Yet Another MCU Podcast

Yet Another MCU Podcast

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.


August 3, 2020 6 mins

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!

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We begin where it all began...way back in 2008 with 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 thei...

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August 18, 2020 48 mins

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 ...

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August 25, 2020 69 mins

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 J...

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September 1, 2020 57 mins

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 exte...

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September 8, 2020 61 mins

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 t...

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September 15, 2020 49 mins

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 sto...

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September 22, 2020 22 mins

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 Co...

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September 29, 2020 21 mins

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, wh...

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October 6, 2020 59 mins

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 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 Rob...

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October 13, 2020 56 mins

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 th...

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October 20, 2020 65 mins

Phase 2, Episode 3

Captain America returns to battle, 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 Forgotten Cinema as they break down this 2014 MCU film, althou...

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October 27, 2020 51 mins

Phase 2. Episode 4.

We are shooting off into space with the 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 ...

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November 3, 2020 73 mins

Phase 2. Episode 5.

Mike and Pat are talking about 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 Avenge...

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November 10, 2020 64 mins

Phase 2. Episode 6.

Just like that, Marvel's Phase 2 comes to an end with 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 dynami...

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November 17, 2020 23 mins

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.


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November 24, 2020 20 mins

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 ...

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December 1, 2020 29 mins

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...

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December 8, 2020 87 mins

Phase 3, Episode 1.

We're back and so are the Avengers as they're teaming up to take on the ultimate bad guy....each other! It's Captain America: Civil War! Directed by The Russo Brothers and starring pretty much everyone - Captain America (Chris Evans) returns as the titular hero to face off against Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) and hero registration.

We know... Exciting. We're also not alone for this episode as we&#...

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December 15, 2020 63 mins

Phase 3, Episode 2

Now, for something a little different in the MCU. It's the mystic arts of Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton. Directed by Scott Derrickson.

We meet Dr. Steven "Jerk" Strange as we get a new origin story from his horrific accident to his miraculous recovery with the help of The Ancient One. This is a character t...

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