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Cinematic Universe is a podcast all about superhero and comic book movies and TV. Each episode, we look at one movie or show and find out more about the comics behind the screen. Along the way we run through the latest news across the genre, recommend related reading to explore, and pitch our not-always-entirely-serious ideas for future superhero films. From Iron Man to The Dark Knight, from Scott Pilgrim to Spider-Man, from The Incredibles to Howard the Duck, everything across the entire ci ...
 
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Joe and James are joined by Caroline Siede to discuss Patty Jenkins’ sequel to Wonder Woman. We try to untangle the plot as well as examine some of Jenkins’s storytelling decisions to see how things ended up this way, and try to answer the question: what was this movie actually about? Cinematic Universe is supported by the generosity of our backers…
 
The Cinematic Universe team is sending off 2020 in style! Specifically, the style of an awards podcast! With 2020's movie landscape looking less than stellar, Joe and James are joined by Caroline Siede, Amon Warmann, Mike Leader, Rhys Williamson and Al Kennedy to find the best of the best (and occasionally worst) for every comic book movie covered …
 
Joe and James go through all the Marvel news from the Disney Investor Day announcements, from Armor Wars to Ms. Marvel, from Black Widow to The Eternals, as well as checking in on the latest rumours about Spider-Man 3 and, of course, what's going on with Marvel's Helstrom. Also included: a 20 minute psychological breakdown about the sheer amount of…
 
Joe and James are joined by newly-minted Empire contributing editor Amon Warmann as the trio cover the much-maligned 2006 movie, Superman Returns. Is it the sequel the Christopher Reeve movies deserved, or the deranged super-stalker fantasy of an unhinged mind? Could the superkid ever have worked? And can we bring ourselves to even look at the scre…
 
What's this? We've actually covered a movie? In our first main episode since July, Joe and James are joined by Andrew Ellard, returning for his third appearance as we cover Ang Lee's 2003 movie, Hulk. Is it Phase 0 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in disguise? Would General Ross really have that kind of facial hair? And are the Hulk dogs actually f…
 
Ahead of Cinematic Universe's proper return next week, Joe and James catch up on all the new we've been unable to talk about since August. Chadwick Boseman, WandaVision, Ant-Man 3 and more all get a look in as we clear the decks for next week's full episode. Thanks again to everyone for giving us the time we needed to get back on track - regular (i…
 
Joe and James take a look at the latest trailers and announcements for The Batman, Wonder Woman 84, The Suicide Squad, Justice League, Black Adam, Gotham Knights and more besides in this news special. We'd like to thank listeners again for their support and compassion during this difficult time - for now, the podcast will continue. Cinematic Univer…
 
RIP Seb Patrick (1982-2020). It is our sad duty to inform Cinematic Universe listeners that our friend and co-host Seb Patrick passed away unexpectedly this weekend. In this episode, Joe and James talk a little about how they knew Seb and what he meant to us. Not a hoax, not an imaginary story, although we really wish it were. Following this episod…
 
Seb and James return to YouTube for a live rattle through some news bits - including that new Not Gotham Central TV show, various bits of scheduling kerfuffle, our first looks at Helstrom and The Boys S2, and the casting of Atom Smasher in the Black Adam movie! As ever, if you'd rather see what we looked like when we were streaming this, you can wa…
 
Joe returns alongside Caroline and Seb to cover the first (and still so far only) live-action movie based on an Archie Comics property: Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan’s 2001 satire on the music industry and consumerism, Josie and the Pussycats! We look at just how incredibly specific a piece of turn-of-the-century nostalgia this is, and try to fig…
 
There wasn't a huge amount of news for our latest LIVE streamed episode - except for the possibility of Michael Keaton returning as Bruce Wayne - so we threw the floor open to our audience for an Ask Us Anything! At least, we did, once we sorted out the problem of Seb's mic being basically inaudible as soon as the stream went live... As ever, if yo…
 
In our latest LIVE minisode, Seb and James discuss #CreateTheSnyderCut, trailers for Bill & Ted Face the Music (it counts, shut up) and The Old Guard, and some comings and goings in the world of TV show casting. Plus we answer some live listener questions, including some lengthy (and pessimistic?) chat about the future of monthly comics distributio…
 
This is a real “when were you going to get to it?” one, isn’t it? We’re joined by writer/director/comedian Ellen Waddell to talk about the film that killed a franchise, and arguably even an entire genre (for a bit). But is it really the worst superhero movie ever made? Is there anything salvageable from it? Why do people choose to live in Gotham Ci…
 
We're back with another live news minisode, but this time with a special guest! Michael Leader joins Seb and James to run through the recent news, including New Mutants' latest piece of comedic release date announcement tomfoolery, Netflix picking up Sweet Tooth, and an awful lot of people appearing in a Sandman audio adaptation. This episode was r…
 
“We won’t bother doing Bloodshot for its cinematic release,” we thought. “We’ll wait until its home release, that way we can put it off for a while.” Reality had other ideas, however, and we’ve really got no excuse not to cover it now that you can already see it for rental price. So we’ve brought in Sam Clements of 90 Minutes or Less Film Festival,…
 
Yes, we're doing the live minisode thing again, because nobody told us not to! Seb and James catch up on all the latest news including Venom 2's new title and release date, JJ Abrams taking on Justice League Dark, BOOM! Studios linking up with Netflix, the trailers for Stargirl and some other bits and bobs, including answering LIVE listener/viewer …
 
We’ve threatened this for a while, but we’re finally taking our first steps (if you don’t count The Matrix or Sonic the Hedgehog) into films that aren’t technically comic book or superhero movies, but which we feel are still in some way “genre-adjacent” as we’re calling it. And as we discuss, this film is so hugely influential on just about every m…
 
It’s our first ever live minisode! Well, it’s not live any more, but it was live when we recorded it. Essentially, after the success and enjoyment of our Live Infinity War Watchalong on Friday night, we realised that this streaming lark could actually be a good way of doing news minisodes. Particularly when there’s quite immediate and pressing news…
 
Over on our Patreon, James is currently going through every single episode of the classic X-Men: The Animated Series on a near-daily basis, talking each time about how the episodes stand up and how they relate to the original comics. This is a FREE PREVIEW of one of the episodes - specifically, the show's third episode, Enter Magneto. If you like w…
 
It totally makes sense that we’d invite a guy known for doing a Sonic the Hedgehog-related podcast on for the episode after Sonic the Hedgehog; just as it also makes sense that we’d do an episode about a movie that features a terrifying post-apocalyptic scenario in the early 2020s when… well, yes, exactly. Anyway, we welcome the brilliant Chris McF…
 
It's our Coronavirus Special! And we're only... kind of kidding, as we talk about New Mutants being pushed back yet again, as well as our thoughts on the final Black Widow trailer (if indeed we do get to see that film soon). We also take listener questions on topics such as the early The Batman pictures, our favourite comics about pandemics, and co…
 
Our name is Cinematic Universe. We had an accident, and woke up watching a Sonic the Hedgehog movie starring Jim Carrey. Are we mad, in a coma, or back in time? Join us as we try to figure out what the hell’s going on in this crazy world, not least the idea that a movie based on a beloved ‘90s videogame might actually not be completely terrible? Ci…
 
It’s our first new release of 2020! And it’s not a bad one to kick off the year with, as Cathy Yan’s energetic, entertaining Margot Robbie-and-chums vehicle takes its place as easily one of the best entries in the DCEU so far. Seb, James and Caroline discuss just why it’s so much damned fun, and why we’re disappointed that not enough people have be…
 
Our time with Christopher Reeve finally comes to an end, as we tackle the awe-inspiring majesty that is 1987’s biggest blockbuster: Superman IV: The Quest For Peace. It’s in no way a competent film, we can all agree on that – but is there a way to approach it that means we might still get some enjoyment out of it? Is it in fact, pretty much the ult…
 
Seb and James come roaring into 2020 with trailer chat on Birds of Prey and Morbius, as well as the ramifications of Scott Derrickson’s departure from Dr Strange 2. And we managed to forget to even talk about the New Mutants trailer, which means that hey, we can continue pretending it doesn’t exist! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out inf…
 
It was a bit of a longer edit than we anticipated, so apologies for the delay – but finally, we can box off the last decade by bringing you the second part of our 2019 awards special! Listen on to find out what Seb, James, Joe and Caroline thought were worthy of attention in such categories as Worst Film, Best Actor/Actress, Best Hero, and the all-…
 
So, 2019. The year of Endgame, Joker and, er, Dark Phoenix. But also the year we covered a range of films including Snowpiercer, Supergirl, Addams Family, The Matrix, The Dark Knight Rises and Blade II. The question is, which of these films were worthy of awards in our annual handing-out? Seb and James are joined by Joe and Caroline in this very sp…
 
It's a busy old time for trailers, so Seb and James are here with their thoughts on the first two of the big female-fronted releases of 2020: Black Widow and Wonder Woman 1984. Be warned: the Maxwell Lord bit goes on for about five whole minutes. Cinematic Universe is supported by the generosity of our backers on Patreon, who also get to hear episo…
 
Amon Warmann has got a bone to pick with us, and that bone is the fact that we weren’t exactly very enthusiastic about his beloved Blade when we talked about it all the way back in 2015. So we’ve invited him on to tell us where we went wrong back then, as well as looking in-depth at Guillermo del Toro’s somewhat flashier (and gorier) follow-up. In …
 
It turns out that basically ever since we started having Caroline on as a guest, she’s wanted to talk about an X-Men film, and particularly a Wolverine film. If only she’d said something sooner, we might have got around to this one sooner, because it turns out that James Mangold’s first Jackman-starrer that you all forgot about is actually, possibl…
 
It’s our first ever Halloween Special! And by “special”, we mean it’s just a two-hander with Seb and James, and there’s no news, and we’re covering two movies in a shorter space of time than we’d normally afford to one movie. But there are good reasons for all of this, and we’re delighted to be talking about this pair of seminal early ‘90s black co…
 
Seb and James spend a lot of time talking about corporate structure and overarching narrative coherence at Marvel, in the wake of Kevin Feige's promotion to Supreme Overlord of Everything. We also give our thoughts on the latest casting news from The Batman, the possibility of Tom Holland making it Into the Venom-Verse, those wacky The Suicide Squa…
 
Okay, look: it’s Joker. Whatever we say about it is going to annoy somebody somewhere, right? But Seb and Caroline are joined by some bloke called Joe who apparently used to do a podcast, or something, to talk about Todd Phillips’ divisive, controversial, and possibly actually surprisingly a bit boring “not a comic book movie” comic book movie. Reg…
 
We’re righting a longstanding wrong as we finally, finally get Steve Lacey of The Fantasticast onboard to talk about a Fantastic Four movie. Having enjoyed the original 2005 film a surprising amount, how did we feel about the Doug-Jones-cum-Laurence-Fishburne-enhanced sequel? In the news, we run through the casting announcement for The Suicide Squa…
 
James finally gets his Monkey’s Paw wish, and has persuaded Seb and returning special guest Caroline Siede to watch Robert Rodriguez (and James Cameron)’s Alita: Battle Angel! But will they find themselves surprisingly charmed by it, or just mock him relentlessly for fancying a robot? Meanwhile, the news section gives Seb the opportunity to talk ab…
 
We're finally back doing minisodes again! Seb and James have a run through all the Marvel news out of D23, which now feels a long time ago; as does the Joker trailer, but we give our thoughts on that, which were recorded before all the post-reviews Discourse started to happen. We also have time for a quick bit of consideration of the Titans trailer…
 
We head into Cinematic Universe’s new era with one of the biggest films we’ve yet tackled – and it’s so big, we had to get TWO guests to cover it! Making their long-awaited CU debuts are Sam Clements (of 90 Minutes Or Less Film Festival and Picturehouse Podcast) and Simon Renshaw (formerly of Picturehouse Podcast). And yes, there will be Bane impre…
 
Well, here we are. It's our hundredth episode, we're tackling one of the most self-referential-joke-filled superhero movies of all time - and one that some people have been waiting ages for us to do - and what's more, we've got some Extremely Significant Personal News to announce, which you'll hear at the outset. There are laughs, there's reminisce…
 
Almost coinciding with its twentieth anniversary theatrical re-release, Seb and James are joined by comics critic and editor Claire Napier to look back at the Wachowskis' era-defining sci-fi classic. And if you're going "Hang on, that's not a comic book movie" or "Hang on, that's not a superhero movie", well, we get into both of those discussions, …
 
"Let's do an hour or so on the SDCC news," we said. Two and a half hours later, we emerged. Unsurprisingly, we had a lot to say about all that MCU stuff - although even when we're done with Thor: Love & Thunder, Dr Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and all the rest, there's still plenty more to cover. We chat in depth about the Brandon Routh Fla…
 
It feels like an age since we last did a Minisode, although - the Thor 4 news that landed after we recorded this notwithstanding - we didn't find ourselves with a huge amount to talk about. So why is this our longest ever minisode, longer than the Endgame trailer one, longer even than all the doubled-up ones we used to call "Megasodes"? Well, becau…
 
Okay, THIS time we've finally caught up with the MCU. We really have. For the first time since we began this podcast, there does not exist an MCU movie that we haven't covered. And we're celebrating with... a surprisingly large amount of argument. Yes, the reaction to Spider-Man: Far From Home is far from universal in these corridors, so tune in to…
 
It's been a long time coming, but we have finally - finally - caught up with the MCU (or at least we would have, if we'd got this episode produced and released before Far From Home arrived in cinemas). The last MCU film to be released before we started this podcast also happens to be one of the best and most important movies not just of this series…
 
The main part of Fox's X-Men franchise comes to an end with a film that... well, let's face it, it would be charitable to call it a whimper. We don't want to just relentlessly give Dark Phoenix a non-stop kicking, we'll try to find the good where we can... but let's just say that if you're Simon Kinberg, you probably don't want to be giving this on…
 
It's taken its sweet time - nearly six years! - but Bong Joon-Ho's 2013 post-apocalyptic epic is finally available legally to UK viewers, courtesy of Netflix. We might have considered it for inclusion on the podcast purely based on the number of previous comic-book-movie stars featured within, but happily, it is actually based on a comic - Jacques …
 
Right, we're declaring a moratorium on talking about things the writers and directors of Avengers: Endgame have said about the film after its release, although not before talking for a bit about how we're not talking about it any more. Then we've got some chat on the latest Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer, a dive into the Disney/Fox release sched…
 
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 promis…
 
It's been a long, long time. But the Endgame is finally here. Just like the last go around, be warned that this is ABSOLUTELY SPOILER FILLED almost from the word go. We're skipping news, we're even skipping spoiler-free, because what's the point in having spoiler-free thoughts on this? And yes, we really have done an episode that's even longer than…
 
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…
 
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