Spider-Man: Far From Home Review + SDCC 2019 Marvel Coverage ft. Morgan McNair and Leen Bernardo
On this week’s episode of Marvelous Geeks, I sit down with the darlings Morgan McNair and Leen Bernardo to discuss (more so squeal repeatedly) over what an absolute treasure Spider-Man: Far From Home was, the superlative performances, and the utter delight of the kids + their innocence. Join us in also celebrating the fact that Avengers: Endgame is now the number one grossing film worldwide! Ah! But on a serious note, Peter Parker’s superhero alias should be angel-man. There’s no child as pure and I could not love him more even if I tried. (I’ve said this before so let’s be real, it’s possible. I probably, most definitely could.) The conversations with Happy have a piece of my heart forever — we’ve come so far and it’s so precious to have witnessed this growth. The films lighthearted humor is a breath of fresh air amidst the darkness in fiction we’ve been exposed to lately. Peter and MJ are the sweetest duo and must be protected at all costs. They might just be my new favorite MCU couple since my original babies are retired somewhere in the 1940s. And one last thing, I still have no words for how good Tom Holland is at ming me full blown sob with the benevolent vulnerability he brings to this character. There’s so much heart in every word he breathes to life, he’s without question, the best Spider-Man we’ve ever and will ever have, and I’m a bit tired of this universe consistently making this kid cry. Let him live, Marvel! That’s the journey we love most for him. The moments of innocence and pure joy reflected in the time spent with his loved ones.
The Story of Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter
It’s been a long, long time since the world spoke favorably of a female, let alone a female agent, one they never wanted to believe deserved her rank solely on the basis of her sex. Margaret “Peggy” Carter wasn’t always catching bad guys on the streets of New York rocking 1946 “Red Velvet” lipstick, but it would appear as though she was often placed in situations where she needed to prove her worth. A task she managed to do so by believing in herself, fighting the good fight, and taking her wit where it was appreciated all while falling in love with a man who was seemingly destined to never be hers. Or so that’s how it would appear in one timeline. She became an exemplar for women everywhere in the Marvel Cinematic Universe when she authenticated the fact that the right to choose for ourselves could be the key to living a dignified life. You can be all. You can be as you want just as long as you learn your value.
“The story of Captain America is one of honor, bravery, and sacrifice.” A kid from Brooklyn, a hero — the story of a man who could never give up fighting. A man who’d tirelessly choose the selfless path in life. The path that’d lead others towards victory while often leaving him bruised, broken, and alone. This is the story of a hero who’s so good, it’s almost unbearable to think of his tale without the enveloping sadness that follows. Steve Rogers is a son, a friend, a soldier, an ally, a lost love, a hero — an Avenger. A man who’s always fought for a freedom he himself could never find. A man out of time. But what happens when the fight is over and you can finally choose for yourself? You get to do the one thing people have gotten tired of telling you, too — you get to live. And as cliché as it may be, you get to love.
Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter’s story is perhaps one of the most tragic arcs in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the perseverance and the seemingly never-ending quest to stop bullies is what’s made them both so noble. And as it would appear, a story that’s been prophesied from the beginning, making it that much more riveting when reading between the lines — full circle if you will. “I might, even when this is all over, go dancing.” And that they did.
“The earth lost its best defender.” To requote Captain America — the world lost its best defender. And while death is difficult to discuss, it’s cathartic when mourning a tremendous loss. Tony Stark’s sacrificial death was one felt everywhere — a fictional loss that’ll be with us for years to come because so few before him have had such a poignant, profoundly colossal impact. He was the one in 14,000,605. It had to be him and his death served remarkable purpose. And where great storytelling is concerned, being able to put the greater good of the world before his own self-interest encompassed years of astounding character development. To mourn a legend like Anthony Edward Stark cannot be done alone, it demands a celebration. And that’s what we’re here to do today. We’re here to celebrate a friend, a father, a husband, a genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist. We’re here to celebrate an Avenger. We’re here to celebrate a hero.
Part I and Part II
11 years and 22 movies have amounted to one of the most beautiful cinematic experiences of our time – a journey, I could not be more grateful to have experienced alongside so many marvelous geeks. This isn’t the first or last time the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be featured, but there’s something about these initial reactions that are so unbelievably special to us. So much of what we’ve watched through the years has built up to this moment in exquisite fashion and we cannot believe the utmost satisfaction we’ve felt at the end of Avengers: Endgame. We’ve got a ton lined up for the end of phase three and what might just be our favorite film in the universe so far, but for now, this two part episode review will do. Our first initial thoughts and reactions. The attempts to wrap our heads around the masterpiece that we’ve been fortunate enough to witness live. It’s been a blessing in so many ways and we’re in complete awe. Avengers: Endgame wasn’t perfect, but it’s as close as a film in its genre could come. We laughed, we cried (a lot), and most importantly, we celebrated.
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Ant-Man and the Wasp Review
On this week’s episode of Marvelous Geeks, Morgan’s back to talk all things Ant-Man and the Wasp with me. This isn’t a spoiler free podcast so be warned if you haven’t seen the film yet. Who’ll save who? What was our favorite part? And naturally, there’s more Avengers 4 speculations. Come talk all things MCU with us.
Believe the hype — it’s real, it’s wonderful, and it’s the best cinematic experience in recent years with some of the most captivating performances that have ever graced our screens. Black Panther is a masterpiece; it’s an undeniable brilliance, but I’m not here to write a film review, there’s plenty of those already. I’m here to talk about the relationships that I can’t stop thinking about, and how the film emphasized the importance of unity and communication. And the story of the Black Panther, the emphasis on T’Challa as a man, a King — an Avenger is only beginning. A beginning that’s brought to us by the relationships that shape and mold human beings making Black Panther the first Marvel film that’s achieved balance masterfully. There’s a reason this film is so celebrated, and it’s because in giving us an action packed adventure, it gave us a profoundly moving story about the human psyche and the revolutionary heart that’s found in the connections we make. In making T’Challa the King that he is, the film explores the different relationships between people in a way none like it have before.
In the words of director Ryan Coogler: “Storytelling is the tool that human beings have to trigger empathy. Cinema is a form of storytelling that’s so immersive that it’s not like any other medium.”