MCU Commentary #14 - Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - “Many a Tentacled Monster-Beast”
Published April 2, 2019
Joe and Todd improvise a makeshift studio to bring you their movie commentary for Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2, but not before they debate a Friends reunion, tabloids and Yogurt.
The guys talk about James Gunn's firing (having recorded this before he was rehired). Todd poses the question of how much it would take to leave his wife.
They swoon over the ageless good looks of Kurt Russell and discuss the change of Starlord's Father to Ego, The Living Planet.
Joe and Todd adopt the powers of Ego and make their own planet as they see fit and explain the rights trade between Fox and Marvel that brought a main character to the movie. Todd denies the death of Groot in part 1 and Joe helps justify it with some Marvel Comics Lore.
Joe talks about the ego of actors and a specific example from an old comedy. The prolific careers of certain actors and the lack of time between their jobs is discussed.
MCU Commentary #13 - Doctor Strange - “Like Bradley Cooper on Drugs.”
Published March 29, 2019
A number of challenges face Joe and Todd as they take on a movie commentary for Doctor Strange.
Joe realizes that an important movie in the MCU was left of the schedule and then mistakenly calls Ralph Feinnes "Severus Snape" when he knows he was Voldemort.
The strange connection between Marvel and Hannibal is revealed and the decision to cast The Ancient the way they did and some other potential options are discussed.
Joe explains how Benedict Cumberbatch ended up on The Simpsons.
Todd and Joe debate the pronunciation of the star's name and Brits doing American accents are praised.
Benedict Cumberbatch was almost not the lead and the guys talk about why and who was almost cast in his place. Joe reveals whose crew was stolen to shoot this movie.
Rachel McAdams' character's role in the Marvel Comics and her tie to other Marvel properties is revealed as are the multiple connections between Sherlock Holmes and Marvel.
The guys speculated as to this movie's impact on Avengers: Endgame. Joe reveals how the Dutch dub of the movie was a family affair.
Dormammu vs. Thanos is debated. They discuss a way that Doctor Strange can take on The Hulk.
At 1:39:25, a catastrophic failure in the recording had to get the guys to think on their feet and get the remainder of the show out.
MCU Commentary #12 - Captain America: Civil War - “ScarJoJoe”
Published March 22, 2019
Joe and Todd get into one of the meatiest movies in the MCU with their Movie Commentary for Captain America: Civil War. The guys discuss why the movie didn't have to be a Captain America Movie, the positive changes to The Falcon Character from the Comics to film and the disappointing superhero movies with higher budgets than this one.
Questions arise as to where an Avengers Video game is.
Joe reveals the proposed Roger Corman Captain America Movie and the all star cast that was going to star in it. They talk about the comic version of Civil War and how everything started compared to the film.
Robert Downey Jr.'s role was originally meant to be small, but Joe explains how it ended up being as large as it was and the drama leading up to it. An MCU character with an eight year gap between movies makes his return.
Joe and Todd debate both sides in the Civil War and try to justify each of the sides' merits. The source of T'Challa's accent is revealed.
Romania as a location, a home to one of the cast members and the source of funny stories from Joe's work is discussed. Joe tells you what is in Bucky Barnes' Backpack.
They talk about the evolution of Black Panther and Spiderman's roles in the movie. Joe asks a question about Royalty vs. Diplomats.
Tom Holland's Audition process and who helped him shoot his audition tape are discussed.
MCU Commentary #11 - Ant-Man - “You’ve Seen It or You Haven’t.”
Published March 15, 2019
It's time to bring in another new character as the guys do a movie commentary for Ant-Man. Joe points out flashbacks that tie in to previous MCU movies and the process of aging/de-aging that was used in the movie. The perceived reasons why Edgar Wright left the film are discussed.
Paul Rudd's long, unaging career is laid out. Joe posits the important role of the supporting characters in superhero films. Evangeline Lily's career as an extra is revealed. M. Night Shyamalan and the concept of Director's jail are discussed as is the guys' opinions on re-watching movies with big twists.
A key HBO TV Role for Bobby Canivale is discussed and Joe talks about his reaction to this film as a father to a daughter.
Multiple connections to the movie 13 Going On 30 are pointed out and Joe details his 2 Vasectomies. Potential candidates for Scott Lang are discussed and the guys have an educated guess as to who Edgar Wright's Ant-Man would have been.
Paul Rudd's self-depreciating thoughts on playing the character are talked about and the reason for a costume revision is revealed. Director Peyton Reed's resume is reviewed. The first ever person to portray Ant-Man makes a cameo in this movie and he is revealed. The guys talk about Lang's daughter's rumoured role in the upcoming Avengers: Endgame.
Joe's TV viewing habits are discussed and the guys debate Francis Ford Coppolla's career post-Apocalypse Now, particularly how Dracula holds up. Todd points out how Joe keeps ruining past movies for him. New techniques in set/prop making created by Disney is detailed. The guys pitch new licensing for Universal Studio's Marvel-themed rides and Joe points out the source of the laser sound effects in the movie.
The question is raised as to the need for Ant-Man's helmet in the shrinking process. A high school video project from Todd is recounted and Joe tells a story about meeting Will Arnett and having a tweet liked by Chris Miller.
MCU Commentary #10 - Avengers: Age of Ultron - “Ever the Optimist”
Published March 8, 2019
Joe and Todd Reassemble for a movie commentary for Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The guys talk about Aaron Taylor Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen's relationship prior to this movie and what they wanted to bring to their roles.
A connection to the Fox series 'Gifted' is discussed and a comparison between Quicksilver in this universe and the one in the X-Men movies.
The process of turning The Hulk into Bruce Banner is figured out in this movie and the guys discuss it, plus an interesting decision about his transition by the film makers.
Joe reveals the strategy to work around Scarlett Johansson's pregnancy during filming. An infamous actress auditioned for the role of Wanda (AKA the Scarlet Witch) and she is revealed on this podcast.
Joe corrects a previous statement about how Ultron was motion captured in a previous episode. They address a rumour about James Spader's health. More of Marvel's long game is revealed with the introduction of Andy Serkis as Klaue.
Joe uses physics to describe the power of Quicksilver. This movie's importance in setting up other MCU movies is discussed. Joe points out how Bruce Banner fought The Hulk in this movie. Joe pitches a dark turn for The Hulk.
MCU Commentary #9 - Guardians of the Galaxy - “Fart and Fight”
Published March 1, 2019
Marvel has taken to the stars which, technically, makes Joe and Todd Astronauts. Join them as they provide commentary for Guardians of the Galaxy.
The guys discuss the prospect of attending a Marvel Marathon in the cinema, the guys' prospective careers in porn and the weird combination of movies written by James Gunn. The impact of this soundtrack on the film and its success is discussed.
The guys try to navigate around the Avengers: Endgame rumours as they do not want to hear anything about them. Then they proceed to make their own speculations. They reach out to the listeners looking for someone who is experiencing the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the first time through their podcast.
Joe takes on Hollywood's strange relationship with gravity in space. They discuss what a Celestial is in the MCU. They discuss how hiring big celebrities to play the voices of Rocket and Groot was kind of pointless. Joe questions how long one might be able to survive in the vacuum of space.
They talk about humour from a fat person compared to someone in shape.
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MCU Commentary #8 - Captain America: The Winter Soldier - “Be Fun About It.”
Published February 22, 2019
Joe and Todd continue on through the MCU with Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
They challenge any listener who binges the podcast to reach out and talk about the pleasant surprise that this movie was.
The Russo brothers are discussed. The guys talk about what TV work got them the Marvel gig and what the first question was that they asked about Chris Evans.
A fan theory regarding a truck in the chase scene is revealed. Joe shares what he believes to be the flaw with old Hollywood films and reveals which MCU star was left out of this movie.
They talk about which actors wrote some of their own dialogue and Joe tells a story about a man going after his wife. Joe points out a location reused from a previous Marvel Movie.
MCU Commentary #7 - Thor: The Dark World - “Order Yourself a BiFrosty.”
Published February 15, 2019
The guys enter a Dark World as they provide commentary for Thor: The Dark World.
The guys talk about Directors who tackled multiple MCU Movies, the existence of DC Analogs to Marvel Characters and when the same movie comes out multiple times in a short period.
Zachary Levi's involvment in the movie is explained. Joe talks about why Kenneth Branaugh was unable to direct the movie.
Joe recounts an embarassing moment on his first date with his now wife.
A difficult shooting location for the movie is revealed. They discuss a breakdown with another famous director and how it led to Natalie Portman not wanting to be a part of the project.
Joe talks about the original plan for Jane. Idris Elba's dissatisfaction with shooting this movie is explained.
The ask the question "How much does Thor weigh?"
MCU Commentary #6 - Iron Man 3 - “Bread, Todd. Bread.”
Published February 8, 2019
The guys begin Phase 2 of the MCU with their commentary of Iron Man 3.
They start out by having a difficult time naming bands.
They discuss Jon Favreau's view of appearing in, but not directing this installment of the franchise, Shane Black's writing career and which iconic movie character he almost killed off.
The Mandarin's development from Chinese Stereotype to what we see on screen is talked about.
The reveal what Captain Marvel cast member was almost a major role in this movie and the Marvel One Shot that reveals the truth about the Mandarin is discussed.
Another strange technical glitch interrupts the guys. Joe reveals an interesting trend that is found across all Phase 2 Movies.
The guys investigate Shane Black's obsession with Christmas.
MCU Commentary #5 - Marvel’s Avengers - “Where All the Mothers Have the Same Name”
Published February 1, 2019
All of the guys MCU commentaries has culminated in the end of Phase 1 as they tackle Marvel's The Avengers.
The guys compare themselves to Conan O'Brien's podcast and plead for high-end advertisers and talk about the fate of Hollywood big wigs.
They discuss which characters were MVPs and which were woefully underutilized in the movie. Joss Wheden's career as a writer/creator is discussed, including earlier ties to other Marvel/Disney Projects.
The trouble with casting dual identity characters is explored and Joe confesses to a crime. Joe pitches the best formula to using The Hulk in a Movie and mourns a cast member, while pointing out how presumptuous the character is while dying.
The guys try to tie a weak reason to an interesting cameo. Joe points out a number of 30 Rock references that did not age well.
The guys devise a back story for the Chitauri. Joe also reveals why Cap isn't eating in the post-credit scene.
MCU Commentary #4 - Captain America: The First Avenger - “The Tooch Is Loose!”
Published January 25, 2019
As the guys near the end of Phase One of the MCU, they reintroduce themselves to Captain America: The First Avenger.
In this episode, Joe explains why "The First Avenger" is a misnomer, the guys talk about theme park rights and the reasons for Joe Johnston being brought on to direct this movie.
The multiple plans to "Shrink" Chris Evans' Steve Rogers are explained. Stanley Tucci's unexpected relations are revealed.
Joe recalls a story about casting Two-Face in Batman Forever and reveals some famous former roomates of some of the cast. The guys try to unwrap how one is deemed worthy of the super soldier serum.
Todd recounts a recent encounter with a Coyote. Joe talks about how he turns on his own son and starts a new MCU Fan Theory.
Todd tries to answer the question "Can Captain America take a bullet?" The parallels between this movie and Wonderwoman are discussed.
MCU Commentary #3 - Thor - “Letting Some Things Occur”
Published January 18, 2019
The guys take a step deeper into the MCU as they introduce Thor into the mix.
They discuss the hiring of Kenneth Branaugh, Asgardians vs. Kryptonians and some interesting casting trivia.
Joe talks about the old Conan sketches that portrayed Thor as a high-voiced hero. The guys share their thoughts on Chris Hemsworth as a specimen.
Joe discusses the quote "You act for free. You get paid to wait" and its relevance for these major productions. SHIELD's role in the movies gains a little more steam.
The guys talk about their feelings about camping and share a tragic story bout a frog and a bonfire. Modern day hip hop is subject to the guys' judgment. They also tackle Pizza vending machines, The Rock, The inevitable time when most of the current MCU cast of characters has been spent and the concept of a meal at a movie theatre.
MCU Commentary #2 - Iron Man 2 - “Slowly Vodka Dying”
January 11, 2019
Our 2nd trip into the Marvel Cinematic Universe is also our 2nd Iron Man and they talk about the introduction of Scarlett Johansson into the MCU (and who had to pass on the job), Seth Green's record short cameo in the movie and cameos from two other Stars of Marvel Movies.
Todd further reveals his aversion to technology and they talk about the animator who helped storyboard the movie.
The Elon Musk Connections to Stark and the production itself are discussed. Joe and Todd talk about their times hurting themselves and each other in the name of fun growing up and the ramifications of that fun.
The guys address a disruption by Joe's neighbours (We will tell this story another time). They give their praise to Kevin Feige and Joe expresses the need to continue finding new voices in the form of new directors into the MCU, citing the great discoveries Marvel has made so far.
Joe translates to make one line in this movie mean something totally different. Todd asks how to get on the Dark Web. A very important appearance from another member of the MCU is confirmed (though we don't believe it was intentional).
Fan theories of other big movies are also discussed.
MCU Commentary #1 - Iron Man - “We Coulda Stopped that GOOP Website.”
Published January 4, 2019
The beginning of our tour of the Marvel Cinematic Universe begins at the beginning.
The guys are watching Iron Man and they talk about why Robert Downey Jr. was cast, the keen eye of Marvel Studios to pick out the best talent and what would have happened to the rights to many Marvel characters had this movie failed.
They make predictions of what the next threat to the Avengers will be after Endgame.
Joe and Todd debate who would win between Iron Man and Batman.
Joe explains why The Incredible Hulk has been omitted from our MCU Schedule.
A brief recap of the Rise of Clark Gregg's Agent Coulson and Joe's biggest regret about Coulson post-Avengers is shared.
The pioneer of the modern Post-Credit scene is watched and discussed.
Episode 59.5 - Coming Attractions
Published December 30, 2018
The guys finish the year with their final Coming Attractions episode for the next few months, announcing the beginning of their tour of the MCU leading up to Avengers: Endgame.
They review he year in the news, in movies and fantasy pitch a number of new projects.
The breakneck pace that Netflix is releasing movies is discussed as is the criteria for winning the Oscar for most popular film.
Joe gives a shout out to a listener who reached out about our Christmas Story Episode and pitches an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond.
Super Smash Bros Ultimate is briefly reviewed.
The guys select their favourite Miscast Commentary movies for 2018. Todd talks about his experiences watching Forensic Files.
Christmas Bonus Episode - A Christmas Story - “Keep Your Kids Off the Pole.”
Published December 25, 2018
Joe goes behind Todd's back this week... WITH HIS OWN WIFE! Carrie Findlay rejoins her man in the studio as they cover one of the all time holiday classics, A Christmas Story.
They talk about the Movies that the Director had to do to make this and the filming location near and dear to them.
Peter Billingsley's resume and celebrity connections are discussed. Carrie talks about the original house from the movie and how you can see it today.
Two different sequels to this movie exist and Joe discusses each of them. Joe recounts a gruesome story from school and Carrie interrupts his 2nd, more gruesome story (It ended with the kid getting hit in the growth and it busting open.
They explain their policy on decorating early for Christmas and discuss the idea that, in the past, a movie that moves down the top 10 in the box office could actually move back up.
Joe laments his decision to create a more comfortable studio seating situation.
Star Wars Holiday Special - “Who Knows What the Back Door Is?”
Published December 22, 2018
Happy Life Day Folks! We dive into YouTube for the biggest hidden gem in the Star Wars Universe, the Star Wars Holiday Special.
The guys talk about the production value, George Lucas' intentions and who actually created this turkey.
The tropes of variety specials are discussed as is the special being the debut of Boba Fett. Joe reveals George Lucas' efforts to suppress the special and the big star who the studio didn't want to be cast.
Joe's high school rap name is unveiled. The concept of being forced to enjoy a musical performance on TV is discussed.
Joe talks about the scandal surrounding the release of the Boba Fett action figure after this special.
A connection between the special and Joe's day job is uncovered.
Published December 14, 2018
Todd is back from sea and catching up is on the menu in this latest Coming Attractions Episode.
The guys talk about a German chocolate spill and announce not only the next movie, but the Bonus Christmas Movie.
They chat about the trailers for Avengers Endgame and Brightburn and debate about their anticipation of Aquaman.
Fortnite and Videogame microtransactions are discussed. Joe talks about some of the biggest Dick Moves in online gaming.
Die Hard 2: Die Harder - “Where’s That Research?”
Published December 7, 2018
Joe and Todd Defy Bruce Willis himself and celebrate the Christmas Movies that are the Die Hard Movies, as they cover Die Hard 2: Die Harder.
The guys discuss the spoilers found on the movie cover, the Movie Novelizations that they have read and discuss what to do while waiting at the airport.
They discuss the fictional country of Val Verde that is mentioned in this movie as well as a previous Miscast Commentary Flick and how Reginald VelJohnson could have been Samuel L. Jackson in Die Hard 3.
Awards show hosts are compared. Joe discovers that there actually is a source in this movie to the weirdest TV censorship ever.
Todd calls out Joe on a lack of research and Joe calls out Todd for a lack of microphone etiquette.
Published November 30, 2018
Joe is solo this week and gives his Spoiler-Free review of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, talks Thanksgiving Box Office and announces the first movie in our December All-Holiday Movie Lineup. He also announces a guest host for the Christmas Bonus episode.