GeekDad https://geekdad.com/recent-posts/ Raising Geek Generation 2.0 Sat, 20 Jul 2019 13:01:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://i1.wp.com/geekdad.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2016/06/cropped-GeekDad-Logo-Square-Template-03172016-1024.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 GeekDad https://geekdad.com/recent-posts/ 32 32 Raising Geek Generation 2.0 GeekDad Raising Geek Generation 2.0 GeekDad https://geekdad.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg https://geekdad.com/recent-posts/ 112159555 WCP: Jessica Jones Season 3 Review https://geekdad.com/2019/07/wcp-jessica-jones-season-3-review/ Thu, 18 Jul 2019 14:00:01 +0000 https://geekdad.com/?p=336801 https://geekdad.com/2019/07/wcp-jessica-jones-season-3-review/#respond https://geekdad.com/2019/07/wcp-jessica-jones-season-3-review/feed/ 0 <p>A.K.A - Everything ends and is sad.Jake + Mitch go existential as they grapple with the close of Netflix's Jessica Jones.  A legit prestige TV title and delicious 21st Century noir; JJ gave us a three season run that rarely fell short.</p> <p>Click through to read all of "<a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com/2019/07/wcp-jessica-jones-season-3-review/">WCP: Jessica Jones Season 3 Review</a>" at GeekDad.If you value content from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com">GeekDad</a>, please support us via Patreon or use this link to shop at Amazon. Thanks!</p> Reading Time: 1 minute

A.K.A – Everything ends and is sad.

Jake + Mitch go existential as they grapple with the close of Netflix’s Jessica Jones.  A legit prestige TV title and delicious 21st Century noir; JJ gave us a three season run that rarely fell short.  Naturally, the last run presented a few questions:

– Is s3 the last vestige of “bloated” Netflix series?
– How do Killgrave, Cotton Mouth, and Fisk stack-up to MCU’s villain arsenal?
– Is Jessica Jones the best of the Marvel TV titles?

They also get a little side-tracked with some scalding hot Star Wars takes.  It makes sense…mostly.  Bottom line, Jessica Jones ranks among the best of the bunch.  Now it’s time to re-watch the whole series, because we can’t believe it’s over.

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A.K.A - Everything ends and is sad.Jake + Mitch go existential as they grapple with the close of Netflix's Jessica Jones.  A legit prestige TV title and delicious 21st Century noir; JJ gave us a three season run that rarely fell short. A.K.A - Everything ends and is sad.Jake + Mitch go existential as they grapple with the close of Netflix's Jessica Jones.  A legit prestige TV title and delicious 21st Century noir; JJ gave us a three season run that rarely fell short. GeekDad 52:56 336801
Radio Free Hipster Ep. 93: Wet Hot American Currency https://geekdad.com/2019/07/rfh-093/ Wed, 17 Jul 2019 14:00:49 +0000 https://geekdad.com/?p=336809 https://geekdad.com/2019/07/rfh-093/#respond https://geekdad.com/2019/07/rfh-093/feed/ 0 <p>In this episode, DreamReaper and Alpha Chrome Yayo bring the beat, Steve Goodie takes on Kiss, and The PDX Broadsides refill all your necessary prescriptions. </p> <p>Click through to read all of "<a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com/2019/07/rfh-093/">Radio Free Hipster Ep. 93: Wet Hot American Currency</a>" at GeekDad.If you value content from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com">GeekDad</a>, please support us via Patreon or use this link to shop at Amazon. Thanks!</p> Reading Time: 1 minute

Radio Free Hipster

We’re (sort of) back on schedule with Radio Free Hipster episode 93, and what a show it is! DreamReaper and Alpha Chrome Yayo bring the beat, Steve Goodie takes on Kiss, and The PDX Broadsides refill all your necessary prescriptions. All this for the low, low cost of free.

You can listen via the player below, download episode 93 directly, or subscribe to the RSS feed. Cash or credit, same price.

00:44 Kirby Krackle – “I Love You 3000
04:41 Talking / Alpha Chrome Yayo – “Escape Atrocity
05:30 DJ JimiG – “This Is Living in America” (content warning)
09:23 The Doubleclicks – “Ode to a Summer Retail Job
13:03 Alpha Chrome Yayo – “Lithobreakin‘”
16:09 LEX the Lexicon Artist – “Consider My Feelings (prod. Bill Beats)
20:19 More talking / Alpha Chrome Yayo – “Escape Atrocity”
20:57 rap legend Jesse Dangerously – “Bitter Drink (feat. mikal kHill)” (content warning)
23:58 DreamReaper – “Drone Racing League (Remix)
28:56 Bill McClintock – “War (On and on South of Heaven)
32:52 Steve Goodie – “Death” (content warning)
35:32 Even more talking / Alpha Chrome Yayo – “Escape Atrocity”
36:53 The PDX Broadsides – “Serotonin Dopamine

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In this episode, DreamReaper and Alpha Chrome Yayo bring the beat, Steve Goodie takes on Kiss, and The PDX Broadsides refill all your necessary prescriptions. In this episode, DreamReaper and Alpha Chrome Yayo bring the beat, Steve Goodie takes on Kiss, and The PDX Broadsides refill all your necessary prescriptions. GeekDad 40:48 336809
WCP: ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Review https://geekdad.com/2019/07/wcp-spider-man-far-from-home-review/ Sun, 14 Jul 2019 10:00:43 +0000 https://geekdad.com/?p=336573 https://geekdad.com/2019/07/wcp-spider-man-far-from-home-review/#respond https://geekdad.com/2019/07/wcp-spider-man-far-from-home-review/feed/ 0 <p>The third second 'Spider-Man' movie has arrived! Jake + Mitch sling back into the MCU to dish on Peter Parker's latest adventure abroad. Naturally, the guys wouldn't be doing their jobs unless they forecast where the next Spidey flick could be headed.</p> <p>Click through to read all of "<a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com/2019/07/wcp-spider-man-far-from-home-review/">WCP: ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Review</a>" at GeekDad.If you value content from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com">GeekDad</a>, please support us via Patreon or use this link to shop at Amazon. Thanks!</p> Reading Time: 1 minute

The third second Spider-Man movie has arrived!

Jake + Mitch sling back into the MCU to dish on Peter Parker’s latest adventure abroad. Considering all the post-Endgame world-building the flick was tasked with, Spider-Man: Far From Home managed to deliver a superb follow-up to Homecoming… and deliver a few surprises along the way.

– Is J.K. Simmons the best comic book movie casting of all-time?
– Is The Amazing Spider-Man 2 better than Far From Home?
– Where do we stand on Gyllenhaal’s purple cape antics?

Naturally, the guys wouldn’t be doing their jobs unless they forecast where the next Spidey flick could be headed. And it better include the Sinister Six. The hashtag campaign starts now:

#SpiderManHomewreckers!

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The third second 'Spider-Man' movie has arrived! Jake + Mitch sling back into the MCU to dish on Peter Parker's latest adventure abroad. Naturally, the guys wouldn't be doing their jobs unless they forecast where the next Spidey flick could be headed. The third second 'Spider-Man' movie has arrived! Jake + Mitch sling back into the MCU to dish on Peter Parker's latest adventure abroad. Naturally, the guys wouldn't be doing their jobs unless they forecast where the next Spidey flick could be headed. GeekDad 58:02 336573
Bodaciously Awesome Family Show: ‘Hollywood Drive-in Golf’ https://geekdad.com/2019/07/bodaciously-awesome-family-show-hollywood-drive-in-golf/ Wed, 03 Jul 2019 12:00:26 +0000 https://geekdad.com/?p=335507 https://geekdad.com/2019/07/bodaciously-awesome-family-show-hollywood-drive-in-golf/#respond https://geekdad.com/2019/07/bodaciously-awesome-family-show-hollywood-drive-in-golf/feed/ 0 <p>The site contains two 18-hole courses, both inspired by 1950s-era drive-in movies. There's a Horror course ("The Haunting of Ghostly Greens") and a Scifi course ("Invaders From Planet Putt"). Individually either would be the most elaborate min golf course ever.</p> <p>Click through to read all of "<a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com/2019/07/bodaciously-awesome-family-show-hollywood-drive-in-golf/">Bodaciously Awesome Family Show: ‘Hollywood Drive-in Golf’</a>" at GeekDad.If you value content from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com">GeekDad</a>, please support us via Patreon or use this link to shop at Amazon. Thanks!</p> Reading Time: 2 minutes

Orlando can be a tough place to visit. It’s overwhelming. There are so many things vying for your time and money. Sure, the theme parks dominate most of the mind share (Universal Studios Orlando, Islands of Adventure, Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, SeaWorld) but you can find gems in the add on experiences as well, like The Void at Disney Springs or the Blue Man Group at Universal’s CityWalk. Also at CityWalk? The best miniature golf course you’ll ever visit: Hollywood Drive-in Golf.

Miniature golf is right of passage for pretty much any vacation. It just seems to happen. It’s an easy family-bonding activity that bridges a gap of time between dinner and ice cream. Themes may change but for the most part, they all feel somewhat similar. It’s hard to find a course that is unique that leaves you impressed by the time you spent there.

Hollywood Drive-In Golf does just that, however. Seriously, take a look at this place:

It’s hard to capture the place completely within a picture. It is easily the most aesthetically unique miniature golf course I’ve ever seen. If Tim Burton designed a golf course – this would be it.

Listen to our review here:

Hollywood Drive-In Golf is another of those great smaller activities you should take in.

The site contains two 18-hole courses, both inspired by 1950s-era drive-in movies. There’s a Horror course (“The Haunting of Ghostly Greens”) and a Scifi course (“Invaders From Planet Putt”). Individually either would be the most elaborate min golf course ever.

We debated our favorites on these courses a lot. Which course did we like most? What were our favorite holes? Heck, we debate what small features we liked most (the glowing heart of a skeleton on a casket when you hit the ball into it was a family favorite.)

Have you played the course? What were your favorite parts? Match any of ours? Sound off in the comments and let us know!

You can find out more about Hollywood Drive-In Golf at there website: https://www.hollywooddriveingolf.com/

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The site contains two 18-hole courses, both inspired by 1950s-era drive-in movies. There's a Horror course ("The Haunting of Ghostly Greens") and a Scifi course ("Invaders From Planet Putt"). Individually either would be the most elaborate min golf cou... The site contains two 18-hole courses, both inspired by 1950s-era drive-in movies. There's a Horror course ("The Haunting of Ghostly Greens") and a Scifi course ("Invaders From Planet Putt"). Individually either would be the most elaborate min golf course ever. GeekDad 20:24 335507
Radio Free Hipster Ep. 92: The Ploys of Summer https://geekdad.com/2019/06/rfh-092/ Sat, 29 Jun 2019 10:00:50 +0000 https://geekdad.com/?p=335652 https://geekdad.com/2019/06/rfh-092/#respond https://geekdad.com/2019/06/rfh-092/feed/ 0 <p>It's hot out, so stay inside and enjoy some cool music from Grace Kendall, Kraken Not Stirred, Cutesylvania, The PDX Broadsides, and more.</p> <p>Click through to read all of "<a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com/2019/06/rfh-092/">Radio Free Hipster Ep. 92: The Ploys of Summer</a>" at GeekDad.If you value content from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com">GeekDad</a>, please support us via Patreon or use this link to shop at Amazon. Thanks!</p> Reading Time: 1 minute

Radio Free Hipster

Come along on a musical road trip with me and all your RFH favorites. It’s cool; we’re all friends here.

You can listen via the player below, download episode 92 directly, or subscribe to the RSS feed. Get in, loser. We’re going podcasting!

00:44 Cutesylvania – “Save Point
03:41 Talking / Vampire Hunter Dan – “My Home, My Friends
04:51 The PDX Broadsides – “Buffalo
09:18 Kraken Not Stirred – “Roamin’ in Wyomin’
13:41 DJ Cummerbund – “Play That Funky Music Rammstein
17:13 POWERLIFTER – “Level 1 (_DOOM__GIVER_)”
20:38 More talking / Vampire Hunter Dan – “My Home, My Friends”
21:25 Ultraklystron – “Friends
24:23 Flexstyle – “Funky Morty
26:50 Mouth’s Cradle – “Rainbow Around the Moon” (content warning)
29:47 Grace Kendall – “Life Is Hard, But You Are Loved
33:54 Even more talking / Vampire Hunter Dan – “My Home, My Friends”
35:56 Ceschi – “Middle Earth (feat. Sammus)” (content warning)

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It's hot out, so stay inside and enjoy some cool music from Grace Kendall, Kraken Not Stirred, Cutesylvania, The PDX Broadsides, and more. It's hot out, so stay inside and enjoy some cool music from Grace Kendall, Kraken Not Stirred, Cutesylvania, The PDX Broadsides, and more. GeekDad 40:40 335652
WCP: ‘Dark Phoenix’ Review https://geekdad.com/2019/06/wcp-dark-phoenix-review/ Sun, 23 Jun 2019 10:00:07 +0000 https://geekdad.com/?p=335223 https://geekdad.com/2019/06/wcp-dark-phoenix-review/#respond https://geekdad.com/2019/06/wcp-dark-phoenix-review/feed/ 0 <p>The phoenix is rising... for the second time. Jake + Mitch bid farewell to the Fox 'X-Men' run by breaking down the almost pretty good (but not great) 'Dark Phoenix.' </p> <p>Click through to read all of "<a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com/2019/06/wcp-dark-phoenix-review/">WCP: ‘Dark Phoenix’ Review</a>" at GeekDad.If you value content from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com">GeekDad</a>, please support us via Patreon or use this link to shop at Amazon. Thanks!</p> Reading Time: 1 minute

The phoenix is rising… for the second time.

Jake + Mitch bid farewell to the Fox X-Men run by breaking down the almost pretty good (but not great) Dark Phoenix. Like many comic flicks that underperform at the box office, it gets a bad shake. The guys discuss:

  • What do we make of Simon Kinberg’s career?
  • Is X2 still the best X-Men movie?
  • Who’s the better Beast: Grammer or Hoult?

Also, the guys take us down memory lane to a time they found the perfect X-Men bootlegs in a back alley in China. No joke.

Give a listen!

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The phoenix is rising... for the second time. Jake + Mitch bid farewell to the Fox 'X-Men' run by breaking down the almost pretty good (but not great) 'Dark Phoenix.' The phoenix is rising... for the second time. Jake + Mitch bid farewell to the Fox 'X-Men' run by breaking down the almost pretty good (but not great) 'Dark Phoenix.' GeekDad 57:46 335223
Bodaciously Awesome Family Show: ‘Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle’ https://geekdad.com/2019/06/bodaciously-awesome-family-show-harry-potter-hogwarts-battle/ Thu, 20 Jun 2019 12:00:41 +0000 https://geekdad.com/?p=335087 https://geekdad.com/2019/06/bodaciously-awesome-family-show-harry-potter-hogwarts-battle/#respond https://geekdad.com/2019/06/bodaciously-awesome-family-show-harry-potter-hogwarts-battle/feed/ 0 <p>My 7-year old tried to play 'Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle' but he didn't make it very long. Instead my 12-year old and I took on the battle alone. Could we save Hogwarts? </p> <p>Click through to read all of "<a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com/2019/06/bodaciously-awesome-family-show-harry-potter-hogwarts-battle/">Bodaciously Awesome Family Show: ‘Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle’</a>" at GeekDad.If you value content from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com">GeekDad</a>, please support us via Patreon or use this link to shop at Amazon. Thanks!</p> Reading Time: 1 minute

Board games with kids can be hard to navigate. Different skill levels and difficulties can cause chaos to Family Game Night in a hurry. Once you get beyond the staples it’s hard to find games for the entire family to play together. You can find some (like these smaller card games or dice games) but eventually you start playing games where age group differences come into play. For instance, Ticket to Ride is something everyone in my family can play (especially if we use the ‘My First Journey’ version). Other games, like Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle, however, are just for older kids.

There is a great write up on the game here. We read through it a few times before we dove into the game. The game also serves as its own primer (as the first two levels give a good introduction into the mechanics of the game). It doesn’t give you a good look into the complexities of the game, however, until a it further into it.

My 7-year old tried to play (he was familiar with deck-building games) but he didn’t make it very long. Instead, my 12-year old and I took on the battle alone. How did we do? Could we save Hogwarts? Or did we succumb to the evil forces coming up around us? Listen here and find out!

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle
The base components … what’s in those little boxes? Photo: Jonathan H. Liu

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My 7-year old tried to play 'Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle' but he didn't make it very long. Instead my 12-year old and I took on the battle alone. Could we save Hogwarts? My 7-year old tried to play 'Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle' but he didn't make it very long. Instead my 12-year old and I took on the battle alone. Could we save Hogwarts? GeekDad 18:52 335087
WCP: Superman Lives – Searching for Nic Cage https://geekdad.com/2019/06/wcp-superman-lives-searching-for-nic-cage/ Wed, 12 Jun 2019 13:00:27 +0000 https://geekdad.com/?p=334334 https://geekdad.com/2019/06/wcp-superman-lives-searching-for-nic-cage/#respond https://geekdad.com/2019/06/wcp-superman-lives-searching-for-nic-cage/feed/ 0 <p>The 90's were a wild time, and they could've been wilder. Jake + Mitch deep-dive into the nostalgic pool of the lost Superman movie.  That's right, Nicholas Cage, Tim Burton, Kevin Smith, and a giant spider.</p> <p>Click through to read all of "<a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com/2019/06/wcp-superman-lives-searching-for-nic-cage/">WCP: Superman Lives – Searching for Nic Cage</a>" at GeekDad.If you value content from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com">GeekDad</a>, please support us via Patreon or use this link to shop at Amazon. Thanks!</p> Reading Time: 1 minute

The 90’s were a wild time, and they could’ve been wilder.

Jake + Mitch deep-dive into the nostalgic pool of the lost Superman movie.  That’s right, Nicholas Cage, Tim Burton, Kevin Smith, and a giant spider. Superman LIves’ cult status grows stronger by the year, and leaves behind daunting questions:

– What would we make of Jim Carrey’s Brainiac?
– Would this have removed the push for Superman Returns?
– And just how crazy is the Nic Cage casting?… Or was it perfect?

So many what ifs and urban legends have rendered Superman LIves arguably the most infamous big-budget flick never made.  But hey, at least we’ve got loads of screen test footage and WILD WILD WEST out of the deal, right?

SUPERMAN LIVES – oh what might’ve been.

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The 90's were a wild time, and they could've been wilder. Jake + Mitch deep-dive into the nostalgic pool of the lost Superman movie.  That's right, Nicholas Cage, Tim Burton, Kevin Smith, and a giant spider. The 90's were a wild time, and they could've been wilder. Jake + Mitch deep-dive into the nostalgic pool of the lost Superman movie.  That's right, Nicholas Cage, Tim Burton, Kevin Smith, and a giant spider. GeekDad 56:12 334334
Bodaciously Awesome Family Show: ‘Ticket to Ride’ https://geekdad.com/2019/06/bodaciously-awesome-family-show-ticket-to-ride/ Wed, 12 Jun 2019 12:00:07 +0000 https://geekdad.com/?p=334305 https://geekdad.com/2019/06/bodaciously-awesome-family-show-ticket-to-ride/#respond https://geekdad.com/2019/06/bodaciously-awesome-family-show-ticket-to-ride/feed/ 0 <p>Ticket To Ride is different though. It's a gateway drug into a new world of board games the entire family can enjoy.</p> <p>Click through to read all of "<a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com/2019/06/bodaciously-awesome-family-show-ticket-to-ride/">Bodaciously Awesome Family Show: ‘Ticket to Ride’</a>" at GeekDad.If you value content from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com">GeekDad</a>, please support us via Patreon or use this link to shop at Amazon. Thanks!</p> Reading Time: 1 minute

One of our family traditions is playing games. We never have a game night, per se, but instead try and play a game after dinner a few times a week. It’s a great way to engage with the kids and have everyone participate in something together. Lately the game of choice has been Ticket to Ride.

In general, we’ll play anything. You can hear about some dice games we like or smaller card games as well. Ticket to Ride is different though. It’s a gateway drug into a new world of board games the entire family can enjoy.

The game has been around a while (and odds are if you are reading this you’ve played it as well). But we discovered it while checking out a board game cafe last year. We loved it – but then didn’t play it again for over six months (even though we had purchased it). Since then, however… It’s been train on.

Listen here and hear the discussion!

Image: Michael LeSauvage

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Ticket To Ride is different though. It's a gateway drug into a new world of board games the entire family can enjoy. Ticket To Ride is different though. It's a gateway drug into a new world of board games the entire family can enjoy. GeekDad 19:31 334305
WCP: Underrated Favorites – Scott Pilgrim, Batman Forever & More https://geekdad.com/2019/06/wcp-underrated-favorites-scott-pilgrim-batman-forever-more/ Mon, 10 Jun 2019 10:00:37 +0000 https://geekdad.com/?p=334211 https://geekdad.com/2019/06/wcp-underrated-favorites-scott-pilgrim-batman-forever-more/#respond https://geekdad.com/2019/06/wcp-underrated-favorites-scott-pilgrim-batman-forever-more/feed/ 0 <p>Jake + Mitch dive headfirst into the underrated waters to dish on the not-so-iconic titles that deserve a second chance. </p> <p>Click through to read all of "<a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com/2019/06/wcp-underrated-favorites-scott-pilgrim-batman-forever-more/">WCP: Underrated Favorites – Scott Pilgrim, Batman Forever & More</a>" at GeekDad.If you value content from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com">GeekDad</a>, please support us via Patreon or use this link to shop at Amazon. Thanks!</p> Reading Time: 1 minute

Which comic-book-inspired movies deserve more love?

Jake + Mitch dive headfirst into the underrated waters to dish on the not-so-iconic titles that deserve a second chance.  Or, at least, carry thick nostalgia that’s worth re-visiting.  The big takeaway remains, though Marvel and DC dominate the zeitgeist, we’ve plenty of “lesser known” comic movies to enjoy that still hold up.

The guys dare to ask:

– Batman Forever or Batman Begins: Which is better?
– Is Scott Pilgrim vs the World a coming-of-age masterpiece?
– Karl Urban vs Sly Stallone: Who wins?

And much, much more.  Be sure to stick around for the end; because The Tick gets a special shout-out as well.

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Jake + Mitch dive headfirst into the underrated waters to dish on the not-so-iconic titles that deserve a second chance. Jake + Mitch dive headfirst into the underrated waters to dish on the not-so-iconic titles that deserve a second chance. GeekDad 1:00:22 334211
WCP: For Love of Norton’s ‘Incredible Hulk’ w/ Maite of ComicsVerse https://geekdad.com/2019/05/wcp-for-love-of-nortons-incredible-hulk-w-maite-of-comicsverse/ Fri, 24 May 2019 14:00:51 +0000 https://geekdad.com/?p=333000 https://geekdad.com/2019/05/wcp-for-love-of-nortons-incredible-hulk-w-maite-of-comicsverse/#comments https://geekdad.com/2019/05/wcp-for-love-of-nortons-incredible-hulk-w-maite-of-comicsverse/feed/ 1 <p>Jake + Mitch dish on the oft-forgotten MCU gem, 'The Incredible Hulk.' More importantly, ComicsVerse's Maite Molina-Muñiz joins the discussion in her lauded second podcast appearance.</p> <p>Click through to read all of "<a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com/2019/05/wcp-for-love-of-nortons-incredible-hulk-w-maite-of-comicsverse/">WCP: For Love of Norton’s ‘Incredible Hulk’ w/ Maite of ComicsVerse</a>" at GeekDad.If you value content from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com">GeekDad</a>, please support us via Patreon or use this link to shop at Amazon. Thanks!</p> Reading Time: 1 minute

Contrary to popular belief, we like him when he’s angry.

Jake + Mitch dish on the oft-forgotten MCU gem, The Incredible Hulk. More importantly, ComicsVerse’s Maite Molina-Muñiz (@_maite14) joins the discussion in her lauded second podcast appearance. Along the way they hit a few pressing questions:

– Is Edward Norton the best Hulk?
– Did this movie solve origin fatigue back in 2008?
– And what’s with Marvel underserving Liv Tyler, Natalie Portman, and Rachel McAdams?

Hot takes are shared, green dudes debated, and Captain America gets demoted. Oh, and they may have cast Daniel Day-Lewis in his first comic book flick too. A lot happens, but it comes down to this: Norton or bust.

Give a listen, and rate and review on iTunes!

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Jake + Mitch dish on the oft-forgotten MCU gem, 'The Incredible Hulk.' More importantly, ComicsVerse's Maite Molina-Muñiz joins the discussion in her lauded second podcast appearance. Jake + Mitch dish on the oft-forgotten MCU gem, 'The Incredible Hulk.' More importantly, ComicsVerse's Maite Molina-Muñiz joins the discussion in her lauded second podcast appearance. GeekDad 59:01 333000
GBBP 218: Evangeline Lilly https://geekdad.com/2019/05/gbbp-218-evangeline-lilly/ Fri, 24 May 2019 12:00:14 +0000 https://geekdad.com/?p=333052 https://geekdad.com/2019/05/gbbp-218-evangeline-lilly/#respond https://geekdad.com/2019/05/gbbp-218-evangeline-lilly/feed/ 0 <p>We chat with Evangeline Lilly about 'The Squickerwonkers,' acting versus writing, 'The Hobbit,' and her place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.</p> <p>Click through to read all of "<a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com/2019/05/gbbp-218-evangeline-lilly/">GBBP 218: Evangeline Lilly</a>" at GeekDad.If you value content from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com">GeekDad</a>, please support us via Patreon or use this link to shop at Amazon. Thanks!</p> Reading Time: 2 minutes

The Great Big Beautiful Podcast, Episode 218: Evangeline Lilly

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Talk to Evangeline Lilly for more than three minutes, and one thing becomes remarkably clear. She’s positively overflowing with stories she wants to tell, and Hollywood isn’t necessarily where she wants to tell them. So when you sit down with her for nearly an hour, as we do this week, the insight is profound. (Portions of our conversation from this episode appeared on SYFY Wire right here. Do check it out.)

Perhaps best known for her roles as Kate Austen (Lost), Tauriel (The Hobbit), and Hope Van Dyne/Wasp (Ant-Man and the Wasp), Lilly nevertheless sees herself as a writer with a fantastic day job. And the stories that mean the most to her are those that skew close to the brutal truths of life and don’t pull any punches. Stories that are true to life but still show a path toward redemption. Crack open the first book in her children’s series, The Squickerwonkers: The Prequel, and you’ll see what I mean.

Illustrated by WETA Workshop conceptual designer Johnny Fraser-Allen, the book is dark, clever, creative, and emotional. And there’s nary a “happily ever after” in sight. The book ends on an unquestionable downbeat of a cliffhanger that sets up the second book, Act I: The Demise of Selma the Spoiled (out this month from Quiet Cocoon and illustrated by Rodrigo Bastos Didier). Audiobooks—which Lilly narrates—for these and the next two books in the series (The Demise of Lorna the Lazy and The Demise of Andy the Arrogant) are also available now.

Fans of A Series of Unfortunate Events or Edward Gorey will quickly pick up on the mood Lilly is going for here. The Squickerwonkers books embrace and are honest about the flaws we all have. They shine a spotlight on human frailty and say, “It’s OK not to be perfect.” And that honesty is even more critical because the books are for children.

Young readers should be exposed to the world as it is. Presenting kids exclusively with teddy bears, rainbows, and happily-ever-afters does them a massive disservice. For many kids, these sweet stories simply don’t resonate with their reality. If we never tell our kids that it’s OK to fail or have flaws, then their unrealistic expectations—and anxieties—about the world and themselves balloon and quickly get out of control.

On this episode, we chat about The Squickerwonkers, living with this story since she was 14, acting versus writing, The Hobbit, and her place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


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We chat with Evangeline Lilly about 'The Squickerwonkers,' acting versus writing, 'The Hobbit,' and her place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We chat with Evangeline Lilly about 'The Squickerwonkers,' acting versus writing, 'The Hobbit,' and her place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. GeekDad 1:00:33 333052
Radio Free Hipster Ep. 91: Kings of the North https://geekdad.com/2019/05/rfh-091/ Thu, 23 May 2019 12:00:32 +0000 https://geekdad.com/?p=332983 https://geekdad.com/2019/05/rfh-091/#respond https://geekdad.com/2019/05/rfh-091/feed/ 0 <p>Travel with me to the northlands (full disclosure: pretty much everything is north of here) and enjoy music new and old from Beefy, Jesse Dangerously, Bill McClintock, Illbotz, and more!</p> <p>Click through to read all of "<a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com/2019/05/rfh-091/">Radio Free Hipster Ep. 91: Kings of the North</a>" at GeekDad.If you value content from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com">GeekDad</a>, please support us via Patreon or use this link to shop at Amazon. Thanks!</p> Reading Time: 1 minute

Radio Free Hipster

Though I am still embroiled in my own Game of Stones, I’m here to play through the pain and present to you a brand new podcast featuring Beefy, Wordburglar, Glenn Case, Jesse Dangerously, and more!

You can listen via the player below, download episode 91 directly, or subscribe to the RSS feed. Long may they reign!

00:44 Beefy – “Hear Me Roar” (content warning)
04:53 Talking / Fresh Kils – “Must Be Nicer
05:49 Adam WarRock – “Kingslayer
09:23 Bill McClintock – “Slipshack
12:33 Glenn Case – “Roll Me
14:47 Illbotz – “There’s No Stoppin’ Us (Or Is There?)” (content warning)
18:22 More talking / Fresh Kils – “Must Be Nicer”
19:25 rap legend Jesse Dangerously – “Fat Protagonist
22:54 Touch & The Dirty Sample – “Long De-Vision” (content warning)
26:30 Fresh Kils – “Brought My Bad
28:41 Wordburglar – “Torontaun (prod. by Diagnostik80 w/ Fresh Kils, cuts by More Or Les)
32:45 Even more talking / Fresh Kils – “Must Be Nicer”
34:09 Alpha Chrome Yayo – “Malediction Boulevard

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Travel with me to the northlands (full disclosure: pretty much everything is north of here) and enjoy music new and old from Beefy, Jesse Dangerously, Bill McClintock, Illbotz, and more! Travel with me to the northlands (full disclosure: pretty much everything is north of here) and enjoy music new and old from Beefy, Jesse Dangerously, Bill McClintock, Illbotz, and more! GeekDad 37:15 332983
WCP: Special Guest – Matt Mair Lowery – Creator of ‘Lifeformed’ https://geekdad.com/2019/05/wcp-special-guest-matt-mair-lowery-creator-of-lifeformed/ Tue, 21 May 2019 14:00:20 +0000 https://geekdad.com/?p=332743 https://geekdad.com/2019/05/wcp-special-guest-matt-mair-lowery-creator-of-lifeformed/#respond https://geekdad.com/2019/05/wcp-special-guest-matt-mair-lowery-creator-of-lifeformed/feed/ 0 <p>Jake + Mitch welcome their new friend and brilliant comic book creator, Matt Mair Lowery, to dish on his visionary young adult series, 'Lifeformed.' </p> <p>Click through to read all of "<a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com/2019/05/wcp-special-guest-matt-mair-lowery-creator-of-lifeformed/">WCP: Special Guest – Matt Mair Lowery – Creator of ‘Lifeformed’</a>" at GeekDad.If you value content from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com">GeekDad</a>, please support us via Patreon or use this link to shop at Amazon. Thanks!</p> Reading Time: 1 minute

The alien invasion has arrived, and we have Mr. Lowery to thank.

Jake + Mitch welcome their new friend and brilliant comic book creator, Matt Mair Lowery, to dish on his visionary young adult series, Lifeformed.  With book two dropping in September, Lowery expands on the genesis of the narrative and his working relationship with Dark Horse Comics.

Along the way, they hit a few notable topics:

Of course, it takes a special kind of talent and moxie to make a mark in the comic book arena.  Matt certainly fits the bill and Lifeformed is a worthy read.

Give a listen!

 

 

Remember, if you review us on iTunes with your name, we’ll shout you out on an episode. Hit us up on Twitter too!

Hosts: @MitchRoush and @Thatjakeowens.

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Jake + Mitch welcome their new friend and brilliant comic book creator, Matt Mair Lowery, to dish on his visionary young adult series, 'Lifeformed.' Jake + Mitch welcome their new friend and brilliant comic book creator, Matt Mair Lowery, to dish on his visionary young adult series, 'Lifeformed.' GeekDad 44:04 332743
GBBP 217: Lamar Giles https://geekdad.com/2019/05/gbbp-217-lamar-giles/ Fri, 17 May 2019 15:00:34 +0000 https://geekdad.com/?p=332497 https://geekdad.com/2019/05/gbbp-217-lamar-giles/#respond https://geekdad.com/2019/05/gbbp-217-lamar-giles/feed/ 0 <p>This week, we're chatting with author Lamar Giles about his newest book, 'The Last Last Day of Summer,' and the brand-new Versify imprint it's helping launch.</p> <p>Click through to read all of "<a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com/2019/05/gbbp-217-lamar-giles/">GBBP 217: Lamar Giles</a>" at GeekDad.If you value content from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com">GeekDad</a>, please support us via Patreon or use this link to shop at Amazon. Thanks!</p> Reading Time: 1 minute

The Great Big Beautiful Podcast, Episode 217: Lamar Giles

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Welcome back! This week, we’re chatting with author Lamar Giles about his newest book, The Last Last Day of Summer, and the brand-new Versify imprint it’s helping launch. Versify is the brainchild of Kwame Alexander, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is giving him an open door to personally acquire and publish authors and stories that “celebrate the lives and reflect the possibilities of all children.”

In many ways, the launch titles themselves reflect the diversity that drives the imprint’s mission. Versify launched this spring with two picture books, a middle-grade book, and a YA novel.

And it’s that middle-grade book that we’re talking about today. Lamar Giles has written several YA books (Fake ID, Overturned, Spin), and The Last Last Day of Summer is his first go at middle-grade fiction. And he knocks it out of the park.

On this episode, we chat about The Last Last Day of Summer (and its unique twists), Versify, We Need Diverse Books (he’s a co-founder), Hong Kong, LEGO obsessions, and Grumpy Cat.


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This week, we're chatting with author Lamar Giles about his newest book, 'The Last Last Day of Summer,' and the brand-new Versify imprint it's helping launch. This week, we're chatting with author Lamar Giles about his newest book, 'The Last Last Day of Summer,' and the brand-new Versify imprint it's helping launch. GeekDad 1:05:05 332497
Bodaciously Awesome Family Show: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ https://geekdad.com/2019/05/bodaciously-awesome-family-show-avengers-endgame/ Fri, 10 May 2019 16:00:35 +0000 https://geekdad.com/?p=332003 https://geekdad.com/2019/05/bodaciously-awesome-family-show-avengers-endgame/#comments https://geekdad.com/2019/05/bodaciously-awesome-family-show-avengers-endgame/feed/ 1 <p>Last week we ranked the entire MCU (at the time). Then, 'Avengers: Endgame' came out. I think it is safe to say that everyone has seen it. Right? You have? You did #WhateverItTakes and saw it within the first few weeks? </p> <p>Click through to read all of "<a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com/2019/05/bodaciously-awesome-family-show-avengers-endgame/">Bodaciously Awesome Family Show: ‘Avengers: Endgame’</a>" at GeekDad.If you value content from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com">GeekDad</a>, please support us via Patreon or use this link to shop at Amazon. Thanks!</p> Reading Time: 1 minute

Last week we ranked the entire MCU (at the time). Then, Avengers: Endgame came out. I think it is safe to say that everyone has seen it. Right? You have? You did #WhateverItTakes and saw it within the first few weeks?

Good. Because now we have to talk about it. Where does it fall on the list of Marvel movies? Is it worth the hype? Did the kid like it? It is safe to say that spoilers are ahead. A lot of them. We don’t hold anything back.

We also discuss how this is the best version of Back to the Future 2 ever. The kid doesn’t agree with my assessment of that. (He’s wrong.)

Listen here and hear the discussion!

Avengers Infinity War

Additionally, you can listen to some of our MCU-specific podcasts here on GeekDad: Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, and Thor: Ragnarok.

You can listen via iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play Music; or you can also follow the RSS feed! If you leave us a comment on iTunes with your name, we’ll give you a special shout out on a future show. You can connect with the show on Facebook and Twitter.

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Last week we ranked the entire MCU (at the time). Then, 'Avengers: Endgame' came out. I think it is safe to say that everyone has seen it. Right? You have? You did #WhateverItTakes and saw it within the first few weeks?  Last week we ranked the entire MCU (at the time). Then, 'Avengers: Endgame' came out. I think it is safe to say that everyone has seen it. Right? You have? You did #WhateverItTakes and saw it within the first few weeks?  GeekDad 19:22 332003
GBBP 216: Alan Oppenheimer https://geekdad.com/2019/05/gbbp-216-alan-oppenheimer/ Fri, 10 May 2019 13:00:52 +0000 https://geekdad.com/?p=332037 https://geekdad.com/2019/05/gbbp-216-alan-oppenheimer/#respond https://geekdad.com/2019/05/gbbp-216-alan-oppenheimer/feed/ 0 <p>This week, a conversation with Skeletor himself: the one and only Alan Oppenheimer! </p> <p>Click through to read all of "<a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com/2019/05/gbbp-216-alan-oppenheimer/">GBBP 216: Alan Oppenheimer</a>" at GeekDad.If you value content from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com">GeekDad</a>, please support us via Patreon or use this link to shop at Amazon. Thanks!</p> Reading Time: 1 minute

The Great Big Beautiful Podcast, Episode 216: Alan Oppenheimer

You can find us online at www.thegbbpodcast.com! You can listen on iTunesGoogle PlaySpotifyTuneInStitcher, and YouTube; you can follow the RSS feed; or you can listen right here!


I know I say this a lot, but this week was a real thrill for me. As part of the research and work I did for my oral history of Filmation’s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, I had the opportunity to sit down with several people who were involved with the show. And beginning this week, I’m going to bring a few of those conversations to you.

This week, my conversation with Skeletor himself: the one and only Alan Oppenheimer! If Alan’s career only included his work on He-Man and She-Ra (where he also played Man-at-Arms, Cringer/Battle Cat, and Mer-Man) and The Neverending Story (Falkor, G’Mork), his reputation as a legend would’ve been secure.

But he was involved with so much else. If you grew up in the ’80s and watched any cartoons, odds are you heard his voice more than you know. He had regular roles on The Smurfs (he was Vanity Smurf), TransformersWuzzlesThe Original GhostbustersCenturionsRamboBionic SixBraveStarr, and so many more.

He’s also had a long and impressive theater, TV, and film career away from animation. He’s become a fixture at pop culture conventions across the country. And he’s still going strong!

On this episode, we chat about his early career, The Neverending Story, a soup-to-nuts discussion of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, and that show’s enduring legacy.


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This week, a conversation with Skeletor himself: the one and only Alan Oppenheimer! This week, a conversation with Skeletor himself: the one and only Alan Oppenheimer! GeekDad 46:54 332037
WCP: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ – Review https://geekdad.com/2019/05/wcp-avengers-endgame-review/ Thu, 09 May 2019 14:00:34 +0000 https://geekdad.com/?p=331954 https://geekdad.com/2019/05/wcp-avengers-endgame-review/#respond https://geekdad.com/2019/05/wcp-avengers-endgame-review/feed/ 0 <p>'Avengers: Endgame' has arrived, and the feels are in overdrive.  Jake + Mitch chart their way through the farewells and grade the movie's attempt to close the book on MCU’s core crew. This episode contains spoilers! </p> <p>Click through to read all of "<a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com/2019/05/wcp-avengers-endgame-review/">WCP: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ – Review</a>" at GeekDad.If you value content from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com">GeekDad</a>, please support us via Patreon or use this link to shop at Amazon. Thanks!</p> Reading Time: 1 minute

SPOILER ALERT:  This episode contains spoilers pretty much from the onset. Listen with care!

“I love you 3,000.”

Avengers: Endgame has arrived, and the feels are in overdrive. Jake + Mitch chart their way thru the surprising—and not so surprising—character farewells and grade ENGAME’s attempt to close the book on MCU’s core crew. Along they way, they hit a few hot takes:

 

Don’t worry, it all makes sense in context…at least, that’s what they guys claim. Either way, Avengers Endgame is a herculean achievement to the likes pop-culture has never seen. It’s been an incredible ride, and the most anticipated comic book movie of the year did not disappoint.

Please note, this episode contains SPOILERS!!!

 

Give a listen.

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Hosts: @MitchRoush and @Thatjakeowens.

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'Avengers: Endgame' has arrived, and the feels are in overdrive.  Jake + Mitch chart their way through the farewells and grade the movie's attempt to close the book on MCU’s core crew. This episode contains spoilers! 'Avengers: Endgame' has arrived, and the feels are in overdrive.  Jake + Mitch chart their way through the farewells and grade the movie's attempt to close the book on MCU’s core crew. This episode contains spoilers! GeekDad 1:06:21 331954
Talking ‘Monstrum’ With Dr. Emily Zarka https://geekdad.com/2019/05/talking-monstrum-with-dr-emily-zarka/ Tue, 07 May 2019 11:00:11 +0000 https://geekdad.com/?p=330932 https://geekdad.com/2019/05/talking-monstrum-with-dr-emily-zarka/#respond https://geekdad.com/2019/05/talking-monstrum-with-dr-emily-zarka/feed/ 0 <p>I recently had an opportunity to speak with Dr. Emily Zarka, host of PBS Digital Studios's 'Monstrum,' about the show and the influences that led her to academic study of classic monsters and developing that passion into the new series. Full audio interview included in this post.</p> <p>Click through to read all of "<a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com/2019/05/talking-monstrum-with-dr-emily-zarka/">Talking ‘Monstrum’ With Dr. Emily Zarka</a>" at GeekDad.If you value content from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com">GeekDad</a>, please support us via Patreon or use this link to shop at Amazon. Thanks!</p> Reading Time: 2 minutes

Fans of horror in pop culture are loving Monstrum, the latest offering from PBS Digital Studios. The short videos available on the official Monstrum YouTube channel provide a historical and cultural lens through which to review both contemporary and classical magical, mythical, and monstrous creatures. The videos feature Dr. Zarka narrating over beautifully rendered animation.

I recently had an opportunity to speak with Dr. Zarka about Monstrum and the influences that led her to academic study of classic monsters and developing that passion into the new series. The full audio of that interview can be heard in the online player below.

“I really credit, actually, my mom for sort of getting me on the ‘horror train.’ She, actually, was the one who introduced me to the SyFy channel and, you know, all of those terrible ‘B’ horror movies. From there, it just sort of spiraled.”

The first two episodes of Monstrum are published on the series’s YouTube channel. The third episode will be published tomorrow (Wednesday, May 8). New episodes in the 16-episode first season are published every two weeks.

Have you been watching Monstrum? Let us know what you think of the series in the comments below. What creature would you want to see profiled on an upcoming episode?


About Monstrum

Emily Zarka, Ph.D. (Victorian literature, gothic literature, horror, folklore), is a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University and holds a Ph.D. in British Romantic Literature with an emphasis on the Gothic. As host of Monstrum, Dr. Zarka explains how society’s fear of the unknown has lead to a culture obsessed with all things scary. Her research explores the roles of desire and knowledge dissemination in portrayals of undead characters produced during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Zarka received her Ph.D. in literature from Arizona State University and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado with both Bachelor of Arts, English, and Bachelor of Science, Journalism, degrees.

About PBS Digital Studios

PBS Digital Studios produces original, digital programming for YouTube and Facebook Watch, designed to engage, enlighten, and entertain online audiences. The PBS Digital Studios network has more than 17 million subscribers, generating an average of 40 million views a month and has acquired nearly two billion views lifetime views. Currently, the Studio has 18 original series streaming online, including eight series from PBS member stations. Series include the Webby Award-winning It’s Okay to Be Smart, Physics Girl, and Crash Course, as well as popular series such as Two Cents and PBS Space Time.

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I recently had an opportunity to speak with Dr. Emily Zarka, host of PBS Digital Studios's 'Monstrum,' about the show and the influences that led her to academic study of classic monsters and developing that passion into the new series. I recently had an opportunity to speak with Dr. Emily Zarka, host of PBS Digital Studios's 'Monstrum,' about the show and the influences that led her to academic study of classic monsters and developing that passion into the new series. Full audio interview included in this post. GeekDad 11:35 330932
WCP: Before ‘Endgame’ – MCU 11 Years Later https://geekdad.com/2019/05/wcp-before-endgame-mcu-11-years-later/ Wed, 01 May 2019 14:00:16 +0000 https://geekdad.com/?p=331350 https://geekdad.com/2019/05/wcp-before-endgame-mcu-11-years-later/#respond https://geekdad.com/2019/05/wcp-before-endgame-mcu-11-years-later/feed/ 0 <p>A lot can happen in 11 years. 20 movies, sequels upon sequels, a best picture nomination and a pop-cultural phenomenon unseen since The Beatles hit the states. Taking all the feels in stride, and before seeing the new big flick, the guys re-visit the biggest moments for the MCU's world building.</p> <p>Click through to read all of "<a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com/2019/05/wcp-before-endgame-mcu-11-years-later/">WCP: Before ‘Endgame’ – MCU 11 Years Later</a>" at GeekDad.If you value content from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://geekdad.com">GeekDad</a>, please support us via Patreon or use this link to shop at Amazon. Thanks!</p> Reading Time: 1 minute

A lot can happen in 11 years.

20 movies, sequels upon sequels, a best picture nomination and a pop-cultural phenomenon unseen since The Beatles hit the states.

Or, for Jake + Mitch, they finished college, found partners, bought houses and had kids.

Either way, we’ve seen a lot, and with Avengers Endgame hitting the screen, a sense of finality grows stronger. Taking all the feels in stride, and before seeing the new big flick, the guys re-visit the biggest moments for the MCU’s world building:

– Does the whole thing crumble without Robert Downey Jr.?
– Where would we be without Kevin Feige?
– Which is worse, Age of Ultron or Dark World?

Whether Thanos survives or Captain Marvel saves us all, we can definitively say prior to 2008, for us lowly geeks, this all seemed like a far-off dream. Re-live the MCU glory days and hear how Jake dominated bar trivia with a bunch of teenagers.

Give a listen!

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A lot can happen in 11 years. 20 movies, sequels upon sequels, a best picture nomination and a pop-cultural phenomenon unseen since The Beatles hit the states. Taking all the feels in stride, and before seeing the new big flick, A lot can happen in 11 years. 20 movies, sequels upon sequels, a best picture nomination and a pop-cultural phenomenon unseen since The Beatles hit the states. Taking all the feels in stride, and before seeing the new big flick, the guys re-visit the biggest moments for the MCU's world building. GeekDad 54:50 331350