Watching Comics Podcast

Watching Comics Podcast

Two mild-mannered Geek Dads podcasting on comic book inspired Movies + TV. Because in the 21st Century — watching comic books is a thing! Member of the GeekDad Podcast Network.


July 15, 2022 37 min
Cue the Kenny Loggins!

Jake + Mitch dive into the first few episodes of UMBRELLA ACADEMY s3. With The Sparrow squad hitting at full-force in yet another multiverse-type situation the Hargreeves find themselves facing more epic moments.

So what are the biggest takeaways so far?:

- Sparrows vs Umbrellas: Who wins?
- Are we headed for multiverse fatigue?
- Is Luther a Scott Summers avatar?

With "we mind be responsible for the ...
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And so Disney+ keeps the hits rolling along.

Jake + Mitch break down the all the vibrant fun to be had in the early goings of MCU's latest TV installment, 'Ms. Marvel'. Because this show, at least one episode deep, feels like it's going to be a game-changer.

Along the way the guys ask:

- What do Kamala Kahn and Peter Parker have in common?
- Is 'Ms. Marvel' more akin to 'WandaVision' or 'F...
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Before we multiverse, we must re-visit the origin.

Jake + Mitch trek back to 2016 and dive back into one of the more start-studded MCU installments, 'Doctor Strange'. Because the familiar as the character has become it still feels like this movie still flies a little under the radar.

Along the way the guys ask big questions:

- Can a move be good and "mid" at the same time?
- What if Rachel McAdams was The Wasp?
- T...
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Cue the Guns'N'Roses, it's time to rock out superhero style!

Jake + Mitch break down the latest MCU trailer for this summer's upcoming title, 'Thor Love and Thunder'. Because with Hemsworth, Portman, Thompson, Bale and Waititi you know it's gonna be epic.

Along the way they ask:

- Why so much Star Lord?
- Could 'Thor 4' change the whole arena?
- Will Natalie Portman get her chance to carry the sa...
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April 1, 2022 52 min
Everyone's favorite sub-series is back! This time we're going indie AND mainstream.

Jake + Mitch strap on their fan-casting capes for another round of, "wouldn't it be cool if this project were green-lit?" Shut-Up and Give it to Me, Vol. VII hits a few familiar stops along the way while also promising some good old fashioned randomness.

[They also dish on the latest Oscar winners for five minutes because.....
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March 23, 2022 87 min
** This episode contains SPOILERS **

Bat-Pat has landed and he is feeling a lot of things.

Jake + Mitch go long on the latest of the Caped Crusader canon and dish on Matt Reeves', 'The Batman'. Needless to say, complicated feelings abound for this detective flick and most of it comes back to how close it came to being transcendent.

Along the way the guys ask:

- Was three really hours necessary?
- Is Battinson the best d...
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Sam Raimi is back in the comic book arena and we're excited!

Jake + Mitch break down the latest 'Dr. Strange 2' trailer and prepare to go deep into the multiverse. Because this movie is going to be extra in the uniquely campy-yet-thriller-ish way that only Raimi can capture.

Along the way they ask:

- Will Wanda Maximoff steal the show?
- Can we get America Chavez her own Disney+ show?
- Will see Mutants and/or the ...
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Can a movie be fun but not-that-memorable at the same time?

Jake + Mitch are joined by special guests Matt & Lauren from the Hops Geek News Podcast to re-visit the MCU Christmas flick, 'Iron Man 3'. Because the best way to close out Iron Man month is to break down a flawed movie with friends.

Along the way, the crew tackles a few big topics:

- Is Gwyneth Paltrow miscast?

- Was The Mandarin MacGuffin necessary?

- Did ...
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February 18, 2022 51 min
Let's set the record straight... This one still holds up.

Iron Man month continues as Jake + Mitch re-visit the long lost MCU sequel, 'Iron Man 2'. Because even though it may not have transformed the arena, it's entirely possible that a second installment can be a little less than and still be fabulous.

Along the way, the guys ask the tough questions:

- Is 'Iron Man 2' the 'Rocky III' of the MCU?

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February 8, 2022 54 min
Our lives changed in 2008 and it's all because of Tony Stark.

To kick-off Iron Man Month, Jake + Mitch re-visit the movie that started it all, John Favreau's IRON MAN. Because awesome as the MCU is, it's hard to imagine the comic book movie renaissance taking form without this landmark installment.

Along the way, the guys hit a few questions:

- Does the MCU become the MCU without Robert Downey Jr.?
- Remember when lead...
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January 28, 2022 48 min
Remember that time they made a Christmas show about Hawkeye and a Broadway musical about Captain America?

Jake + Mitch break down the good, the fun, and the overstuffed with Marvel's latest limited series, 'Hawkeye'. Because with all the cameos, all the flashbacks, and all the threads of future projects, this show certainly brought the heat.

Along the way the guys ask:

- Good TV or should've been a movie?
- How m...
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January 17, 2022 57 min
Random as the year was, 2021 still managed to give us some epic moments on our big and small screens.

Jake + Mitch put a bow on the the saga of 2021 by dishing on their favorite Comic Book Movie and TV moments from the year. Because when Marvel gives you that much material in a 12 month cycle, you've got to take inventory.

Along the way they ask:

- What's the legacy for Zack Snyder's 'Justice League'?
- Is '...
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** This episode contains SPOILERS **

So, three Spider-Men walk into a movie...

Jake + Mitch dish on the latest MCU movie to grab the zeitgeist, 'Spider-Man: No Way Home'. More importantly, they debate the merits of mythic, operatic storytelling.

Along the way they ask:

- Is 'No Way Home' the best Spidey movie?
- Or, is it the 'Batman v Superman' of the MCU?

Ultimately, this installment delivers the big, bold,...
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December 22, 2021 57 min
What's the best year of comic entertainment?

Jake + Mitch are bold enough to try and answer that question. Because, well, it's the internet and hot takes abound. So here's the showdown. . .

2008 v 2021:

In one corner we have the waster-shed lineup of IRON MAN, THE DARK KNIGHT, and SMALLVILLE.

In the other corner stands MCU Phase Four, ZS's JUSTICE LEAGUE, and Y: THE LAST MAN.

Which year had the best comic book insp...
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What if. . . we told you we finally finished the show?

Jake + Mitch take a full season perspective on Marvel's bold and vibrant animated show, 'What If...?'. Because, well, it's a Marvel property so you know takes will abound.

Along the way the guys ask:

- Can one bad episode ruin a whole show?
- Is animation the future of comic book movies?
- Did 'What If...?' take us back to Saturday morning cartoons?

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November 23, 2021 61 min
** This episode contains SPOILERS **

The next Marvel squad has hit the big screen and lots of people have thoughts.

Jake + Mitch dish on Chloé Zhao's bold blockbuster, 'Eternals'. More importantly, they attempt the impossible by bringing nuance into a conversation about the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Along the way they ask:

- Is the inevitable online discourse fair treatment?
- Is Brian Tyree Henry the MVP?
- Is Zhao...
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How do you make the next awesome show?

Well, our guest knows a thing or two about it.

Jake + Mitch are joined by 'Y: The Last Man' Showrunner, Eliza Clark, to dish on the FX/Hulu series and her creative process. Because in addition to being fantastic the show has a lot to say about the world today.

Along the way they tackle a few key concepts:

- Ampersand, what's the real story behind the monkey?
- How do you lead the...
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So many things are happening and we have DC & Warner Bros. to thank.

Jake + Mitch build their own podcast multiverse in celebration of all the new announcements coming soon courtesy of DC Fandome 2021. Because what's better than celebrating all the exciting geek-tastic-ness with a bunch of your friends?

The guys and guests break it down in four quick conversations:

- Superman's New Motto ft. Deidre of Comics Bookcase ...
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Red pill or blue pill?

Jake + Mitch are joined by internet friend and fellow film buff, Thomas from the Movies After Work Podcast, to dish on the 1999 Sci-Fi classic, 'The Matrix'. Because even all these years later, Neo is still the one.

Along the way, the guys ask:

- Is Hugo Weaving untouchable?
- Do we have 'The Matrix' to thank for Christopher Nolan's career?
- Which is more influential: 'The Ma...
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It's time to re-write film history.

Jake + Mitch play a game of recasting couch but with a twist. Because who doesn't love to ask, "Yeah, but what if?"

Here's how it works... Pick a movie and re-cast one role.

And what do you get?

Well, as far as this podcast is concerned, that's how we went up with Sylvester Stallone in the X-Men and Doug Jones added to the Batman universe. Which begs the following ques...
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