Mike will breakdown the dozens of cameos that litter the MCU movies, both in the MCU proper and beyond. Enjoy the episode! Find us on https://www.instagram.com/yetanothermcupodcast/ (Instagram)! Find us on https://twitter.com/McuYet (Twitter)! Just find us!
No Secret Identities

No Secret Identities

2020-11-2420:03

Bonus Phase, Episode 4 Pat Whalen and Michael Field return for another bonus episode, this one about the idea of secret identities within the comic book world and the decision to move away from them in the MCU. They go through the seemingly ad-libbed reveal from Tony Stark in Iron Man to the lack of concern from Peter Parker in the Spider-Man franchise because everyone knows in that movie! (And we're not talking about the tag at the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home) Take a listen as Pat and Mike jump from Marvel to DC to Kevin Smith movies and back. This bonus episode has all sorts of easter eggs. Enjoy! Find us on https://www.instagram.com/yetanothermcupodcast/ (Instagram)! Find us on https://twitter.com/McuYet (Twitter)! Just find us!
Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6

2020-12-0129:02

Bonus Phase, Episode 5. Pat Whalen and Mike Field travel to San Fransokyo to talk about the Disney-Pixar movie, Big Hero 6. A movie that is party of the MCU, but not really. And you know what else? It's really good. A fun, heart-warming story that showcases grief in a real, tangible way as well as delivers on action and comedy. While the movie takes from the entirety of the limited series run of the Big Hero 6 comic, the story is singular to the film. Enjoy! Find us on https://www.instagram.com/yetanothermcupodcast/ (Instagram)! Find us on https://twitter.com/McuYet (Twitter)! Just find us!
Comic Book Events

Comic Book Events

2021-01-1922:54

Bonus Phase, Episode 6 Mike comes into the episode unprepared and that's just how Pat likes it, as he peppers Field with comic book events that have permeated the comic industry for decades. All leading to one question: Could these comic book events fit into the MCU? Get ready for some Secret Wars talk...and then the other Secret Wars. We touch upon The House of M and Field's lack of interest in the Thor franchise. Pat shares his thoughts on the Spider-Man Multiverse direction the MCU seems to be taking and much more! Enjoy! Find us on https://www.instagram.com/yetanothermcupodcast/ (Instagram)! Find us on https://twitter.com/McuYet (Twitter)! Just find us!
Marvel Knights

Marvel Knights

2021-01-2633:27

Bonus Phase, Episode 7 A long time ago, in a television world far, far away...Netflix had Marvel shows. Remember?! Mike Field and Pat Whalen discuss the Marvel Knight slate of shows - Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Punisher in this week's bonus episode. They'll talk about what worked and maybe, didn't work in these shows. They'll lament on missed opportunities both on the side of the creators and on the side of Marvel and Disney. Mike has issues with supporting characters taking the limelight away from the leads, while Pat fondly remembers a time when Danny Rand was the Immortal Iron Fist and the protector of Kun Lun. (Take a drink!) Then, for some unknown reason, they start talking about Law & Order and Boardwalk Empire and much more that have nothing to do with the Netflix shows. Enjoy the episode! Find us on https://www.instagram.com/yetanothermcupodcast/ (Instagram)! Find us on https://twitter.com/McuYet (Twitter)! Just find us!
Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

2020-10-0659:23

Phase 2. Episode 1. Tony Stark is back and he's messed up. Michael Field and Patrick Whalen return along with Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle to talk about Shane Black's https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Man_3 (Iron Man 3) and all the connections the movie sets for Phase 2. Pat guides Mike through the differences between A.I.M from the movie and in the comics, which is completely different. For some reason, there's a tangent about the movie https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Roy_(1995_film) (Rob Roy) starring Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange and Tim Roth. But quickly the duo guides their way back to wonder how extremis not only can make you stronger, but cooler as well as Aldrich Killian goes from zero to hero (but not, because he's the bad guy) And we haven't even talked about how Iron Man's movies and the Spider-Man as well love playing with bad guys that re really disgruntled employees. And where's Justin Hammer?! Check out the episode! You can also follow us on https://www.instagram.com/yetanothermcupodcast/ (Instagram) and at https://www.forgottenentertainment.com/yet-another-mcu-podcast (Forgotten Entertainment).
Thor: The Dark World

Thor: The Dark World

2020-10-1356:52

Phase 2, Episode 2. Oh boy. The episode we've been dreading...for now. It's Thor: The Dark World starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Rene Russo, Christopher Eccleston and directed by Alan Taylor. Pat has trouble finding a whole heckuva a lot to like about this movie, while Mike finds a lot of convenience in the plot development in order to move the story forward. It's a bit odd that the focal point of all the nine realms just happens to be in London where all the supporting cast of the movie are also just happening to be working....but we digress. There is some good stuff in this movie as the ever-growing brotherly relationship between Thor and Loki strengthens and deepens in its complexity. And we get to see Frigga kick some serious butt...if she's not long for the MCU. (Spoilers!) Enjoy the episode! You can find us on https://www.instagram.com/yetanothermcupodcast/ (Instagram), https://twitter.com/McuYet (Twitter) and at https://www.forgottenentertainment.com/yet-another-mcu-podcast (Forgotten Entertainment).
Phase 2, Episode 3 Captain America returns to battle Hydra...er, we mean S.H.I.E.L.D... No! It's Hydra! It'a been Hydra all along! Chris Evans returns as the titular hero along with Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp, Robert Redford and, of course, Samuel L. Jackson. Pat Whalen and Mike Field are once again joined by Mike Butler from https://forgotten-cinema.captivate.fm/ (Forgotten Cinema) as they break down this 2014 MCU film, although Butler isn't a fan of this movie. He talks about the last 45 minutes and how they betray the first two acts of the movie. Also, Pat introduces Field to the world of the Canadian Avengers! And, of course, the movie's clear cut association with https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Days_of_the_Condor (Three Days of the Condor) and other 70s spy movies doesn't go unnoticed by the trio. Enjoy the episode!
Phase 2. Episode 4. We are shooting off into space with the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guardians_of_the_Galaxy_(film) (Guardians of the Galaxy) starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper. Directed by James Gunn. The galaxy is under the threat of invasion? Sure! It's going to take a rag-tag group featuring two thieves, an 80s-loving scavenger and a potential villain to stop it from happening. Mike considers the opening of the movie as one of the strongest openings in the MCU. Pat considers GOTG the movie we were all promised when https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars%3A_Episode_I_%E2%80%93_The_Phantom_Menace (Episode I: The Phantom Menace) was released in 1999. Take a listen! We're available on https://www.instagram.com/yetanothermcupodcast/ (Instagram) & https://twitter.com/McuYet (Twitter) and you can always find us at https://www.forgottenentertainment.com/yet-another-mcu-podcast (forgottenentertainment.com)
Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron

2020-11-0301:13:37

Phase 2. Episode 5. Mike and Pat are talking about https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avengers%3A_Age_of_Ultron (Avengers: Age of Ultron), starring the usual suspects: Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johannson, Samuel L. Jackson and more! The Avengers are needed again. Well, they've been on missions, apparently, and after finding an infinity stone, Tony Stark does what he does best. He tinkers with it and creates Ultron! Way to go, Tony! Now the Avengers need to battle the ultimate A.I. villain who is hell bent on destroying the world and building the perfect body for himself. Mike struggles with the episodic nature of the movie and Pat digs on Hawkeye's surprise familial revelation. Enjoy! You can find us on https://www.instagram.com/yetanothermcupodcast/ (Instagram)! Find us on https://twitter.com/McuYet (Twitter)!
Ant-Man

Ant-Man

2020-11-1001:04:04

Phase 2. Episode 6. Just like that, Marvel's Phase 2 comes to an end with https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant-Man_(film) (Ant-Man,) starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly & Corey Stall. Directed by Peyton Reed. Scott Lang is fresh out of prison, trying to get his life together, but he's dragged back into a life of crime by Hank Pym in order to stop a madman from getting his hand on the Pym Particle. Pat Whalen and Mike Field talk about the different dynamic in this Marvel film compared to the others before it. The family relationship between Lang and his ex-wife and new husband. And the enduring love Lang has for his daughter is what drives the character. We also finally get to meet Hank Pym in the MCU as Michael Douglas grabs the role by the reins. A heist film masquerading as a Marvel action movie. This is Ant-Man! Enjoy! Find us on https://www.instagram.com/yetanothermcupodcast/ (Instagram)! Find us on https://twitter.com/McuYet (Twitter)! Just find us!
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