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A weekly news recap and discussion about all things Marvel, DC and Star Wars Universes. Everything you need to know about the universes you love!

Matt Roembke & Liam Crowley


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    Boba Fett Ch3 and Peacemaker Review, Robin in HBO Max's Batgirl?, Best 2021 MCU Villains Draft (w/ Johnny Gargano)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 158:32

    This week's episode of The Direct Podcast is packed with content, headlined by two reviews and the first draft of the 2022 season!As always, we kick off with the top news. Is Robin joining HBO Max's Batgirl? What is James Gunn's next DCEU project? When will Gemma Chan's Sersi return to the MCU? What's going on with that massive She-Hulk rumor?The Book of Boba Fett has hit Chapter 3 as the season heads into the second half. Tatooine is divided between class and crime and Boba Fett is navigating the best way to handle it. Moving forward, who is coming to bring trouble to Boba Fett and his gang?Peacemaker has dropped the first three episodes of the season on HBO Max, and the James Gunn product is nothing like the DCEU has ever seen before. John Cena stars in the hyper R-Rated comedy with action, music, twists, and turns. We give our full thoughts on Christopher Smith's solo series so far.Finally, friend of the show Johnny Gargano makes his return to the podcast to draft the best MCU villains from 2021. With nine projects and twice as many villains last year, we weave through the best of the best bad guys in this new era of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thank you all for rocking with us. Make sure to leave a review and share with your friends!TIMECODES4:18 - Quick Questions14:02 - Sizzle Reel16:01 - Robin Joins HBO Max's Batgirl?22:36 - James Gunn's Next DCEU Project24:42 - Big She-Hulk Rumor28:31 - Eternals Updates35:03 - Boba Fett Ch3 Review1:06:55 - Best 2021 MCU Villains Draft (w/ Johnny Gargano)1:35:24 - Peacemaker Review2:31:24 - Weekly Recs

    BONUS: The Direct Awards!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2022 191:28

    Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 2021 The Direct Awards! And yes, in true Oscars fashion, this is a long one.After 2020 left last year's award show with barely anything to cover, 2021 delivered an insurmountable nine Marvel Cinematic Universe projects, two DCEU movies, three Star Wars shows, and numerous other tidbits of news and rumors that kept us feeling like kids for 365 days.Tonight, we honor the films and characters that make us fans of the fantastic. 20 awards across Marvel, DC, Star Wars, and everything in between presented by your favorite recurring guests from The Direct Podcast AND the staff at TheDirect.com!Thank you all for making such a dynamic episode like this possible. This was truly a joy to piece together and to see how many people are apart of our podcast family. If you told us a year ago that we weren't alone, let alone you know to this extent... I mean, I wouldn't have been surprised. But come on, you know. Shoutout Tony Stark. Love y'all 3000.Special thanks to Sam Gelfand (@stuckinsamshead) for the incredible intro!

    Boba Fett Ch2 Review, Morbius Delayed and The Flash Drama, Best Comic Book Movie Years (w/ Klein Felt)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022 151:01

    Happy New Year from The Direct Podcast!We kick this year off with a flurry of top news. Sony Pictures has delayed Morbius again, but there might be a bright side to this one. Looking at you, Andrew Garfield.Thor: Love and Thunder and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness both have received new promotional art highlighting the lead characters' new suits! We break down what this means for the sequels and also dive into the IP rights issue that may be effecting Doctor Strange 2.Big rumors have swirled around Ezra Miller's The Flash, and how this movie could change the trajectory of the DCEU forever. We analyze both sides to this speculation and what it means for the DCEU's future.The Book of Boba Fett continues! We review Chapter 2 of Star Wars' latest Disney+ installment and speculate where this series is heading next.Finally, we welcome on The Direct's Klein Felt to give a commentary on his Best Years in Comic Book Movie History article. We go through ten years of comic book movies and shout out the good, the bad, and the elite.Thank you all for your continued support of The Direct Podcast! We have a lot of fun things planned for 2022. The more iTunes reviews, Spotify ratings, and love on socials we see, the quicker we get to bringing you more content!TIMECODES2:05 - The Direct Awards Reminder!3:12 - Quick Question10:14 - Sizzle Reel12:29 - Morbius Delayed19:23 - Thor 4 Updates22:13 - Doctor Strange 2 Updates30:48 - The Flash / Snyderverse Drama41:48 - The Book of Boba Fett Ch2 Review1:17:05 - Best Years in Comic Book Movie History (w/ Klein Felt)2:26:06 - Weekly Recs

    Boba Fett Ch1 Review, The Batman Trailer and 2021 MCU Rankings, The Witcher's Paul Bullion Interview

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 153:02

    The Direct Podcast returns to a galaxy far, far away! We have a packed episode this week giving spotlight to all three branches. First, we break down everything from the new Batman trailer with the return of LINES THAT MATTER! What do we know heading into the most anticipated DC project of the year?Next, we review Chapter One of The Book of Boba Fett! The legend continues with this Mandolorian spin-off as the next generation of Star Wars stories is back. The Witcher's Paul Bullion joins the show to tell all about what went down in Season 2. As 2021 comes to a close, we look back at this year's MCU projects by giving our personal rankings! See how we feel about every project that came out in 2021 for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Finally, we look ahead to everything the new year has in store by giving The Direct Podcast's second annual Wish List. We gather 10 wants we have for the universes you love in 2022. Thank you all for rocking with us and Happy New Year!  TIMECODES4:58 - Quick Questions18:38 - Sizzle Reel20:21 - The Batman Trailer Breakdown29:24 - Ghost Rider Coming to the MCU?34:16 - The Book of Boba Fett Ch1 Review1:01:27 - The Witcher's Paul Bullion Interview1:19:47 - 2021 MCU Rankings1:45:12 - Our 2022 Wish List2:26:45 - Weekly Recs

    BONUS: The Book Of Boba Fett Primer

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2021 44:26

    The galaxy far, far away returns with The Book of Boba Fett.The Mandalorian universe is expanding with a spinoff series starring one of the most veteran Star Wars characters still active today. With a blend of old and new, Boba Fett gets his own project for the first time in nearly 40 years. What can we expect?We break down what we know so far, what we are excited to see, and what this show could mean for the Star Wars universe moving forward. 

    Hawkeye FINALE Review, Doctor Strange 2 Trailer & Spider-Man Box Office, The Matrix's Ellen Hollman Interview

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021 172:09

    Happy Holidays from The Direct Podcast!On this week's Christmas edition of the show, we bring you the top news, a Hawkeye review, an interview with a star from The Matrix: Resurrections, and some Spider-Man: No Way Home clean-up.The first teaser for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has arrived! We break down everything going on in Stephen Strange's sequel, and speculate how key frames hint at some high-profile cameos.Michael Shannon is back as General Zod in 2022's The Flash movie! What does this mean for the future of the Superman franchise?Hawkeye has sadly wrapped but Disney+ has delivered yet another action-packed finale. We analyze what this show means for the future of street-level MCU, where Kingpin fits into those plans, and when we'll next see Clint Barton and Kate Bishop.The Matrix: Resurrections star Ellen Hollman joins the show to discuss her super secret role in the film, what attracted her to this sequel / reboot, and which Marvel hero she'd like to play in the future.Box office! David Thompson returns to the podcast to break down Spider-Man: No Way Home's historic opening numbers and what it means for the future of film.Finally, we take some of your questions and topics regarding No Way Home.THANK YOU for making this such a special holiday season. We cannot emphasize enough how much we appreciate the support. If you haven't already, leave an iTunes review or rate us on Spotify!TIMECODES4:32 - Quick Questions19:37 - Sizzle Reel21:53 - Doctor Strange 2 Teaser Trailer31:21 - General Zod in The Flash37:55 - Hawkeye FINALE Review1:29:39 - The Matrix: Resurrections star Ellen Hollman Interview1:49:47 - Spider-Man: No Way Home Box Office Breakdown (w/ David Thompson)1:57:38 - Spider-Man: No Way Home Clean-Up and Rankings2:45:02 - Weekly Recs

    BONUS: Spider-Man: No Way Home Review

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 109:18

    It's here. It's real. Spider-Man: No Way Home is in theaters worldwide!This film had every expectation imaginable to live up to: rumored characters, cameos, plotpoints, universe mergings, sequel set-ups, and beyond. Was Peter Parker able to stick the landing, or did he crack under pressure? We break it all down in our highly-anticipated review of Spider-Man: No Way Home.And believe it or not, there's STILL more to cover! Next week, we will be answering all of your Spider-Man: No Way Home related questions in a mailbag. Hit us up on socials to submit! (@LiamTCrowley, @mattroembke)

    Hawkeye Ep5 Review, The Batman Update, Molly Quinn Interview

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 107:12

    A special Wednesday edition of The Direct Podcast ahead of Spider-Man: No Way Home. We review episode 4 of Hawkeye, talk about the future of the Black Panther franchise, speculate about The Batman, and sit down with actress Molly Quinn. First, we discuss the on-set issues of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. With rumors of a rewrite amidst the Letitia Wright controversy, what does this mean for the future of the franchise and the Shuri character? Also, The Batman is reportedly testing two different versions of the film in early screenings. One may or may not feature a big-name actor who may or may not be playing a big-name character. Next, we dive into Episode 5 of Hawkeye. The penultimate is here to set up a finale with a wide variety of plot lines heading toward the same point. With only one week left, where is Hawkeye going to leave this cast of characters?We then sit down with actress Molly Quinn!Thank you all for following along and remember, our Spider-Man: No Way Home review drops on December 17!TIMECODES4:41 - Quick Question12:38 - Sizzle Reel14:32 - Letitia Wright / Black Panther 2 Changes23:48 - The Batman's Screen Tests31:38 - Hawkeye Ep5 Review1:15:55 - Molly Quinn Interview1:38:42 - Weekly Recs

    Hawkeye Ep4 Review, Fra Fee Interview, Spider-Man: Far From Home Retrospective

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 102:05

    Another big week for The Direct Podcast!We start off breaking down the biggest news of the week, Charlie Cox returning as Daredevil. Kevin Feige let this cat out of the bag and it has major implications for the character moving forward. While it is great to see Cox return as Matt Murdock, what does that mean for his stories moving forward?Next, we talk about all the top news from the universes you love including the MCU Multiverse timeline, a Penguin spinoff series after The Batman, and Wonder Woman director, Patty Jenkins.Hawkeye episode 4 has arrived and we are in the endgame now. The boys break down this episode that resets the stakes and gets fans ready for the home stretch as episodes 5 and 6 are sure to bring the heat with so many loose ends to tie up.For more Hawkeye, we sit down with the actor who plays Kazi, Fra Fee. Fee talks about his character's backstory with The Track Suit mafia, Maya Lopez, and his future in the MCU.Finally, our last stop on our Spider-Man rewatch. Spider-Man: Far From Home sets the table for Spider-Man: No Way Home which is in theaters next week. What does this movie do to set up Peter Parker for his biggest challenge yet?Thank you all so much for listening!  TIMECODES2:58 - Production Update5:29 - Quick Question15:51 - Sizzle Reel17:45 - Patty Jenkins, Star Wars, and Wonder Woman 320:55 - Kevin Feige Talks X-Men / Multiverse Plans27:17 - Colin Farrell / Penguin HBO Max Series30:59 - Hawkeye Ep4 Review1:03:37 - Fra Fee Interview1:07:07 - Spider-Man: Far From Home Retrospective1:34:25 - Weekly Recs (Christmas Movies!)

    BONUS: Spider-Man: No Way Home Primer (w/ Kinda Funny's Tim Gettys)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 111:29

    The wait is over. It is finally here. It is Spider-Man: No Way Home week and we have everything you need to know before heading into the biggest Spidey movie of all time. We break down each major plot point going in weaving through all the different characters and what we can expect. For a movie that has been such a huge focus for more than year, we know shockingly little about what is actually going to happen. Then we are joined by Kinda Funny's Tim Gettys to answer your questions about the MCU Spider-Man threequel. This podcast started with news that Jamie Foxx is returning to Spider-Man in the MCU. And here we are. *Paul Rudd Gif*

    Hawkeye Ep3 Review, Another MCU Spidey Trilogy?, Spider-Man: Homecoming Retrospective

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 124:15

    Another episode of The Direct Podcast, another Hawkeye review, and yes, more Spider-Man. This week we dive into Episode 3 of Hawkeye as the sharpshooter series reaches its midway point. So much happening in a show that feels so small in scale has fans everywhere loving Hawkeye. This episode dives into the psyche of Clint Barton as an Avenger giving more depth to this veteran character than ever before. Kate Bishop is on the other end of that spectrum as a want-to-be hero learning from an original Avenger. Fans are also introduced to Echo in one of the most memorable opening scene in the MCU Disney+ era. With this show halfway through, there is nothing but excitement on the horizon. Not only is the story full of mystery and intrigue, this episode may have just teased one of the most beloved villains in the Marvel universe. Spider-Man: No Way Home has turned into an unstoppable force but we take a second this week to go back to where it all started. In our Spider-Man: Homecoming review we dive into the ins and outs of a movie that refined the Peter Parker character in live action.And we also have all of your top news and headlines from the week including the madness surrounding the Spider-Man: No Way Home ticket release.  And again, we can't stress this enough, thank you. Seeing this show at the top of so many of your Spotify Wrappeds truly made our years. This show is as strong as it is because of your support. We're only getting started!TIMECODES3:07 - THANK YOU!7:39 - Quick Questions14:10 - Sizzle Reel16:30 - Spider-Man: No Way Home Breaks the Internet19:38 - Another MCU Spidey Trilogy?22:23 - Batgirl Updates24:21 - Hawkeye Ep3 Review1:17:55 - Spider-Man: Homecoming Retrospective Review1:55:43 - Weekly Recs

    Hawkeye Review & Executive Producer Trinh Tran Interview, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Retrospective, Resident Evil's Josh Cruddas Interview

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 156:58

    Happy Thanksgiving from The Direct Podcast!This week we're doubling up on all the content you tune in for. Two reviews! Two interviews!The first two episodes of Hawkeye have arrived on Disney+. We break down everything that Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld brought us in the season's premieres, and speculate exactly where this series is heading. After that, we are joined by Hawkeye Executive Producer Trinh Tran for an interview!The road to Spider-Man: No Way Home continues this week as we wrap up Andrew Garfield's tenure as Peter Parker. We retrospectively revisit The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and deliver all of our thoughts on what might be the most polarizing comic book movie of all time.Finally, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City's Josh Cruddas joins the show to discuss his role in the legendary franchise, what fans can expect from the seventh installment, and much more!We also have all your top news from the universes your love as well as a flurry of quick questions off the top.We're extremely grateful for y'all. Make sure to subscribe, rate, and leave an iTunes review!TIMECODES5:31 - Quick Questions16:39 - Sizzle Reel18:23 - Spider-Man: No Way Home Updates31:41 - Deleted Harry Styles Scenes in Eternals37:02 - Hawkeye Ep1 and Ep2 Reviews1:22:50 - Hawkeye EP Trinh Tran Interview1:27:55 - The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Retrospective2:09:18 - Resident Evil's Josh Cruddas Interview2:29:02 - Weekly Recs

    Spider-Man Updates, Harish Patel Interview (Eternals' Karun), The Amazing Spider-Man Retrospective Review

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 130:30

    The Direct Podcast is back with another episode full of news, interviews, and Spider-Man.We have the top news from the week including the beginning of the press tour for Spider-Man: No Way Home. Tom Holland and the rest of the cast have been giving interviews and building the hype for the biggest Spider-Man movie of all time. There is also some rumored news about Eternals star Barry Koeghan potentially becoming The Joker in The Batman . Finally, both Patty Jenkins and Chloe Zhao have reportedly had their rumored Star Wars projects. What does that mean for the future of the galaxy far, far away?The Spider-Man rematch continues into the second franchise of the IP. The Amazing Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone rebooted the web crawler franchise in 2012. We dive into the ins and outs of one of the most polarizing Spider-Man films.Finally, we sit down with the scene-stealing valet of Eternalsi, Harish Patel. Patel plays Karun in Eternals and has capitalized on a storied career to become a fan-favorite in the MCU. In honor of Patel, Matt and Liam create a list of the best-supporting characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.Thank you for swinging by and remember to follow along on Twitter @MCU_Direct, @LiamTCrowley, and @MattRoembke.TIMECODES3:47 - Quick Question14:36 - Sizzle Reel16:31 - Spidey Updates (Trailer, Holland's Future, Michael Keaton)32:38 - Barry Keoghan is Joker in The Batman?37:18 - Star Wars Loses Patty Jenkins and Chloe Zhao?46:42 - The Amazing Spider-Man Retrospective Review1:20:16 - Harish Patel Interview (Eternals' Karun)1:48:27 - Best MCU Side Characters List2:05:04 - Weekly RecsOutro Music: Head in her Heart by Nico Collins

    BONUS: Hawkeye Primer

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 82:18

    The MCU returns to Disney+ in just one week!Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye gets his long-overdue solo spotlight in this self-titled series and anticipation is reaching a fever pitch. What can fans expect from Hailee Steinfeld's Kate Bishop? Does this show have a big impact on the MCU? Will Kingpin show up?Liam Crowley and special guest host John Ross Bradford of The Direct preview everything you need to know ahead of Hawkeye's November 24th premiere.

    EMERGENCY PODCAST: Spider-Man: No Way Home Trailer #2!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 35:16

    Sound the alarms: it's an EMERGENCY EPISODE of The Direct Podcast!Spider-Man: No Way Home has finally debuted its second trailer and the internet has been shattered. Electro! Green Goblin! Sandman! Oh my!We break down everything that this new footage showcased while also giving our best speculation as to what's coming on December 17.Your support is what makes emergency episodes like this possible. Keep showing that love in the iTunes reviews for more content like this!

    Disney+ Day, Spider-Man 3 Retrospective Review, Lia McHugh Interview & Eternals Discourse (w/ Coy Jandreau)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 176:47

    This week's episode of The Direct Podcast is as dynamic as they come.We have all of your pressing news off the top, lead by the wild announcements from Disney+ Day. We have new live-action and animated Marvel Studios projects in the works, first looks at Moon Knight and She-Hulk, and so much more! It wouldn't be The Direct Podcast without Spider-Man, and there's both good and bad news this week. The good? We have a teaser poster! The bad? The leaks keep coming. We break down everything you SHOULD know at this point in the Spider-Man: No Way Home marketing campaign, and help you avoid the grainy screenshots.Speaking of Peter Parker, our Spider-Man rewatch continues! This week we dive into 2007's Spider-Man 3. And we couldn't forget about Eternals. We have not one, not two, but three segments dedicated to Marvel's latest ensemble. Sprite actress Lia McHugh joins the show, box office correspondent David Thompson breaks down the film's opening weekend numbers, and the incredibly energetic Coy Jandreau pops by for a Direct Discourse.Thank you all for your relentless support. These packed episodes are possible because of y'all. And if you want two episodes a week... just let us know. TIMECODES3:32 - Quick Question11:01 - Sizzle Reel13:40 - The Spider-Man Controversy26:56 - Disney+ Day1:10:02 - Eternals Box Office Report (w/ David Thompson)1:22:16 - Spider-Man 3 (2007) Retrospective Review2:06:12 - Lia McHugh Interview2:13:00 - Eternals Direct Discourse (w/ Coy Jandreau)2:49:08 - Weekly Recs

    Eternals Review and Character Draft, Boba Fett Trailer, Spider-Man 2 Retrospective Review (w/ Jeff D. Lowe)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 202:57

    Longest. Episode. Ever. Two movie reviews, two trailer breakdowns, and a draft. This is the biggest episode of The Direct Podcast yet. Timecodes are below if you're looking for a specific segment! Eternals is the biggest MCU movie since Endgame and we have a lot to dive into. Chloe Zhao brings a huge story with an epic cast and numerous plots going on at once. This has been the most polarizing movie in Phase 4, and we break everything from the good to the bad down. With such a big movie and so many new heroes, we needed a whole extra segment to go through the characters. We rank our favorite Eternals in a draft with Barstool's Jeff D. Lowe. Trailers were also hot this week as both Morbius and The Book of Boba Fett gave us new looks. The Star Wars and Spider-Man universes are expanding and we talk about what to expect. Finally, we continue our Spider-Man rewatch with Spider-Man 2! This film is a classic that many tout as one of the best comic book movies of all time. With Doc Ock at the forefront of universes blending, this is an essential movie to revisit. Make sure to share with your friends and follow along for everything you need to know about the universes you love. TIMECODES3:36 - Quick Question14:09 - Sizzle Reel17:42 - Morbius Trailer27:39 - Boba Fett Trailer35:45 - Spider-Man 2 Retrospective Review1:09:31 - Eternals Review2:23:56 - Eternals Post Credit Scenes2:38:25 - Eternals Character Draft (w/ Jeff D. Lowe)3:19:19 - Weekly Recs

    BONUS: Eternals Primer

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 96:09

    The latest D-list IP from Marvel Comics is getting the blockbuster treatment. Eternals is here and early reviews have this movie as one of the most polarizing entries into the MCU. Eternals brings one of the biggest cast Marvel Studios has ever seen with an Academy Award-winning director leading the way. Match that with over a dozen new and interesting characters, and this movie has huge expectations. The most unknown IP to get their own project, here is everything you need to know about Eternals heading in. 

    Big No Way Home Updates, Hayden Christensen Joins 'Ahsoka' Series, Spider-Man (2002) Retroactive Review

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 106:35

    Who are we? You sure you want to know?The Spider-Man rematch has begun and from this point on we will spend every week breaking down every entry of live-action Spider-Man movies leading up to Spider-Man: No Way Home. This week, we start at the beginning, Spider-Man (2002). From the iconic moments to the 2002ness throughout the film, we go through all the highs and lows of one of the most influential and important comic book movies of all time. The introduction of the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy was a major part of the beginning of the golden era of comic book movies. What are some of the top scenes? Does this movie hold up? Does it matter?Sticking with Spidey, we break down all of the photos, quotes, articles, and rumors that have been released lately regarding Spider-Man: No Way Home. With the official trailer yet to be released, anything and everything related to this movie gets the buzz and attention Sony is looking for in their ninja promotion. We also go through the rumors for a Thunderbolts project in development by Marvel Studios. Phase 4 in the MCU has planted a variety of seeds to set up a variety of projects and Thunderbolts is one of them. What does a potential Thunderbolts team look like and when could we be getting Marvel's Suicide Squad together?All of that plus your top news on this week's The Direct Podcast. Thank you so much for following along and make sure to tell a friend. TIMECODES2:26 - *SPOILER FREE* Eternals Reactions7:35 - Quick Question16:17 - Sizzle Reel18:51 - Thunderbolts Movie in Development?26:02 - Massive Spider-Man: No Way Home Updates49:05 - Hayden Christensen Joins 'Ahsoka' Series53:36 - Spider-Man (2002) Retroactive Review1:41:04 - Weekly Recs

    Eternals First Reactions, MCU Delays Update, The Batman Fancast

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 95:59

    Headlines! Get your headlines here!Today's episode of The Direct Podcast is packed with top news from all the universes you love, but especially the red brand. We deep dive into the MCU delays, Hawkeye's new premiere, and the big spoiler controversy after Eternals' world premiere in Los Angeles.Speaking of Eternals, we bring our SPOILER FREE reactions of the film. Without going into heavy detail, we let you know what certain aspects stood out to us from Marvel's latest major motion picture.If you're looking for DC FanDome content, we have a bonus episode already on the podcast feed dedicated entirely to the blue brand's big showcase. If you've already listened to that and are craving more Batman content, we got you covered here! The Direct's Klein Felt joins the show to fancast four characters we hope to see in a sequel to The Batman.Thank you all for your relentless support week in and week out. We are inches away from meeting our 100 iTunes reviews goal, so please keep sending them in! Love y'all 3000.TIMECODES3:10 - Eternals *SPOILER FREE* Reaction9:05 - The  Spoiler Controversy15:55 - MCU Delays Update20:40 - Spider-Man Rewatch!22:59 - Quick Question27:04 - Sizzle Reel29:18 - Venom 2's Post Credits Scene33:59 - Holland Says No Way Home is 'End of the Franchise'37:18 - Hawkeye's Premiere40:13 - Boba Fett Documentary42:48 - The Batman Fancast (Robin, Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy, Joker)1:31:43 - Weekly RecsOutro Music: Easy on Me by Adele

    EMERGENCY POD: MCU Delays

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 6:12

    Forget everything you know. In a shocking Deadline report, Disney has completely shifted its 2022-23 release schedule featuring a total overhaul on MCU Release Dates. DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS (Disney) previously dated on 3/25/22 moves to 5/6/22THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER (Disney) previously dated on 5/6/22 moves to 7/8/22BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER (Disney) previously dated on 7/8/22 moves to 11/11/22THE MARVELS (Disney) previously dated on 11/11/22 moves to 2/17/23ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA (Disney) previously dated on 2/17/23 moves to 7/28/23UNTITLED MARVEL (Disney) previously dated on 7/28/23 is removed from scheduleUNTITLED MARVEL (Disney) previously dated on 10/6/23 is removed from scheduleUNTITLED 20TH CENTURY (20th) previously dated on 10/20/23 is removed from scheduleUNTITLED MARVEL (Disney) previously dated on 11/10/23 moves to 11/3/23Here is our initial reaction with full details coming on this week's full episode of The Direct Podcast. 

    BONUS: DC FanDome 2021!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2021 58:21

    DC FanDome is back!This year's virtual panel brought us new trailers, featurettes, behind the scenes looks, concept art, and more about DC's upcoming projects. Did the four-hour presentation live up to the hype? We dive into each individual project on this special BONUS EPISODE of The Direct Podcast!TIMECODES5:07 - Black Adam13:13 - Peacemaker18:36 - Aquaman 222:58 - Shazam 226:30 - The Flash36:37 - The Batman50:47 - Marvel vs. DC Match-Ups in 2022

    Will Poulter is Adam Warlock, WandaVision Spin-Offs?, Mailbag

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 87:53

    Phase 2 of The Direct Podcast has begun and we cannot thank you enough for joining us on this ride. The first episode of this new era for The Direct Podcast is made for the fans, by the fans. We kick things off with a trio of Quick Questions that act as What If...? cleanup. We walk through what aspect of What If...? could be carried into live-action in the MCU ahead of Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Stange in the Multiverse of Madness. Also, we give our dream episodes of What If...?  we want to see in season two. After years of speculation, one of the hottest roles in the MCU has been cast. Will Poulter is our Adam Warlock! We dive into what this means for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.WandaVision was an instant classic. While season two isn't happening, a couple of spin-offs might be on the way. What could an Agatha Harkness series look like? Will Monica Rambeau still be considered a WandaVision character after The Marvels?Finally, we close the show with a mailbag covering all things Eternals, No Way Home and the rest of the Marvel, DC, and Star Wars universes. All questions submitted by listeners of the show!Thank you all for following along the past year! Keep an eye out for more exciting changes ahead.TIMECODES7:40 - Quick Questions23:50 - Sizzle Reel26:02 - Will Poulter is Adam Warlock!36:09 - WandaVision Spin-Offs43:19 - Mailbag1:23:14 - Weekly Recs

    What If...? FINALE Review, Best Star Wars Costumes Draft, DC FanDome Predictions (ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 153:22

    Happy Birthday The Direct Podcast!To celebrate our one year anniversary, we bring you not one, not two, but THREE feature segments this week alongside the top news.Venom: Let There Be Carnage was a smash success at the domestic box office. Our Box Office Correspondent David Thompson joins the show to break down the numbers and offers expert insight on what this means for future comic book movie theatrical releases.What If...? has reached its end. Did the finale stick the landing? How did we enjoy the series overall? What's next for Marvel Animation?Star Wars has always wowed in the costume department. We bring back The Direct's Jack Pues to draft the best suits from a galaxy far, far away.DC FanDome is just one week away! After last year's virtual event, what do the Worlds of DC have in store? We welcome on The Direct's Richard Nebens to predict what new details we get about The Batman, The Flash, Black Adam, and more.One more time for the people in the back: thank you. This show would not be possible without your relentless support week in and week out. And the best part? We're just getting started.Be a friend, tell a friend, and leave us an iTunes review! Love y'all.TIMECODES2:19 - One Year of The Direct Podcast!13:43 - Sizzle Reel15:56 - Eternals Goes to Rome23:02 - Obi-Wan Release Date Rumors26:53 - Venom 2 Box Office Report (w/ David Thompson)45:10 - What If...? FINALE Review1:16:19 - Best Star Wars Costumes Draft (w/ Jack Pues)1:52:37 - DC FanDome Preview (w/ Richard Nebens)2:28:54 - Weekly Recs

    What If...? Ep8 AND Venom 2 Review, Marvel Lawsuit Update, Boba Fett Release Date

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 127:14

    We have a double feature of reviews this week on The Direct Podcast!What If...? debuts its penultimate episode, exploring a universe where Ultron won. We recap and review Marvel animated's eighth episode, analyze what the groundbreaking ending means, and offer our predictions for the finale.On the theatrical side, Venom: Let There Be Carnage has hit theaters! With much of the marketing campaign focused on the film's post credits scene, was the movie itself any good? We analyze all things Eddie Brock and deep dive into the future plans for the Venom franchise. Aside from the reviews, all three branches of Marvel, DC, and Star Wars brought big news this week. Is the Marvel Cinematic Universe in danger of losing some of their biggest characters? Who is joining the cast of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom? Is The Book of Boba Fett's release date a conflict of interest?Thanks y'all for the support week in and week out. Keep those iTunes reviews coming!TIMECODES3:40 - Quick Question9:07 - Sizzle Reel11:44 - Stan Lee / Steve Ditko Estates Sue Marvel19:28 - New Aquaman 2 Castings and Characters23:15 - Andor Teases25:36 - Book of Boba Fett's Release Date32:43 - What If...? Ep8 Review56:18 - Venom: Let There Be Carnage Review1:33:23 - Venom 2's Post Credits Scene1:55:34 - Weekly Recs

    What If...? Ep 7 Review, Hudson Thames Interview, Iconic MCU Sounds Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 117:48

    More Marvel news. More Marvel content. Another Marvel-packed episode!This week we sit down with the voice of What If...?'s Peter Parker, Hudson Thames. Thames talks to us about the What If...? experience, the feelings of being cast as Peter Parker, and what it means to play such a big role in the MCU. Speaking of What If...?, we are in the endgame now with Episode 7 in the books. We review the Party Thor episode and break down the pros and cons of leaning into the Saturday morning cartoon vibe. Also, with only two episodes remaining, what can fans expect in the final stretch of the season. Finally, we are joined by 15 Minutes of Marvel host Ethan Simmie to draft the most iconic sounds in the MCU. With Marvel Games releasing a Wolverine game, SNIKT in the MCU is just around the corner. Before we get there, what are the best audible cues in the MCU?TIMECODES:2:54 - Quick Question11:35 - Sizzle Reel13:44 - Ms. Marvel 202220:05 - Venom in the MCU?26:00 - Disney+ Day November 1230:00 - What If...? Review53:13 - Hudson Thames Interview1:16:00 - Iconic MCU Sounds Draft1:53:00 - Weekly Recs

    What If...? Ep6 Review, Hawkeye Trailer, David Yarovesky Interview

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 146:22

    This might be the most packed episode of The Direct Podcast ever.What If...? officially enters the home stretch with the latest installment asking the question: What if Killmonger rescued Tony Stark? We break down the much anticipated episode featuring Erik Stevens and Tony Stark.Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has been a box office darling in these pandemic times and it is now time to decide where it falls on our MCU rankings. Liam and Matt break down where Shang-Chi falls on their personal lists and compare that to The Direct's official MCU rankings. The Hawkeye trailer is here and the final MCU Disney+ project in 2021 is just around the corner. What did we learn from the trailer? What are we most excited about? What are we least excited about? The hype train has left the station as the MCU does Christmas again on November 24. Marvel revealed that FOUR unnamed MCU movies will be releasing in the year 2024. With Phase Four expecting to wrap up around then, we predict which movies fall into those slots. Aside from Marvel, we have major news in the worlds of DC and Star Wars. Peacemaker has given us a first look! The Mandalorian has a major production update! We analyze what both pieces of news mean for the future of 2022 content.We also have an interview with the wonderful David Yarovesky. David chats about his latest film, Nightbooks, his friendship with James Gunn, his career aspirations, and much more.Thanks y'all for the support week in and week out. Keep those iTunes reviews coming!TIMECODES3:10 - Quick Question9:04 - Sizzle Reel11:21 - Andrew Garfield / Spider-Man Update16:50 - Hawkeye Trailer32:02 - Four New Marvel Studios 2024 Release Dates40:39 - Shang-Chi Saves Eternals43:36 - First Look at Peacemaker47:43 - Mandalorian Season 3 Production Update55:32 - What If...? Ep6 Review1:26:52 - David Yarovesky Interview1:56:03 - MCU Rankings Update2:18:55 - Weekly RecsOutro Music: Main Attraction by Jeremy Renner

    What If...? Ep5 Review, Shang-Chi Box Office Update, Best MCU Voices Draft (w/ Lights Thunder Action)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 130:02

    Between one of the most anticipated episodes of What If..? and Shang-Chi being the biggest box office story of the year, we have another Marvel-packed show this week. All of the top news this week warranted some big conversation. Starting with the Ruso Bros. rumors and the Venom: Let Their Be Carnage being pushed UP to October 1, there is a lot happening behind the scenes of these Marvel projects. On the screen, we talk about where the Eternals fall on the complicated MCU timeline, and the identity of the forearms from the Spider-Man No Way Home trailer is revealed. Finally, we look into some marketing material that could point to Shuri having a very large role in the MCU moving forward in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. What If..? Episode 5 was the one that fans have been waiting for since the first teaser trailer. The undead have entered the MCU as audiences gather around to ponder the question "What If... Zombies!?". In the episode with the most characters to date, we break down the good, the bad, and the ugly of Marvel Studios' take on the zombie flick. Easily the most fun episode yet, but how does it stack up to the rest of the season?Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has made an impact on the box office that will be talked about for years to come. Breaking almost every Labor Day Weekend record, and shattering low expectations, Shang-Chi has breathed new life into the tent pole. With the streaming wars in full swing, and day and date releases causing waves in Hollywood, Shang-Chi may have provided new hope for the traditional movie theater experience. We break all the numbers down and what this means for the future. Finally, we are joined by the hosts of the Lights Thunder Action Podcast to draft the best voices in ALL THREE UNIVERSES. With voice acting being such a major part of What IF..?, who has graced the screen with the best voices in the Marvel, DC, and Star Wars universes. Thank you all so much for following along! Please share with your friends and help grow this already amazing community.TIMECODES2:01 - Quick Question6:44 - Sizzle Reel10:31 - Russo Brothers / Marvel Studios Controversy17:33 - Venom 2 Changes Release Date (Again)22:26 - Infinity Saga Gets Disney+ Makeover27:26 - Aquaman 2 New Suit31:29 - Eternals Timeline33:53 - Shang-Chi Box Office Update (w/ David Thompson)48:44 - What If...? Ep5 Review1:27:23 - The Direct Draft (Best MCU Voices) [w/ Lights Thunder Action]2:05:09 - Weekly Recs

    What If...? Ep4 Review, DC FanDome Announcement, Best MCU Weapons Draft (w/ Richard Nebens)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2021 96:38

    If you're looking for our Shang-Chi review, we have a BONUS EPISODE dedicated to that already on the podcast feed!In the THIRD episode of The Direct Podcast this week, Liam and Matt break down all the top news from all three branches. Wanda is going to fight a character from the Fox Marvel movies in Doctor Strange 2! Is Mark Ruffalo in Moon Knight? What can we expect from DC FanDome this year?Marvel television continues to own 2021 as Disney+ drops the latest episode of What If...?. This shockingly dark twist on Doctor Strange's fateful accident had both of us feeling all the emotions. We break down everything from What If...?'s latest episode and speculate on its potential to integrate elements in live action.We wrap with another installment of The Direct Draft. In honor of Shang-Chi, we draft our favorite weapons from the MCU alongside TheDirect.com's Richard Nebens.Thanks y'all for supporting this show each and every week. We are incredibly grateful for this community. Be a friend, tell a friend!TIMECODES3:27 - Quick Question9:01 - Tribute to Chadwick Boseman11:42 - Sizzle Reel14:39 - DC FanDome Announces Lineup17:28 - Scarlet Witch vs. Fox Marvel Character in Doctor Strange 2!20:17 - Leaked Spider-Man Set Photo24:45 - Massive Moon Knight Updates29:19 - What If...? Ep4 Review53:31 - The Direct Draft: Best MCU Weapons (w/ Richard Nebens)1:33:40 - Weekly RecsOutro Music: Swan Song by Saweetie & NIKI (from Shang-Chi: The Album)

    BONUS: Shang-Chi Review

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 119:50

    The newest member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is here and the future is bright. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has finally been released in theaters and we have everything you need to know about the newest Avenger. Marvel Studios' first origin story since 2019's Captain Marvel, and the first canonically linear origin story since 2016, Shang-Chi represents the future of the MCU. Shang-Chi also introduces an entirely new corner of the universe and expands on what 24 movies before it has set up. What were your favorite parts of Shang-Chi? And when do you expect to see him and his squad next? Let us know! @mattroembke @LiamTCrowleyPRODUCTION NOTE: The weekly episode of The Direct Podcast will be dropping on Sunday, 9/5. 

    BONUS: Shang-Chi Primer

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 101:19

    Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is in full swing and the newest member of the MCU roster is about to be introduced. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings brings a wide variety of new characters, locations, and abilities into the Marvel Universe. We break down everything you need to know about the cast, crew, and story based on what we have seen in the promotional footage. The first debut solo project in the MCU since 2019, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is set to bring forth the future of this franchise. And here is everything you need to know to catch up. 

    What If...? Ep3 Review, Exclusive Black Panther 2 Updates, Spider-Man Winners and Losers (w/ Supes)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 94:55

    What a week of news it was for The Direct Podcast! With the new Spider-Man trailer dropping this week, the comic book movie world is in a frenzy. Despite a wide variety of comic book movie content being released between now and December 17, Spidey moves the needle once again and takes over an entire show. Supes joins us to talk about the trailer, give our biggest winners and losers, and answer YOUR QUESTIONS about Peter Parker's next adventure.Not lost in the shuffle, What If...? dropped one of the most intriguing episodes of Marvel television on Disney+ with it's third episode, "What If The World Lost Its Mightiest Heroes."  With twists and turns and already subverting expectations from the previous weeks, this was a turning point for What If...? and the excitement for future episodes is at an all-time high. We review the latest episode in full and deep dive into speculation going forward.Venom: Let There Be Carnage is one of the more interesting comic book movies on the 2021 slate. With rumblings of another release date delay, we break down why Spider-Man fans should not be worried if Venom 2 is pushed once again.Thanks y'all for listening and following along. Make sure to share with your friends, leave a review, and keep building The Direct Podcast community!TIMECODES2:33 - Quick Question8:46 - Exclusive Black Panther 2 Updates10:59 - Sizzle Reel13:54 - Spider-Man Shatters Trailer Viewership Record17:17 - Venom 2 Delayed Again?21:36 - Marvel's Midnight Suns Trailer24:18 - What If...? Ep3 Review42:59 - Spider-Man Trailer Winners and Losers1:10:57 - Spider-Man Mailbag1:28:44 - Weekly Recs (and Giveaway Details!)Outro Music: Enter Sandman by Alessia Cara

    EMERGENCY PODCAST: Spider-Man: No Way Home Debuts First Trailer!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 25:54

    IT'S HERE! IT'S REAL! IT'S HAPPENING!Sony Pictures unveiled the debut teaser trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home at CinemaCon 2021 and we are here to break it all down. Why is Doctor Strange acting so.. well.. strange? How many villains are shown? What is going on with Peter Parker? We answer all those questions and more on an EMERGENCY EDITION of The Direct Podcast!For our live reaction to the trailer, check out our Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer reaction in video form here: https://youtu.be/OBxePYUR1ac

    What If...? Ep2 Review, Eternals Trailer, Best MCU Trailers Draft (w/ ComicBook.com's Jim Viscardi)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 118:55

    Another Marvel-heavy week with news, reviews, and a new draft on The Direct Podcast. What If..? Episode 2 is a look at what would happen if T'Challa was a Star-Lord.  We recap this week's episode looking at what happens to T'Challa, The Ravagers, and the galaxy if Yondu picked up the wrong kid. With an episode full of twists, turns, cameos, and surprises, there is a lot to cover!The Eternals official (and final) trailer has been released! Fans got their first look at the Deviants and finally know why the Eternals have never shown up before. We go in-depth on what this footage means for the MCU's future. For more Eternals content, check out our trailer reaction here: https://youtu.be/sa4nRh68OVoCaptain America 4 is officially in motion as Anthony Mackie inked a deal to return as the Star-Spangled Man in his first solo movie. Details of the fourth installment in the Cap franchise are few, but knowing for sure that Sam Wilson will be leading the way is exciting news for audiences. It has been rumored that J. Jonah Jameson will be appearing in Venom: Let There Be Carnage ahead of his role in Spider-Man: No Way Home. With so many rumors surrounding the latter and the multiverse officially in play in the MCU, this could point to JK Simmons having a bigger role than expected. And if that wasn't enough, we have ComicBook.com's Jim Viscardi BACK for a draft of the best MCU trailers! Jim also breaks down his website's exclusive Ironheart report and details what it's like to talk to Kevin Feige. TIMECODES2:42 - Shang-Chi Raw Reactions5:50 - Sizzle Reel8:23 - Eternals Trailer16:03 - Anthony Mackie Signs On For Captain America 422:16 - Secret Wars Movie Coming?27:28 - JK Simmons in Venom 2?30:49 - Big #ReleaseTheAyerCut Updates34:44 - Star Wars Visions Trailer38:20 - What If...? Ep2 Review1:00:15 - Jim Viscardi Joins the Show!1:12:27 - The Direct Draft (Best MCU Trailers) [w/ Jim Viscardi]1:54:21 - Weekly Recs

    What If...? Ep1 Review, Venom 2 Delayed, The Direct Discourse (w/ David Thompson)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 108:02

    Between movie delays, season premieres, merchandise leaks, and more, The Direct Podcast is loaded this week with everything you need to know about the universes you love. What If..? is here and Marvel Studios' first animated series has given fans a sneak peek into the vast multiverse. Episode one features Peggy Carter becoming the first Avenger in a re-telling of the classic Captain America story. What were the highs and lows of the first episode? What is to be expected moving forward in the MCU's first animated series? We break everything down in our What If..? review.The biggest news of the week is another delay for Venom: Let There Be Carnage from September 24 to October 15. With concerns rising about the COVID-19 Delta Variant and shaky box office returns from comic book movies this year, Sony Pictures is giving their Tom Hardy sequel another few weeks to get as much as they can out of the theatrical release. What does this mean for the rest of the 2021 slate? Is Spider-Man: No Way Home in danger of delay? On the flip side of that coin, Disney CEO Bob Chapek re-confirmed that Shang-Chi will continue as planned with a 45-day theatrical release on September 3. This will be an "interesting experiment" for Disney as they test the waters of theatrical releases among the fluid COVID-19 situation. A great equalizer in these decisions is the Box Office. After The Suicide Squad underperformed early expectations in the books, what is the future of Box Office in the year 2021? We sit down with our Box Office correspondent David Thompson to navigate these uncharted waters. All of that plus your top news, a Direct Discourse about world-building, and more on this week's The Direct Podcast.TIMECODES3:33 - Quick Question8:41 - Sizzle Reel10:57 - Venom 2 Delayed, Shang-Chi Stays17:27 - New Spider-Man: No Way Home Merch25:15 - The Suicide Squad's Box Office (w/ David Thompson)37:50 - What If...? Ep1 Review1:10:27 - The Direct Discourse: How Do Fans Value Projects? (w/ David Thompson)1:39:45 - Weekly RecsOutro Music: Remember the Name by Ed Sheeran

    The Suicide Squad Review, What If...? Director Interview, Favorite Squad Characters Draft (w/ Chris Killian)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 151:20

    Interviews are back. Reviews are back. And everything you need to know about the universes you love never left. The Direct sits down with  What If…? Director Bryan Andrews AND writer AC Bradley to discuss the upcoming MCU animated series. Will this tie into the larger MCU? What stories can fans expect to be told? All of that and more in the interview. The Suicide Squad has hit theaters and HBO Max and it is getting ALL THE LOVE. Matt and Liam break down everything about the movie from plot, production, action and more. Is this a turning point for the DCEU? But The Suicide Squad isn't really about the story or plot: it's about the characters. So to make sure we are talking about every character worth talking about, we are joined by ComicBook.com's Chris Killian to draft the best characters in The Suicide Squad! All of that and your top news from all three corners of The Direct. TIMECODES3:32 - Quick Question12:21 - Sizzle Reel15:00 - ScarJo / Disney Lawsuit Updates16:59 - Venom 2 Trailer, Release Date Woes22:45 - Ms. Marvel's Powers Changing?30:53 - First Look at Christian Bale in Thor 434:43 - The Flash Movie Villain Revealed39:13 - Marvel's What If...? Director and Head Writer Interview 44:51 - The Suicide Squad Review1:48:53 - Favorite Suicide Squad Characters Draft (w/ Chris Killian)2:23:18 - Weekly RecsOutro Music: Left Hand Free by alt-J

    BONUS: The Suicide Squad Primer

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2021 49:55

    The DCEU is back and they are bringing in the big Gunns. James Gunns' The Suicide Squad releases in theaters August 5th and there is a TON of moving parts heading into this one. A laundry list of characters are in this film ranging from hyper-familiar to never heard of ya. In this bonus episode of The Direct Podcast, we look to break down everything you need to know heading in. How did we get here? What is this movie about? Who is even in this movie?We do our best to piece it together. Let's dive in. 

    Kate Herron Interview, Scarlett Johansson Sues Disney, Where is the Spider-Man Trailer?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 128:44

    Another week full of news from all three corners of The Direct Podcast. We kick off the show announcing winners from past giveaways and announcing a new one for listeners! Listen closely for how to enter. Before the sizzle reel kicks off we cover not one, not two, but THREE breaking news stories including a Hawkeye release date, Scarlett Johansson's Disney controversy, and a new What If...? TV spot. Those all come before we dive into the top stories throughout the week including Shang-Chi, Michael B. Jordan's Superman project, and some huge casting rumors from the Star Wars universe. We are then joined by the incredible director of Loki, Kate Herron. The super-fan turned MCU talent talks about all the missing footage, concept art and other Easter eggs from the hit show that wrapped just over two weeks ago. Herron also gives her theory about what happened with Steve, Peggy, and the TVA at the end of Avengers: Endgame. If you have been on the internet any given day in the last seven months, you might've heard that there's a new Spider-Man movie in December. We dive into the crazy hype for Spider-Man: No Way Home's first trailer and why it's unlike anything we've ever seen before.Finally, we close the show with a mailbag where we answer questions across all three universes from our listeners. We can't thank y'all enough for your unwavering support for The Direct Podcast. Be a friend, tell a friend so we can keep bringing you new content!TIMECODES2:01 - Giveaway Updates7:07 - Sizzle Reel10:14 - BREAKING NEWS: Hawkeye Release Date15:46 - BREAKING NEWS: ScarJo Sues Disney19:41 - BREAKING NEWS: New What If...? TV Spot22:01 - New Shang-Chi TV Spot25:34 - Big Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Updates35:23 - HBO Max Superman Project42:57 - Loki Director Kate Herron Interview1:01:25 - The Direct Discourse: Where is the Spider-Man Trailer?1:17:12 - Mailbag1:59:24 - Weekly Recs

    Loki Composer Natalie Holt Interview, Updated Marvel Studios Rankings, Most Underrated MCU Characters Draft (w/ Barstool's Clem)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2021 133:15

    Loki has come and gone, but the God of Mischief content continues!Loki composer Natalie Holt joins the show for an exclusive interview. Natalie sits down with TheDirect.com's John Ross Bradford to discuss everything from writing some of the series' most iconic themes to scenes that made the cutting room floor.Speaking of JRB, he joins Liam as a special guest host this week! Liam and JRB run through all the week's top news. When will Hawkeye and Ms. Marvel premiere? Who is playing Batgirl? Is a young Leia coming to Obi-Wan Kenobi?All the way from Mexico, Matt returns to update TheDirect.com's official MCU rankings. Matt and Liam chat about where both Loki and Black Widow land on their personal leaderboards, as well as where the two latest Marvel Studios projects end up on the master list.To round off this week's episode, Barstool's Clem returns to the podcast to draft the most underrated characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.As always, we can't thank y'all enough for the support. Your iTunes reviews, social interactions, and overall love for the podcast is what makes ambitious episodes like this possible. To ensure we can make big episodes like this a regular thing, keep those iTunes reviews comin'!TIMECODES3:02 - Quick Question5:20 - Sizzle Reel7:35 - BREAKING NEWS: Michaela Coel Joins Black Panther 2!9:53 - Black Widow Questions (Red Guardian vs. Sam Wilson? Was Yelena Snapped?)14:49 - Ms. Marvel and Hawkeye in 202118:53 - Batgirl Casting News23:03 - Leia, R2D2, C-3PO in Obi-Wan Kenobi27:15 - Natalie Holt Interview54:51 - Updated MCU Rankings 1:36:05 - The Direct Draft (Most Underrated MCU Characters)2:08:35 - Weekly RecsOutro Music: The First Time by girlfriends

    Loki Finale Review, Marvel and Lucasfilm's Emmy Nominations, DeObia Oparei ('Boastful' Loki) Interview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2021 137:15

    Segments here! Get your segments!After a packed episode last week, The Direct Podcast returns with even more content. The Sizzle Reel is hot once again, highlighted by Deadpool's MCU debut. What does this mean for the Marvel future of the Merc with a Mouth? Can we expect R-Rated Ryan Reynolds?And how about that Loki finale! Liam and Matt break down everything from the season's sixth episode. What does [SPOILERS] mean for the future of the MCU? Does its events retrospectively hurt the Infinity Saga? Most importantly, did it stick the landing?The Loki content does not stop there, as we are joined by Boastful Loki himself, DeObia Oparei for an interview. What was working alongside Richard E. Grant like? How did Tom Hiddleston prepare him for the role? Can we expect a Boastful Loki return? DeObia tells all.Black Widow is FINALLY in theaters, but how did it perform at the box office? TheDirect.com's David Thompson joins Liam to analyze the numbers, and predicts the potential future of hybrid releases.At long last, Emmy nominations are here, and Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm dominated. What awards can we expect WandaVision to take home? Can The Mandalorian's second season win as much as its first? Does this set the precedent for the Oscars to nominate more blockbuster properties?As always, we wrap by giving you our weekly recommendations. Thank you ALL for your unwavering support each and every week. Those iTunes reviews are what make heavily-segmented episodes like this possible, so keep 'em coming!TIMECODES4:12 - Quick Question 8:55 - Sizzle Reel11:59 - Deadpool's MCU Debut21:30 - Loki FINALE Review1:25:45 - DeObia Oparei ('Boastful' Loki Interview)1:41:20 - Black Widow's Box Office Performance (w/ TheDirect.com's David Thompson)1:48:35 - The Bigger Picture: Marvel Studios and Lucafilm's Emmy Nominations2:12:11 - Weekly RecsOutro Music: What You Know Bout Love by Pop Smoke

    BONUS: Black Widow Review

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2021 89:18

    It's here! It's actually here!After a long, long wait, Black Widow has landed in theaters and Disney+'s Premier Access. We break down everything from Natasha Romanoff's first solo flick. How does it impact the greater MCU? Where does Black Widow go from here? And most importantly: is it even good?Thanks for rocking with us. Keep those iTunes reviews coming so we can bring you more bonus episodes like this!

    Loki Ep5 Review, New What If...? Trailer, Best MCU Talkers Draft (w/ Johnny Gargano)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2021 137:59

    It's content week baby!With both Loki's penultimate episode and Black Widow's theatrical release both dropping this week, we bring you a brief *spoiler free* review of Natasha's solo flick, as well as an in-depth recap and discussion on the God of Mischief's journey into The Void.Reviews were hot, but the news was even hotter. Is Wolverine coming to the MCU? How much did the Spider-Man toy leaks give away about the movie? What characters did James Gunn cut from The Suicide Squad movie?We also kick off with BREAKING NEWS regarding the What If...? trailer. We have a release date! We have new confirmed characters! We have a new Iron Man? Everything from Marvel's first animated adventure's teaser is analyzed and theorized.Finally, we are joined by former NXT Champion and Marvel superfan JOHNNY GARGANO for a brief interview and a draft of the best MCU talkers. We get Johnny's thoughts on Loki, his favorite Marvel-inspired gear, his shocking (yet awesome) picks for best MCU talkers, and so much more.Thanks for rocking with us every single week. Keep those iTunes reviews coming! We love y'all 3000.TIMECODES2:10 - Production Update3:48 - Tribute to Richard Donner (1930-2021)6:52 - Sizzle Reel9:32 - What If...? Trailer Thoughts22:16 - Spider-Man: No Way Home Toy Leaks 31:04 - Zack Snyder's "Star Wars" Movie (Kinda)36:31 - Scrapped The Suicide Squad Characters Revealed40:31 - Loki Ep5 Review1:37:19 - Johnny Gargano Interview1:43:18 - Best MCU Talkers Draft (w/ Johnny Gargano)2:09:39 - Weekly RecsOutro Music: Braindead by jxdn (Full Album)

    BONUS: Black Widow Primer

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2021 92:11

    The wait is finally over and it is time for Black Widow. After two years of promotion, delays, interviews, and anticipation, the Scarlett Johansson-led solo film drops on July 9th. We are joined by The Direct's Pam Gores to break down the production, characters, trailers, and theories surrounding the first MCU movie of Phase 4. Make sure to find our full review in another special bonus episode of The Direct Podcast on July 11th. 

    Loki Ep4 Review, WandaVision Post Credits Scene Changed, Mailbag (w/ Barstool's Clem)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2021 117:58

    Pay no attention to the podcast behind the microphones.  (that was a joke, you should download this podcast.)Loki Episode 4, The Nexus Event, reached new heights of shock and awe and there are plenty of questions still to be answered. With the biggest reveal in the show's run, the story has been flipped on its head. Where do our heroes (and villains) wind up next week? We speculate wildly in our Loki review. The comic book movie schedule for the remainder of 2021 is packed from all three universes. The majority of those projects from the MCU side of things are sequels to franchises from The Infinity Saga. We discuss the pros and cons of the lack of new IPs being introduced into the MCU over the next 12 months. Finally, we answer YOUR questions in a mailbag segment featuring Barstool Sports Clem! Send in your questions on social media or leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcast to ensure your question is read in our next mailbag segment.PRODUCTION NOTE: Keep an eye out for our Black Widow Primer episode dropping Monday, July 5. TIMECODES3:08 - The Direct Podcast Production Update7:47 - Sizzle Reel9:58 - WandaVision Post Credits Scene Changed14:03 - The Flash, Keaton's Batman Concept Art22:54 - Loki Ep4 Review23:21 - Initial Thoughts (Spoiler Free)25:47 - Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers1:03:08 - Lines! That! Matter!1:13:10 - The Bigger Picture: MCU Sequels1:26:40 - Mailbag (w/ Barstool's Clem)1:50:02 - Weekly RecsOutro Music: Teenage Dream 2 by Kidd G & Lil Uzi Vert

    Loki Ep3 Review, New Shang-Chi Trailer, Best MCU Opening Scenes Draft (w/ David Thompson)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2021 159:09

    The Direct Podcast is back with a packed episode of top news, trailer reactions, episode reviews, drafts and more. The new Shang-Chi trailer is loaded with new footage that is taking excitement around the film to a whole new level. The relationship between Shang-Chi and The Mandarin is at the forefront of the promotion so far, and we dive into what that could mean when Marvel's Kung-Fu master hits screens in September. It also features the return of not one, but two fan-favorite MCU characters from days past. Loki Episode 3, "Lamentis", slowed things down for the series of mischief as fans learned about Sylvie and her story. A lot of dialogue, a few huge twists and some monumental reveals. This episode built some depth behind these characters as we make our way into the back half of the season.How does Episode 3 set up the conclusion to the time crime drama, that is now less than a month away?With so many leaked photos recently released from the set of The Flash, we dive into the fine balance between reporting on a project and spoiling a big reveal. DC has handled this conundrum differently with different projects, and it will be interesting to see how they handle it moving forward. And at the end of the show, we are joined by The Direct's David Thompson to draft the best opening scenes in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. From Winter Soldier to the Endgame, which opening scene is the best tone setter in the MCU?Timecodes - Ep393:03 - Thank You!4:56 - Quick Question28:30 - Sizzle Reel31:19 - Dafoe Keeps Quiet on Spider-Man Return33:27 - Black Widow Closing In35:59 - Emilia Clarke in the MCU40:50 - Loki Ep3 Review41:10 - Initial Thoughts54:16 - Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers1:29:03 - Lines! That! Matter!1:35:00 - The Bigger Picture: Leaked Set Photos1:49:26 - The Direct Draft: Best MCU Opening Scenes2:33:26 - Weekly Recs

    Loki Ep2 Review, Disney+ Moves to Wednesdays, Batman Controversy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2021 113:38

    The Direct Podcast's second week on Fridays packs a punch.The sizzle reel is as packed as its ever been thanks to a giant week of news across all three branches. The Sony-Verse dominates the headlines with big revelations coming out of both Kraven the Hunter and Morbius. Disney CEO Bob Chapek says some really encouraging things about the MCU's Fantastic Four. Grant Gustin is rumored to appear in The Flash movie! Obi-Wan Kenobi has direct ties to The Mandalorian?Oh, and that Batman controversy.Aside from the week's top news, we deep dive into all things Loki episode two. Can we trust the TVA? Is the surprise antagonist really who we think? What's the deal with Mobius and jetskis?We then get into a bigger picture discussion on Disney+'s permanent move to Wednesdays. What does this mean for the future of the MCU and Star Wars?We wrap this week's episode by answering YOUR QUESTIONS in a mailbag segment. Thank you all so much for rocking with us every single week. Big things are happening with The Direct Podcast, and it is all because of your support. To keep us in the charts over on iTunes, make sure to leave a review over on Apple Podcasts!TIMECODES1:56 - Production Note3:49 - Sizzle Reel7:28 - Chameleon in Kraven Movie11:08 - Morbius in the MCU?17:28 - Fantastic Four Called a "Priority"23:55 - Grant Gustin in The Flash Movie28:00 - Batman Controversy30:46 - Obi-Wan Connects to The Mandalorian36:07 - Loki Ep2 Review37:03 - Initial Thoughts (Spoiler Free)42:35 - Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers1:25:15 - Lines! That! Matter!1:31:40 - The Bigger Picture: Disney+ Wednesdays1:41:05 - Mailbag1:47:04 - Weekly Recs

    Loki Ep1 Review, Michael Waldron Interview, Namor in Black Panther 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2021 93:01

    The Direct Podcast has found a new home at the end of your week. From this point forward episodes will be dropping on FRIDAYS until the content calendar changes. This week we are burdened with "Glorious Purpose" as we review and break down everything from episode one of Loki. What went into the decisions to give Loki an episode one arc? What is the deal with the drawer full of infinity stones? And who is this mysterious Loki who is terrorizing the timeline?These are all questions we dive into but also, questions we were able to ask the head writer of the show, Michael Waldron! Most of our exclusive interview with the upcoming penman of the MCU is featured.We also got some great news from a galaxy far, far away as both Forest Whitaker and Ben Mendelsohn are set to reprise their roles from Rogue One in the upcoming prequel series, Andor. Oh, and NAMOR! We deep dive into what the sub-mariner's rumored inclusion in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever means for the future of the MCU.All of that plus your top news of the week right here on this week's The Direct Podcast.TIMECODES2:46 - Quick Question5:19 - Sizzle Reel7:31 - League of Super-Pets' STACKED Cast11:36 - Andor Adds Rogue One Actors16:24 - Namor in Black Panther 224:17 - Loki Ep1 Initial Thoughts (Spoiler Free)28:37 - Michael Waldron Interview34:33 - Loki Ep1 SPOILER Review1:13:54 - Lines! That! Matter!1:29:09 - Weekly RecsOutro Music - Shape of You by Eat Your Heart Out

    Best Loki Moments List, Hemsworth's Thor 4 Biceps, Shazam 2 Footage

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2021 83:46

    * The Direct Podcast will be releasing on Fridays starting June 11 *This week is full of top news, a look into the content schedule, and a review of the best Loki moments in the MCU. We spend way to much time breaking down Chris Hemsworth's arms in a recent picture announcing the wrap of Thor: Love and Thunder.Shazam 2 will feature an updated look for the title hero. We go into what we like about it and what we are most excited for in the sequel. With Loki being released on Wednesdays, we will see our first real overlap of content in Phase 4 of the MCU. How will you handle Black Widow being released between the pen-ultimate and final episode of Loki. And we finish things up with a list of the best Loki moments so far in the MCU! Joined by the Direct's Sam. Hargrave. What is your favorite moment from the God of Mischief?TIMECODES2:28 - Production Note4:28 - Quick Question11:18 - Sizzle Reel13:43 - Hemsworth's Biceps / Thor 4 Wraps17:48 - Ruffalo / She-Hulk Photos20:07 - Shazam 2 Footage26:08 - The Bigger Picture: Overlapping Content44:35 - Best Loki Moments List1:15:01 - Weekly Recs

    BONUS: Loki Primer

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2021 78:05

    Wednesdays are now burdened with glorious purpose.Marvel Studios returns to streaming screens next week with Loki, a six episode season following Tom Hiddleston's God of Mischief through a time-traveling adventure. But before we follow the MCU's resident trickster throughout history, we have quite a bit to catch up on.We walk through all the cast and characters, the director and writer's stacked resumes, the mysterious plot, and more. What is the Time Variance Authority? How will this show affect the greater MCU? Will Kang show up? When will Owen Wilson say "wow" for the first time?As tradition with these primers, we wrap this preview show by answering YOUR QUESTIONS!TIMECODES1:03 - How We're Feeling5:26 - Cast and Characters27:24 - Kang the Conqueror33:48 - Directors and Writers43:50 - Plot Details and Rumors, What We're Looking Forward To59:32 - Mailbag

    Eternals Trailer, Spider-Man: No Way Home Rumors, Best Page-to-Screen MCU Moments (w/ ComicBook.com's Jim Viscardi)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2021 105:44

    The Eternals are here!After months of patience and anticipation, Marvel Studios finally satiated our thirst with our first in-depth look at Chloe Zhao's Eternals. We take a deep dive into what the trailer showed us and extensively break down what each member of Marvel's latest ensemble brings to the table.Before that, we bring you the top news of the week in the sizzle reel, dominated by (you guessed it) Spider-Man. New villains from the TASM franchise are now rumored for No Way Home! A marketing push for Holland's threequel is on its way! And Sony has cast an unexpected Kraven the Hunter!We round out this week's show with a list of the best page-to-screen moments in the MCU with ComicBook.com's Jim Viscardi.Nothing but love to you, the listeners. Your support is what makes shows like this possible. Please SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW so we can keep this momentum rolling!TIMECODES3:12 - Quick Question9:15 - Sizzle Reel11:11 - Baby Yoda in Boba Fett?11:52 - Spider-Man: No Way Home Rumors25:55 - Kraven the Hunter Casting34:51 - Joker 2 Script Being Written40:53 - Deep Dive: All Things Eternals1:22:58 - Best Page-to-Screen MCU Moments List (w/ Jim Viscardi)1:38:00 - Weekly Recs

    Star Wars Cancels Project, Bad Batch Review, The Rock Hypes Black Adam, Best MCU Needle Drops Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2021 112:50

    News from all three corners of The Direct this week.Star Wars has stopped production on The Rangers of New Republic series. The Rock gives us some looks at the filming of Black Adam, and Marvel press tours are BACK!The Bad Batch is a quarter of the way in and we dive into where the series is heading. With all three universes starting a new chapter, we dive into the balance of meeting new characters and expanding on old ones. Finally, we dive into the best needle drops in the MCU. What are your favorite songs in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?TIMECODES2:46 - Quick Question5:34 - Sizzle Reel8:43 - Rangers of the New Republic Cancelled11:49 - Loki Update 16:28 - The Rock Hypes Black Adam19:58 - Doctor Strange 2 Has Its Villain25:42 - The Bad Batch Review w/ Jack Pues31:22 - The Bigger Picture: Introducing New Characters vs. Growing The Old53:18 - Best MCU Needle Drops Draft w/ Richard Nebens1:48:30 - Weekly Re

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